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Tuesday, September 24 2013

New academic year off to a great start with the appointment of three new researchers at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center

Montreal, September 24, 2013 – As the 2013 academic year gets underway, the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center is pleased to welcome three new active researchers: Dr. Anne Gallagher (Brain Diseases), Dr. Jean-Sébastien Joyal (Metabolic Health) and Dr. Noël Raynal (Viral and Immune Diseases and Cancers). Their academic and professional backgrounds and extensive experience in clinical research make them outstanding researchers who will actively help advance knowledge and Sainte-Justine’s scientific outreach.

By appointing these three remarkable investigators, the Research Center is increasing its critical mass of scientific expertise and strengthening its leadership position in mother-child care.

Who are they?

Dr. Anne Gallagher, an investigator in the Brain Disorders research axis, is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. Her research focuses mainly on the cognitive and cerebral effects of pediatric diseases and syndromes such as epilepsy, childhood spasms, tuberous sclerosis complex, prematurity and congenital heart defects. Her research aims to better understand these pathologies and their effects on brain development, identify markers that make it possible to predict the onset of related disorders, predict developmental outcomes in these children and develop brain imaging technologies to be used in presurgical assessment techniques with certain patients.

Dr. Jean-Sébastien Joyal, an investigator in the Metabolic Health research axis is also a pediatric-intensivist at the Sainte-Justine UHC and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal. He studies the role neuronal energy metabolism plays in remodeling blood vessels and its impact on eyesight. The eye, the organ that consumes by far the most energy, is part of the central nervous system. It is therefore an excellent model for the exploration of neurovascular metabolic coupling that may lead discovering novel therapeutic targets and preserving eye sight. His research is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the causes of the retinopathy of prematurity, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Elucidating the mechanisms of the eye could be applied to other conditions such as strokes and cancer. He is also working on improving the efficacy of treatments for blindness and discovering new neurometabolic and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor medications.

Dr. Noël Raynal, an investigator in the Viral and Immune Diseases and Cancers research axis, is also an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Montreal. His research interests focus on epigenetic mechanisms as anti-cancer therapeutic targets. His research will make it possible to better understand epigenomic alterations in cancer cases, discover novel medications that act precisely on these alterations, and improve the efficacy of anti-cancer treatments by developing targeted epigenetic therapies.

The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center would like to welcome these new researchers who will help to uphold Sainte-Justine’s title as a leader in mother-child health.

About the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center

The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center is a flagship mother-child research institution affiliated with the University of Montreal. It hosts a research team made up of more than 1,200 individuals, including more than 215 investigators and 415 graduate students from all five continents. Its laboratories work closely with care teams and focus on bench-to-bedside basic, clinical, translational and evaluative research.

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