Dr. Jean-Michel Galarneau


J-M Galarneau

Dr. Galarneau is a biostatistician in the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre with expertise in mathematical modelling of epidemiologic data and exposure science. His first degree was completed at Bishop’s University where he majored in psychology with an interest in philosophy followed by a Master’s degree in educational research at the University of Calgary. Subsequently, he went on to complete a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Medicine from the University of Alberta where he worked for a number of years as a statistical analyst developing exposure algorithms and modelling health data. His dissertation focused on the construction and validation of an exposure matrix used for the welding trades with which the estimation of exposures to airborne metal particulates could be made. During his time at the University of Alberta, Dr. Galarneau was given the opportunity to work on several important projects one of which focused on the health of firefighters who attended the 2016 Fort McMurray fire for which he developed an algorithm that would estimate exposures to particulate matter for each firefighter who participated in the study. His academic contributions lie mainly in the development of methods to deal with complex modelling issues in the fields of epidemiology and occupational medicine.


  1. Räisänen AM, Galarneau JM, van den Berg C, Eliason P, Benson LC, Owoeye OBA, Pasanen K, Hagel B, Emery CA. Who Does Not Respond to Injury Prevention Warm-up Programs? A Secondary Analysis of Trial Data From Neuromuscular Training Programs in Youth Basketball, Soccer, and Physical Education. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2023 Feb;53(2):94-102. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2022.11526. Epub 2022 Dec 9. PMID: 36484352.
  2. Beach J, Galarneau JM, Cherry N. Flour exposure, sensitization and respiratory health among Alberta trainee bakers. Occup Med (Lond). 2022 Sep 28:kqac101. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqac101. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36170155.
  3. Wells JM, Galarneau JM, Minich NM, Cohen DM, Clinton K, Taylor HG, Bigler ED, Bacevice A, Mihalov LK, Bangert BA, Zumberge NA, Yeates KO. Social determinants of participant recruitment and retention in a prospective cohort study of pediatric mild traumatic brain injury. Front Neurol. 2022 Sep 13;13:961024. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2022.961024. PMID: 36176559; PMCID: PMC9513452.
  4. Galarneau JM, Beach J, Cherry N. Pregnancy Outcome in Women Exposed to Metal Fume in Welding: A Canadian Cohort Study. Ann Work Expo Health. 2022 Apr 30:wxac024. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxac024. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35488367.
  5. Cherry N, Beach J, Galarneau JM. Ergonomic demands and fetal loss in women in welding and electrical trades: A Canadian cohort study. Am J Ind Med. 2022 Feb 25. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23336. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35218058.
  6. Galarneau JM, Beach J, Cherry N. Urinary Metals as a Marker of Exposure in Men and Women in the Welding and Electrical Trades: A Canadian Cohort Study. Ann Work Expo Health. 2022 Feb 25:wxac005. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxac005. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35211721.
  7. Cherry N, Beach J, Galarneau JM. The Health of Firefighters Deployed to the Fort McMurray Fire: Lessons Learnt. Front Public Health. 2021 Nov 11;9:692162. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.692162. PMID: 34858913; PMCID: PMC8632044.
  8. Galarneau JM. Construction and Calibration of an Exposure Matrix for the Welding Trades. Ann Work Expo Health. 2021 Aug 28:wxab071. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxab071. Epub ahead of print.
  9. Cherry, Nicola MD, PhD; Barrie, James R. MD; Beach, Jeremy MD; Galarneau, Jean-Michel PhD; Mhonde, Trish MBChB; Wong, Eric MD. Respiratory Outcomes of Firefighter Exposures in the Fort McMurray fire, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: June 09, 2021 - Volume - Issue - doi: https://10.1097/JOM.0000000000002286.
  10. Cherry N, Galarneau JM, Haynes W, Sluggett B. The role of organizational supports in mitigating mental ill health in firefighters: A cohort study in Alberta, Canada. Am J Ind Med. 2021 Jul;64(7):593-601. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23249. Epub 2021 May 4.
  11. Durand-Moreau Q, Galarneau JM. Mental Health Status of Canadian Funeral Service Workers at the Beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Occup Environ Med. 2021 Jun 1;63(6):e330-e334. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002204.
  12. Cherry N, Beach J, Galarneau JM. Are Inflammatory Markers an Indicator of Exposure or Effect in Firefighters Fighting a Devastating Wildfire? Follow-up of a Cohort in Alberta, Canada. Ann Work Expo Health. 2021 Jul 3;65(6):635-648. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa142.
  13. Nicola Cherry, Jean-Michel Galarneau, Andrea Melnyk, Scott Patten, Childhood care and abuse in firefighters assessed for mental ill-health following the Fort McMurray fire of May 2016., Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, Volume 4, 2021, 100090, ISSN 2666-9153, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadr.2021.100090.
  14. Cherry N, Galarneau JM, Melnyk A, Patten S. Prevalence of Mental Ill-Health in a Cohort of First Responders Attending the Fort McMurray Fire. Can J Psychiatry. 2021 Aug;66(8):719-725. doi: 10.1177/0706743720974824. Epub 2020 Nov 26.
  15. Cherry N, Galarneau JM, Kinniburgh D, Quemerais B, Tiu S, Zhang X. Exposure and Absorption of PAHs in Wildland Firefighters: A Field Study with Pilot Interventions. Ann Work Expo Health. 2021 Mar 3;65(2):148-161. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa064.
  16. Cherry N, Galarneau JM. Occupational Dermatitis in Welding: Does Nickel Exposure Account for Higher Rates in Women? Analysis of a Canadian Cohort. Ann Work Expo Health. 2021 Mar 3;65(2):183-195. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxaa049.
  17. Galarneau JM, Cherry N. Quantitative assessment of metal and particulates exposure in women and men in the welding trades (March 2020) Report.
  18. Cherry N, Galarneau JM, Haynes W. Total disability days in interprovincial and home-province workers injured in Alberta, Canada: A mixed-methods study with matched-pair analysis of compensation data and participant interviews. Am J Ind Med. 2020 Feb;63(2):146-155. doi: 10.1002/ajim.23065. Epub 2019 Nov 6.
  19. Wagg A, Chowdhury Z, Galarneau JM, Haque R, Kabir F, MacDonald D, Naher K, Yasui Y, Cherry N. Exercise intervention in the management of urinary incontinence in older women in villages in Bangladesh: a cluster randomised trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 Jul;7(7):e923-e931. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30205-0.
  20. Cherry N, Galarneau JM, Haan M, Haynes W, Lippel K. Work injuries in internal migrants to Alberta, Canada. Do workers' compensation records provide an unbiased estimate of risk? Am J Ind Med. 2019 Jun;62(6):486-495. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22981. Epub 2019 May 10.
  21. Cherry N, Aklilu YA, Beach J, Britz-McKibbin P, Elbourne R, Galarneau JM, Gill B, Kinniburgh D, Zhang X. Urinary 1-hydroxypyrene and Skin Contamination in Firefighters Deployed to the Fort McMurray Fire. Ann Work Expo Health. 2019 Apr 19;63(4):448-458. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxz006.
  22. Aidoo H, Beach J, Elbourne R, Galarneau JF, Straube S, Cherry N. Estimation and Validation of Flour Exposure in Bakeries in Alberta, Canada. Ann Work Expo Health. 2018 Nov 12;62(9):1096-1108. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxy078.
  23. Cherry N, Arrandale V, Beach J, Galarneau JF, Mannette A, Rodgers L. Health and Work in Women and Men in the Welding and Electrical Trades: How Do They Differ? Ann Work Expo Health. 2018 Apr 18;62(4):393-403. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxy007.


  1. Patterson, B., Emery, C., Crossley, K., Culvenor, A., Galaneau, J. M., Guermazi, A., & Whittaker, J. (2022). WHICH PARTICIPANT CHARACTERISTICS CONTRIBUTE TO KNEE-RELATED AND HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE 3-11 YEARS AFTER ACL INJURY? A COLLABORATIVE ANALYSIS OF COHORT STUDIES IN AUSTRALIA AND CANADA. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 30, S239-S240. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2022.02.325
  2. Räisänen, A. M., Galarneau, J. M., van den Berg, C., Benson, L. C., Owoeye, O. B., Pasanen, K., . . . Emery, C. A. (2022). IDENTIFYING PREDICTORS OF RESPONSE AND NON-RESPONSE TO NEUROMUSCULAR TRAINING WARM-UP PROGRAMS AMONG YOUTH. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 30, S234. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2022.02.317
  3. Kolstad AT, Eliason PH, Galarneau J, et al. 431 Protective equipment in youth ice hockey: are mouthguards and helmet age relevant in evaluating concussion risk? British Journal of Sports Medicine 2021;55:A164-A165.
  4. Cherry N, Labrèche F, Adisesh A, et al. O-168 COVID-19 infection and mental wellness in a Canadian cohort study of healthcare workersOccupational and Environmental Medicine 2021;78:A13.
  5. Galarneau J, Cherry N. O6D.1 Inflammatory markers in the plasma of firefighters heavily exposed to particulates. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2019;76:A57.
  6. Cherry N, Galarneau J. O1B.1 Modeling infertility in a cohort of canadian tradeswomen. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2019;76:A4-A5.



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