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Parviz Ghadirian Ph.D

Professor at University of Montreal & McGill University

Director of the Epidemiology Research Center


It is the pleasure of Jaam va Jaan magazine to present Dr. Parviz Ghadirian as this issue’s esteemed member of the month. We are honored to have such a driven and successful individual in our community and humbled by his accomplishments and immense success in the field of medicine.

Dr. Ghardirian’s scientific career began early. In 1969, after receiving his B.Sc. in Food and Nutrition Sciences from the School of Food Sciences in Iran, he was appointed Director of the Caspian Littoral Cancer Registry and Nutritionist on the Epidemiology Team for Esophageal Cancer Studies in Northern Iran. These research activities were collaborative projects of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Institute of Public Health Research (IPHR) of Tehran University.


In 1972, Dr. Ghadirian joined the staff of the Eppley Cancer Research Institute in Omaha as a nutritionist. During his four years in the United States, he received his M.Sc. in Medical Science (Human Nutrition) from the College of Medicine, University of Nebraska, at Omaha.


In 1976, he returned to Iran and was appointed Head of the Babol Medical Research Station and Director of Esophageal Cancer Field Studies, including the Caspian Cancer Registry. His initial work on the epidemiology of esophageal cancer was followed by surveys on population food habits and nutrition, familial cancer of the esophagus, esophageal cancer in domestic animals, opium use and esophageal cancer, as well as several other epidemiological investigations.


Dr. Ghadirian redirected his career in 1978 and was accepted as a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Cancer Research, Division of Epidemiology, London University (U.K.), with a fellowship from the WHO. He received his Ph.D. in Cancer Epidemiology in 1982.


In 1983, after a year of research on the epidemiology of cancer in the Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Department of Community Medicine, Oxford University, he joined the research group of the Montreal Cancer Institute as Research Associate and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal. In 1986, he was appointed Associate Professor (Research) in the Human Nutrition Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sherbrooke.


Dr. Ghadirian is currently full Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nutrition, University of Montreal, and Director of the Epidemiology Research Unit of the Research Centre at the CHUM -- Hôtel-Dieu. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncology at McGill University, as well as Associate Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Changes and Development at the University of Montreal.

His main activities in recent years have concentrated on the genetic epidemiology of cancer, the epidemiology of nutrition and cancer, the epidemiology of AIDS, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, food habits and chronic diseases.


He has served as, and is an active consultant to, the IARC of the WHO in Lyon, France, as well as its regional office for the Eastern Mediterranean in Alexandria, Egypt. He is a Senior Research Associate of the European Institute of Oncology, and has served as a part-time Senior Research Epidemiologist at Health Canada (Environmental Health Centre). Dr. Ghadirian is an Affiliated Scientist of the McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment of the University of Ottawa.


He has published more than 304 scientific articles, chapters, reports and books along with 237 scientific presentations regarding his research activities and more than 1,200 articles and columns in different journals for the lay public -- in French, English and mostly Farsi (Persian). Since 1989, he is the host of, and is responsible for, an Iranian international television program on nutrition and health. He is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals, and he was the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Iranian Medical Journal for eight years, serving the Iranian communities in North America.


Dr. Ghadirian has dedicated a large portion of his life to promoting people’s health and wellbeing, particularly of the Iranian community, through conferences, television, radio, and the print media: journals and newspapers. His two recent books on AIDS and Cancer Detection and Prevention in Farsi are well known and well received among Iranians in and outside Iran.


It is incredible that among all of these accomplishments, Dr. Ghadirian is also able to give back to his community. His career is defined by his desire to help others and promote health anywhere and everywhere that he can reach out to. Jaam va Jaan is honored to have Dr. Ghadirian as our esteemed member of the month, not only for his incredible career but for the compassion that he has for others that drives him to help others through his career. 




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