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Michel Dorval, Ph. D.

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Michel Dorval, Ph. D.
Michel Dorval, Ph. D. Full Professor Faculty of Pharmacy, Université Laval

Bio

  • Researcher, CRCHU de Québec-Université Laval, Oncology Division

Professor Dorval has a degree in both psychology and epidemiology (Université Laval), supplemented by a postdoctoral fellowship in psycho-oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard Medical School). Over the past twenty years he has shown interest in hereditary and familial breast cancer. Through his work, Professor Dorval participates in raising awareness and providing information to the medical community, the public at large and policy makers about the psychosocial issues arising from the growing presence of genetics in society. He is notably the Scientific Director of the Centre ROSE (Ressources d’oncogénétique pour le soutien et l’éducation des familles à risque de cancer du sein) and has authored many scientific papers and communications on hereditary and familial breast cancer.

Why Choosing Breast Cancer?

As is often the case in science, Professor Dorval became interested in breast cancer quite by chance. However, it was at the instigation of his mentors (Drs. Elizabeth Maunsell and Andrea Farkas Patenaude), and after coming in contact with inspiring clinicians and speaking with far too many people affected by breast cancer that he readily understood the urgency to fight this disease and decided to devote his career to it. Breast cancer is a complex disease, from a biological point of view and on an individual and public health level. The fight against breast cancer represents many challenges, and he wants to participate by helping to better inform and support both the people at risk and the health professionals who work with them.

A Scientific Accomplishment You Are Proud of

I am particularly proud of having participated in the creation of the Centre ROSE and its expansion within the Réseau ROSE, thanks to the support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

Research Focus

  • Oncopsychology
  • Prevention
  • Screening, diagnosis or prognosis
  • Transfer of knowledge

Distinctions

Besides the grants obtained during his studies and the local awards or those won at conventions:

  • Terry Fox Grant from the National Cancer Institute of Canada (now Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute)
  • The Research Scholar (Junior 1, Junior 2 and Senior) award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)  
  • Operating grants from several organizations including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)

Projects Funded by the Foundation

2011 - Cancer screening practices of non-carriers from BRCA1/2 mutation-positive families: Extent, determinants and psychosocial impact of over-screening