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Academic Chairs

Academic Chairs at the CHU Sainte-Justine

Under the leadership of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and its Research Centre, Academic Chairs were created in 2007 in order to ensure the sustainability of research at the CHU Sainte-Justine.

Academic Chairs are created with the aim of offering long-term financial support to research and teaching activities. They make it possible to conduct research activities in a specific field and train the next generation of scientists.

Based on their expertise in the field, Chair Holders are appointed by a committee of experts from the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre. Academic Chairs are managed by management committees and their scientific focus is validated by scientific committees made up of experts in the field.

A detailed description of the academic chairs is available in PDF format

List of chairs

Depuy Spine Canada Inc. Academic Research Chair in Spinal Deformities

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.

J.A. DeSève Academic Chair in Nutrition

Dr. Emily 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.

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