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Helen Ward—MSc, PhD

Environmental Health and Knowledge Translation Scientist

Helen Ward (publishing as Dimich-Ward) is an epidemiologist in the area of occupational and environmental health; primarily relating to respiratory health outcomes. She has a multi-disciplinary background with degrees in Kinesiology (Simon Fraser University), Interdisciplinary Studies (UBC), and has conducted research on environmental tobacco smoke, organic dusts, health care hazards, agricultural injuries, and gender differences in respiratory health. She is the author or co-author of 88 scientific publications.

Recent Publications:

  1. Curran J, Ward H, Shum M, Davies H. Reducing cardiovascular health impacts from traffic-related noise and air pollution: intervention strategies. Environmental Health Review. 2013;56(2):31-8.
  2. Dimich-Ward H, Beking K, DyBuncio A, Chan-Yeung M, Du W, Karlen B, et al. Occupational exposure influences on gender differences in respiratory health. Lung. 2012;190(2):147-54.
  3. Dimich-Ward H, Le ND, Beking K, Dybuncio A, Spinelli J, Gallagher R, et al. Congenital anomalies in the offspring of nurses: association with area of employment during pregnancy. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2011;17(3):195-201.
  4. Dimich-Ward H, Lorenzi M, Teschke K, Spinelli JJ, Ratner PA, Le ND, et al. Mortality and cancer incidence in a cohort of registered nurses from British Columbia, Canada. Am J Ind Med. 2007;50(12):892-900.
  5. Dimich-Ward H, Camp PG, Kennedy SM. Gender differences in respiratory symptoms-does occupation matter? Environ Res. 2006;101(2):175-83.
  6. Dimich-Ward H, Chow Y, Chung J, Trask C. Contact with livestock – a protective effect against allergies and asthma? Clin Exp Allergy. 2006;36(9):1122-9.
  7. Teschke K, Chow Y, Chung J, Ratner P, Spinelli J, Le N, Dimich-Ward H, et al. Estimating nurses' exposures to ionizing radiation: the elusive gold standard. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2008;5(2):75-84.
  8. Teschke K, Kelly SJ, Wiens M, Hertzman C, Dimich-Ward H, Ward JEH, et al. Dioxins and furans in residents of a forest industry region of Canada. Chemosphere. 1992;25:1741-51.