Dr. Alvaro Osornio Vargas and colleagues were recently successful in obtaining funding from the Cancer Research Society and Read for the Cure for their project titled “Mapping children’s cancer incidence and environmental carcinogenic emissions in Canada: an interdisciplinary spatiotemporal data mining approach”.  Dr. Paul Villeneuve was a co-applicant on this grant. The proposed research aims to identify whether existing geographical variability of Canadian childhood cancer relates to patterns of childhood cancer incidence in proximity to areas where carcinogens are emitted to air by industry. The project will also evaluate the participation of other environmental factors like wind, proximity to major roads and socioeconomic variables. The study, by incorporating spatial data mining, will use a new research approach that could advance exposure assessment science.

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