Claire Leblanc, MD - Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
rheumatic diseases • wellness • healthy active living • exercise • arthritis
My research focuses on the creation and implementation of population-based wellness strategies for children and youth. Implementation includes the community and school setting as well as health care settings through the teaching of doctors in training. My research in rheumatology includes multicenter trials and outcome studies, with the aim of improving the health of children affected with arthritis. I am also studying the use of point-of-care musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool. This technology helps rheumatologists to detect inflamed joints and tendons early and allows targeted injection of medication when indicated. Young children with arthritis can be pain-free for many months after such injections, with no limitation to their activities. This improves the quality of life for these children and their families.
LeBlanc CMA, Lands LC. Can I Play? Pediatric Annals. 2014;43(12):e316-324 PMID: 25486040.
LeBlanc CMA, Lang B, Bencivenga A, Chetaille AL, Dancey P, Dent P, Miettunen P, Oen K, Rosenberg A, Roth J, Scuccimarri R, Tse SML, Benseler S, Cabral DA, Campillo S, Chédeville G, Duffy C, Watanabe Duffy K, Haddad E, Huber AM, Laxer R, Levy D, Johnson N, Ramsey S, Shiff N, Schmeling H, Schneider R, Stringer E, Yeung RSM and Tucker LB. Access to Biologic Therapies in Canada for Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. J Rheumatology 2012; 39(9):1875-9. PMID: 22859344.
Lipnowski S, LeBlanc CMA and Canadian Paediatric Society Healthy Active Living and Sport Medicine Committee. Healthy active living: Physical activity guidelines for children and adolescents. Paediatr Child Health 2012;17(2):209 PMID: 23543633.
Nieman P, LeBlanc CMA and Canadian Paediatric Society Healthy Active Living and Sports Medicine Committee. Psychosocial aspects of child and adolescent obesity. Paediatr Child Health 2012;17(3):205 PMID: 23543619.
Purcell L, LeBlanc CMA. Policy Statement—Boxing Participation by Children and Adolescents. PEDIATRICS Volume 128, Number 3, September 2011 PMCID: PMC3276529.