Impacts of health research in Québec

November 24th, 2014

In the area of life science and health science research, Québec is very well positioned and has a long history.

Mark Wainberg's research projects (McGill University) on 3TC against HIV-AIDS. Working with his team, he worked on the development of 3TC, which is now the most-prescribed anti-AIDS medication in the world. Tritherapy plays a decisive role in the survival of tens of thousands of people with AIDS around the world.

There are research teams in Quebec in all fields, not just biomedicine, that are of world-class calibre.

International impact of Jean-Pierre Després' research (Université Laval) on metabolic syndrome (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease).

Recognized and cited by the World Health Organization, his work showed that abdominal obesity is a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Thanks to Jean-Pierre Després, waist measurement is now a routine medical practice recognized worldwide.

Jean-Pierre Després is Director of Research in Cardiology, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec. In 2011, Jean-Pierre Després was the researcher who published the most scientific articles in the field of metabolic syndrome, ahead of more than 110,000 other researchers.

Québec life science researchers perform very well in Canada. In the area of research into aging and neuroscience, Québec researchers receive between 35% and 38% of Canadian grants, even though we're only 23% or 24% of the Canadian population.

The impacts of Sonia Lupien's research (Université de Montréal) on stress management. Sonia Lupien is Scientific Director of the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Research Center, and Director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress.

As a top mental health specialist, her research helps us better understand the effects of stress on our lives, particularly on our memory. Named one of the Top 10 Canadians Who Make a Difference by MacLean's magazine in 2003, Dr. Lupien made a real difference by developing stress-reducing programs for people of all ages, but also by overseeing development of mobile apps for reducing and managing stress.

This video presents two mobile applications:

  • iSMART

Interdisciplinarity and intersectoriality will now be part of the way we train researchers and the way we do research. It will allow us to attack much more complex problems.

The research projects of David Fortin, neurosurgeon and neuro-oncologist (Université de Sherbrooke). Along with his team, he works intensively to find solutions to beat brain cancer.

Dr. Fortin and his mathematician and physicist colleagues have developed a new cutting-edge imaging approach that allows them to remove a larger portion of tumours while maintaining patients' brain function.

Renaldo Battista, Scientific Director, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)

Rémi Quirion, Québec Chief Scientist Officer

Yanick Villedieu, Science Journalist and Radio Host, Les années lumière, Ici Radio-Canada Première