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The health effects associated with exposure to hydraulic fracturing: a systematic review

Description of the project

Hydraulic fracturing is an industrial process used to extract natural gas and other fossil fuels energy. The process involves drilling a well vertically for up to 4 kilometers, and then horizontally for up to another 3 kilometers. Large amounts of water, sand, and chemicals are injected under high pressure into the rock, fracturing it to release gas.

Most of British Columbia’s natural gas is extracted using hydraulic fracturing in the Northeastern region. The main objective of our research project is to undertake a systematic review of studies examining the effects of hydraulic fracturing on human health. Specifically, we evaluate epidemiological and toxicological studies in order to assess the impact of proximity to hydraulic fracturing activities on the physical health of human populations.

Our research team includes physicians and citizens of Northeastern British Columbia, as well as researchers based at the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation in Vancouver.


Description of the internship

The intern will be working with Élyse Caron-Beaudoin and will be responsible for the data extraction from selected toxicological studies using the HAWC software. The intern will also be implicated in the results interpretation and the writing of a manuscript.



  • Knowledge of toxicology

  • Must be comfortable learning to use HAWC


Duration of the internship

4-6 months, part time



Honoraria: $1,000

The intern will be co-author on the manuscript


If you are interested by this internship opportunity, please send a copy of your CV with a letter of presentation to Élyse Caron-Beaudoin: 

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The From Bench to Communities Lab will be hiring in 2021! 

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Our lab and the University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.