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angle-left Isabel Fortier, PhD

Scientist, RI-MUHC, 2155 Guy Street

Child Health and Human Development Program

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University



epidemiology • data harmonization • data management • methods and software development • cohorts

Research Focus

My research focuses on the development of methods and tools to support data harmonization and integration across studies, and implementation of individual study infrastructures. I lead the Maelstrom-Research and DataSHaPER programs which aim to develop and provide the research community from diverse disciplines with resources (expertise, methods and software) to leverage and support national and international collaborations, and facilitate data harmonization, integration and analysis. I coordinate the harmonization activities of several international projects, including BioSHaRE (Biobank Standardisation and Harmonisation for Research Excellence in the European Union).

Selected Publications

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  • Griffith LE, van den Heuvel E, Fortier I, Sohel N, Hofer SM, Payette H, et al. Statistical approaches to harmonize data on cognitive measures in systematic reviews are rarely reported. J Clin Epidemiol. 2015 Feb;68(2):154-62. PMID: 25497980.

  • Fortier I, Doiron D, Wolfson C, Raina P. Harmonizing data for collaborative research on aging: why should we foster such an agenda? Canadian journal on aging = La revue canadienne du vieillissement. 2012 Mar;31(1):95-9. Central PMCID: 22373784. Epub 2012/03/01. eng. PMID: 22373784.

  • Doiron D, Raina P, Ferretti V, L'Heureux F, Fortier I. Facilitating Collaborative Research: Implementing a Platform Supporting Data Harmonization and Pooling. Norwegian Journal of Epidemiology. 2012;21(2):221-4.

  • Fortier I, Doiron D, Little J, Ferretti V, L'Heureux F, Stolk RP, et al. Is rigorous retrospective harmonization possible? Application of the DataSHaPER approach across 53 large studies. International journal of epidemiology. 2011 Oct;40(5):1314-28. PubMed PMID: 21804097. Central Epub 2011/08/02. eng. PMCID: 3204208.

  • Fortier I, Burton PR, Robson PJ, Ferretti V, Little J, L'Heureux F, et al. Quality, quantity and harmony: the DataSHaPER approach to integrating data across bioclinical studies. International journal of epidemiology. 2010 Oct;39(5):1383-93. PubMed PMID: 20813861. Pubmed Central Epub 2010/09/04. eng. PMCID: 2972444.