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Ariane Bélanger-Gravel

During her master and doctorate degrees at Laval University, Ariane Bélanger-Gravel studied the theoretical processes underlying behavior change in the context of physical activity and examined the effect of individually-based interventions to promote health-related behaviours. Ms Bélanger-Gravel did a CIHR post-doctoral fellow at the School of Public Health of the University of Montréal. Her principal interest resided in the evaluation of the impact of population-based interventions aimed at promoting physical activity. She was also interested in the diminution of social inequalities in health in the specific context of physical activity promotion. Ariane Bélanger-Gravel is now Assistant Professor at the Department of Information and Communication at Laval University where she is teaching and pursuing her research projects.
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Louis Drouin

Louis Drouin, community medicine specialist since 1982, holds a Master's in Public Health from Harvard University. From 1987 to 1994, he was director of community health at Montréal's Sacré-Coeur hospital. Since 1986, he has been clinical assistant professor in the occupational health, environmental health, and social and preventive health departments at Université de Montréal. From 1994 to 2005, he was head of clinical services in the Occupational and Environmental Health Sector at Montréal's public health department. Since 2005, he has been head of the Urban Environment and Health Sector at Direction ade santé publique de l’Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal.
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Anne Sophie Dubé

Anne Sophie Dubé is a PhD candidate in public health (epidemiology option) at Université de Montréal. She studied architecture and urban planning in the Faculté d’aménagement at Université de Montréal, where she worked on elderly mobility problems in outdoor public spaces. Dr. Lise Gauvin is supervising her thesis, which looks at the relationship between built environment, active transportation and health. More specifically, she is working on the impacts of the implementation of public bicycle share programs in several North American cities.
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Daniel Fuller

Daniel Fuller is an assistant professor at the Public Health School of the University of Saskatchewan. He has a PhD in public health with health promotion option at the Université de Montréal. He worked under the direction of Lise Gauvin and Yan Kestens. He was trained in health psychology at the College of Kinesiology which is part of the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include active transportation, the built environment, physical activity epidemiology and health psychology. His thesis focused on the potential of interventions on the built environment. More specifically, his dissertation examined the impact of the deployment of BIXI (a self-service bicycle program in Montreal) on physical activity, collisions and health.
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Adrian Ghenadenik

Adrian Ghenadenik is a PhD student in public health (health promotion option) at Université de Montréal, working under the supervision of Katherine Frohlich and Lise Gauvin. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration (McGill University), and a M.Sc. in Health Administration from (Université de Montréal). Prior to joining Université de Montréal’s PhD program, Adrian participated in various research projects, including a study of potential risks associated with medication administration at Sainte-Justine Hospital and an internship at the McGill University Health Centre that allowed him to develop a conceptual framework for the development of an integrated quality plan. His research interests are focused on the features of neighbourhoods associated with social inequalities in health. His doctoral thesis will seek to identify conceptual and methodological approaches to advance knowledge in neighbourhoods and smoking in young adults.  
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Yan Kestens

Yan Kestens is Research Assistant Professor in the department of social and preventive medicine at Université de Montréal. He is also a researcher at the research centre of the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CRCHUM) and at the Léa-Roback Centre on Social Inequalities of Health. His population health research program focuses on tools development and methods to measure and analyze interactions between individuals and environments. Ongoing developments include a multisensor device, GPS and accelerometric data processing algorithms, Internet applications for collecting and viewing information, or spatial models linking environments and health measurements. His work applies to various health issues that require an understanding of environmental influences, in population health and clinical studies.
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Béatrice Nikiéma

Béatrice Nikiema trained in Medicine at University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Public health / epidemiology at Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada. She worked for the Ministère de la santé in Burkina Faso as a District Medical Officer, general practitioner and researcher, and as a consultant researcher in applied research and training. She was also a research associate at the Université de Montréal. Currently, she is working with Dr Lise Gauvin at CRCHUM on various research projects,  most of which imply longitudinal and complex survey data analysis methodology, socioeconomic inequalities in child and maternal health. She has also published mixed methods research on gender inequalities in health and access to health services in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Marie-France Raynault

Marie-France Raynault is a researcher who began her career as a doctor working at CLSC Centre-Sud de Montréal (1976-1989), where she practiced family medicine. At that time, she also worked in a hospital. She then joined the Department of preventive medicine at Hôpital Saint-Luc (1992-1994) before moving to Lausanne (Switzerland) to work at the Institut universitaire de médecine sociale et préventive. She returned to Québec in 1999 to found the Observatoire montréalais des inégalités sociales et de la santé (OMISS)— a decision-making tool for public policy and initiatives designed to reduce social inequalities in health. The Centre is located at Direction de la santé publique de Montréal-Centre. Marie-France Raynault is now director of the Department of social and preventive medicine at Université de Montréal and of the Léa Roback Research Centre on social inequalities in health. Her research aims to identify public policies likely to reduce social inequalities in health
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Lucie Richard

Lucie Richard completed her studies in psychology (Université Laval, BA ,1983 and Master's, 1986) and earned a PhD in community health (Université de Montréal, 1992). From 1993 to 1995, she took a postdoctoral position at the University of British Columbia's Institute of Health Promotion Research. She has been a faculty member at Université de Montréal since 1995, where she is currently full professor in the Faculté des Sciences infirmières. Her research interests include seniors health and professional practices, as well as intervention models and strategies in health promotion and prevention. An FRSQ researcher, she is deputy director of the Université de Montréal Public Health Research institute (IRSPUM). She is also affiliated with the Léa Roback Research Centre on Social Inequalities of Health in Montréal and with the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.  
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Howard Steiger

Howard Steiger directs the only large-scale, specialized program for the treatment of adults suffering eating disorders in the Province—the Douglas Institute Eating Disorders Program. He is an active clinician, researcher, and teacher, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and Co-President of the Quebec Government’s committee to develop a “Charter for a Healthy and Diversified Body Image”. He is a Past President of the Eating Disorders Research Society, and previous Executive-Committee member of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Steiger and colleagues have recently been studying a) Genetic and epigenetic influences upon ED development and course. b) System-wide efforts to transfer specialized knowledge on EDs to 1st and 2nd line services and to alter attitudes towards thinness at a population level.   
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