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Thursday, January 14 2016

Three new scientists at CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center

Musculosqueletal procedures, cell therapy for liver diseases and pediatric neurology

MONTRÉAL, January 14, 2016 Université de Montréal-affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center strives to advance knowledge in the field of mother-child health. With this in mind, the Center has welcomed three new scientists. Marie Beauséjour, Massimiliano Paganelli, and Sébastien Perreault will respectively contribute their knowledge in the areas of musculoskeletal health care; cell therapy for liver diseases; and brain tumors and neurofibromatosis management. They will complement the existing expertise of two of the institution’s research axes, namely Musculoskeletal diseases and rehabilitation; and Viral and immune disorders and cancers.

Profiles and contributed expertise

Marie Beauséjour, PhD, is a research professor in the Department of Surgery at Université de Montréal. Her work aims at better understanding the factors associated with the use of specialized health care services, as well as to support the development and assessment of new approaches to musculoskeletal health procedures. She also focuses on improving early treatment using orthosis, and is interested in developing more targeted scoliosis treatments based on patients’ risk factors. Her research should help improve both the efficacy and efficiency of provided procedures and services. Her results should improve young patients’ quality of life, through proper and timely management and reasoned use of health care resources.

Massimiliano Paganelli, MD, PhD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist/hepatologist at CHU Sainte-Justine and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Université de Montréal. His work focuses on the development of liver diseases therapy through the use of stem cells derived from patients’ own blood. Using genome editing, the disease’s causative mutation is to be removed from the stem-cells. Edited cells will then be used to generate healthy liver cells, which will in turn be transplanted back to the patient in order to cure their liver disease. Such an approach could be used for several other liver diseases. Proven successful, it has the potential to completely change the life of children and adults with inborn errors of liver metabolism.

Sebastien Perreault, MD, is a pediatric neurologist at CHU Sainte-Justine and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurosciences at Université de Montréal. Using new targeted therapies and diagnostic tools, the clinician-researcher seeks to improve care provided to patients with neurofibromatosis type I and to better assess the vision impairment of patients with a brain tumor.

About the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center

CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center is a leading mother-child research institution affiliated with Université de Montréal. It brings together more than 200 research investigators, including over 90 clinician-scientists, as well as 360 graduate and postgraduate 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 research.chusj.org


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