Researcher

    Mélissa Fiscaletti , M.D. , M.Sc. , FRCPC

    melissa.fiscaletti@umontreal.ca
    Mélissa Fiscaletti
    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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    CHUSJ

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    514 345-4931 5353

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    Title

    • Clinician-Scientist, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre (2019)
    • Clinical assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Université de Montréal (2018)
    • Pediatrician, Department of Pediatrics, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre (2018)

    Education

    • Masters of Science in  Epidemiology (MSc) : McGill, May 2018
    • Clinical and research fellowship in Bone and Mineral Disorders at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia January 2017 – March 2018.
    • Pediatrics specialization (FRCPC) : Université de Montréal, July 2015
    • Medical Doctorate  (MD) : Université de Montréal, June 2009
    • Bachelor  of Science in Physical Therapy (BSc) : McGill, May 2004

    Research Interests

    Dr Fiscaletti’s research interests center on optimizing bone health in children and adolescents by identifiying risk and protective factors that impact bone mass accrual and bone strength. Specifically, her main interests aims to better understand the underlying mechanisms of acquired bone fragility in children with medical complexity, such as those with cerebral palsy and optimizing treatment protocols in this patient population.

    Research Topics

    • Skeletal health in children and adolescents
    • Genetic bone fragility such as osteogenesis imperfecta
    • Acquired bone fragility such as juvenile osteoporosis secondary to other pathologies, treatments or disuse
    • Bone health in the premature infant
    • Mineralization disorders such as nutritional and genetic rickets

    Career Summary

    Dr Fiscaletti is a pediatrician and clinical researcher at the Bone and mineral disorders clinic  of Sainte-Justine University Health Center. Her interest in musculoskeletal health began with a BSc in physical therapy at McGill University. She went on to obtain her MD and pediatrics specialization at l’Université de Montréal. Her post-doctoral studies included a Masters in epidemiology and a thesis centering on creating pediatric normative values of bone mineral density at the lateral distal femur to better assess bone health in children with musculoskeletal deformity. She completed a fellowship in Sydney Australia at The Children’s Hopstial at Westmead Bone and mineral clinic under the supervision of Professor Craig Munns. She is currently a member of the Musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation and medical technologies research axis.

    Awards and Distinctions

    • Prix Desjardins, Direction de l’enseignement and Département de pédiatrie, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre, 2016-2017

    Fundings

    • Bursary, Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, 2017-2018
    • Bursary Irma Levasseur, Direction de l’enseignement and Département de pédiatrie, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018

    Presentations

    • Congrès Pédiatrie + : La santé osseuse en pédiatrie, novembre 2019, Montréal Canada
    • ICCBH – International Conference on Children’s Bone Health : Does prior bisphosphonate therapy in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy alter surgical outcomes? Juin 2019, Salzburg, Autriche
    • ASBMR – American Society for Bone and Mineral Research : Diagnosis of recurrent fracture in pediatric cohort; septembre 2018, Montréal, Canada
    • APEG - Fellows School – Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group : Recessive osteogenesis imperfecta; novembre 2017, Hobbart, Australie
    • ASBMR – American Society for Bone and Mineral Research : Potential Risk Factors for Vertebral Fractures in Survivors of Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; septembre 2016, Atlanta, É-U.

    Selected Publications

    1. Tannous P, Fiscaletti M, Wood N, Gunasekera H, Zurynski Y, Biggin A, Kilo T, Hayes E, Munns C. Safety and effectiveness of stoss therapy in children with vitamin D deficiency. J Paediatr Child Health. 2019 May 28. doi: 10.1111/jpc.14497. PMID: 31136042
    2. Fiscaletti M, Coorey CP, Biggin A, Briody J, Little DG, Schindeler A, Munns CF. Diagnosis of Recurent Fracture in a Pediatric Cohort. Calcified Tissue International. 2018 Jun 25.  (doi: 10.1007/s00223-018-0449-6) PMID : 29943187
    3. Fiscaletti M, Biggin A, Bennetts B, Wong K, Briody J, Pacey V, Birman C, Munns CF.  Novel variant in Sp7/Osx associated with recessive osteogenesis imperfecta, bone fragility and hearing impairment. Bone. 2018 Jan 27. PMID 29382611
    4. Fiscaletti M, Stewart P, Munns CF. The Importance of Vitamin D in Maternal and Child Health: A Global Perspective. Public Health Reviews. 2017 38:19.  (doi : 10.1186/s40985-017-0066-3).
    5. Manousaki D, Rauch F, Chabot G. Fiscaletti M, Alos N. Pediatric Reference Data for Dual X-Ray Absorptiometric for Measures of Normal Lumbar Bone Mineral Density in Children Under 5 Years of Age using the Lunar Prodigy Densitometer.  J Musc Neur Interact. 2016 Sep 7;16(3):247-55. PMID 27609039
    6. Fiscaletti M, Lebel MJ, Alos N, Benoit G, Jantchou P.  Two Cases of Mistaken Polyuria, Nephrocalcinosis in Infants with Glucose Galactose Malabsorption: A Possible Role of 1,25 Vitamin D.  Horm Res Pediatric 2017 Feb 2.  PMID: 28152538
 

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