France Gagnon

University of Toronto

Dr. France Gagnon is Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is a scientist with expertise in the field of genetic and epigenetic epidemiology. Her research impacts patient care and population health through a better understanding of human biology in a population-wide context. Dr. Gagnon held a Canada Research Chair in Genetic Epidemiology from 2007-2017. Her highly collaborative research led to the discovery of thrombosis-related genetic and epigenetic biomarkers. Among the several contributions to research capacity building, Dr. Gagnon spearheaded and co-led the interdisciplinary CIHR STAGE (Strategic Training for Advanced Genetic Epidemiology) training program from 2009-2019, Canada’s first formal and comprehensive training program in Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics. Dr. Gagnon has held several leadership positions on national and international steering and advisory committees, including serving as President of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society and Chair of the CIHR Institute of Genetics Research and Priorities Planning committee on Population Genetics, Genetic Epidemiology, and Complex Diseases. Dr. Gagnon has been Reviews Editor for the journal Human Genetics since 2007. She has received awards and recognitions from several organizations, including the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, CIHR, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.