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University of Montreal Philanthropic Research Chairs

In order to retain or recruit an expert researcher working in a scientific field vital to the CHU Sainte-Justine programs, the Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine (Research Centre) and the Université de Montréal (UdeM) work in close collaboration to award university chairs. In this context, major efforts are made to find donors and initiate the basis of chair appointment. 

The existing partnership between the donor, the Research Centre and UdeM brings in funds to capitalize on the investments made, thus ensuring continuous support to worthy candidates and promoting long term benefits.

Research Chairs

NSERC-Medtronic Industrial Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics


Carl-Éric Aubin, Ing, PhD

The NSERC-Medtronic Industrial Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics is made possible thanks to funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, in partnership with Medtronic of Canada and the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre.

This industrial research chair's mission is to design and apply engineering methods aimed at better understanding the biomechanics of the spine, healthy and pathological, as well as developing simulation and analysis applications to improve surgeries of various spinal pathologies.

These scientific and technological achievements meet the needs of industry and surgeons specializing in spinal orthopedics by streamlining the development of more efficient and less invasive instrumentation technologies, for the benefit of patients and health systems.

Dr. Julien/Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation Chair in Community Social Pediatrics


Patricia Conrod, PhD

Community social pediatrics interventions are complex and require constant innovation, involving a range of professional disciplines.

Given this context, Université de Montréal’s Dr Julien/Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation Chair in Community Social Pediatrics will seek to understand how community social pediatrics is set up and works at the grassroots level, in order to develop appropriate evaluation tools to assess the practice’s effectiveness and efficacy in helping children at risk.

Chair in Movement Sciences


Hubert Labelle, MD

In collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine of the UdeM, the Chair in Movement Sciences at the University of Montreal aims to develop and validate in vitro and in vivo computer-assisted clinical tools for the medical and surgical treatment of musculoskeletal deformities of the spine and in particular scoliotic deformations.

François-Karl Viau Chair in Pediatric Oncogenomics


Daniel Sinnett, PhD

The François-Karl Viau Chair in Pediatric Oncogenomics was created thanks to the generosity of the Fondation des Gouverneurs de l'espoir.

The main goal of the chair is to apply genomics to pediatric oncology.

This is a new area of ​​research that combines molecular biology, genetics and molecular epidemiology techniques to uncover the many variants in genes and proteins involved in the etiology of childhood cancer.

Thanks to the expertise developed since the establishment of this chair - the only one of its kind in Canada - and thanks to access to new technologies, researchers are now able to interrogate the genome (the book of life made up of 3 billion letters) of tumors.

These spectacular advances open the way to adapted and targeted medicine based on the child's genetic profile, with the aim of providing an increasingly precise therapeutic response.

Léopoldine A. Wolfe Chair of Clinical/Translational Research in the Prevention of Blindness Caused By Age-Related Macular Degeneration


Sylvain Chemtob, MD, PhD, FRCPCD

The Léopoldine A. Wolfe Chair of Clinical/Translational Research in the Prevention of Blindness Caused By Age-Related Macular Degeneration at the Université de Montréal was established to develop a fundamental research program in cellular, molecular and translational biology in relation to age-related macular degeneration.

Jeanne and J.-Louis Lévesque Chair in Genetics of Brain Diseases


Jacques Michaud, MD

The Jeanne-et-J.-Louis-Lévesque Chair in Genetics of Brain Diseases of the University of Montreal was established to identify the genetic factors causing brain and nervous system diseases, and to study the cellular processes that lead to the symptoms of these diseases, thanks to the most recent technologies for genetic analysis and to preclinical and cellular models for the study of pathological mechanisms.

Marcel et Rolande Gosselin Chair of Applied and Fundamental Cognitive Neuroscience in Autism Spectrum Disorders


Laurent Mottron, MD, PhD

The Marcel et Rolande Gosselin Chair of Applied and Fundamental Cognitive Neuroscience in Autism Spectrum Disorders was created to explore information processing in autism and to investigate the perceptual, mnemonic and reasoning mechanisms underlying the way by which autistic persons perceive, create and make use of their own representations of the world. The ultimate goal is to help autistic persons of any ages, to become integrated into society in a positive and meaningful way while respecting their differences.

Medtronic Chair in Spinal Trauma


Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, MD

The Medtronic Chair in Spinal Trauma is dedicated to the development of clinical research and fundamental research in the field of spinal pathologies and, in particular, to the development of innovative treatments for traumatic spinal pathologies including the treatment of spinal cord injuries.

Pharmaceutical Chair Famille Louis-Boivin "Drugs, Pregnancy and Lactation"


Anick Bérard, PhD

The Faculty of Pharmacy of UdeM and the Research Centre collaborated to set up the Pharmaceutical Chair Famille Louis-Boivin "Drugs, Pregnancy and Lactation" aimed at offering advice on the safe consumption of drugs to pregnant mothers.

The activities of the chair are part of the CHU Sainte-Justine's mission, which is to improve the health (considered to be a physical, mental, social and moral balance) of children, adolescents and mothers in Quebec, in collaboration with our partners in the health system and those in the education and research communities. Through its information, pharmaceutical care, research and teaching activities, its members contribute to assuming the following mandates of CHU Sainte-Justine: specialized and ultra-specialized care, clinical research in maternal and child health, teaching to future health professionals and network stakeholders, health promotion, evaluation of technologies and methods of health intervention.

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