Nelly Huynh , Ph.D.
    Nelly Huynh
    Research Axis
    Musculoskeletal Health, Rehabilitation and Medical Technologies Axis
    Research Theme
    Study and more efficient approaches for spinal deformities and musculoskeletal diseases

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    • Assistant Professor under grant, Faculty of Dentistry, Oral Health Department, University of Montreal and the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center
    • Coordinator, Orthodontic Axis for the GramDENT (Clinical Research), Faculty of Dentistry, University of Montreal


    • 2009 – Internship, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department, World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland)
    • 2006-2008 – Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, California (USA)
    • 2000-2006 – PhD, Biomedical Sciences, University of Montreal, Montreal (Canada)

    Research Interests

    • Development of a research program on the effect of orthognathic treatments and craniofacial growth on sleep, breathing and behavior on waking in children and adolescents
    • Development of a research program on the effect of respiratory problems on sleep in patients with syndrom-associated craniofacial malformations.

    Career Summary

    Student and then employee at the Faculty of Dental Medicine since 2000, Nelly Huynh has been an assistant professor under grant since 2011 in the Department of Oral Health at the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the University of Montreal and at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center. After having completed a doctorate on sleep bruxism under the supervision of Profs. Gilles Lavigne and Jacques de Champlain, she did specialized training on sleep apnea, pediatric sleep disorders and magnetic resonance imaging at Stanford University (California) as well as training in global health, epidemiology and research in international health at the World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland).

    Awards and Distinctions

    The publication of the book “Atlas of Headache Disorders and Resources in the World 2011. A Collaborative Study by the World Health Organization and Lifting The Burden” with an international press presentation at the European Parliament in Brussels in May 2011. This was followed by a number of radio interviews (Voice of America, UN Radio).



    10- « Troubles du sommeil et apnée du sommeil : lien entre la médecine et la dentisterie » Journées Dentaires Internationales du Québec, Montréal, Québec, Canada – Mai 2011.

    11- « Ronflement, bruxisme et maux de tête chez l’enfant et l’adolescent » Retraite scientifique du Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine Hôtel Le Chantecler, Sainte-Adèle, (Qc) Canada – Avril 2011

    12- 3- « Sommeil et douleur» Formation dentaire continue, Université de Montréal (Canada) – Mars 2011.

    13- « Ronflement, bruxisme et maux de tête chez l’enfant/l’adolescent » Journée Scientifique de la faculté de médecine dentaire, Université de Montréal, Janvier 2011.


    14- “Sleep bruxism & autonomic nervous system” Symposium Tribute to Sandro Palla and Alain Woda – Recent Research: Advances in Orofacial Pain, Motor Function, Dysfunction and Rehabilitation. Sienne (Italie).

    15- “Sleep bruxism & sleep-disordered breathing in children” Université de Parme, Faculté de médecine. Parme (Italie)

    16- « Le bruxisme du sommeil et le ronflement chez les enfants » Hôpital Ste-Justine, Montréal (Canada)

    17- « Le bruxisme du sommeil et le ronflement chez les enfants » Formation médicale continue pour les ORL, Hôpital Ste-Justine, Montréal (Canada)

    18- « Definition, prevalence, risk factors of sleep bruxism » Congrès de l’Association internationale du sommeil pédiatrique, Rome (Italie)


    Book chapters :

    1) Cao M, Huynh N, Guilleminault C. Sleep Disordered Breathing. Bone's Atlas of Pulmonary Medicine. Current Medicine Group (4th Ed); 2010.

    2) Huynh N, Guilleminault C. Sleep bruxism in children. In: Dental Sleep Medicine. Hanover Park: Quintessence; 2009.

    Peer-reviewed publications:

    3) Huynh N, Morton P, Rompré P, Papadakis A, Remise C. Associations between sleep-disordered breathing symptoms and facial/dental morphometry from screening exams. Am J Ortho Dentofac Orthopedics 2011 in press.

    4) Guilleminault C, Monteyrol PJ, Huynh NT, Pirelli P, Quo S, Li K. Adeno-tonsillectomy and rapid maxillary distraction in pre-pubertal children, a pilot study. Sleep Breath. 2011 May;15(2):173-7.

    5) Guilleminault C, Hagen CC, Huynh NT. Comparison of hypopnea definitions in lean patients with known obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). Sleep Breath 2009;13(4):341-7.


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