Dr. Stefan Parent
Dr Stefan Parent is the holder of the Academic Research Chair in Spinal Deformities. Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common deformity among spinal pathologies, affecting 2 to 3% of the population, more specifically children ranging from 10 to 18 years of age.
Surgical scoliosis correction presents a high risk of complications mainly because several elements of the spine are fused together, thereby reducing its mobility and flexibility. The 1.15 milion dollar investment made by DePuy Spine Canada Inc. will enable the research team to focus on clinical work, education and development of innovative surgical techniques for scoliosis treatment.
Dr. Emily Levy
The CHU Sainte-Justine recently made an official announcement regarding the winner of the J.A. DeSève Academic Chair in Nutrition, Dr Emile Levy. This chair intends to promote and enhance knowledge on perinatal, postnatal and adolescent nutrition to improve child health and well being, while reducing the progression rate and consequences associated with diseases.
Dr Levy hopes to further our understanding of nutrigenomics, a discipline which examines the link between genes and nutrition. According to the researcher, “Nutrigenomics can act as a remarkable health lever, since it can reduce individual vulnerability by selecting diets best suited to their genetic material. Nutrigenomics will combine prevention and nutrition in order to decrease the need for medical interventions.”
The technological tools Dr Levy proposes come at a time when the public is increasingly aware of the impact of nutrition on health and is favorable to the promotion of customized diets according to genetic profiling.