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CHHD Researchers

The Child Health and Human Development Program (CHHD) is made up of basic and clinical researchers both at the new Glen site and offsite. These researchers vary in their research interests; some study fertility and its associated mechanisms, some study the processes of fertilization and development, and others study a broad range of physiological and psychological diseases in children leading to adulthood.

Our researchers at the Centre for Translational Biology (CTB) at the Glen site mostly perform basic research in fields of biochemistry, proteomics, and genetics, among other subjects. Those who perform clinical and epidemiological research belong to the Clinical Outcomes Research Evaluations (CORE) part of the program. Some of our members who only perform clinical research do so at the Centre for Innovative Medicine (CIM) located at the Research Institute. CHHD members hold Scientist or Investigator affiliations at the RI-MUHC, and several of our members are affiliated as Associate Investigators.

Below you will find a list of our members with links to their research profiles

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Gabriel Altit, MDCM, FRCPC, FAAP

Neonatal echocardiography

near infrared spectroscopy

neonatal epidemiology

congenital diaphragmatic hernia

congenital heart defect

CORE

Asangla Ao, PhD

aneuploidy

chromosome mosaicism

chromosome translocation

preimplantation genetic diagnosis

fertility

CIM

Olga Basso, PhD

infertility

perinatal and child health

preterm birth

pregnancy complications

ovarian cancer

CORE

Marc Beltempo, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC

Neonatology

prematurity

health-care services research

health outcomes research

quality improvement

CIM

Geneviève Bernard, MD, M.Sc., FRCP(c)

leukodystrophies

POLR3-related leukodystrophy

hypomyelination

neurodegenerative diseases

molecular genetics

CTB

Nancy Braverman, MD, M.Sc.

genetic disorders

peroxisome diseases

mouse models

drug therapies

lipid metabolism

CTB

Marie Brossard-Racine, PhD

magnetic resonance imaging

brain development

child development

neurodevelopment disorders

early intervention

CORE

Robert Brouillette, MD

Sleep apnea

airway obstruction

control of breathing

tonsils

adenoids

Brett Burstein, MDCM, PhD, MPH, FRCPC, FAAP

Febrile young infants

serious bacterial infections

fever

sepsis

viral testing

CIM

Franco Carnevale, RN, PhD

culture

pediatric critical care

ethics

nursing

pediatrics

CORE

Peter Chan, MD, M.Sc.

Infertilité masculine

chromatine du sperme

microchirurgie

vaso-épididymostomie

phtalates

CTB

Hugh Clarke, PhD

reproduction

infertility

oocyte

follicle

CTB

Evelyn Constantin, MD, M.Sc. (Epi)

Child

obstructive sleep apnea

adenotonsillectomy

treatment outcomes

diagnostic testing

CORE

Adrian Dancea, MD

Pediatric cardiology

interventional cardiology

congenital heart disease

quality assurance

CIM

Sam Daniel, MD, M.Sc.

Pediatric otolaryngology

middle ear disease

hearing loss

otoxicity

platinum otoxicity

CTB

Geoffrey Dougherty, MD, M.Sc.

Pediatrics

home care

epidemiology

randomized trials

hospital care alternatives

CIM

Alexander Dubrovsky, MDCM, M.Sc.

point-of-care ultrasound

pediatric emergency medicine

patient safety

CIM

Jessica Duby, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FAAP

neonatology

perinatal health

family-centered care

community health workers

resource-limited settings

Roy Dudley, MD, PhD

meningiomas

cancer epidemiology

database

predictive markers

cancer surveillance

CIM

Daniel Dufort, PhD

Embryo implantation

placenta

preterm birth

embryo-uterine crosstalk

uterine development

CTB

Mayada Elsabbagh, PhD

autism

developmental disorders

CORE

Sherif Emil, MD, CM

surgical outcomes

appendicitis

patient-centred care

enhanced recovery

chest wall anomalies

CIM

Kolja Eppert, PhD

Pediatric leukemia

acute myelogenous leukemia

AML

pediatric acute myelogenous leukemia

stem cells

CTB

Patricia Fontela, MD, PhD

Critical care

epidemiology

child health

surveillance

CORE

Isabel Fortier, PhD

Epidemiology

methods and software development

data harmonization

research data management

cohorts studies

CORE

Bethany Foster, MD, MSCE

nephrology

kidney transplantation

epidemiology

adherence

CORE

Anita Gagnon, RN, MPH, PhD

migration

maternal-child health

health services research

epidemiology

evidence-based clinical practice and policy

CORE

Isabelle Gagnon, PhD

Traumatic brain injury

pediatrics

balance

visual perception

self-efficacy

CORE

Robert Gagnon, MD

Développement foetal

morbidité périnatale

échographie foetale

hypoglycémie foetale

obstétrique-gynécologie

CIM

Brian Gilfix, MD, PhD

homocysteine

HPLC

molecular diagnostics

CIM

Cynthia Goodyer, PhD

growth

gene regulation

obesity

cancer

endocrine disruptors

CTB

Paul Goodyer, MD

Nephrology

pediatrics

hereditary renal disease

kidney development

developmental biology

CTB

Catherine Goudie, MD, FRCPC

cancer predisposition syndrome

pediatric

oncology

genetics

decision support tool

CORE

Indra Gupta, MD

congenital kidney and urinary tract defects

children

CTB

Lily Hechtman, MD, FRCPC

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

CORE

Nada Jabado, MD, PhD

pediatric brain tumors

gliomas

astrocytomas

epigenetics

next generation sequencing

CTB

Roman Jednak, B.Sc., MDCM

urinary tract obstruction

neurogenic bladder

CIM

Loydie Jerome-Majewska, PhD

placenta

22q11.2DS

DiGeorge syndrome

protein trafficking

alternative splicing

CTB

Feige Kaplan, PhD

lung development

gene-environment interactions

bronchopulmonary dysplasia

asthma Lgl1/crispld2

Thomas Kitzler, MD, FRCPC

Genetics

genomics

whole-exome sequencing

chronic kidney disease

focal segmental glomerulosclerosis

CTB

Bartha Knoppers, PhD, Ad.E., O.C., O.Q.

International Human Rights

medical law

pediatrics ethics

population/genomics/biobanking

research ethics

Robert Koenekoop, MD, PhD

blindness

gene discovery

drug development

genotyping

gene therapy

CTB

Michael Kramer, MD

breastfeeding

maternal and child health

pediatric epidemiology

perinatal epidemiology

preterm birth

CORE

Pierre Lachapelle, PhD

ophthalmology

electroretinography

electrophysiology

development

retinopathy

CTB

Mark Lathrop, PhD

Human genetics

genomics

medical genomics

biomathematics

statistical genetics

Laurent Legault, MD

diabetes

prevention

obesity

technology

CORE

Patricia Li, MD, MSc, FRCPC

pediatrics

health services research

primary care

knowledge synthesis

knowledge translation

CORE

Jacek Majewski, PhD

Bioinformatics

genomics

Annette Majnemer, OT, M.Sc., PhD

childhood disability

outcomes

determinants

rehabilitation

knowledge translation

CORE

John Mitchell, MD

PKU

Morquio syndrome

orphan disease

orphan therapy

CTB

Patricia Monnier, MD, PhD

endocrine disruptors

infertility

assisted reproduction

obstetrics

CORE

Tina Montreuil, PhD, PsyD, M.Ed.

Emotion regulation

anxiety

Intergenerational transmission of psychopathology

School-based mental health

achievement

CIM

Kenneth Myers, MD, PhD, FRCPC, CSCN (EEG)

epilepsy

genetics

child neurology

clinical

drug Trials

CORE

Makoto Nagano, PhD, DVM

stem cell

spermatogenesis

fertility restoration

CTB

Meranda Nakhla, MD, M.Sc.

Health services research

pediatric diabetes

transition to adult care

CORE

Anna Naumova, M.Sc., PhD

complex genetic traits

epigenetics

developmental genetics

CTB

Cristian O'Flaherty, DVM, PhD

andrology

male infertility

oxidative stress

redox signaling

toxicology

CTB

Maryam Oskoui, MD, MSc

cerebral palsy

spinal muscular atrophy

neuromuscular

epidemiology

CORE

Tomi Pastinen, MD, PhD

genomics

epigenomics

sequencing technology

immune disease

Genome Quebec Innovation Centre

Thérèse Perreault, MD, M.Sc.

Neonatal pulmonary hypertension

hypoxia

endothelin

nitric oxide

endothelin receptor antagonist

CIM

Robert Platt, PhD

statistical methods

causal inference

perinatal epidemiology

pharmacoepidemiology

high-dimensional data

CORE

Dan Poenaru, MD, PhD, MPHE

Patient-centred care

shared decision-making

surgical adverse events

complications

discrete choice experiments

CIM

Constantin Polychronakos, M.D.

diabetes

genetics

genomics

autoimmunity

cell lineage

CTB

Janusz Rak, MD, PhD

cancer

exosomes

oncogenes

angiogenesis

coagulation

CTB

Janet Rennick, RN, MScN, PhD

pediatric intensive care

psychological outcomes

mixed methods

family-centred care

child self-report measures

CORE

Jean-Baptiste Rivière, PhD

genomics

bioinformatics

rare diseases

mosaicism

next-generation sequencing

CTB

Bernard Robaire, PhD

aging

androgen action

epididymis

epigenetics

male-mediated developmental toxicity

David Rosenblatt, MDCM

vitamin B12

folate

inborn errors

genetics

homocysteine

CTB

Rima Rozen, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS, FCCMG

genes

nutrients

birth defects

liver disease

cancer

CTB

Aimee Ryan, PhD

morphogenesis

organogensis

chick embryo model

claudins

neural tube closure

CTB

Sonia Semenic, RN, PhD

perinatal health

breastfeeding

Baby-Friendly Initiative

evidence-based practice

knowledge translation

CORE

Adam Shapiro, MD

Primary ciliary dyskinesia

nitric oxide

Kartagener

cilia

heterotaxy

CIM

Michael Shevell, MD, CM, FRCP, FCAHS

disability

cerebral palsy

developmental delay

outcomes

etiology

CORE

Rima Slim, PhD

molar pregnancies

fetal loss

gene identification

mechanisms of diseases

early human development

CTB

Myriam Srour, MDCM, PhD

neurogenetics

congenital cerebral malformations

Joubert syndrome

cerebellum

exome sequencing

CTB

Guillaume Sébire, MD, PhD

perinal brain injury

neuroinflammation

hypoxia-ischemia

CTB

Teruko Taketo, PhD

Female fertility

oocyte

meiosis

apoptosis

sex chromosomes

CTB

Gloria Tannenbaum, M.Sc., PhD

growth hormone (GH)

somatostatin

GH-releasing hormone

ghrelin

brain

Jacquetta Trasler, MD, PhD

epigenetics

birth defects

developmental genetics and pharmacology

reproduction

embryogenesis

CTB

Togas Tulandi

infertility

female fertility preservation

endometriosis

gynecologic minimally invasive surgery

uterine myoma and abnormal uterine bleeding

CIM

Julia Von Oettingen, MD, PhD, MMSc, FRCP

Pediatric diabetes

diabetes phenotypes

care delivery

resource-limited settings

global health

CORE

Pia Wintermark, MD

brain

imaging

newborn

retina

repair

CTB

Davinia Withington, BM, FRCA, MRCP(uk)

sedation

neurodevelopment

pharmacokinetics

CIM

Samara Zavalkoff, MDCM, FRCPC

Patient safety

quality improvement

clinical care

critical care

bedside ultrasound

CIM

David Zielinski, MD, FRCPC, FCCP

Neuromuscular disorders

non-invasive ventilation

home-based mechanical ventilation

tuberculosis

Armand Zini, MD

reproduction

sperm function

male infertility

microsurgery

sperm DNA

CTB

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