Dr. Christina M Bancej

Image Dr. Christina Bancej
Chef, surveillance de la grippe et des pathogènes émergents respiratoires

Influenza et infections respiratoires émergentes : epidémiologie, surveillance et réponse. Diriger le programme national de surveillance de la grippe «FluWatch» et d'autres initiatives de surveillance des agents pathogènes respiratoires (MERS-CoV, nouvelles formes de grippe, virus respiratoire syncytial et autres).


Prix et études

PhD, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University

MSc, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University

BSc (Hons), Physics and Biology, York University


CIHR Doctoral Research Award

NSERC PGS-A Graduate Research Award

Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales Award for HIV/AIDS Research

NSERC Undergraduate Research Award

Expérience et / ou de travail international

UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Guinea, 2015

WHO Global RSV surveillance pilot, 2016-2018

PAHO Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Network in the Americas (SARInet), 2016-2018



Principales publications


1: Schanzer DL, Saboui M, Lee L, Nwosu A, Bancej C. Burden of influenza,

respiratory syncytial virus, and other respiratory viruses and the completeness

of respiratory viral identification among respiratory inpatients, Canada,

2003-2014. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2018 Jan;12(1):113-121. doi:

10.1111/irv.12497. Epub 2017 Dec 15. PubMed PMID: 29243369; PubMed Central PMCID:




2: Amankwah N, Marrie RA, Bancej C, Garner R, Manuel DG, Wall R, Finès P, Bernier

J, Tu K, Reimer K. Multiple sclerosis in Canada 2011 to 2031: results of a

microsimulation modelling study of epidemiological and economic impacts. Health

Promot Chronic Dis Prev Can. 2017 Feb;37(2):37-48. English, French. PubMed PMID:

28273039; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5607528.



3: Nour S, Labonté R, Bancej C. Impact of the 2008 global financial crisis on the

health of Canadians: repeated cross-sectional analysis of the Canadian Community

Health Survey, 2007-2013. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2017 Apr;71(4):336-343.

doi: 10.1136/jech-2016-207661. Epub 2016 Nov 9. PubMed PMID: 27831480.



4: Manuel DG, Garner R, Finès P, Bancej C, Flanagan W, Tu K, Reimer K, Chambers

LW, Bernier J. Alzheimer's and other dementias in Canada, 2011 to 2031: a

microsimulation Population Health Modeling (POHEM) study of projected prevalence,

health burden, health services, and caregiving use. Popul Health Metr. 2016 Nov

3;14:37. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27822143; PubMed Central PMCID:




5: Finès P, Garner R, Bancej C, Bernier J, Manuel DG. Development and

implementation of microsimulation models of neurological conditions. Health Rep.

2016 Mar 16;27(3):3-9. PubMed PMID: 26983006.



6: Shi Y, de Groh M, Bancej C. Socioeconomic gradients in cardiovascular risk in

Canadian children and adolescents. Health Promot Chronic Dis Prev Can. 2016

Feb;36(2):21-31. English, French. PubMed PMID: 26878491; PubMed Central PMCID:




7: Bancej C, Jayabalasingham B, Wall RW, Rao DP, Do MT, de Groh M, Jayaraman GC.

Evidence Brief--Trends and projections of obesity among Canadians. Health Promot

Chronic Dis Prev Can. 2015 Sep;35(7):109-12. English, French. PubMed PMID:

26378769; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4910458.



8: Robitaille C, Bancej C, Dai S, Tu K, Rasali D, Blais C, Plante C, Smith M,

Svenson LW, Reimer K, Casey J, Puchtinger R, Johansen H, Gurevich Y, Waters C,

Lix LM, Quan H. Surveillance of ischemic heart disease should include physician

billing claims: population-based evidence from administrative health data across

seven Canadian provinces. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2013 Oct 20;13:88. doi:

10.1186/1471-2261-13-88. PubMed PMID: 24138129; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3871006.



9: Bienek AS, Gee ME, Nolan RP, Kaczorowski J, Campbell NR, Bancej C,

Gwadry-Sridhar F, Robitaille C, Walker RL, Dai S. Methodology of the 2009 Survey

on Living with Chronic Diseases in Canada--hypertension component. Chronic Dis

Inj Can. 2013 Sep;33(4):267-76. English, French. PubMed PMID: 23987223.



10: Jean S, O'Donnell S, Lagacé C, Walsh P, Bancej C, Brown JP, Morin S,

Papaioannou A, Jaglal SB, Leslie WD; Osteoporosis Surveillance Expert Working

Group. Trends in hip fracture rates in Canada: an age-period-cohort analysis. J

Bone Miner Res. 2013 Jun;28(6):1283-9. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.1863. PubMed PMID:

23426882; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5096929.



11: LeMessurier J, O'Donnell S, Walsh P, McRae L, Bancej C; Osteoporosis

Surveillance Expert Working Group. The development of national indicators for the

surveillance of osteoporosis in Canada. Chronic Dis Inj Can. 2012

Mar;32(2):101-7. PubMed PMID: 22414307; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5104541.



12: Gee ME, Janssen I, Pickett W, McAlister FA, Bancej CM, Joffres M, Johansen H,

Campbell NR. Prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension among

Canadian adults with diabetes, 2007 to 2009. Can J Cardiol. 2012

May;28(3):367-74. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2011.08.111. Epub 2012 Jan 26. PubMed PMID:




13: Gee ME, Bienek A, Campbell NR, Bancej CM, Robitaille C, Kaczorowski J,

Joffres M, Dai S, Gwadry-Sridar F, Nolan RP. Prevalence of, and barriers to,

preventive lifestyle behaviors in hypertension (from a national survey of

Canadians with hypertension). Am J Cardiol. 2012 Feb 15;109(4):570-5. doi:

10.1016/j.amjcard.2011.09.051. Epub 2011 Dec 10. PubMed PMID: 22154320.



14: Robitaille C, Dai S, Waters C, Loukine L, Bancej C, Quach S, Ellison J,

Campbell N, Tu K, Reimer K, Walker R, Smith M, Blais C, Quan H. Diagnosed

hypertension in Canada: incidence, prevalence and associated mortality. CMAJ.

2012 Jan 10;184(1):E49-56. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.101863. Epub 2011 Nov 21. PubMed

PMID: 22105752; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3255225.



15: Dai S, Walsh P, Wielgosz A, Gurevich Y, Bancej C, Morrison H. Comorbidities

and mortality associated with hospitalized heart failure in Canada. Can J

Cardiol. 2012 Jan-Feb;28(1):74-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2011.05.002. Epub 2011 Aug

31. PubMed PMID: 21885240.



16: O'Donnell S, Lagacé C, McRae L, Bancej C. Life with arthritis in Canada: a

personal and public health challenge. Chronic Dis Inj Can. 2011 Jun;31(3):135-6.

PubMed PMID: 21733351.



17: Walker RL, Gee ME, Bancej C, Nolan RP, Kaczorowski J, Joffres M, Bienek A,

Gwadry-Sridhar F, Campbell NR. Health behaviour advice from health professionals

to Canadian adults with hypertension: results from a national survey. Can J

Cardiol. 2011 Jul-Aug;27(4):446-54. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2011.03.013. English,

French. PubMed PMID: 21684718.



18: Gee ME, Campbell NR, Bancej CM, Robitaille C, Bienek A, Joffres MR, Walker

RL, Kaczorowski J, Dai S. Perception of uncontrolled blood pressure and

behaviours to improve blood pressure: findings from the 2009 Survey on Living

with Chronic Diseases in Canada. J Hum Hypertens. 2012 Mar;26(3):188-95. doi:

10.1038/jhh.2011.5. Epub 2011 Feb 3. PubMed PMID: 21289646.



19: Dai S, Robitaille C, Bancej C, Loukine L, Waters C, Baclic O. Executive

summary--report from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System:

hypertension in Canada, 2010. Chronic Dis Can. 2010 Dec;31(1):46-7. PubMed PMID:




20: Bancej CM, Campbell N, McKay DW, Nichol M, Walker RL, Kaczorowski J. Home

blood pressure monitoring among Canadian adults with hypertension: results from

the 2009 Survey on Living with Chronic Diseases in Canada. Can J Cardiol. 2010

May;26(5):e152-7. PubMed PMID: 20485694; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2886560.



21: DiFranza J, Ursprung WW, Lauzon B, Bancej C, Wellman RJ, Ziedonis D, Kim SS,

Gervais A, Meltzer B, McKay CE, O'Loughlin J, Okoli CT, Fortuna LR, Tremblay M. A

systematic review of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual diagnostic criteria

for nicotine dependence. Addict Behav. 2010 May;35(5):373-82. doi:

10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.12.013. Epub 2009 Dec 21. Review. PubMed PMID: 20056335.



22: Leslie WD, O'Donnell S, Lagacé C, Walsh P, Bancej C, Jean S, Siminoski K,

Kaiser S, Kendler DL, Jaglal S; Osteoporosis Surveillance Expert Working Group.

Population-based Canadian hip fracture rates with international comparisons.

Osteoporos Int. 2010 Aug;21(8):1317-22. doi: 10.1007/s00198-009-1080-1. Epub 2009

Oct 3. PubMed PMID: 19802507; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5101056.



23: Leslie WD, O'Donnell S, Jean S, Lagacé C, Walsh P, Bancej C, Morin S, Hanley

DA, Papaioannou A; Osteoporosis Surveillance Expert Working Group. Trends in hip

fracture rates in Canada. JAMA. 2009 Aug 26;302(8):883-9. doi:

10.1001/jama.2009.1231. PubMed PMID: 19706862.



24: Bancej C, O'Loughlin J, Platt RW, Paradis G, Gervais A. Smoking cessation

attempts among adolescent smokers: a systematic review of prevalence studies. Tob

Control. 2007 Dec;16(6):e8. Review. PubMed PMID: 18048598; PubMed Central PMCID:




25: Gervais A, O'Loughlin J, Meshefedjian G, Bancej C, Tremblay M. Milestones in

the natural course of onset of cigarette use among adolescents. CMAJ. 2006 Aug

1;175(3):255-61. PubMed PMID: 16880445; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1513423.



26: Maxwell CJ, Onysko J, Bancej CM, Nichol M, Rakowski W. The distribution and

predictive validity of the stages of change for mammography adoption among

Canadian women. Prev Med. 2006 Sep;43(3):171-7. Epub 2006 Jun 15. PubMed PMID:




27: Bancej CM, Maxwell CJ, Onysko J, Eliasziw M. Mammography utilization in

Canadian women aged 50 to 69: identification of factors that predict initiation

and adherence. Can J Public Health. 2005 Sep-Oct;96(5):364-8. PubMed PMID:




28: Jelinski SE, Maxwell CJ, Onysko J, Bancej CM. The influence of breast

self-examination on subsequent mammography participation. Am J Public Health.

2005 Mar;95(3):506-11. PubMed PMID: 15727985; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1449210.



29: Stuart G, Taylor G, Bancej CM, Beaulac J, Colgan T, Franco EL, Kropp RY,

Lotocki R, Mai V, McLachlin CM, Onysko J, Martin RE, Elit L, Guijon F, Mann J,

Ogilvie G, Romanowski B, Tromp M; Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada;

Cervical Cancer Prevention Network of Canada; Canadian Coordinating Office for

Health Technology Assessment. Report of the 2003 pan-Canadian forum on cervical

cancer prevention and control. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2004 Nov;26(11):1004-28.

Review. English, French. PubMed PMID: 15560864.



30: Bancej CM, Maxwell CJ, Snider J. Inconsistent self-reported mammography

history: findings from the National Population Health Survey longitudinal cohort.

BMC Health Serv Res. 2004 Nov 12;4(1):32. PubMed PMID: 15541176; PubMed Central

PMCID: PMC535807.



31: Simpson K, Sebastian R, Arbuckle TE, Bancej C, Pickett W. Stress on the farm

and its association with injury. J Agric Saf Health. 2004 Aug;10(3):141-53.

PubMed PMID: 15461131.



32: Onysko J, Bancej CM, Pim CP. Re: International variation in screening

mammography interpretations in community-based programs. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2004

Feb 4;96(3):238; author reply 238-9. PubMed PMID: 14759996.



33: Bancej C, Decker K, Chiarelli A, Harrison M, Turner D, Brisson J.

Contribution of clinical breast examination to mammography screening in the early

detection of breast cancer. J Med Screen. 2003;10(1):16-21. PubMed PMID:




34: Arbuckle TE, Burnett R, Cole D, Teschke K, Dosemeci M, Bancej C, Zhang J.

Predictors of herbicide exposure in farm applicators. Int Arch Occup Environ

Health. 2002 Aug;75(6):406-14. Epub 2002 Apr 20. PubMed PMID: 12070637.



35: Olivotto IA, Gomi A, Bancej C, Brisson J, Tonita J, Kan L, Mah Z, Harrison M,

Shumak R. Influence of delay to diagnosis on prognostic indicators of

screen-detected breast carcinoma. Cancer. 2002 Apr 15;94(8):2143-50. PubMed PMID:




36: Olivotto IA, Bancej C, Goel V, Snider J, McAuley RG, Irvine B, Kan L, Mirsky

D, Sabine MJ, McGilly R, Caines JS. Waiting times from abnormal breast screen to

diagnosis in 7 Canadian provinces. CMAJ. 2001 Aug 7;165(3):277-83. PubMed PMID:

11517642; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC81326.



37: Maxwell CJ, Bancej CM, Snider J, Vik SA. Factors important in promoting

cervical cancer screening among Canadian women: findings from the 1996-97

National Population Health Survey (NPHS). Can J Public Health. 2001

Mar-Apr;92(2):127-33. PubMed PMID: 11338151.



38: Maxwell CJ, Bancej CM, Snider J. Predictors of mammography use among Canadian

women aged 50-69: findings from the 1996/97 National Population Health Survey.

CMAJ. 2001 Feb 6;164(3):329-34. PubMed PMID: 11232132; PubMed Central PMCID:




39: Bancej C, Arbuckle T. Injuries in Ontario farm children: a population based

study. Inj Prev. 2000 Jun;6(2):135-40. PubMed PMID: 10875671; PubMed Central

PMCID: PMC1730622.



40: Arbuckle TE, Schrader SM, Cole D, Hall JC, Bancej CM, Turner LA, Claman P.

2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid residues in semen of Ontario farmers. Reprod

Toxicol. 1999 Nov-Dec;13(6):421-9. PubMed PMID: 10613390.