Philippe Robaey , M.D. , Ph.D.
    Philippe Robaey
    Research Axis
    Immune Diseases and Cancer Axis
    Research Theme
    Cancers: mechanisms, new therapeutic approaches and disease outcomes

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    • Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of Montreal.


    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière (B. Renault), France, 1990.
    • PhD in Psychophysiology, Université Paris VI, 1987.
    • Specialization in Neuropsychiatry, Université Paris VI, 1982.
    • MD, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 1978.

    Research Interests

    Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex neurodevelopmental syndrome defined symptomatically by levels of attention deficit/disorganization and hyperactivity/impulsiveness which are inappropriate for the person's age.

    My research program on ADHD is based on three essential premises.

    • These symptomatic distinctions derive from differences in terms of (genetic and environmental) developmental etiology, underlying neuropsychological and neurophysiological processes and the regulatory systems involved.
    • Attention deficit, disorganization, hyperactivity and impulsiveness are found in other developmental disorders (associated with hypoxia/anoxia in children born prematurely or anticancer neurotoxic treatments, for example). The comparison of ADHD with these pathologies and normal development must make it possible to isolate and study the processes underlying these symptomatic complexes, some of which may also be involved in idiopathic ADHD.
    • The approach must be multidisciplinary, since the definition of ADHD is that of a deficiency in behavioral abilities that involve various levels of interaction throughout development (i.e., molecular, neurophysiological and neuropsychological, but also familial and social).

    The implementation of a research program is therefore based on a set of collaborations (RECIH Program, KIDNET Network) which lead to the development of specialized clinics, in addition to recruitment and follow-up of clinical and epidemiological longitudinal cohorts (including a twin cohort) and varied disciplinary approaches (genetics, pharmacology, epidemiology, etc.) integrated with cognitive sciences and functional cerebral imaging.


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