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The OMISS Team | Network of partners

OMISS is, first and foremost, a network of committed researchers who believe that scientific research is an excellent instrument to use in the fight against social and health inequalities. By ensuring that convincing data are produced, these researchers hope to assist in the decision making process and influence public policies and interventions that will have a lasting effect on populations. Therefore, the goal of the network is to link up researchers with decision makers and health workers to enhance the development of new knowledge and ensure that optimal use is made of this knowledge.

The network is managed by a small permanent staff, which enables efficient communication among members. From time to time, it also organises thematic seminars where OMISS members can meet. Moreover, the staff centralises up-to-the-minute information on currently on-going research projects, which is then made available on the OMISS Web site or in published discussion papers.

To ensure that various disciplines are involved in the course of its activities, OMISS work with a team of associate researchers. These researchers, whose commitment and projects help disseminate the objectives of OMISS to their peers, act as catalysts or go-betweens to stimulate interest in research and education in the field of the reduction of social and health inequalities.

Although it originates from an initiative of the Montréal Public Health Department, OMISS is not its mouthpiece and functions at arm's length. Therefore, it can operate in a climate of freedom of thought and expression.


THE OMISS TEAM (Office staff, associate researchers)

Office staff

Marie-France Raynault, director

Isabelle Thérien, assistant

Robert Choinière, demographer

Jean-Pierre Roy, neurobiologist

François Thérien, consultant

Support team
Deborah Bonney, communications coordinator
Sylvie Gauthier, translater
Michine Tremblay, webmaster

Associate researchers

Paul Bernard
Department of Sociology - Université de Montréal

Nicole F. Bernier, post-doc researcher
Chair on community approaches and health inequalities - Université de Montréal

Camil Bouchard, psychologist
Department of psychology

Renald Bujold, public health physician
Montreal Public Health Department

Christian Dagenais
Department of psychology - Université du Québec à Montréal

Francine Dansereau
INRS-Urbanisation, Culture et Société - Université du Québec à Montréal

Lise Gauvin
Department of social and preventive medecine - Université de Montréal

Pierre J. Hamel
INRS - Urbanisation, Culture et Société

Richard Nadeau
Department of political sciences - Université de Montréal

Robert Pampalon
Institut national de la santé publique

Louise Potvin
Department of social and preventive medecine - Université de Montréal
Chair on community approaches and health inequalities - Université de Montréal

Louise Séguin
Department of social and preventive medecine - Université de Montréal

Maria Victoria Zunzunegui
Department of social and preventive medecine - Université de Montréal


To become a member of the network | List of partners

The OMISS network consist of partners who subscribe to the organisation's mission and objectives. Our partners come from the research, and other sectors; they believe that research is a useful tool to fight social health inequalities. They want to be able to count on data quality and innovative research. By joining the OMISS network, the partners broaden the scope of OMISS and increase its influence and credibility.

When you become a member, you agree to:

  • share your data with other partners so that research on social and health inequalities can press forward,
  • contribute research data, bibliographical finds, interesting Web sites, or any other information that could help broaden the debate.

You benefit from:

  • contacts with other researchers in the network,
  • advance information on upcoming activities organised by OMISS,
  • support from OMISS researchers for specific data analysis,
  • the possibility of presenting your research and publications during OMISS activities or on its web site, and eventually through any other means deemed appropriate to help OMISS fulfil its mission.


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