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CEC event for International Women’s Day 2014: “Promoting gender-based analysis in environmental health research”

Commission for Environmental Cooperation, 393 Rue Saint-Jacques (Montreal World Trade Center) Suite 200

February 27, 2014


Do contrasting social expectations along with biological differences lead men and women to be affected differently by environmental contaminants like mercury or pesticides?  How do gender and sex interact and impact population health?  Professor Donna Mergler has authored more than 150 scientific articles and has given many lectures around the world on the subject, and will share her research on how to promote social and gender considerations when conducting environmental health research.

Please note the presentation will be delivered in English followed by a Q&A in French and English.



Donna Mergler

Professor Emerita Donna Mergler has been a professor of physiology and environmental health since 1970.

Her research in environmental and occupational health, conducted in Quebec, Canada and several countries of Latin America, focuses on the early effects of exposure to environmental contaminants (mercury, manganese, pesticides, organic solvents, persistent organic pollutants) on the nervous system of children and adults.

She is a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Center on Biology, Health, Society and Environment (CINBIOSE), a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization (WHO-PAHO).  Currently, she leads the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Emerging Team on Gender, Environment and Health and she is co-coordinator of the Community of Practice in Ecosystem and Health in Latin America and Caribbean (CoPEH-LAC).