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angle-left Isabel Fortier, PhD

Scientist, RI-MUHC , Montreal General Hospital

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

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

Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, MUHC



Epidemiology • methods and software development • data harmonization • research data management • cohorts studies • interdisciplinary studies • child • youth and maternal Health • population health

Research Focus

I lead the Maelstrom Research Platform ( which provides the international research community from diverse disciplines with resources (expertise, methods, and software) to leverage and support data harmonization and integration across studies. The Maelstrom team develops methods and software; conducts methodological research; generates catalogues of study metadata; and creates infrastructures supporting data management, harmonization and co-analysis.

Selected Publications

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  • Bergeron J, et al. Fostering population-based cohort data discovery: The Maelstrom Research cataloguing toolkit. PLoS ONE 13(7): e0200926. PMID: 30040866.

  • Doiron D, et al. Software Application Profile: Opal and Mica: open-source software solutions for epidemiological data management, harmonization and dissemination. Int J Epidemiol. 2017; 46(5):1372-1378. PMID: 29025122.

  • Fortier I, et al. Maelstrom Research guidelines for rigorous retrospective data harmonization. Int J Epidemiol 2017; 46 (1): 103-105. PMID: 27272186.

  • Fortier I, et al. International Harmonization I. Is rigorous retrospective harmonization possible? Application of the DataSHaPER approach across 53 large studies. International journal of epidemiology. 2011 Oct;40(5):1314-28. PMID: 21804097.