Co-founder and scientific co-director of the GRIIS
Associate professor of medicine at Université de Sherbrooke
Licensed Physician at the CHUS
Director of the Data Access Component of the Quebec Support Unit for the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research
A clinical researcher and associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Computer Science at the Université de Sherbrooke, Doctor Jean-François Ethier is scientific co-director of the GRIIS. He leads the Data Access component of Quebec’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) and the technological development of CIHR’s Canadian Data Platform.
Jean-François Ethier is associate researcher at Unit 1138 Cordeliers Research Center at INSERM and Paris Descartes University, and at the Research Center of the University Hospital of Sherbrooke. He is a specialist in general internal medicine.
Jean-François Ethier’s work focuses on learning health systems. In particular, it centres on methods of access to health data, research systems and clinical decision aid tools where citizens play active roles. He develops theoretical approaches and concrete tools so that information and research systems can communicate with each other.
His research influences how biomedical data warehouses are structured. It also allows to combine a variety of health data that is stored in computer systems that operate differently.
Jean-François Ethier develops ontologies and biomedical terminologies. These integrate diverse and heterogeneous databases within a unified data network. These solutions facilitate the flow of information between science and clinical practice. They propel health research while supporting health care professionals who make many clinical decisions every day.
Jean-François Ethier participated in the development of the TRANSFoRm project in Europe (project funded by the European Community under the FP7 program). TRANSFoRm has created a prototype of a learning health system to support primary health care and services.
Ph.D., Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris 6), epidemiology and biomedical information sciences
Master’s, Université de Rennes 1, public health
Specialty in general internal medicine, McGill University
M.D.,C.M. (Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery), McGill University