RADON TESTING MAY - AUGUST?: 6 MONTH RADON TEST ENCOURAGED  

Thank you for your interest in testing with Evict Radon

Evict Radon is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to solving Canada’s significant and worsening radon-gas exposure problem. Radon is a substantial cause of lung cancer even in non-smokers. By testing your home with one of our non-profit, research-grade radon test kits and enrolling in our national, public university-based research study, you are helping Evict Radon-aligned researchers from across Canada to understand radon exposure and develop new ways to protect ourselves and loved ones.

Common practice states that winter is the optimal time to radon test. However, as we collect more data, we have determined little difference between winter and spring radon testing. We do, however, encourage our participants to test over seasonal change. At this time, the best and most accurate radon readings obtained during the spring and summer months are those that are longer than 6 months. 

Dr. Aaron Goodarzi is a biologist expanding our understanding of how ionizing radiation impacts our DNA to cause disease, including cancer. Based at the University of Calgary (AB), his team is working towards understanding the scale and cause(s) of the Canadian radon problem, finding the genetic signature of radon-induced lung cancer, and determining who amongst us may be especially susceptible to cancer after radon exposure. Dr. Goodarzi is the Board Chair of Evict Radon. 

Aaron Goodarzi, PhD
Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Aaron Goodarzi is a biologist expanding our understanding of how ionizing radiation impacts our DNA to cause disease, including cancer. Based at the University of Calgary (AB), his team is working towards understanding the scale and cause(s) of the Canadian radon problem, finding the genetic signature of radon-induced lung cancer, and determining who amongst us may be especially susceptible to cancer after radon exposure. Dr. Goodarzi is the Board Chair of Evict Radon. 

“Dr. Alison Wallace is a thoracic surgeon and scientist who treats lung cancer. Based at Dalhousie University (NS), her research is focused on studying how environmental exposures lead to the development of lung cancer. Dr. Wallace is working in partnership with the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, as well as the teams lead by Evict Radon members Dr. Dellaire and Dr. Goodarzi, to understand the relationship between residential radon exposure and lung cancer incidence and outcomes in Canada.”

Alison Wallace, MD, PhD
Halifax, Nova Scotia

“Dr. Alison Wallace is a thoracic surgeon and scientist who treats lung cancer. Based at Dalhousie University (NS), her research is focused on studying how environmental exposures lead to the development of lung cancer. Dr. Wallace is working in partnership with the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, as well as the teams lead by Evict Radon members Dr. Dellaire and Dr. Goodarzi, to understand the relationship between residential radon exposure and lung cancer incidence and outcomes in Canada.”

Dr. Anne-Marie Nichol is an epidemiologist and toxicology expert who has helped shape the Canadian national “Take Action on Radon Program.” Based at Simon Fraser University (BC), she leads community-level initiatives to reduce radon levels and promotes environmental knowledge translation for public health professionals. Dr. Nichol is also a founding member of Carcinogen Exposure (CAREX) Canada.

Anne-Marie Nicol, PhD
Burnaby, British Columbia

Dr. Anne-Marie Nichol is an epidemiologist and toxicology expert who has helped shape the Canadian national “Take Action on Radon Program.” Based at Simon Fraser University (BC), she leads community-level initiatives to reduce radon levels and promotes environmental knowledge translation for public health professionals. Dr. Nichol is also a founding member of Carcinogen Exposure (CAREX) Canada.

Dr. Brandy Winquist is an expert in community and population health, particularly as it relates to maternal and child health and health services. Based at the University of Saskatchewan (SK), she co-founded and led Saskatchewan’s “Little Lungs” radon testing campaign that has helped to build a better understanding of radon exposure risks for families with children (who we know are the most at risk from radon).

Brandy Winquist, PhD
Regina, Saskatchewan

Dr. Brandy Winquist is an expert in community and population health, particularly as it relates to maternal and child health and health services. Based at the University of Saskatchewan (SK), she co-founded and led Saskatchewan’s “Little Lungs” radon testing campaign that has helped to build a better understanding of radon exposure risks for families with children (who we know are the most at risk from radon).

Dr. Cathryn Ryan is a groundwater and water quality scientist interested in free phase gases’ behaviour as a rapid gas transport mechanism in groundwater. Based at the University of Calgary (AB), her team works to understand the links between indoor air radon and dissolved radon gas in the ground (well) water that supplies drinking water to homes in rural areas.

Cathy Ryan, PhD
Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Cathryn Ryan is a groundwater and water quality scientist interested in free phase gases’ behaviour as a rapid gas transport mechanism in groundwater. Based at the University of Calgary (AB), her team works to understand the links between indoor air radon and dissolved radon gas in the ground (well) water that supplies drinking water to homes in rural areas.

Dr. Cheryl Peters is an occupational hygienist and an epidemiologist focused on the impact of cancer-causing exposures in the workplace, community and environments. Based with Alberta Health Services, she is interested in minimizing exposures to known hazards such as radon to reduce cancer risks for workers and Canadians in general. Dr. Peters is also a founding member of Carcinogen Exposure (CAREX) Canada.

Cheryl Peters, PhD
Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Cheryl Peters is an occupational hygienist and an epidemiologist focused on the impact of cancer-causing exposures in the workplace, community and environments. Based with Alberta Health Services, she is interested in minimizing exposures to known hazards such as radon to reduce cancer risks for workers and Canadians in general. Dr. Peters is also a founding member of Carcinogen Exposure (CAREX) Canada.

Dr. Darren Brenner is a population health scientist focused on the impact of lifestyle and genetics in the development of cancer and epidemiologic trends in cancer survival. Based at the University of Calgary (AB), his team processes data from across the nation to calculate region-, tissue- and cause-specific cancer risk statistics. He is particularly interested in developing new Canadian radon-attributable lung cancer risk estimates. Dr. Brenner is on the Board of Evict Radon. 

Darren Brenner, PhD
Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Darren Brenner is a population health scientist focused on the impact of lifestyle and genetics in the development of cancer and epidemiologic trends in cancer survival. Based at the University of Calgary (AB), his team processes data from across the nation to calculate region-, tissue- and cause-specific cancer risk statistics. He is particularly interested in developing new Canadian radon-attributable lung cancer risk estimates. Dr. Brenner is on the Board of Evict Radon. 

Dr. David Torr is a physician and currently serves as the lead medical health officer for rural medicine in the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Based at the University of Saskatchewan (SK), he is interested in preventing and understanding chronic disease. He has led multiple programs to encourage radon testing and raise awareness in Saskatchewan.

David Torr, MD
Regina, Saskatchewan

Dr. David Torr is a physician and currently serves as the lead medical health officer for rural medicine in the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Based at the University of Saskatchewan (SK), he is interested in preventing and understanding chronic disease. He has led multiple programs to encourage radon testing and raise awareness in Saskatchewan.

Dr. Graham Dellaire is a biologist studying DNA damage repair related to cancer biomarker discovery, chemotherapy resistance and environmental causes of cancer. Based at Dalhousie University (NS), he is particularly interested in the dynamics between radon and arsenic exposure, both of which cause lung cancer. Graham also founded the Canadian Environmental Exposures of Cancer (CE2C) network.

Graham Dellaire, PhD
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Graham Dellaire is a biologist studying DNA damage repair related to cancer biomarker discovery, chemotherapy resistance and environmental causes of cancer. Based at Dalhousie University (NS), he is particularly interested in the dynamics between radon and arsenic exposure, both of which cause lung cancer. Graham also founded the Canadian Environmental Exposures of Cancer (CE2C) network.

Dr. Jean-Yves Masson is a biochemist and molecular biologist studying genomic instability. He is an expert in DNA damage and repair responses, and exploring their potential as therapeutic approaches. Based at the CHU de Québec-University Laval, he is interested in genome-wide responses to radon and alpha particle radiation exposure using genetic screens. Jean-Yves is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and holds the Canada Research Chair in DNA repair and Cancer Therapeutics

 

Jean-Yves Masson, PhD
Québec City, Québec

Dr. Jean-Yves Masson is a biochemist and molecular biologist studying genomic instability. He is an expert in DNA damage and repair responses, and exploring their potential as therapeutic approaches. Based at the CHU de Québec-University Laval, he is interested in genome-wide responses to radon and alpha particle radiation exposure using genetic screens. Jean-Yves is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and holds the Canada Research Chair in DNA repair and Cancer Therapeutics

 

Professor Joshua Taron is an architect focused on advancing and applying digital design and fabrication tools, emphasizing more sustainable, efficient and livable cities. Based at the University of Calgary (AB), his team is exploring how the human-built environment influences indoor air quality and modify the entry of radon gas into buildings, as well as the evolving building code trends that underlie Canada’s radon problem. Mr. Taron is on the board of Evict Radon. 

Josh Taron, M.Arch
Calgary, Alberta

Professor Joshua Taron is an architect focused on advancing and applying digital design and fabrication tools, emphasizing more sustainable, efficient and livable cities. Based at the University of Calgary (AB), his team is exploring how the human-built environment influences indoor air quality and modify the entry of radon gas into buildings, as well as the evolving building code trends that underlie Canada’s radon problem. Mr. Taron is on the board of Evict Radon. 

Dr. Linda Carlson holds the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, is Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is the Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC), where she has worked since 1997. She also holds a CIHR SPOR-funded mentorship chair in innovative clinical trials, which funds the TRACTION program (Training in Research And Clinical Trials in Integrative Oncology), supporting a multidisciplinary group of University of Calgary fellows studying Integrative Oncology.

Linda Carlson, PhD
Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Linda Carlson holds the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, is Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is the Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC), where she has worked since 1997. She also holds a CIHR SPOR-funded mentorship chair in innovative clinical trials, which funds the TRACTION program (Training in Research And Clinical Trials in Integrative Oncology), supporting a multidisciplinary group of University of Calgary fellows studying Integrative Oncology.

Dr. Michael Wieser is an atomic physicist developing reliable analytical technologies with real-world applications to understanding the relationship between our environment and living systems. Based at the University of Calgary (AB) Department of Physics and Astronomy, his team is focussed on novel biodosimetric methods of calculating lifetime radon exposure using mass spectrometry.

Michael Wieser, PhD
Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Michael Wieser is an atomic physicist developing reliable analytical technologies with real-world applications to understanding the relationship between our environment and living systems. Based at the University of Calgary (AB) Department of Physics and Astronomy, his team is focussed on novel biodosimetric methods of calculating lifetime radon exposure using mass spectrometry.

Dr. Nicolas Ploquin is a medical physicist who designs and implements radiation therapy for cancer patients. While not delivering life-saving therapy at Alberta Health Service’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre (AB), he and his team collaborate with biologists to model and understand alpha particle radiation (that is emitted by radon) and the effects it has on living systems.

Nicolas Ploquin, PhD
Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Nicolas Ploquin is a medical physicist who designs and implements radiation therapy for cancer patients. While not delivering life-saving therapy at Alberta Health Service’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre (AB), he and his team collaborate with biologists to model and understand alpha particle radiation (that is emitted by radon) and the effects it has on living systems.

Dr. Trevor Dummer is an environmental epidemiologist with training in geographic information science and determines how the environment influences health. Based at the University of British Columbia (BC) School of Population and Public Health, his current work involves cancer prevention through community knowledge translation, especially related to environmental exposures such as radon or arsenic.

Trevor Dummer, PhD
Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Trevor Dummer is an environmental epidemiologist with training in geographic information science and determines how the environment influences health. Based at the University of British Columbia (BC) School of Population and Public Health, his current work involves cancer prevention through community knowledge translation, especially related to environmental exposures such as radon or arsenic.

Dr. Wan Lam is the Deputy Head of Integrative Oncology at the BC Cancer Agency and a pioneering expert in gene expression studies. Based on the University of British Columbia (BC), his team has developed whole-genome technologies, bioinformatics, imaging and computational biology tools for tracking genetic, epigenetic, and gene expression events critical to cancer development, progression and treatment responses in lung cancer.

Wan Lam, PhD
Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Wan Lam is the Deputy Head of Integrative Oncology at the BC Cancer Agency and a pioneering expert in gene expression studies. Based on the University of British Columbia (BC), his team has developed whole-genome technologies, bioinformatics, imaging and computational biology tools for tracking genetic, epigenetic, and gene expression events critical to cancer development, progression and treatment responses in lung cancer.

Dr. Zachary Nagel is a cell biologist and genomic instability expert focused on measuring inter-individual differences in DNA repair capacity. Based at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health (USA), the goal of his work is to identify functional biomarkers that can be used for individualized predictions regarding disease (such as lung cancer) risk and sensitivity to exposure to radiation (such as emitted by radon).

Zachary Nagel, PhD
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Zachary Nagel is a cell biologist and genomic instability expert focused on measuring inter-individual differences in DNA repair capacity. Based at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health (USA), the goal of his work is to identify functional biomarkers that can be used for individualized predictions regarding disease (such as lung cancer) risk and sensitivity to exposure to radiation (such as emitted by radon).

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