McMaster University

McMaster University

Bruce Wainman

, PhD

Professor, Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division Director: Anatomy

Director, Education Program in Anatomy

Associate Member, Obstetrics and Gynecology

McMaster University
1R1 Health Sciences Centre
905-525-9140 ext. 22273

Assistant: Maureen Letang

Bruce Wainman

Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

  • PhD Biology, York University, 1990
  • MSc Medical Sciences, McMaster University, 1987
  • BSc (Honours) Biochemistry, Laurentian University


Research Focus

Exposure and impact of low level environmental toxicants on human reproductive health

Decrements in the reproductive health of many organisms due to high level environmental contaminants is well established but the subtle effects of low level contaminants on human reproductive health have been harder to quantify. My program of research looks at subtle indicators of reproductive health including time to pregnancy (fecundability), and alterations in menstrual cycle function related to environmental contaminant exposure.

In support of this research I also investigate the sources of contaminants, particularly game animals and human milk, and the relationship between proximity to highly contaminated sites and reproductive health and contaminant burden. The latter work is done by the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Academic Interests

As the Director of the Education Program in Anatomy, Dr. Wainman is significantly involved in anatomy and physiology teaching within various Faculty of Health Science programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels including:

  • Undergraduate Medical Program
  • The School of Nursing
  • Post-Graduate Medical Program
  • Midwifery Education Program
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences Program

Selected Publications

  • Tsuji, L.J.S., Wainman, B.C. (et al.) Determining Tissue-Lead Levels in Large Game Mammals Harvested with Lead Bullets: Human Health Concerns. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. vol. 82, no. 4, pp. 435-439 (2009).
  • Alshurafa M, Khan J, Kim M, Alaee M, Steer, H, Pacepavicius G, Wainman B. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Rats at McMaster University Animal Quarters and Exposure Assessment. Organohalogen Compounds 70:1849, (2008).
  • Wainman B, Thompson C, Kesner J, Martin I, Meadows J, Krieg E, Tsuji L. Effects of Organohalogens and Metals on the Menstrual Cycles of the Cree of James Bay. Organohalogen Compounds, Volume 70: 2379 (2008).
  • Ryan JJ, Wainman BC, Rawn DF, Sun WF, Kosarac I, Sadler, A. Variation in Several Classes Of POPs (PCDD/Fs, PCBs, PBDEs, HBCDs) from a Single Woman Within and Between Two Lactations. Organohalogen Compounds, Volume 70: 1546 (2008).
  • Tsuji, L.J.S., Wainman, B.C., Martin ID, Nieboer, E. Lead shot contribution to blood lead of First Nations People: The use of lead isotopes to identify the source of exposure. Science of the Total Environment (2008).
  • McCreanor, L. Tsuji LJ, Wainman BC, Martin ID, Weber J-P. The use of leeches and logit log-linear contingency models to assess and monitor aquatic PCB contamination originating from mid-Canada radar line site. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 050. 40:1-3. May, 2008.
  • Kreager, N., Wainman, BC, Jayasinghe, RK, Tsuji, LJS. Lead Pellet Ingestion and Liver-Lead Concentrations in Upland Game Birds from Southern Ontario, Canada Arch Environ Contam Toxicol (2008) 54:331–336.
  • Tsuji, LJS, Wainman BC, Martin ID, Sutherland C, Weber J-P, Dumas P, Nieboer E. The identification of lead ammunition as a source of lead exposure in First Nations: The use of lead isotope ratios. Science of the Total Environment 393:291–298. April, 2008.
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