PhD, MSc
675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3
phone: 6046758058

Cancer Control Research – BC Cancer Research Centre
Director, BC Generations Project

I am the Director of the provincial prospective cohort, the BC Generations Project, and a senior scientist with the Cancer Control Research Program of the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre. I am a Clinical Associate Professor with the School of Population and Public Health. Trained in epidemiology, computer systems development, and psychology, I have published on the associations of diet, body shape, insulin resistance and socioeconomic status with cancer risk and prognosis, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and childhood cancers. My research focuses on cancer prevention and early detection, in particular with respect to mammographic breast density: how it relates to breast cancer, and how it might be modified to reduce risk and improve cancer detection.

Selected recent publications (last 5 years):
Borugian MJ, Lee TK, Black P, Bressler B, Goldenberg SL, Gallagher RP. Cancer among males in BC and Canada. BC Medical Journal 2011; 53(10):541-6.

Borugian MJ, Spinelli JJ, Abanto Z, Xu L, Wilkins R. Breast cancer incidence and neighborhood income in Canada. Health Reports 2011; 22(2): on-line first (20 Apr).

Borugian MJ, Robson P, Fortier I, Parker L, McLaughlin J, Knoppers BM, Bedard K, Gallagher RP, Sinclair S, Ferretti V, Whelan H, Hoskins D, Potter J. The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project: Building a Pan-Canadian Disease Prevention Research Platform. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2010; 182(11):1197-201.

Borugian MJ, Poole B, Kan L, Xu L, St. Germain L, Gelmon, KA. The top issues patients mention when family physicians recommend screening mammography. BC Medical Journal 2009; 51(10):436-9.

Borugian MJ, Kan L, Chu C, Ceballos K, Gelmon KA, Gordon PB, Poole B, Tyldesley S, Olivotto IA. Facilitated “Fast Track” referral reduces time from abnormal screening mammogram to diagnosis. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2008; 99(4):252-56.

Borugian MJ, Spinelli JJ, Sun Z, Kolonel L, Oakley-Girvan I, Pollak M, Whittemore AS, Wu A, Gallagher RP. Prostate cancer risk in relation to insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1 and IGF binding protein-3: A prospective multi-ethnic study. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 2008; 17(1):252-4.

Borugian MJ, Spinelli JJ, Mezei G, Wilkins R, McBride ML. Childhood leukaemia and socioeconomic status. International Journal of Epidemiology 2007; 36:929.

Borugian MJ, Spinelli JJ, Sun Z, Kolonel LN, Oakley-Girvan I, Pollak MP, Whittemore AS, Wu AH, Gallagher RP. Pre-diagnostic C-peptide and risk of prostate cancer. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 2007; 16(10):2164-65.