IN THIS ISSUE
Spotlight on the CAREX team – Renewal and new roles
Updating resources – Launching eRISK Online tool, offering webinar
Communications Update – Sharing our latest Annual Report
Recruiting team members – CAREX Canada is hiring!
Partner update – New working groups with CELA, Sun Safety at Work
Recent publications – IARC evaluates welding, UV radiation; CELA releases policy tools for radon in daycares
The CAREX team is pleased to announce that we’ve been refunded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to continue our efforts to develop and mobilize estimates of Canadians exposures to carcinogens in workplace and community environments. Dr. Cheryl Peters is now the Co-Principal Investigator of CAREX Canada, alongside Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol. Cheryl started working with CAREX Canada at the beginning of the project in 2007. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University in Ottawa, where she works on projects in environmental and occupational epidemiology and exposure assessment. We are also pleased to announce that Alison Palmer has become CAREX Canada’s Executive Director. Alison was hired on with CAREX Canada five years ago to plan and execute knowledge translation activities, and has since taken on a leadership role. To learn more about CAREX team members, visit our About Us page.
Our newest CAREX Canada tool, eRISK Online, is now available. eRISK Online is an interactive tool developed by CAREX Canada that allows users to explore the cancer risk associated with exposures to known and suspected carcinogens in the environment. There are currently five exposure pathways – outdoor air, indoor air, dust, soil, and drinking water – and over 30 substances – including radon, asbestos, and formaldehyde – to explore. The estimates allow users to compare substances and exposure pathways, and support priority setting for exposure reduction efforts. eRISK Online, along with a Quick Start Guide and a comprehensive User Manual on using the tool, is available here.
On September 21st, 2017 we’re hosting a webinar on how to use the new eRISK Online tool. This webinar will show users how to navigate the tool and interpret the lifetime excess cancer risk results it generates, as well as demonstrate some of the tool’s possible applications. For more information, visit our registration page.
This year marks ten years of CAREX Canada. Over this time, our team has worked to establish CAREX Canada as the country’s leading source of evidence on Canadians’ exposures to workplace and environmental carcinogens. In 2016-17, the CAREX team worked with partners across the country at federal, provincial, and municipal levels to mobilize evidence on exposures to workplace and environmental carcinogens in various ways. This work is described in our latest Annual Report, available here. We hope that this report illustrates how our evidence has been applied to prioritize and support efforts to reduce exposures, ultimately helping to reduce the burden of cancer.
CAREX Canada is looking to fill two positions to support our core mandate of maintaining, enhancing, and translating exposure estimates to help reduce the risk of cancer:
For a full job description and to apply, visit the Occupational Exposures Researcher and Environmental Exposures Researcher job postings on our website. Please help us find the right people to join our team by sharing these postings with your networks.
This year, we established two new working groups to help put CAREX Canada knowledge into action:
IARC evaluates welding, UV radiation; CELA releases policy tools for radon in daycares
This month we’re featuring two new publications that appeared in our Carcinogens in the News digest:
Please note that the CAREX Canada e-Bulletin will change from a quarterly to a bi-annual digest moving forward. For more regular communications from us, please subscribe to Carcinogens in the News, a monthly digest of media articles, government reports, and academic literature related to the carcinogens we’ve classified as important for surveillance in Canada.