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Wednesday, January 21 2015
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Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center

40 years of improving mother-child care

MONTREAL, Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center opens a new chapter in its 40-year history. Since 1974, it has been transforming care and shaping a better future for mothers and children in Quebec, Canada and abroad – all the way from the vision of founder Justine Lacoste-Beaubien to today’s pioneering discoveries.

As Dr. Fabrice Brunet, Executive Director of the CHU Sainte-Justine puts it, “Since its foundation, the Research Center has been the cornerstone of biomedical innovation. By improving health care to infants, children, adolescents and mothers, it has contributed in making Sainte-Justine the flagship we know today.”

"Great leaders have each brought their vision in building the global presence and recognition of Sainte-Justine, which now sits in several international consortia in various fields, including neuroscience, genetics and genomics, oncology, perinatology and cardiology as well as orthopedics and rehabilitation," added Dr. Alain Moreau, Director of research.

Either when it opened its first laboratory, introduced Canada’s first Integrated Clinical Genomic Center in Pediatrics, created its Applied Clinical Research Unit or repatriated the Quebecers’ health database and biobank CARTaGENE, the Center has worked toward developing outstanding expertise in delivering the promise of personalized medicine, especially for rare diseases.

Dr. Moreau also points out to the commitment of the research community that made the Research Center a key player in improving health care and training. "Thanks to our skilled scientists, students, research and support staff, the invaluable collaboration of Université de Montréal and other partner universities, as well as the essential and unwavering support of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and other funding agencies, we have been leading innovation for 40 years," he said.

In the next decade, Dr. Moreau is determined to lead the Research Center further in fulfilling its mission. “Through the development of our expertise in promising areas of research, such as cell therapy and bioinformatics, more and more diseases shall be prevented and cured,” he concluded.

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Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center
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Mélanie Dallaire
Senior Advisor
Media Relations
melanie.dallaire.hsj@ssss.gouv.qc.ca
www.chusj.org

About the CHU Sainte-Justine

Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) Sainte-Justine is the largest mother-and-child centre in Canada and one of the 2nd largest pediatric centres in North America. CHU Sainte-Justine is a member of Université de Montréal’s extended network of excellence in health (RUIS), with 5,664 employees, including 1,578 nurses and nursing assistants, 1,117 health professionals, 502 physicians, dentists and pharmacists and 822 residents, as well as more than 200 researchers, 300 volunteers and 3,400 interns and students in all disciplines. CHUSJ has 484 beds, 35 of which are located at the Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant (CRME), the only centre in Quebec exclusively dedicated to pediatric rehabilitation. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized CHU Sainte-Justine as a “health promoting hospital”. chusj.org

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