RSI's Franco Momoli

Franco Momoli

Practice Lead, Chemical and Product Safety

PhD, MSc

Joined RSI in 2019

  • Expert in semi-Bayesian models and quantitative bias modelling

  • Professor at the University of Ottawa

  • Served on the Ottawa Hospital Research Ethics Board

  • Served as interim chair of the CHEO Research Ethics Board

Personal introduction

My love of epidemiology, statistical methods, and the risk sciences developed in a, perhaps, second phase of my life. I began my research career in the animal sciences, where my interest in successful human aging was sparked by a fascinating book written by Caleb Finch (Longevity, Senescence, and the Genome), and this interest led to involvement in studies of Alzheimer’s Disease – some of my early research involved behavioural and cognitive testing of an early transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s. This is work I conducted while a graduate student at McGill University and at the Douglas Hospital Research Institute. My career, however, has been as an epidemiologist and biostatistician. I trained and worked with several research groups that studied cancer etiology. Much of my academic life has been spent on (as I once heard described) “smuggling statistical methods” into epidemiology, including ideas around semi-Bayesian models and quantitative bias modelling, all in an effort to provide better and more robust answers to our research questions.

As a professor at the University of Ottawa, I taught and mentored many graduate students. I was one of the principal scientists for Canada in the multinational MOBI-Kids study of brain tumours and youth, addressing a worldwide concern with non-ionizing radiation from cell phone use.

I spent a decade working at the research institutes of The Ottawa Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), collaborating on multiple research teams and addressing diverse clinical questions. My work covered the breadth of adult and child health, including diagnostic and screening studies, randomized trials of novel interventions, systematic and scoping reviews for knowledge synthesis, knowledge gathering via survey design, and explanatory research with secondary use of health data. During this time I also served as a member of the Ottawa Hospital Research Ethics Board, a member and interim chair of the CHEO Research Ethics Board, and a member of CHEO’s Policy Ethics Board.

Franco Momoli: Current Focus

Dr. Momoli is the Practice Lead for Chemical and Product Safety at Risk Sciences International, as well as an adjunct professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa.

Works and Accomplishments

While with RSI as a practice lead, Dr. Momoli has led projects for various international organizations and agencies, including projects on diverse topics, such as international prioritization strategies during an influenza pandemic, use of consumer products in the workplace, screening of indoor semi-volatile organic compounds, prioritization of air pollutants, and updates of hazard assessments for aluminium and aluminium nanoproducts.

Dr. Momoli’s published work has involved statistical methods for addressing multiple exposures (Momoli et al., 2010) and bias modelling approaches (Momoli et al., 2017) and bias quantification (Turner et al., 2019). He has collaborated on a wide swath of clinical research topics, including determination of death in children following withdrawal of life support (Dhanani et al., 2014); aboriginal child health (Young et al., 2018); depression in the military (Theriault et al., 2019); sleep disordered breathing in children (Blinder et al., 2020; Tsampalieros et al., 2019); tuberculosis in Nunavut (Alvarez et al., 2014; Kilabuk et al., 2020); delirium in palliative care settings (Watt et al., 2019; Lawlor et al., 2014); stroke and free floating thrombus prediction (Dowlatshahi et al., 2014); antifibrinolytic use to reduce the need for blood transfusions during cystectomies for bladder cancer (Punjani et al., 2013; Breau et al., 2018); and early approaches to recovery in youth with concussions (Grool et al., 2016; Bresee et al., 2018; Gravel et al., 2018).

Dr. Momoli, who believes teaching is a vocation, giving one of his many and regular lectures.

Additional images of Franco Momoli at work

Franco Momoli: Extra-curricular

RSI's Franco Momoli during dragon practice

In his spare time, Franco Momoli loves classic literature, kayaking, all things coffee, and studying and practicing Aikido.

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