Research Environment

The Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Modeling and Health Economics of Infectious Disease is based at the URESP, which is part of the “Centre de recherche FRSQ du Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec”, a research center formally recognized by Laval University and supported by the “Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec” (FRSQ) (

The URESP has expertise in the areas of population health and infectious diseases and currently includes 22 researchers (16 fulltime), 31 research professionals, 49 graduate students and 6 postdoctoral researchers. Specialized in epidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, biostatistics and evaluative research, researchers of the URESP are professors at Laval University within the faculties of medicine, nursing or pharmacy.

Because of its critical mass of scientists, the URESP has developed and maintained a state-of-the-art computer infrastructure as well as computer and statistical support essential for sophisticated mathematical modeling research and training. Dr. Brisson’s modeling approach is very computer intensive, and has only recently been used, with the advent of powerful computers. Dr. Brisson has received a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant and private funds necessary to build, within the URESP, additional computer facilities and acquire equipment vital for simulations requiring high computational power.

Statistical support is ensured by Professor Belkacem Abdous and a group of 4 biostatisticians who have extensive experience in the analysis of epidemiological data using SAS and Splus. Administrative support (3 fulltime employees), office equipment (e.g., facsimile machines, photocopiers, scanners) and free access to electronic journals are available for members of the unit. The URESP also offers a stimulating scientific meeting program (~20 meetings per year) and holds joint research meetings with the Department of social and preventive medicine and the INSPQ.


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