Isabel Fortier, Ph.D.

Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre, Canada
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+1 (514) 934 1934 ext 44448

Dr. Isabel Fortier is a researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) where she leads the Maelstrom Research and DataSHaPER programs. These initiatives aim to develop and provide resources (expertise, methods and software) for the research community from diverse disciplines to leverage and support (1) data harmonization and integration across studies and (2) the implementation of individual study infrastructures.

In addition, Dr. Fortier serves as coordinator of data harmonization for the Biobank Standardisation and Harmonisation for Research Excellence in the European Union (BioSHaRE) project. This large scale FP7-funded project aims to ensure the development of harmonized measures and computing infrastructures enabling the effective pooling of data across large European cohort studies including UK Biobank, Lifelines, KORA, Nord-Trøndelag Health Study, LifeGene, Estonian Genome Center, National Child Development Study, and National FINRISK Study. Dr. Fortier also led the construction of the Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G) Observatory, a central internet repository of scientific resources and tools. Finally, at the Canadian level, Dr. Fortier has been involved in the development and harmonization of a number of cohorts including the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) (50,000 participants), CARTaGENE (20,000 participants) and Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) (300,000 participants).