Manuscript, abstracts, and grant accepted…

In the past few weeks there has been some good news related to the Cross-Canada Study of Pesticides and Health:

  • The manuscript entitled, “Multiple pesticide exposures and the risk of multiple myeloma in Canadian men” has been accepted by the International Journal of Cancer. Linda Kachuri led this analysis at the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) as part of her Master of Public Health degree, which she recently received from the University of Toronto. She continues to work with the OCRC and Cancer Care Ontario as an Epidemiologist.


  • Two abstracts have been accepted at the EPICOH Conference, that will be held on June 18-21 in Utrecht:
    • Kachuri L, Demers PA, Blair A, Spinelli JJ,  Pahwa M, McLaughlin JR, Dosman JA, Pahwa P, Harris SA. Multiple pesticide exposures and the risk of multiple myeloma in Canadian men. (Oral presentation).
    • Pahwa M, Demers PA, Kachuri L, Navaranjan G, Blair A, Hohenadel K, Spinelli JJ, McLaughlin JR, Dosman JA, Pahwa P, Harris SA. Using carcinogenic classifications of pesticides to evaluate the risk of select cancers in Canadian men. (Poster presentation).

In addition, Linda Kachuri was one of fourteen individuals worldwide who were awarded with a scholarship to attend EPICOH. These limited, competitive scholarships cover the cost of registration and accomodation.


  • Each year, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research holds three competitions for its knowledge dissemination grants. We applied in the fall 2012 competition and have now been awarded with $25,000 to exchange knowledge with stakeholders about the Canadian and U.S. case-control studies and to develop research priorities for the pooled project.


  • Garthika Navaranjan’s abstract, an analysis of occupational versus residential pesticide exposure and the risk of Hodgkin lymphoma in Canadian men, has been accepted at the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics Conference. The conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, between June 24-27. This work is an extension of the research that Garthika led as a practicum student at the OCRC, where she examined the risk of Hodgkin lymphoma from exposure to multiple pesticides. She recently received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Toronto in Epidemiology.


Congratulations to everyone for these wonderful achievements!