Dr. Sandra MagalhaesSandra Magalhaes

Post-doctoral Fellow

BHSc (University of Western Ontario); MSc (University of Western Ontario); PhD (McGill University)

Sandra joined UNB in the fall of 2017. She holds a two-year NBHRF & CIHR-SPOR-MSSU Post-doctoral Fellowship.

Prior to coming to UNB, Sandra completed doctoral studies in epidemiology at McGill University. She also has a master’s in epidemiology and a bachelor of Health Sciences with Biology, both from the University of Western Ontario.  She has worked as a research manager on several research projects.

Research interests

Sandra’s main research interest is neuroepidemiology. For the last 10 year her research has been focused on multiple sclerosis (MS), both in children and adults, and specifically on the role that environmental factors play in determining disease risk. Sandra’s research is also oriented on the measurement properties of self-report questionnaires to quantify environmental exposures in observational studies. She has also completed research on pediatric neuromuscular diseases and epilepsy, as well as on the physical and mental health of Canadian Veterans.

While at UNB, under the supervision of Drs. Dan Crouse and Neeru Gupta, Sandra will be working with the NB-IRDT to explore the distribution of MS in New Brunswick and to examine the link between air pollution and MS.

Selected publications

Bjørnevik K., Riise T., Bostrom I., Casetta L., Cortese M., Granieri E., Holmøy T., Kampman M.T., Landtblom A.M., Magalhaes S., Pugliatti M., Wolfson C., Myhr K.M., (2016) Negative interaction between smoking and EBV in the risk of multiple sclerosis: The EnvIMS study. Mult Scler. 2016 Sep 23 [Epub ahead of print]

Magalhaes S., Pugliatti M., Casetta I., Drulovic J., Granieri E., Holmøy T., Kampman M.T., Landtblom A-M, Lauer K., Myhr K-M., Parpinel M., Pekmezovic T., Riise T., Wolfson D., Zhu B., Wolfson C.  (2015) The EnvIMS Study: Design and Methodology of an International Case–Control Study of Environmental Risk Factors In Multiple Sclerosis.  Neuroepidemiology 44(3):173-81.

Sham L., Yeh E.A., Magalhaes S., Parra E., Gozdzik A., Banwell B., Hanwell H.E. (2015) Evaluation of a fall sun exposure score in predicting vitamin D status in young Canadian adults, and the influence of ancestry.  J Photochem Photobiol B. 145:25-29

Feinstein A., Magalhaes S., Richard J.F., Audet B., Moore C. (2014) The link between multiple sclerosis and depression. Nat Rev Neurol 10(9):507-17

Bjørnevik K., Riise T., Casetta I., Drulovic J., Granieri E., Holmøy T., Kampman M.T., Landtblom A.M., Lauer K.,Lossius A., Magalhaes S., Myhr K.M., Pekmezovic T., Wesnes K., Wolfson C., Pugliatti M. (2014) Sun exposure and multiple sclerosis risk in Norway and Italy: The EnvIMS study. Mult Scler 20(8):1042-1049.

Magalhaes S. & Wolfson C. Harmonization: a methodology for advancing research in multiple sclerosis. (2012) Acta Neurol Scand 126 (Suppl. 195):31-35

Banwell B., BarOr A., Arnold D.L., Sadovnick D., Narayanan S., McGowan M., O'Mahony J., Magalhaes S., et al. (2011) Clinical, environmental and genetic determinants of multiple sclerosis in children with  acute demyelinating: a prospective national cohort study.  The Lancet Neurology 10(5):436-445   

Magalhaes S.,* Disanto G.* Handel A., et al. (2010). HLA-DRB1 Confers Increased Risk of Pediatric-Onset MS in Children with Acquired Demyelination. Neurology 76(9):781-786 (*Co-First Authors)

Prendergast, P., Magalhaes, S., Campbell, C. (2010) Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy in a National  Registry of Myotonic Dystrophy. Paediatrics & Child Health 15(8): 514-518

Banwell B., Kennedy J., Sadovnick D.A., Arnold D.L. Magalhaes S., et al (2009) Incidence of acquired  demyelination of the CNS in Canadian children. Neurology 72(3): 232-239.  

Office: Singer Hall, Room 453

Email: sandra.magalhaes@unb.ca