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Tuesday, April 21 2015
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Advisory Seats for CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal in the Rare Diseases: Models and Mechanisms Network

MONTRÉAL, April 21, 2015 – Drs. Philippe Campeau and Jacques L. Michaud, medical geneticist and researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine, and professors at Université de Montréal, have joined two Advisory Committees of the new Rare Diseases: Models and Mechanisms Network. This Canada-wide Network has been established to catalyze connections between basic researchers and clinical scientists discovering new rare diseases genes. The aim is to analyze equivalent genes and pathways in model organisms – from yeast to murine models.

Dr. Philippe Campeau is co-chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee, where Dr. Jacques L. Michaud also sits as a member. Both will be responsible for setting the clinical criteria to enable prioritization of Network projects, and conducting the first review of clinical gene discovery proposals. Dr. Campeau also sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee, thus contributing to setting and monitoring the Network’s priorities and objectives, as well as inviting scientists to respond to clinical gene discovery proposals.

Join the Network and submit a gene discovery proposal

Scientifics who are interested in becoming member of the Network and clinicians wishing to submit a disease gene discovery proposal may visit the Rare Diseases: Models and Mechanisms Network website. Following a successful connection between a discovery proposal and a model organism researcher, the latter will receive a $25,000 financing to seed immediate collaborative experiments.

This Network was created through a $2,3 million financial support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, in partnership with Genome Canada. This initiative aims to strengthen Canadian leadership in the identification of rare genetic diseases.

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About the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center

The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center is a leading mother-child research institution affiliated with the Université de Montréal. It brings together more than 200 researchers and 350 graduate and post-graduate students focused on finding innovative prevention means, faster and less invasive treatments, as well as personalized approaches to medicine. The Center is part of CHU Sainte-Justine, which is the largest mother-child center in Canada and second most important pediatric center in North America. More on: chusj.org

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