June 19, 2020
Janice Bailey has been the Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature and Technologies (FRQNT) since 2019. The mandate of the FRQNT is to develop and promote research activities to solve challenges and stimulate socio-economic development in a manner that will benefit Quebec and other nations. In doing so, the FRQNT prioritizes interdisciplinary international collaboration, research partnerships, and diversity in its approaches.
Professor Bailey completed a PhD in animal reproduction at the University of Guelph and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the FRQNT, she was a Professor of Animal Sciences and Research Associate Dean in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, with an adjunct professorship in the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University. Professor Bailey is a founding member of the Reproduction, Development and Intergenerational Health Research Centre, composed of researchers from the Faculties of Medicine and Food and Agricultural Sciences at Laval University. She was also Co-Director of the Quebec Reproduction Research Network, which included teams from six research-intensive universities in the province of Quebec.
As an active scientist for over 25 years, Professor Bailey’s research has explored the impact of the environment, such as toxicant exposure, temperature and nutrition, on fertility, reproductive development, and the ability to produce healthy offspring across multiple generations. She has worked on a wide range of species, including bees, fish, agriculturally-important animals, and laboratory models. She has also worked on human studies. Professor Bailey has been honoured by the American Society of Andrology and the Canadian Society of Animal Science for her research contributions.
Professor Bailey has served as Chair or member multiple grant review panels in Canada and the U.S., including for NSERC, the CIHR, NIH and Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. She has also participated on the editorial boards of several journals. She has helped to organize numerous international congresses in Canada, the U.S., Australia, Denmark, and South Africa, and is currently Co-Chair of the World Congress of the International Society of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. Professor Bailey has also been elected to executive governance roles in various national and international scholarly societies, most recently as President of the Society for the Study of Reproduction.