Dr. Alain Moreau named Director for Research at the Sainte-Justine UHC

Feb 13, 2013, 09:57 ET from Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center

MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Alain Moreau has been named Director for Research at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center (Sainte-Justine UHC), succeeding Dr. Guy Rouleau.

Dr. Alain Moreau is a world-renowned research scientist in the area of molecular genetics of pediatric scoliosis. He is fully aware of the major challenges affecting research in Quebec and Canada, and is knowledgeable about the clinical issues faced by university hospital centers. He has published many research articles, and holds several patents. He also has been honoured with numerous awards and distinctions. He holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the Université de Montréal, a M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology from the Institut Armand-Frappier, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the Université de Montréal. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Protein Engineering Center of the Université de Liège from 1992 to 1993, followed by a second postdoctoral fellowship at the Genetics Unit of the Shriners Hospitals for Children, at McGill University, from 1993 to 1997.

Over the past twelve years, Dr. Moreau has consistently demonstrated his leadership at the Sainte-Justine UHC and has cumulated a number of achievements under the various functions and key positions he has held, namely as owner of the Technopôle rehabilitation project (to open in 2015), associate director of Academic Affairs at the Research Center, research scientist in musculoskeletal disorders, and co-director of the CHUSJ's Department of Dentistry.

Full professor in the Department of Stomatology at the Faculty of Dentistry and in the Department of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal, Dr. Moreau is also Vice Chair of the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Among his many distinctions, he was named Young Researcher of the Year in Pediatric Research by the Foundation of Stars (2008). He is a four-time laureate of the Yves Cotrel Foundation awards, Institut de France (2002-2012), including the Foundation's first medal. He was also honoured with the Genesis (Biotechnology of Tomorrow) Award by Génome Québec (2008) and is a two-time recipient of Roger-Simoneau awards in Fundamental Science, from the Québec Scoliosis Society (2000 and 2001).

Research at the Sainte-Justine UHC

The Sainte-Justine UHC Research Center has a long tradition of developing new knowledge and promptly applying it toward improving care and services for the population. "Dr. Moreau embodies the vision of bridging the CHUSJ's three core missions of care, research and teaching. He will make sure to attract the leading stars of research in our institution and to form partnerships with other university hospital centers. Dr. Moreau will not only help accelerate the transformation of our scientific discoveries into innovative medicine, but also contribute to creating a true research and care continuum in Montreal. This approach will serve to improve the health of mothers, fetuses, newborns, children, and teenagers of Quebec," said Dr. Fabrice Brunet, Executive Director of the Sainte-Justine UHC.

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 1200 people, including over 250 researchers and 450 graduate and post-graduate students who carry out fundamental, clinical, translational, and evaluative research on mother and child health. Research work falls under six research axes, namely Health Outcomes; Brain Diseases; Musculoskeletal Diseases and Movement Sciences; Viral and Immune Disorders and Cancers; Fetomaternal and Neonatal Pathologies; and Metabolic Health. It is focused on finding innovative prevention means, faster and less invasive treatments, as well as personalized approaches to medicine. The Center is part of the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center. www.chu-sainte-justine.org/research

About the Sainte-Justine UHC

The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center is the largest mother-child health center in Canada and one of the four most important pediatric centers in North America. It is a member of the Université de Montréal's extensive health network of excellence (RUIS). It is composed of 5 153 employees, including 1 392 nurses and auxiliary nurses; 1 036 health care professionals; 510 physicians, dentists, and pharmacists; and over 250 researchers, 300 volunteers, 4 000 interns and students of all disciplines. It has 489 beds, 40 of which are located at the Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Center, the only center exclusively dedicated to pediatric rehabilitation in Quebec. The Sainte-Justine UHC has been accredited by the WHO as a Health Promoting Hospital. www.chu-sainte-justine.org

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