The objectives of the group's activities are:
  • Provide a meeting place as well as a reflection and structured work platform for researchers and professionals whose main interest includes elements of the GREZOSP's mission;
  • Contribute to the advancement of knowledge on epidemiology and public health by studying zoonotic disease agents in animal reservoirs, the environment and in human populations by the development and use of quantitative and qualitative measures;
  • Recruit and mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as well as contribute to the training of researchers and professionnals working in the public health sector;
  • Promote the impact of the group according to the GREZOSP's main research themes;
  • Encourage the cooperation between the group's members and colleagues of academic, governmental and institutional affiliations at the regional, national and international levels.

Research Themes

The work of GREZOSP members is structured within the following main research themes:
  • Role and impact of the agro-environment on zoonotic disease epidemiology
  • Wildlife zoonoses
  • Structures and methods for surveillance
  • Development of decision support tools for public health use
These themes are approached using the following methodology:
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Geomatics, spatial analysis and tele-epidemiology
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Epidemiological methods

Our logo

From an original design by Marie-Laure Le Carre, executive assistant at the Public Health Agency of Canada and associate member of GREZOSP, this concept was finalized with the cooperation of the Bureau des communications et des relations publiques de l'Université de Montréal and approved by our Executive Committee.

The logo's concept, design, colors and font were each discussed as the creation process evolved.

The selected colors, green and blue, are representative of the health sector. Green, a color associated with the environment, symbolizes health, nature and hope. Blue is an official color of the Université de Montréal and emphasizes our research group’s attachment to the university institution.

The primary purpose of the arrow design is to symbolize the "G" in GREZOSP; it then became iconic for a better readability. The color gradation and the motion of the arrow point out the progress made through ideas as well as the knowledge acquired by the association of the two entities. This arrow points towards the result: the GREZOSP.

The two circles recall a Venn diagram as well as cells representing PHAC and Université de Montréal; they also illustrate the human-animal-environment relationship. These circles overlap, symbolizing the discussions and exchanges, and are crossed by the GREZOSP’s arrow which enhances this reflexion.

The GREZOSP acronym is off-centre in order to capture the attention and the letters "SP" for "santé publique" (public health) stand out further aiming the scope of action. Adding a rectangle in the background further highlights the "GREZOSP" name.