Mélanie Henderson , M.D. , Ph.D. , FRCPC
    Mélanie Henderson
    Research Axis
    Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health Axis
    Research Theme
    Cardiometabolic and vascular health: from genetics to environmental approaches
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    • Head, Research Axis - Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health, CHU Sainte-Justine
    • Pediatric Endocrinologist, CHU Sainte-Justine
    • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
    • Clinical Associate Professor - Secondary Affiliation, Médecine sociale et préventive, Université de Montréal
    • Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health, McGill University


    • PhD, Science Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill University, 2014
    • M.Sc., Science Clinical Epidemiology, University of Toronto, 2007
    • Pediatric endocrinology residency, Université de Montréal, 2006
    • Pediatric endocrinology residency, University of Toronto, 2005
    • Pediatric residency, University of Toronto, 2003
    • Medicine, McGill University, 1999
    • BSc, Science Occupational Therapy, Université de Montréal, 1995

    Research Topics

    • Cardiometabolic Health
    • Pediatrics
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Lifestyle habits
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Epidemiology

    Career Summary

    Mélanie Henderson is a Pediatric Endocrinologist, epidemiologist and researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Université de Montréal. Her research focuses on pediatric cardiometobolic health and its epidemiology. She is particularly interested in the influence of lifestyle habits (physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet and sleep) on metabolic health in various population, including healthy children and those living with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, in order to identify the best preventive strategies. She is co-director of the “Centre CIRCUIT”, that proposes novel strategies for the treatment or prevention of cardiovascular disease risk in children. 

    Awards and Distinctions

    • 2019 CSEM Young Investigator Award, Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism
    • 2018 ESPE President Poster Award, European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology Conference
    • Chercheurs-boursiers cliniciens - Junior 2, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS)
    • 2014 Diabetes Junior Investigator Award, Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism/AstraZeneca
    • Career Enhancement Program Award, Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program
    • Chercheur-boursier - Junior 1 - Volet Clinique et Épidémiologie - Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS)


    Pediatric Intervention Centre for Heart Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation (CIRCUIT) 

    Video clips Mon ÉquiLibre

    Devrait-on s’inquiéter du poids de son enfant? (in French only)

    Est-ce normal que l’appétit de son enfant varie d’une journée à l’autre? (in French only)


    1. Ybarra M, Danieles PK, Barnett TA, Mathieu M-E, Van Hulst A, Drouin O, Kakinami L, Bigras J-L, Henderson M. Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors in Youth: Findings from a Novel Intervention for Children at Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Paediatrics & Child Health 2021; doi : 10.1093/pch/pxab033.
    2. Van Hulst A, Ybarra M, Mathieu M-E, Benedetti A, Paradis G, Henderson M. Determinants of New Onset Metabolic Complications Among Normal Weight Children. International Journal of Obesity 2020; 44(4): 781-789.
    3. Roberge J-B, Van Hulst A, Barnett T, Drapeau V, Benedetti A, Tremblay A, Henderson M. Lifestyle habits, Dietary Factors and the Metabolically Unhealthy Obese Phenotype in Youth. Journal of Pediatrics 2019; 204: 46-52.e1
    4. Van Hulst A, Paradis G, Benedetti A, Barnett TA, Henderson M. Pathways linking birth weight and risk for type 2 diabetes in early adolescence: a double mediation analysis. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2018; 103(12): 4524-4532.
    5. Henderson M, Benedetti A, Barnett T, Mathieu ME, Deladoëy J, Gray-Donald K. The influence of adiposity, physical activity, fitness and screen time on insulin dynamics over 2 years in youth. JAMA Pediatrics 2016; 170(3): 227-235.

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