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Mary L McBride

Distinguished Scientist


Mary L McBride

Telephone: 604-675-8059
Fax: 604-675-8180
675 W10th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3


Research Roles:



  • MSc (Genetics), UBC, 1977
  • BSc (Mathematics), UBC, 1971


Research Interests:

  • Cancer survivor late effects and health care utilization
  • Health services research
  • Outcomes research
  • Non-ionizing electromagnetic fields and cancer

Her research interests include childhood and young adult cancer issues, non-ionizing radiation as a cause of cancer, and cancer registries. She is a member of the Agency's Paediatric Tumour Group, a committee member of the Cancer in Young People Surveillance Program of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and a member of the C17 Canadian childhood cancer research group. She has served on committees for the Ethics Office of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. She was a member of an Expert Panel for the Royal Society of Canada in a review of potential health risks of radiofrequency fields from wireless communication devices (1999), and a member of an expert Advisory Committee for a National Tower Policy Review sponsored by Industry Canada (2005).

She is a member of several professional associations, including the Children's Cancer Group (COG) (a North-America-wide clinical research group for childhood cancer), and the International Society for Pediatric Oncology (an international professional society).

She is currently Program Leader for a research program involving a cohort of childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancers in BC, examining long term impacts (in health, education, and employment) of the cancer and its treatment; and health care related to these problems, with the aim of generating new knowledge and evidence for strategies to maximize survivor quality of life. This study is funded by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Research Institute, and the BC and Yukon Division of the CCS. She has also been awarded funding from the BC and Yukon Division of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to study long term health and health care among a cohort of breast cancer survivors in BC. She is co-investigator of the Canadian component of a multinational case-control study of use of cell phones and risk of brain tumours, sponsored by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and funded by CIHR. Previously, she has conducted a large epidemiologic investigation into risk factors, including power-frequency electric and magnetic fields, for development of childhood leukemia, and co-authored a number of publications on second cancer risk.