GS16 Speakers

Janice L. Bailey


Scientific Director FRQNT

As an active scientist for over 25 years, my research explored the impact of the environment, such as toxicant exposure, temperature and nutrition, on fertility, reproductive development and the ability to produce healthy offspring across multiple generations. I am particularly interested on paternally-mediated origins of development, which has been ignored relative to maternal influences. I have worked on a wide range of species, including bees, fish, agriculturally-important animals, laboratory models and human studies. I was a founding member of the Reproduction, Development and Intergenerational Health Research Centre, composed of researchers from the Faculties of Medicine and Food & Agricultural Sciences at Laval University. I was also Co-Director of the Quebec Reproduction Research Network, which included teams from six research-intensive universities in the province of Québec, including McGill, Montreal, Laval, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières. I have served as Chair or member multiple grant review panels in Canada and the USA, and on the editorial boards of several journals. I have been involved in the organisation of numerous international congresses in Canada, the USA, Australia, Denmark and South Africa, and am currently Co-Chair of the 2021 World Congress of the International Society of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. I have also been elected to executive governance roles in various national and international scholarly societies, including as President of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. My current role as the FRQNT’s Scientific Director is to develop and promote research activities to solve challenges and stimulate socio-economic development in a manner that will benefit Québec and other nations. In doing so, we prioritise interdisciplinary international collaboration, research partnerships, and diversity in our approaches.