Who's Who

Maria Leon Roux


Section of Environment and Radiation


Epidemiology, Cancer Prevention, Public Health

Academic Degrees

1993ScDPublic HealthThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
1988MPHEpidemiologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
1981Licenciature (5-year BSc)BiologyUniversidad Simon BolivarCaracasVenezuela

Current Research Projects

  • Lifestyle factors and Upper Digestive Tract Cancer, a pilot case-control study in Addis Ababa
    Co-Principal Investigator along Ahmedin Jemal. Co-investigators include Mathewos Assefa, Abraham Aseffa in Addis and Massimo Tommasino, Terik Gheit, Gilles Ferro and Joachim Schuz in Lyon.

  • Coordination of AGRICOH
    Consortium Coordinator

  • Exposure to pesticides and risk of lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma a pooled analysis
    Leon ME, Lebailly P, Baldi I, Kromhout H, Been Freeman L, Nordby KC, Langseth H, Schuz J

  • Tobacco use in an understudied population in France use in migrants.
    Leon ME, Ducarrez S, Luzon V, Schuz J

  • The PPACTE project derived present and future manuscripts
    Leon ME

Selected Publications

Chaloupka FJ, Straif K and ME Leon (2011) Effectiveness of tax and price policies in tobacco control. Tobacco Control. May; 20(3) : 235-8

Maria E. Leon, Laura E. Beane Freeman, Jeroen Douwes, et al. (2011) AGRICOH: A Consortium of Agricultural Cohorts. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 8 : 1341-1357

Leufkens AM, Van Duijnhoven FJ, Siersema PD, Boshuizen HC, Vrieling A, Agudo A, Gram IT, Weiderpass E, Dahm C, Overvad K, Tjonneland A, Olsen A, Boutron-Ruault MC, Clavel-Chapelon F, Morois S, Palli D, Grioni S, Tumino R, Sacerdote C, Mattiello A, Herman S, Kaaks R, Steffen A, Boeing H, Trichopoulou A, Lagiou P, Trichopoulos D, Peeters PH, van Gils CH, van KH, Lund E, Dumeaux V, Engeset D, Rodriguez L, Sanchez MJ, Chirlaque MD, Barricarte A, Manjer J, Almquist M, van GB, Hallmans G, Khaw KT, Wareham N, Tsilidis KK, Straif K, Leon-Roux M, Vineis P, Norat T, Riboli E, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB. (2011) Cigarette smoking and colorectal cancer risk in the European prospective investigation into cancer and nutrition study Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 9(2) : 137-144

Pierce JP, Leon M. (2008) Effectiveness of smoke-free policies Lancet Oncol, 9(7) : 614-615

Godtfredsen NS, Lam TH, Hansel TT, Leon ME, Gray N, Dresler C, Burns DM, Prescott E, Vestbo J. (2008) COPD-related morbidity and mortality after smoking cessation: status of the evidence Eur Respir J 32(4) : 844-53

Scientific Societies Membership

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

Prizes, Honours

Edgar Berman-Humphrey Fellowship 1990-1992 granted by the Department of International Health, JHU