John Spinelli’s primary research focus is on the identification of environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and in the interaction between genes and the environment, particularly for lymphoid cancer (lymphoma and myeloma) and breast cancer. He has made contributions to our understanding of the etiology of cancer, including key findings on occupational and environmental causes. He is the author of over 300 peer reviewed publications on cancer prevention and other areas of health research as well as the development of new statistical and epidemiological methodology.

Dr. Spinelli is formerly a Distinguished Scientist at the BC Cancer Research Centre, and the former Vice President, Population Oncology at BC Cancer. In this role, he led and managed population health services and research to support province-wide cancer control, including the three provincial screening programs, surveillance, prevention, data and analytics, Indigenous cancer control and population oncology research.