Alain Vanasse, M. D., Ph. D.

Health: Populations, Organization, Practices Axis
Centre de recherche du CHUS

Scientific and Administrative Director
PRIMUS research group

Full Professor
Département of Family Medicine
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Université de Sherbrooke

Contact Information
Phone | 819 346-1110 ext. 70540
Fax |
819 564-5386
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Research relevance

Social and geographical health inequalities: a research program in geomatics and population health

The investigator Alain Vanasse is known first and foremost for his expertise in population health, secondary data analysis and health geomatics. His prime interests are chronic disease and mental disorders, the health-care system and primary health care, particularly as they relate to different outcomes among sub-populations such as rural, underprivileged groups and minorities.

Using secondary analysis of existing databanks and geomatic approach, his research projects are performed with a populational perspective and a special consideration for underserved populations such as rural, socially and/or materially deprived populations, as well as linguistic minorities and immigrants. Still with the population health and primary care perspectives, Dr. Vanasse also leads several research projects on medical workforce analysis in Canada and the USA.

Besides multiple research publications, the research results of Dr. Vanasse are mainly aimed to decision-makers and public health researchers working to improve health care policies and aiming,in the long-term, to reduce the gap in accessibility to health care among different communities in Québec and Canada.


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Representative Achievements

  • Over 4 000 000$ in research grants between 2002 and 2012
  • The Interactive Atlas on Health Inequalities: a geographical health information system on chronic diseases and mental disorders intended for decision-makers and public health researchers
  • Founding member of the Collaborative on Research on Regional Medical Education (CRRME): studies on the impacts of delocalizing medical training programs on medical workforce in Canada


Know-How & Opportunities for Collaboration

  • Secondary analysis of complex databanks
  • Geomatics and Population heath
  • Medical workforce analysis

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