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Marilyn Borugian

Director, BC Generations Project

 M Borugian
Telephone: 604-675-8058
Fax: 604-675-8180
675 W 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3


Research Roles:

  • Scientist, Cancer Control Research
  • Director, BC Generations Project
  • Clinical Associate Professor,  School of Population and Public Health,  UBC



  • PhD (Health Care and Epidemiology), UBC, 2003
  • MSc (Health Care and Epidemiology), UBC, 2000
  • BA (Psychology), University of Michigan, 1970 


Research Interests:

  • BC Generations Project - long-term follow-up study to examine causes of cancer and other chronic diseases
  • Mammographic Breast Density, Insulin Resistance and Breast Cancer Prevention
  • Screening Mammography
  • Cancer Biomarkers for Early Detection
  • Insulin and Cancer (Breast, Colorectal, and Prostate)
  • Socioeconomic Status and Cancer
  • Modifiable Lifestyle Factors and Breast Cancer Mortality
  • Diet and Cancer
  • Sun Exposure, Vitamin D, and Prostate Cancer

My research priorities are cancer prevention and the study of modifiable factors affecting cancer risk and mortality. I am also interested in biomarkers that could be used for earlier cancer detection. Specifically, I study dietary and metabolic factors and their relationship to breast, prostate and colorectal cancers. In addition, I conduct studies in the area of screening mammography. My major current study is looking at a breast cancer risk factor, mammographic density, and its relationship with metabolic profile and breast cancer. I am the director of the new BC Generations Project, an exciting long-term follow-up study that is part of the national Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project.