Catherine Pirkle

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Biomed T-102

Catherine Pirkle, PhD

Assistant Professor

Academic Degrees

  • PhD (Public Health and Epidemiology), University of Montreal
  • MSc (Community Health), University of Montreal
  • BSc (Environmental Sciences), McGill University

Awards & Honors

  • CIHR postdoctoral fellowship: Research in First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit health
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship doctoral award

Research Interests

As a global health researcher trained in epidemiology and health services, much of my research has investigated the programmatic elements of interventions that contribute- or harm- maternal and child health in diverse settings. At present, I have projects in Canada (including Nunavik), Bermuda, Colombia, Brazil, and Albania. These projects are largely divided into two themes: promoting the food security of pregnant women and reducing their exposure to environmental contaminants (Nunavik and Bermuda) and documenting the health trajectories of women with varying reproductive and obstetrical histories (other sites).

Selected Publications


Pirkle CM, Muckle G, Lemire M. Managing mercury exposure in northern Canadian communities. CMAJ. July 19, 2016 (early release). 

Pirkle CM, Peek-Ball C, Outerbridge E, Rouja PM. Examining the Impact of a Public Health Message on Fish Consumption in Bermuda. PLoS One. 2015;10(10):e0139459.

Lemire M, Kwan M, Laouan-Sidi AE, Muckle G, Pirkle CM, Ayotte P, et al. Local country food sources of methylmercury, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids in Nunavik, Northern Quebec. Sci Total Environ. 2015;509-510:248-59. 

da Camara SM, Zunzunegui MV, Pirkle CM, Moreira MA, Maciel AC. Menopausal status and physical performance in middle aged women: a cross-sectional community-based study in Northeast Brazil. PLoS One. 2015;10(3):e0119480.

da Camara SM, Pirkle CM, Moreira MA, Vieira MC, Vafaei A, Maciel AC. Early maternal age and multiparity are associated to poor physical performance in middle-aged women from Northeast Brazil: a cross-sectional community based study. BMC Womens Health. 2015;15:56.