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This General public's section aims to show the good moves and discoveries of our research teams with written publications/videos accessible to all (published mostly in French!).

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The hepatokine Tsukushi is released in response to NAFLD and impacts cholesterol homeostasis

December 5th, 2019

Science Pearls 

Article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by Mathilde Mouchiroud (Mathieu Laplante’s team). With this article, Mathilde has won the FRQS Jacques-Genest Relève Étoile Award for the month of November – see the new HERE. Article title : « The hepatokine Tsukushi is released in response to NAFLD and impacts cholesterol homeostasis. » An article […]


December 5th, 2019


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November 20th, 2019

General Public News 

This past November 2019, we represented Canada as one of 50 postdoctoral trainees at the Danish Diabetes Academy (DDA) Winter School held in Malaga, Spain. Scientific lectures covered topics such as organ axes and crosstalk, adipose biology, exercise and diabetes, and sex dimensions in research while other aspects of the program included presentations on career […]

Maintaining long-term lifestyle habits improvements: it’s possible!

November 13th, 2019

Science Pearls 

Talk by Dr Miguel Angel Martínez-González at the ANZOS-ASLM-ICCR 2019 Conference Joint National and International Conference on Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases, Sydney, Australia. Talk title : « Lifestyle interventions and cardiometabolic health: PREDIMED, PREDIMED-Plus and other ongoing similar trials in clinical nutrition » Following lifestyle interventions, adherence to treatment in the long-term is often challenging. […]


November 11th, 2019

General Public News 

The clinical and basic research of May Faraj explores novel mechanisms leading to the development of cardiometabolic diseases in humans, such as type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis. In particular, her team examines the role of atherogenic lipoproteins, chronic inflammation and dysfunctional white adipose tissue in this process. Moreover, their clinical trials examine the role of […]

Do cheat days predict compulsive eating?

November 5th, 2019

Science Pearls 

Talk by Robyn M Brown at the ANZOS-ASLM-ICCR 2019 Conference Joint National and International Conference on Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases, Sydney, Australia. Talk title : « Compulsive-like eating is induced by intermittent access to high-fat high-sugar diet » To deal with frustration that often comes with restrictive diets, there’s the introduction of the “cheat day”: […]


November 5th, 2019


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Dr. André Carpentier – THE BODY FAT DETECTIVE

October 24th, 2019

General Public News 

n his laboratory at the Centre for Research at the CHUS (CRCHUS), Dr. André Carpentier conducts cutting-edge research in lipid metabolism imaging. A true Sherlock Holmes of body fat – the root cause of many health complications – the clinician-researcher has developed a series of molecular imaging methods over the past twenty years to study […]


October 22nd, 2019


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You are interested to helping to improve the health of Quebecers?

October 17th, 2019

General Public News 

The NutriQuébec research team, in partnership with the Gouvernement du Québec, is presently conducting an ambitious project on dietary habits, lilfestyle habits and health of Quebecers. Hélène Laurendeau presented the NutriQuébec project in her radio commentary @Bienentendu of Radio-Canada last August: Click HERE to hear the audio clip (in French). To participate or for more […]


October 11th, 2019

General Public News 

CONSTANT PROGRESS Since 1975, overweight and obesity have been steadily increasing in OECD countries. Today, 60% of the population is overweight and 25% is obese. The OECD had not published a report on obesity for 10 years. The findings of this new paper reveal that the adult obesity rate has increased from 21% in 2010 […]

CMDO Ambassadors in Paris in December

October 7th, 2019

CMDO Network News 

ICAN Conference Series 2019 in Paris – Our young ambassadors who will represent the CMDO Network in Paris in December are now known – all the details HERE.


October 7th, 2019

CMDO Network News 

Congratulations to Alexandre Garneau (Teams of Julie Lavoie and Paul Isenring) and Abderrahim Benmoussa (Team of Valérie Marcil) who win the prestigious Yves-Dehaies Rising Stars Award. Come meet them at the 2020 Congress! All the details of the contest HERE

The CMDO Network is now on Twitter

September 28th, 2019

CMDO Network News 

Visit our Twitter account @rrcmdo to be aware of the latest CMDO news (eg contest deadlines, new training programs, funding).

How is a disease determined? The case of obesity

September 17th, 2019

General Public News 

Obesity is a chronic disease affecting nearly 1 in 4 Quebecers. Unfortunately, obesity is often misunderstood, which leads to a lot of stigma. In this article, I explain in a popular way why obesity should be considered as a disease. To read this article: Click HERE (Only available in French). Good reading! Author of the news: […]

The waistline of Quebecers has more than doubled in 20 years (TVA Nouvelles)

August 21st, 2019

General Public News 

Abdominal obesity in Quebec has more than doubled in recent years and affects more than 40% of the population, or 2.3 million adults in Quebec who are at higher risk of developing chronic diseases, according to a study by Public Health Institute of Quebec (INSPQ). Our researchers Julie St-Pierre and Benoit Arsenault speak out. For […]

Lipidology 1 course: Metabolism of lipids and lipoproteins (ULaval)

August 20th, 2019

General Public News 

The Lipidology 1 course will begin on September 6, 2019 (available by videoconference to all universities, MDX-7006). You can still register for the course and obtain credits, either directly at Laval University or through the inter-university CREPUQ system (off-campus studies). You can see the courses offered by the CREPUQ in each university institution or go […]

Endurance exercise for muscle mass gains?

July 29th, 2019

Science Pearls 

Symposium organised by Abigdail Mackey (DAN), with Bethan E. Phillips (UK) and Gianni Parise (CAN) during the European College of Sport Sciences Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic. Title of the symposium : « Reasons and remedies for the age-related decline in skeletal muscle adaptability » Aging is associated with a decrease in muscle mass, a processed coined […]

Dr. Denis Richard presented with March of Dimes Canada’s Jonas Salk Award

July 8th, 2019

General Public News 

The award honours a Canadian scientist, physician, or researcher who has made a new and outstanding contribution in science or medicine to prevent, alleviate, or eliminate a physical disability. Dr. Richard is being recognized for his extensive research into obesity. “Obesity is indeed a major debilitating chronic condition leading to serious and costly medical disorders […]


July 5th, 2019

Science Pearls 

Article published in European Radiology by the team of Dr. An Tang (CRCHUM) Prospective comparison of transient, point shear wave, and magnetic resonance elastography for staging liver fibrosis A paper published by Dr. Tang’s team at the CRCHUM in collaboration with the MUHC recently assessed and compared the diagnostic performance of three elastographic techniques for […]

Revisiting hormone control of glucose – keep your enemies close (Jennifer Estall, IRCM)

June 27th, 2019

General Public News 

Dr. Jennifer Estall received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She is currently an Associate Research Professor at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM), and also holds academic affiliations to the University of Montreal and McGill University. Her research interests encompass early molecular mechanisms in […]

Deliberative Workshop: The challenges and opportunities of Big Data to improve prevention against cardiometabolic diseases, diabetes and obesity (February 2019, Ste-Foy, Quebec)

June 27th, 2019

Science Pearls 

“PULSAR for the collective well-being” Speaker : Benoît Lamarche The presentation was about the PULSAR experience. The notion that sustainable health design is at the heart of PULSAR and is based on the establishment of healthy living conditions and habits, as well as equitable access to appropriate, quality and used resources responsibly was presented. From […]

Deliberative Workshop: The challenges and opportunities of Big Data to improve prevention of cardiometabolic diseases, diabetes and obesity (February 2019, Ste-Foy, Québec)

June 25th, 2019

Science Pearls 

Creating Rapid Learning Health Systems: What Can We Learn from the Canadian Context? Speaker : François-Pierre Gauvin The presentation was on work done on learning health systems. In December 2018, the McMaster Health Forum published a report about this work. The purpose of the report was to launch a discussion on how the “learning health […]


February 27th, 2019

CMDO Network News 

On behalf of the organizing committee, we warmly thank all the participants (230) who made this week CMDO once again live up to expectations! This year we have placed the meeting under the theme of metabolic health and interventions over the course of life. In response to suggestions from previous years’ participants, we wanted to […]

When bones are dense but fragile: better understand the impact of obesity and diabetes on bone (Claudia Gagnon, CRCHU de Quebec-ULaval and CRIUCPQ))

December 5th, 2018

General Public News 

Dr. Gagnon is an endocrinologist and regular researcher at the CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Center and at the Research Center of the Quebec University Institute of Cardiology and Pulmonology and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Quebec. Laval University. Her research focuses on the effects of obesity […]

Dr Robert Dufour – Obituary

November 14th, 2018

General Public News 

Chers collègues, Dear colleagues, It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our colleague Robert Dufour on November 7th. Dr. Robert Dufour completed a bachelor’s degree in physiology-biochemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke, a master’s degree in nutrition at Laval University and medical studies at the Université de Montréal. He completed […]


October 29th, 2018

General Public News 

Over the past 30 years, the rate of pregnancy-related complications, such as gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, preeclampsia (a very serious condition that can can be life-threatening for both the mother and her unborn child), and neonatal macrosomia, has increased dramatically, along with maternal obesity. Today, there is no doubt that regular prenatal exercise can prevent […]

Joint annual meeting of SQLNM, CMDO Network and COLosSUS Congress : 6-8 February 2019

September 17th, 2018

CMDO Network News 

To view the 2019 Congress webpage – Click HERE and to see the 2019 program, click the Download program icon. The Quebec Society of Lipidology, Nutrition and Metabolism (SQLNM) under the presidency of Dr. Pierre Julien, and the Cadiometabolic Health Diabetes and Obesity Research Network, (CMDO), as well as the Complications of Obesity Laval and […]

4th edition of the Grand défi CIRCUIT futé (Andraea Van Hulst and Melanie Henderson, CHU Sainte-Justine CIRCUIT Centre)

August 28th, 2018

General Public News 

The CHU Sainte-Justine CIRCUIT Centre offers a multidisciplinary, personalized intervention targeting improvements in lifestyle behaviors to Québec families of children and youth who have a known cardiovascular risk factor (e.g. obesity) (www.centrecircuit.com). A key objective is to reduce sedentary behaviors, especially leisure time spent on screens. On May 12 2018, the 4th edition of the […]

Better understanding of diabetes to better treat it (André Marette Research Team – CRIUCPQ/INAF/ULaval)

July 6th, 2018

General Public News 

Research by André Marette (Researcher at the University Institute of Pneumology and Cardiology of Quebec (IUCPQ), Scientific Director at the Institute on Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University Laval) address the causes of diabetes such as obesity, diet or heredity. In particular, he wants to find […]

Epigenetics to understand and prevent childhood obesity (Luigi Bouchard Research Team – University of Sherbrooke/Chicoutimi)

June 21st, 2018

General Public News 

Obesity affects 1 in 5 children in Canada who are at high risk of becoming obese until adulthood. The fetus is exposed to various factors during pregnancy, such as an excess of sugar caused by maternal diabetes, which play an important role in the development of childhood obesity. The biological mechanisms involved are however still […]

“Your diet is your best medicine.” Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: the duality of lipids. (Catherine Mounier research team – UQAM)

June 13th, 2018

General Public News 

Catherine Mounier’s team at UQAM is interested in the impact of lipids on health. Lipids are the molecules that make up the fat in our diet. They are capable of the best and the worst. In some situations they seem to aggravate obesity, cirrhosis of the liver, cancer and some neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s […]

Countering obesity, one person at a time (Angelo Tremblay’s team – ULaval)

May 28th, 2018

General Public News 

Angelo Tremblay has a special relationship with sport, nutrition and modern life. The study of this love triangle allows him to go beyond preconceived ideas in order to discover unsuspected correlations between certain habits of modern life and problems related to weight, including obesity. Here are some public links for Dr. Tremblay’s research team (French […]

When the happy meal becomes depressing: Excess fatty foods can influence your mood! (Stephanie Fulton research team – CRCHUM)

May 7th, 2018

General Public News 

Stephanie Fulton is interested in the neural processes that control reward and emotional states. One line of research aims to understand the neural pathways and signaling mechanisms that underlie the reward effects of food and physical activity and their contribution to obesity and metabolic diseases. Another goal is to identify the nerve and metabolic adaptations […]


April 18th, 2018

General Public News 

Driven by the desire for a healthier world, Dr. Jean-Pierre Després devoted his career to studying the relationship between abdominal obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and their prevention through physical activity and healthy eating. Here are some public links for Dr. Després’ research team (all French links, except one): https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/mcgill-annonce-que-le-docteur-jean-pierre-despres-est-le-laureat-2018-du-prix-manuvie-2018-pour-la-286192 (English version with videos) https://www.mcgill.ca/manulife-prize/prize/2018-winner http://www.journaldequebec.com/2017/11/26/bouger-bouger-bouger […]

Dr. Jacques Genest, between good and bad cholesterol (IR-CUSM)

April 9th, 2018

General Public News 

Jacques Genest is a world-renowned cardiologist and researcher who has focused his research on risk factors for cardiovascular disease, the genetics of coronary heart disease, and the formation of high-density lipoprotein (HDL). His research has, among other things, contributed to the identification of several genes involved in HDL metabolism, including the gene for ABCA1, the […]

Dr. Pavel Hamet a passionate researcher (CRCHUM)

March 15th, 2018

General Public News 

Pavel Hamet is a world-renowned medical researcher who has made significant breakthrough internationally, particularly in hypertension and diabetes. Here are some public links for Dr. Hamet’s research team (only available in french): CQDM établit un nouveau partenariat avec Servier Canada – https://www.cqdm.org/fr/nouvelles/712/cqdm-etablit-un-nouveau-partenariat-avec-servier-canada Pavel Hamet : Bâtir l’impossible – http://crchum.chumontreal.qc.ca/nouvelles/pavel-hamet-batir-limpossible Pvel Hamet, Officier – https://www.ordre-national.gouv.qc.ca/membres/membre.asp?id=2379 Commandeur […]

Review of the Francophone Quebec week dedicated to education on cardiometabolic health, diabetes and obesity!

February 22nd, 2018

CMDO Network News 

On behalf of the organizing committee, we warmly thank all the participants (219) who made this week CMDO once again live up to expectations! This year’s program focused on inter-organ dialogue (eg, bone and energy metabolism, mental health and nutrition, behavioral and psychosocial factors to optimize bariatric surgery, and the influence of the environment on […]

The Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (Eléonor Riesco Research Team (CDRV, FASAPUS))

February 22nd, 2018

General Public News 

Few elderly women are physically active enough while this population has a high prevalence of abdominal obesity, the most damaging to health. That’s what motivated Dr. Riesco’s team at the Faculty of Science of Physical Activity at the University of Sherbrooke, to test the effectiveness of a training method that these women might find easier […]

Development of a promising new cholesterol drugs (Research team of NABIL G. SEIDAH (IRCM))

January 18th, 2018

General Public News 

A new class of miracle drugs is breaking into cardiology. PCSK9 inhibitors work wonders for lowering cholesterol levels. Thousands of Quebeckers suffering from familial hypercholesterolemia may finally reduce their risk of dying from a heart attack to an acceptable level. Here are some links of public publications (some in French!) for the research team of […]

Jacques J.G. Genest, a pioneer of clinical research in Quebec, passed away on January 5th at the age of 98

January 11th, 2018

General Public News 

It’s hard not to mention the death of Dr. Jacques J.G. Genest (father). Founder of the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM), Dr. Genest also created the first bioethics center in Canada while making major scientific discoveries that helped cure hypertension. Here are some web links to remember his career (only available in french): http://cdnmedhall.org/fr/inductees/dr-jacques-genest http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/science-et-technologie/517180/le-dr-jacques-genest-un-pionnier-de-la-recherche-clinique-au-quebec-n-est-plus […]

Histoire de squelette, de sang et de… sucre! (Research team of Mathieu Ferron)

December 19th, 2017

General Public News 

Your skeleton plays a bigger role than you think. When you munch your treats tonight, your bones will secrete chemical signals that will help you assimilate the sugar. And a team of Montreal researchers has just clarified a crucial mechanism of the phenomenon. Here are some links of  (french) public publications following the scientific article […]

The CMDO Network launches all its competitions for the 2017-2018 season

August 31st, 2017

CMDO Network News 

We are pleased to announce that all competitions (Funding and Training Programs) are now open. A list of funding opportunities is available at the end of this message. Please note that some rules have been changed. We encourage you to consult the web pages of each contest to verify your eligibility and to inform you […]

Renewal of the CMDO Network

May 15th, 2017

CMDO Network News 

Good news!   We are pleased to announce that funding for the CMDO Network has been renewed for the next 4 years (2017-2021)! Therefore, all competitions will soon be relaunched, we will keep you informed.

Winter camp, annual meeting and SPOR formation 2017

January 25th, 2017

CMDO Network News 

As every year, in February, the CMDO network is proud to be part of the great french-speaking Québec week reserved for education on cardiometabolic health, diabetes and obesity. This year,  the winter camp will be held on February 4-7, the Annual scientific meeting on 8-10, and for the first time, the formation on patient-oriented research of the […]

Call for abstract for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Société Québécoise de Lipidologie, de Nutrition et de Métabolisme (SQLNM), of the Research Network on Cardiometabolic health, diabetes and obesity (CMDO) and the COLosSUS congress.

October 11th, 2016

CMDO Network News 

The CMDO network is currently in the process of a call for abstract for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Société Québécoise de Lipidologie, de Nutrition et de Métabolisme (SQLNM), of the Research Network on Cardiometabolic health, diabetes and obesity (CMDO) and the COLosSUS congress. This event will be held February 8-10, 2017 at the Chéribourg Hotel, Magog-Orford in Eastern Township. The period to […]

Laureates of the 4th ICAN Conference Series 2016 contest

August 29th, 2016

CMDO Network News 

It’s with a great pleasure the CMDO Network announce the laureates of the 4th edition of the ICAN conference series 2016 contest that will be held this year in Paris, 8-10 December. The young ambassadors from Quebec who will represent us this year are: Nida HAIDER, Sabri Ahmed RIAL, Marjorie BOYER, Julie Anne CÔTÉ, Jean-Philippe DROUIN-CHARTIER and […]

4th edition of the SQLNM/CMDO/COLosSUS joint conference

April 13th, 2016

CMDO Network News 

This year, for its 4th edition, the joint conference of the SQLNM, the CMDO and Colossus was a huge success. Over 225 participants, prestigious guest speakers, and students whose presentations were of quality! Congratulations to Dr. Mathieu Laplante, 2016 CMDO Young Investigator Award, and Dr. André Carpentier, 2016 SQLNM Founders award. Congratulations to the winners of […]

Winners of the ICAN conference series 2015 contest

February 4th, 2016

CMDO Network News 

Congratulations to the winners of the ICAN contest who had represented the colors of the CMDO network at the 3rd ICAN Conference Series which took place in Paris, 10-12 December 2015. ICAN offered them accommodation, entry fees and meals. The CMDO Network supported the travel costs up to $ 500 each. This fruitful collaboration between […]

Welcome to the website of the CMDO Network of the FRQS.

January 25th, 2013

CMDO Network News 

Created in April 2012 by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), the mission of the Research Network on Cardiometabolic Health, Diabetes and Obesity is to develop research of excellence in these fields, to transmit the know and value the knowledge to promote the quality of life of Quebecers. Our website will, we […]