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Thematic Leader: Cathy Vaillancourt

The aim of this theme is to understand the effects of endocrine disruptors on physiological processes and mechanisms and the impact that perturbations may have on overall health. Areas of research therefore include the effects of endocrine disruptors on the immune system, metabolic and mental health, transgenerational effects and the developmental origins of health and disease. Physiological Disruptions research includes identifying potential health risks to communities with a focus on vulnerable individuals, including mothers and children. Through an ecotoxicological approach, research on this topic also aims to identify the underlying mechanisms and the targets affected by endocrine disruptors.


Professor Vaillancourt’s research focuses on the involvement of environmental contaminants and stages of pregnancy on the physiology of the human placenta and on the placental dopaminergic, serotonergic, and melatonergic systems. Passionate about ecosystem approaches to health, she also works to better understand the impact of sex on the relationships between the perinatal environment, placental functions, and fetal development. 


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Toxicology of Mixtures. Chemical Carcinogenesis. Risk Assessment. Learn more

Molecular Physiology and Adaptation. Thyroid Function. Learn more

Wildlife Health Assessment. Learn more

Genomics. Genetic Toxicology. Hereditary Mutation. Development and Validation of Biomarkers. Adverse Effects Pathway. Learn more

Toxicology of Pregnancy and Implication of Environmental Factors on the Human Placenta and Fetal Programming. Learn more

Oxidative Stress. Brain Functions. Neurodegenerative Diseases. Pesticides. Learn more

Environmental and Human Toxicology. Molecular Toxicology. Environmental Sciences. Neurodegeneration. Neurotoxicology. Learn more

Pharmacology. Toxicology. Endocrinology. Biology. Human/Animal Health. Metabolic Health. Zebrafish. Mouse Models. Learn more

Invasive Species. Stress. Ectotherm. Metabolomics. Chromatography (GC-MS, LC-MS). Learn more

Ecotoxicology. Olfaction. Pollutants. Insects. Adaptation. Ecophysiology. Insect Endocrinology. Learn more

Endocrine Disruption and Metabolic Disruption of Toxic Substances. Learn more

Toxicology. Molecular Biology. Public and Environmental Health. Community-Based Research. Exposure Assessment and Biomonitoring. Learn more

Endocrinology and Nephrology. Steroid Hormones. Hormone-Sensitive Cancers. Learn more

Molecular Ecotoxicology. Aquatic Nanotoxicology. Learn more

Ecotoxicology. Assessment of the Reproductive Capacity of Fish. Learn more

Disruption of the Immune System.
Cancer. Inflammation. Learn more

Environmental Medicine. Microbiology. Developmental Immunology. Tumor and Viral Immunity. Evolution of Immune Surveillance. Learn more

Ecotoxicology. Comparative Physiology of Metabolism. Metabolic Disease. Inter- and Trans-Generational Effects. Hormones in the Context of Comparative Epigenetics Including Post-Transcriptional Regulatory Mechanisms. Learn more

Epidemiology. Developmental Biology. Biomarker Design and Analysis. Learn more

Ecotoxicology. Molecular Biology. Environmental Risk Assessment. Learn more

Ecotoxicology. Molecular Toxicology. Predictive Toxicology. Species Extrapolation. Ecological Risk Assessment. Learn more

Environmental Toxicology. Comparative Avian Toxicology. Learn more

Genetics, Neurodegenerative Diseases. Learn more

Hazard Assessment. Developmental Biology. Endocrinology. Learn more

Aquatic Ecotoxicology. Environmental Health. Environmental Contamination. Environmental Risk Assessment. Sex and Gender in the Environment. Environmental Hypersensitivity. Environmental Education. Learn more

Cardiovascular Diseases. Learn more

Environmental Health and Ecohealth Approach. Water, Environment and Health. Political Ecology. Public Policies and Scientific and Social Evaluation Systems. Agrifood Systems and Pesticides. Environmental Sciences, Major Risks and Sociology. Learn more

Investigation of Biological Effects of Environmental Stressors. Environmental Risk Assessment. Development and Application of Bioanalytical Techniques to Assess Environmental Pollution. Aquatic Ecology/Fish Biology. Learn more

Infectious and Immune Diseases. Inflammatory Diseases. Arthritis. Learn more

Toxicology. Reproductive Biology. Molecular Toxicology. Reproductive Health. Thyroid. Gene Expression. Environmental Toxicology. Risk Assessment. Learn more

Aquatic Toxicology. Gene Expression. Molecular Biology. Endocrinology. Biotechnology. Learn more

Environmental and Human Toxicology. in vitro Bioassays. Environment-Immune Interactions in Disease Susceptibility. Nutritional Toxicology. Learn more

Aquatic Ecotoxicology. Molecular Biology. Learn more

Behavioural Neuroscience in Rodents. Hormones. Metabolism. Parental Experience. Environment, Adult Neurogenesis and Plasticity. Aging, Learning and Memory. Learn more

Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology. Environmental Exposures. Environmental Health. Epidemiology. Learn more

Mollusk Biology. Ecotoxicology. Ecological Risk Assessment. Aquatic Toxicology. Soil Toxicology. Learn more

Risk Prevention. Exposure Assessment. Toxicology. Toxicodynamics. Flame Retardant. Electronic Recycling. Learn more

Aquatic Ecotoxicology. Physiology. Energy Metabolism. Transgenerational Effects. Learn more

Aquatic and Mechanistic Toxicology. Long-Term Consequences (Within and Between Generations) of Acute Exposure to Natural and Anthropogenic Chemical Stressors. Effects of Early-Stage Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors. Learn more

Risk Assessment and Risk Methodology. Learn more

Ecotoxicogenomics. Chemical and Environmental Toxicology. Animal physiology. Endocrinology. Molecular Biology. Detection of Endocrine Disruptors Using Cell Lines. Learn more

Biology. Endocrinology. Developmental Biology. Physiology. Metabolism. Genomics. Neuroendocrinology. Reproduction. Learn more

Environmental Toxicology, Endocrinology, Animal Physiology, and Molecular Biology/Toxicology in Vertebrate and Invertebrate Models. Learn more

Environmental Epidemiology. Nutrition. Cancer. Physical Activity. Exposure Measurement. Assessment of Occupational Exposure. Biomarkers. Environment. Life Habits. Genetic. Learn more

Ecology. Biology. Biodiversity. Ecophysiology. Ecoimmunology. Learn more

Cancer and metastases. Breast cancer. Galectin MMP. Galectins. Haematological cancers. Liquid biopsy. Microbiome. Environmental health. Learn more