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Research Axes

Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health


Mission and themes

The Metabolic Health and Complex Diseases axis is divided into two themes: Metabolic Cardiovascular Health (CVH) and Metabolic and Genetic Diseases in Québec (MGQ). The research being done in this axis is aimed at understanding, preventing and intervening in major metabolic disorders in Québec, from the fetal period to the end of adolescence including the young adult phase.

Metabolism is regulated by a complex network of genetic, nutritional, hormonal, developmental and environmental influences, responsible for either disease or health and well-being based on the architecture, interconnectivity and internal functional relationships of the network.

Current knowledge of metabolism remains fragmentary despite the wealth of classical and post-genomic data. This emerging group of researchers, with technical expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics and metabolic flux, is furthering its knowledge of these fields as well as integrating its data in order to build efficient predictive models.

Metabolism is the subject of a new discipline: systems biology. It is the focus of most of the pharmacological and/or nutritional treatments used in modern medicine.


Press releases

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 

Starving eye cells contribute to blindness in elders
Unable to produce energy, photoreceptors trigger age-related macular degeneration
Jean-Sébastien Joyal, MD, PhD

Monday, September 28, 2015 

Blocking light improves preemies’ survival rates 
Jean-Claude Lavoie, PhD

Friday, May 22, 2015 

Dr. Claude C. Roy is recipient of the 2015 Quebec Medical Association Prestige Award
Claude C. Roy, MD

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 

Asthma in children
New positions regarding the diagnosis and management of preschool asthma
Francine M. Ducharme, MD, FRCP(C), MSc

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lack of safety at school and poverty linked to childhood obesity
Tracie Barnett, PhD

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 

Dr. Francine Ducharme is appointed Chair of CellCAN’s International Scientific Advisory Committee
Regenerative medicine and cell therapy
Francine M. Ducharme, MD, FRCP(C), MSc

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Old blood as good as fresh in patients with life threatening illnesses
Jacques Lacroix, MD

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A 5-year financing to support Alexey Pshezhetsky’s leading program in glycomics
Investigating the role of blood sialic acids in atherosclerosis and diabetes
Alexey V. Pshezhetsky. PhD

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dr. Johnny Deladoëy receives the 2014 Charles Hollenberg Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Johnny Deladoëy, MD, PhD



Congresses and conferences

Clinical Research Units


Danielle St-Cyr
Scientific Secretary
514 345-4931, ext. 6268

Emile Levy
Axis Head, Metabolic Health and Complex Diseases
514 345-4931, ext. 7783

Guillaume Emeriaud
Axis Head Deputy, Metabolic Health and Complex Diseases
514 345-4931, ext. 3316

Jean-Claude Lavoie
Axis Head Deputy, Metabolic Health and Complex Diseases
514 345-4931, ext. 3940

Grant A. Mitchell
Axis Head Deputy, Metabolic Health and Complex Diseases
514 345-4931, ext. 3584


Genetic and metabolic diseases in Quebec: diagnosis, mechanisms and interventions


Nutrition, energy, stress, inflammation and metabolism in critical periods


Cardiometabolic and vascular health: genetic and environmental approaches

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Updated on 2/8/2018
Created on 8/8/2014
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