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Tuesday, June 29 2010

A Young Investigator Is Awarded a Postdoctoral Research Scholarship in the Field of Musculoskeletal Diseases

Montreal, June 29, 2010 – Following a competition launched by the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center and the MENTOR Training Program (Canadian Institutes of Health Research), Dr Kristen Fay Gorman, a young postdoctoral fellow from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, has just won an award of excellence in the field of musculoskeletal diseases in children.

The award of $150,000 over three years comes with a $15,000 operating grant from the Research Center for the first year. With this support, Dr Kristen Fay Gorman will work toward identifying the molecular pathways implicated in the scoliotic curvature of the spine and studying various morphological aspects that contribute to the pathogenesis of the disease that afflicts 4% of the population.

Through this partnership, the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center and the MENTOR training program are working together to develop the next generation of high-caliber investigators in the field of musculoskeletal disease research. This competition was aimed at all researchers whose work is closely or remotely related to musculoskeletal diseases including aspects related to neurology, psychology, pain, the role of genetics, developmental factors, metabolic changes that affect bone tissue or interventional aspects such as nutrition.

Choosing Excellence
The applicants were evaluated by a jury chaired by Dr Claude C. Roy of the CHU Sainte-Justine and made up of Drs Christian Baron, Director of the Department of Biochemistry of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal, Jacques Bélair, Associate Dean of the University of Montreal's Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Daniel Bourbonnais, Director of the Rehabilitation School of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Pierre Boyle, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Antonio Nanci, Director of the Department of Stomatology at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Dentistry, Gilles Savard, Director of Research and Innovation at the École Polytechnique, and Alain Vinet, Head of Graduate Student Affairs at the University of Montreal’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

From the very outset, before deliberating, the members of the jury recognized the outstanding quality of the finalists.

For information

Nicole Saint-Pierre
CHU Sainte-Justine
Research Center
514-345-4931, ext. 2555

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Sandy Lalonde
CHU Sainte-Justine
Research Center


À propos du Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-JustineLe Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine a pour mission d’accélérer le développement du savoir dans le domaine de la santé de la mère, de l'enfant et de l'adolescent.

À propos du Programme MENTOR des IRSC
MENTOR offre des bourses d'excellence ainsi qu'une formation enrichie et multidisciplinaire aux futurs chercheurs du domaine musculo-squelettique. MENTOR soutient les étudiants du génie, des sciences cliniques et fondamentales désirant poursuivre une carrière scientifique de haut calibre dans les axes suivants : arthrose, déficits neuromusculaires, déformations et traumatismes musculo-squelettiques.

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