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Tuesday, July 29 2014

Six new researchers boost CHU Sainte-Justine’s portfolio of research expertise

MONTREAL, 29 July 2014 - As part of a plan to advance knowledge in the field of maternal, child and adolescent health, the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center is proud to announce the recruitment of six talented researchers, who’s expertise will benefit four research axes: Brain Diseases; Fetomaternal and Neonatal Pathologies; Musculoskeletal Diseases and Rehabilitation; and Metabolic Health. Drs. Philippe Campeau, Mathieu Dehaes, Sylvie Girard, Valérie Marcil, Paula Rushton, and David St-Pierre will respectively contribute their expertise in the areas of skeletal dysplasia, pediatric imaging, placenta functions, nutrigenomics and nutritional therapies, wheeled mobility of adults and children, and gastrointestinal peptides’ role in hepatic and muscular steatosis.

Profiles and contributed expertise

Dr. Philippe Campeau is a Researcher in the Brain Diseases axis, a Medical Geneticist at CHU Sainte-Justine and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Université de Montréal. He is interested in the treatment of inborn errors of metabolism, as well as skeletal dysplasia, a term which refers to genetic conditions associated with the bones growing abnormally. Using exome sequencing, Dr. Campeau’s work aims at identifying new genes causing such diseases and characterizing those genes’ functions in murine models. His work should help improving the assessment and management of patients, and contribute to the development and assessment of potential new treatments.

Dr. Mathieu Dehaes is a Researcher in the Brain Diseases axis, and an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Radiology, Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Université de Montréal. His work focuses on the development of analytical and statistical tools, and non-invasive and portable optical instrumentation and MRI coils suited for pediatric imaging. Such technological developments aim to identify novel biomarkers which will lead to the understanding of the mechanisms underlying perinatal brain injuries associated with a lack of oxygen at birth, heart diseases, strokes, convulsions and prematurity.

Dr. Sylvie Girard is a Researcher in the Fetomaternal and Neonatal Pathologies axis, in addition to being an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Université de Montréal. She examines the impact of inflammation on the placenta function during pregnancy, and the way an abnormal function affects fetal development, especially at the neurological level. Her work will eventually lead to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to protect newborns against the adverse effects of inflammation.

Dr. Valérie Marcil is a Researcher in the Metabolic Health axis, and an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Université de Montréal. She studies the development and underlying mechanisms of chronic cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in survivors of childhood cancer. She also examines the role of oxidative stress, nutrition and metabolism in complex diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and idiopathic adolescent scoliosis. Using a nutrigenomics-based approach, Dr. Marcil strives to develop personalized nutritional therapies that will prevent both metabolic complications and disease development.

Dr. Paula Rushton is a Researcher in the Musculoskeletal Diseases and Rehabilitation axis, an Assistant Research Professor at Université de Montréal’s School of Rehabilitation, as well as an Occupational Therapist. Her research efforts are focused on measurement, intervention, technological development and knowledge translation in achieving improved wheeled mobility for both adults and children. More specifically, her interests lie in the areas of wheelchair skill, wheelchair confidence, and the development of intelligent power wheelchairs.

Dr. David St-Pierre is a Researcher in the Metabolic Health axis, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinanthropology at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He assesses how the impact of gastrointestinal peptides on fatty infiltration contributes to the development of muscular and hepatic steatosis (including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). His research expertise includes gastrointestinal peptides, the etiology of lipid infiltration, the central control of appetite, the development of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cell models, clinical studies, microscopy, mass spectrometry and the ex vivo measurement of muscle strength.

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