Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Laura Anderson

PhD (Toronto), MSc (Western), BSc (Guelph)

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

905.525.9140 x 21725

Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
Communications Research Lab, Room 221
1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1

Office location: CRL-221


Academic Interests

Dr. Anderson is an epidemiologist focused on population and public health. The overall aim of her research program is to inform chronic disease prevention by contributing to our understanding of the determinants of health in early life. Her research incorporates the use of biomarkers and large datasets to evaluate the measurement and impact of modifiable risk factors, including nutrition and obesity, during pregnancy and childhood.

Dr. Anderson is currently accepting graduate students in the MPH and HRM PhD program. Interested students are requested to forward their CV and a description of research interests by e-mail.

Selected Publications

  1. Birken CS , Lebovic G, Anderson LN, McCrindle B, Mamdani M, Kandasamy S, Khovratovich M, Parkin PC, Maguire JL, and the TARGet Kids Collaboration. Association between Vitamin D and Circulating Lipids in Early Childhood. Plos One. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0131938
  2. Anderson LN, Chen Y, Omand JA, Birken CS, Parkin PC, To T, Maguire JL on behalf of the TARGet Kids Collaboration. Vitamin D exposure during pregnancy, but not early childhood, is associated with risk of childhood wheezing. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 2015 Apr 17; 6(4):308-316.
  3. Anderson LN, Pennell C, Atkinson H, Marsh J, Connor KL, Matthews SG, Briollais L, Lye SJ. Birthweight, candidate gene variants and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function among adolescents in the Western Australia (Raine) pregnancy cohort. Plos One. 2014 Apr 1;9(4):e92957.
  4. Anderson LN, Cotterchio M, Boucher BA, Kreiger N. Phytoestrogen intake from foods, during adolescence and adulthood, and risk of breast cancer by estrogen and progesterone receptor tumor subgroup among Ontario women. International Journal of Cancer. 2013;132(7):1683-92.
  5. Anderson LN, Cotterchio M, Mirea L, Ozcelik H, Kreiger N. Passive cigarette smoke exposure during various periods of life, genetic variants and breast cancer risk among never-smokers. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2012; 175(4): 289-301.
  6. Anderson LN, Cotterchio M, Cole DEC, Knight JA. Vitamin D-related genetic variants, possible interactions with vitamin D exposure and breast cancer risk among Caucasian women in Ontario. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers Prevention. 2011; 20(7); 1708-1717.
  7. Anderson LN, Cotterchio M, Kirsh V, Knight JA. Ultraviolet sunlight exposure during adolescence and adulthood and breast cancer risk: a population-based case-control study among Ontario women. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2011; 174: 293-304.
  8. Anderson LN, Cotterchio M, Vieth R, Knight JA. Vitamin D and calcium intakes and breast cancer risk in pre- and post-menopausal women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2010; 91:1699–707. 

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