Mission and research fields

 

The mission of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) is as follows:

  • to promote and provide financial support for all areas of research in the field of health, including basic, clinical and epidemiological research, research in the field of public health and research in the field of health services;
  • to promote and provide financial support for the dissemination of scientific knowledge in fields of health research;
  • to promote and provide financial support for the training of researchers through merit scholarships for graduate and postgraduate students and persons who engage in postdoctoral research and through professional development scholarships for persons who wish to re-enter the research community;
  • to create any necessary partnership, in particular with universities, colleges and health care institutions, and the government departments and public bodies concerned.

Research domains

Aging

Human Genetics

Cancer

Infection and Immunity

Child, Youth and Maternal Health

Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis

Circulatory and Respiratory Health

Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction

Gender and Health

Nutrition and Metabolism

Health Services

Population Health

 

Aging

This research field bears on the causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of aging-related conditions. It includes studies on support systems for individuals experiencing loss of autonomy and on caring for elderly patients.

  • Age and Risk Factors
  • Aging Process
  • Cellular Aging
  • Cellular Degeneration
  • Cerebral Atrophy
  • Chronic Diseases in Elderly
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging
  • Drug Administration and Drug Interactions
  • Genetics of Aging
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Loss of Independance
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Nutrition and Aging
  • Quality of Life and Aging
  • Social Aspects of Aging

 

Cancer

This research field focuses on understanding the physiopathology of cancer mechanisms and improving cancer screening and diagnostic techniques, developing effective prevention strategies, devising new therapeutic approaches and establishing effective psychosocial support and palliative care systems.

  • Apoptosis and Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer Diagnosis and Detection
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Cancer of the Digestive System
  • Cancer of the Musculoskeletal System
  • Cancer of the Reproductive System
  • Cancer of the Urinary System
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Cell Signaling and Cancer
  • Cell Therapy of Cancer
  • Cellular Differentiation
  • Cellular Division
  • Cerebral Tumors
  • Chemotherapy
  • Environment and Cancer
  • Gene Therapy and Cancer
  • Growth Factors
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hereditary Cancer
  • Hormone Dependent Cancers
  • Host-Tumour Interaction
  • Leukemia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Nutrition and Cancer
  • Oncogenes
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Radiotherapy
  • Retinal and Ocular Neoplasms
  • Skin Cancer
  • Smoking and Cancer
  • Social Determinants of Cancer
  • Stress and Cancer
  • Suppressor Gene
  • Vaccine and Cancer

 

Child, Youth and Maternal Health

Studies in this field address everything pertaining to the health of mother, father and child, from infancy to adolescence. Research programs on normal and pathological developmental biology from childhood to adolescence are included. This field also addresses the causes, incidence, prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of developmental pathologies and the needs for short- and long-term support.

  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents
  • Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Child Abuse and Negligence
  • Childhood Vaccination
  • Cognitive development in Children
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding
  • Embryonic Development
  • Gestation / Parturition
  • Growth Retardation
  • Infant / Child Development
  • Intrauterine Developmental Abnormalities
  • Learning Disorders in Children
  • Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth
  • Mental Retardation
  • Newborn Diseases
  • Newborn Respiratory Diseases
  • Perinatal Period
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Preeclampsia
  • Prematurity
  • Prenatal and Neonatal Screening
  • Prenatal and Perinatal Trauma
  • Social Determinants of Child and Youth Development
  • Speech and Language Development Disorders
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Youth and Eating Disorders

 

Circulatory and Respiratory Health

This research field addresses the causes, screening, diagnosis, prevention, physiopathological mechanisms and treatment of heart, lung and blood vessel diseases.

  • Anemia
  • Aneurism
  • Angiogenesis
  • Arrhythmia
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Blood Flow and Transfusions
  • Cardiac Fibrosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Cell Signaling
  • Cell Therapy
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Congenital Cardiopathies
  • Coronary Heart Diseases
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Endocarditis
  • Environment and Respiratory Diseases
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Valve / Valvular Diseases
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammatory Respiratory Diseases
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Occupational Lung Diseases
  • Peripheral Arteriopathy
  • Phlebitis
  • Pneumopathies
  • Prostheses ans Vascular Substitutes
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Respiratory System
  • Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Social Determinants of Respiratory Diseases
  • Stem Cells and Organogenesis
  • Thrombosis and Embolism

 

Gender and Health

This field encompasses studies into the involvement of biological and sociocultural factors in the genesis of diseases that are more common in either males or females, evaluation of the risk factors for those diseases, and the development of effective interventions for male and female subjects. It includes research on reproductive functions and dynamics.

  • Andropause
  • Birth Control
  • Endocrine Regulation
  • Endometriosis
  • Female Infertility
  • Female Urogenital System Disorders
  • Fertility Technologies
  • Gender Epidemiology
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Male Infertility
  • Male Urogenital System Disorders
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Cycle and Associated Problems
  • Prostate
  • Reproductive Biology and Dysfunctions
  • Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Steroids

 

Health Services

This research field addresses the organizational aspects of health services (procedures, laws, policies and regulations), as well as healthcare planning and routine practices. It includes studies on managing support systems for patients and their families.

  • Diagnostic Techniques
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Health Care Organization
  • Health Care Technologies
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Policies
  • Health Services
  • Home Care Services
  • Hospital Care Services
  • Hot Line Services
  • Intensive Care
  • Long-Term Care Services
  • Nursing
  • Palliative Care
  • Professional Practices
  • Telemedicine

 

Human Genetics

This research field addresses the human genome and all health and disease aspects of genetics, including interaction between genetic factors and physical and social environments. It includes studies into the ethical issues surrounding breakthroughs in genetics and use of those discoveries.

  • Applied Genetics
  • Chromosomes : Structure / Organization
  • Complex Trait Genetics
  • Developmental Genetics
  • DNA and RNA Chips
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Gene Regulation and Expression
  • Gene Therapy
  • Gene Environment Interactions
  • Genes
  • Genetic Diseases
  • Genetic Mapping
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genetic Screening of Diseases
  • Genetics and Ethics
  • Genetics and Heredity
  • Genome
  • Genome Damage and Repair
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Mutation (Process)
  • Phenotype
  • Polymorphism
  • Population Genetics
  • Proteins
  • Proteomics
  • Susceptibility Genes
  • Telomeres
  • Transgenic Model

 

Infection and Immunity

This field covers studies into the physiopathology, incidence and screening of infectious and immune diseases and allergies. It includes research on the prevention (including vaccination) and diagnosis of those diseases, as well as development of the necessary therapies, support systems and palliative care systems.

  • AIDS / HIV
  • Allergies
  • Antibiotics and Resistance
  • Antibodies
  • Antigens
  • Antivirals
  • Auto-Immune Diseases
  • Bacteria
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Blood Substitutes
  • Burns and Infection
  • Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases
  • Cell Therapy of Infectious and Immune Diseases
  • Cellular Defense
  • Diseases of the Immune System
  • Fungal Infections
  • Gene Therapy of Infectious and Immune Diseases
  • Global Health and Emerging Diseases
  • Hepatitis
  • Host Genetics
  • Immune Mediators: Cytokines and Chemokines
  • Immune System
  • Immunodeficiencies
  • Immunotherapy
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Leukocytes
  • Parasites
  • Parasitic Infections
  • Platelets
  • Septic Shock
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Social Determinants of Infectious and Immune-Mediated Diseases
  • Transplantation and Graft Rejection
  • Tropical Diseases
  • Tuberculosis
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccine Development
  • Viral Infections
  • Virus
  • Yeasts

 

Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis

This research field deals with topics aimed at shedding more light on locomotor function and investigating the causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of diseases arising from problems with bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth. It includes research programs for improving active living, mobility and movement.

  • Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis
  • Bone Diseases
  • Bone Tissue
  • Connective Tissue
  • Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Dental Health
  • Dental Materials
  • Fibrosis
  • Joints (Articulations)
  • Locomotor Activity / Movement Disorders
  • Muscle
  • Muscular Diseases
  • Musculoskeletal Deformation
  • Muskuloskeletal Lesions and Repair
  • Oro-Dental Disorders
  • Oro-Facial Pain
  • Orthoses and Prostheses
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rehabilitation Care and Services
  • Scoliosis
  • Skin
  • Skin Disorders
  • Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials
  • Tendons and Ligaments
  • Trauma / Injuries

 

Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction

This research field bears on the cellular and molecular mechanisms and socio-environmental conditions that affect brain function. It also addresses the neurological mechanisms associated with thought, emotion, behaviour, sensation and memory under normal and pathological conditions. Other studies look into the incidence, screening, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system, as well as mental illness. Social, economic and cultural factors are explored in efforts to prevent mental illness and neurological disorders.

  • Alcoholism
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Apoptosis
  • Ataxia
  • Auditory System
  • Autism
  • Autonomic Nrevous System
  • Brain Metabolism
  • Cell Signaling
  • Central Nervous System Inflammatory Diseases
  • Central Nervous System Organic Diseases
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Character Disorders
  • Chronobiology
  • Cognition
  • Communication Disorders
  • Convulsive Disorders / Epilepsy
  • Cranio-Encephalic and Spinal Cord Trauma
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Drug Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Executive Functions
  • Eye and Visual System Diseases
  • Gene Therapy
  • Genetics and Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases
  • Growth Factors
  • Gustatory System
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Hemiplegia and Paraplegia
  • Huntington's Chorea
  • Language Acquisition and Development
  • Learning and Memory
  • Mental Health and Society
  • Migraine
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motivations and Emotions
  • Motor System
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nervous System Development
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Neuroendocrine Diseases
  • Neurogenesis and Gliogenesis
  • Neuroimmunological Diseases
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Neuronal and Synaptic Activity
  • Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission
  • Neuronal Modeling
  • Neuronal Transplantation and Stem Cells
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Olfactory System
  • Pain
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripherial Nervous System Diseases
  • Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration
  • Receptors and Carriers
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep and Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking
  • Social and Cultural Psychiatry
  • Somatization and Functional Somatic Syndromes
  • Somatosensory System
  • Spinal Cord Diseases
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Visual System

 

Nutrition and Metabolism

This field covers studies into diet, digestive functions, excretion and metabolism. It includes research on the causes, incidence, prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of conditions and problems tied to hormonal function, the digestive system, and kidney and liver function.

  • Appetite
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Development of Drug Delivery Systems
  • Diabetes
  • Digestion
  • Digestive System
  • Drug Metabolism
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Endocrine System
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Gastrointestinal Pathologies
  • Glucotoxicity
  • Hepatic Diseases
  • Hormonal Regulation
  • Hormones and Growth Factors
  • Hyperthermia and Hypothermia
  • Intestinal Malabsorption and Cholestatic Syndromes
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Liver
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Metabolism
  • Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods
  • Nutrients
  • Nutrition
  • Nutritional Disorders
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Obesity
  • Pancreas
  • Poisoning
  • Renal Diseases
  • Renal Insufficiency / Failure and Malabsorption
  • Renal System
  • Social Determinants of Dietary and Metabolic Disorders
  • Toxicology
  • Toxin and Toxicant Metabolism
  • Urogenital Pathologies
  • Urogenital System

 

Population Health

This field covers research on how biological, sociocultural, environmental and behavioural factors relate to the organization of healthcare services and to health. Other studies concern use of that knowledge to improve population health, the needs of healthcare systems and the tools and technologies available to prevent disease and provide quality health services to all segments of the population.

  • Community Health / Public Health
  • Cultural and Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Ethics and Health
  • Family and Care Givers
  • Health Prevention
  • Health Promotion
  • Human and Social Ecology
  • Law and Health
  • Lifestyle Determinants and Health
  • Native Health
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Paramedical Sciences
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Pharmacoepidemilogy
  • Social Determinants of Health