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Dr. Douglas Boreham

Northern Ontario School of Medicine
NOSM U – East Campus
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 705-662-7175
Fax: 705-675-4858
Division Head, Medical Sciences


Dr. Douglas Boreham currently holds positions as Professor and Division Head of Medical Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (September 2012 – present) and is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology McMaster University. Dr. Boreham was an undergraduate student in biology at Laurentian University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 1990.  He spent 14 years as a radiobiology research scientist at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.  He was a professor at McMaster University in the Department of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences for 12 years before joining NOSM.

Currently, Dr. Boreham conducts research in Radiation Biology and supervises undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students. He has published over 130 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts, and has attracted over $18 million in research support and funding since joining McMaster University and NOSM. Dr. Boreham developed the Bruce Power Centre for Health, Environment, and Radiation (BP-CHER) at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine with an industrial contribution of over $5 million for 5 years.  BP-CHER provides funding for researchers to study impacts of ultra-low dose radiation in an underground research laboratory (SNOLab), effects of radiation on cataracts, effects of diagnostic radiation exposures on pregnancy, the use of low dose radiation to treat recurrent prostate cancer, and environmental monitoring programs to assess effects of heat and contamination in the environment. The industrial research support was leveraged through NSERC and Mitacs which increased research funding in excess of $8 million over the 5 year period. Dr. Boreham has published research on a variety of topics including health effects and anti-carcinogenic processes induced by low doses of medical diagnostic radiation (CT and PET), radioprotective dietary supplements that prevent age related cognitive decline, radiation therapy predictive assays to identify radiosensitive patients, and developed cytogenetic assays to detect DNA damage and for emergency biological dosimetry.

Dr. Boreham has been an invited speaker around the world and has been featured on television and radio broadcasts including CBC Passionate Eye – “Radiation Roulette,” The Discovery Channel “Curious and Unusual Deaths,” The Nature of Things “Nuclear Neighbors,” and CBC Radio-One. He has won several teaching awards including McMaster Students Union Teaching Award, McMaster President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, Canadian Nuclear Society – Canadian Nuclear Achievement Award for Education and Communications, McMaster President’s Award for Course Design, the Hamilton Spectator Publisher’s Award for Education, and recently received the Canadian Radiation Protection Association – 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Radiation Protection.

In 2010, Dr. Boreham was awarded the Radiation Research Society – 2010 Mentor of the Year Award for Scholars in Training. In 2011 he was voted “Professor of the Semester in Life Sciences” by 800 first year biology students. He was also the 2012 Canadian delegate for the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. From 1995 – 2005, Dr. Boreham owned and operated a 50 acre vineyard and winery on the Beamsville Bench in the Niagara wine region.