Scott Venners

Associate Professor CIHR New Investigator, MSFHR Scholar

Health Sciences

Scott Venners

Associate Professor, CIHR New Investigator, MSFHR Scholar

Health Sciences

Areas of interest

Epidemiology, Indigenous health, environmental health

Education

  • BS, Purdue University, Electrical Engineering
  • MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • PhD, Tulane University, Environmental Epidemiology
  • Postdoctoral Research, Harvard School of Public Health

Biography

After completing his bachelor’s degree, Scott joined the United States Peace Corps and taught physics in a public high school in Liberia, West Africa. Later, he moved to Taiwan for five years where he taught English, mathematics and computer science. He then obtained a Master’s of Public Health from Tulane University in the Department of International Health and Development with a concentration in quantitative epidemiology and biostatistics. Scott received fellowship support to pursue his Ph.D. from the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research and collaborated with the Harvard School of Public Health for his dissertation research, which utilized epidemiological methods to investigate the effects of indoor and outdoor air pollution in China on respiratory health and rates of daily mortality.

Scott did post-doctoral research for four years at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research utilized molecular epidemiological methods to study environmental endocrine disruptors and human reproduction. During these four years, he was the executive director of a large, prospective study that was funded by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate the effects of pesticide exposures on fertility and pregnancies of young couples living in agricultural communities in China. While a post-doc, Scott won a four-year K01 grant from the US National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate genetic susceptibilities to the effects of pesticides in the Chinese cohort (gene-environment interactions). In 2005, Scott was appointed as Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Population Genetics in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. He joined the Simon Fraser Faculty of Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor in 2008. He initially focused his research on the application of biomonitoring (measurement of chemical exposures via concentrations in human blood and urine) and molecular epidemiology to investigations of low-level pollution exposures and their effects on risks of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Canada. More recently, he has focused his work on the application of epidemiological methods in Indigenous health research.

Research interests

Scott is interested in Indigenous health research that employs integrated knowledge translation. In integrated knowledge translation, researchers and those who will use the outputs of research (knowledge users) work together as equal partners in the research enterprise from beginning to end. The goal of integrated knowledge translation is to produce research outputs that are more relevant and useful to knowledge users. He is currently partnered with the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia to conduct integrated knowledge translation research. He is also committed to training new Indigenous scholars in epidemiological research methods.