Sandra Magalhaes

Research Associate



Carleton Hall 133

1 506 458 7440

Sandra joined UNB in the fall of 2017. Following a postdoctoral fellowship, she assumed the position of Research Associate in the Department of Sociology in January 2019.

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.

Sandra is working with large-scale provincial administrative data sets housed at the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT), located on the UNB campus, to examine issues related to health, healthcare and public policy.

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.