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Jacques Brisson, MD, D.Sc.


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Jacques Brisson, MD, D.Sc.
Jacques Brisson, MD, D.Sc. Full Professor Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Université Laval


Dr. Brisson's research focuses mainly on the fight against cancer. He is also involved in fundamental research in epidemiology that studies the possible causes of breast cancer (diet, vitamin D and calcium, growth hormones, genetic polymorphisms). Such etiological researches are often carried out using molecular epidemiology techniques. Moreover, Dr. Brisson also participates in applied research for the evaluation of oncology interventions, namely the evaluation of the Quebec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS) in the fight against cancer in Quebec (investigation of the disease at the time of diagnosis, treatment, long-term survival) and palliative care.

Why Choosing Breast Cancer?

When it comes to people’s health, breast cancer is still the most serious cancer in women, not only because it is the most common, but also because it has the greatest impact on women affected by the disease and on their families. Throughout his career, he has worked with clinicians at the Centre des maladies du sein Deschênes-Fabia de Québec to find solutions for offsetting the harmful effects of breast cancer.

A Scientific Accomplishment You Are Proud of

I am pleased to be one of the first to have highlighted the relation between breast density and the risk of developing breast cancer. Breast tissue density revealed by mammography is now recognized as one of the greatest risk factors for this disease. I am also very proud of the works I have done to evaluate and improve breast cancer screening.

Field(s) of Research

  • All
  • Etiology (causes)
  • Prevention
  • Screening, diagnosis, prognosis


Advisory Committee on Cancer Control (ACOCC)

Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI) (formerly National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC))

2000-2003 – Member of First Institute Advisory Board, Institute of Cancer Research, Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

Projects Funded by the Foundation

2011 – A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial of the effect of vitamin D supplementation on breast density in premenopausal women