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Chris Bajdik

Distinguished Scientist

Chris Bajdik


Telephone: 604-675-8054
Fax: 604-675-8180
675 W 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3


Research Roles:

  • Scientist, Cancer Control Research, BCCRC
  • Senior Scholar, Michael Smith Health Research Foundation
  • Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC



  • PhD (Health Care & Epidemiology), Univeristy of British Columbia, 2001
  • MMath (Statistics), University of Waterloo, 1987
  • BMath (Statistics), University of Waterloo, 1985


Research Interests:

  • Cancer Susceptibility
  • Familial Cancer
  • Ethnicity
  • Cancer Survival
  • Health Services


Part of my research looks at the clustering of cancer in families. Some clustering is due to genetic susceptibility, some is due to shared environment or lifestyle factors, and some is due to chance. I′m interested in studies that address both families attending the Hereditary Cancer Program at the BCCA and families in the general population.

Another part of my research looks at ethnicity and how it affects cancer risks and outcomes. Ethnicity is a constellation of things involving birthplace, genetics, lifestyle, and behaviour. Despite being so poorly-defined, ethnicity is one of the best clinical determinants of someone′s cancer risk and survival outcomes. I′m interested in methods to determine ethnicity and the information that different measures predict.