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The University of Montreal and of the world

The University of Montréal is a university of people. Lots of people. The veterinarian caring for our dairy herds, the journalist inquiring into a sensitive issue, the researcher who’s finally able to explain the stubborn cancer afflicting a family, and the optometrist who succeeds, against all expectations, in restoring a child’s vision. So many people have benefited in some way, often without even knowing it, from the work of UdeM researchers, professors and alumni. Here are a few of their stories. 

The University of Montreal and of the mediation clinic: facilitating access to justice.

Samuel Landry

As a student, Samuel Landry devoted many hours to working with the mediation clinic at the Faculty of Law. He’s a strong believer in mediation as an effective and humane way of practicing the profession of law.

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The University of Montreal and of Dentaville, a community clinic that provides dental care for vulnerable people.

Stéphane Caron, dentist

It was no accident that Stéphane Caron threw himself heart and soul into setting up the Dentaville dental clinic. As “stage” supervisor for dentistry students at the UdeM, community engagement is second nature to him.

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The University of Montreal and of a molecule that could revolutionize how blood cancers are treated

Guy Sauvageau and Sandra Cohen

Four years after the discovery of a molecule capable of multiplying the stem cells contained in umbilical cord blood, the IRIC team is enthusiastic following a promising initial clinical trial: UM171 could revolutionize treatment for diseases of the blood.

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The University of Montreal and of commitment to the Mira Foundation

Dr. Marie-Claude Bélanger

For Dr. Marie-Claude Bélanger, a cardiologist at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the commitment of the Université de Montréal’s CHUV to the Mira Foundation has special significance in her practice.

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The University of Montreal and of developing a treatment for macular degeneration

Huy Ong

More than ever, modern societies are confronted by health problems related to their aging populations, including macular degeneration. Professor and researcher Huy Ong is studying this disease, raising the hopes of patients who suffer from it. 

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The University of Montreal and of robotics that help children learn

Thierry Karsenti

How can Nao, a 58-cm-tall robot, work wonders with autistic children and students in underprivileged areas? Thierry Karsenti, a professor of Education Sciences who has been researching this for three years, is a fountain of information on the topic.

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The University of Montreal and of history illuminated by new technologies

Katherine Cook

Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department, Katherine Cook doesn’t want to rewrite history. She simply wants to recount it differently, by exploring people’s memories and listening to communities’ voices. 

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Bold collaborative research on transplant rejection at University of Montreal

Mélanie Dieudé and Marie-Josée Hébert

Marie-Josée Hébert is a nephrologist and transplant specialist at the CHUM, Vice-Rector of Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation at University of Montreal, and Co-Director of the CNTRP. Mélanie Dieudé is a research associate in immunopathology at the CHUM and Director of Scientific Integration at the CNTRP. They are continuing their work to evaluate the presence of vesicles in organ donors and recipients.  

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The University of Montreal and of an innovative centre for social pedagogy

Josianne Robert

The mission of Centre L’extension is to improve the physical and psychological well-being of children and ensure their success through health care and monitoring provided by students from the University of Montreal. We present here this one-of-a-kind interfaculty centre, led by Professor Josianne Robert.  

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The University of Montreal and of artificial intelligence helping the blind

Yoshua Bengio

In the near future, collaboration between Yoshua Bengio's team of researchers and HumanWare, a Drummondville company, will make it possible to design intelligent tools for the blind.

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The University of Montreal and of memory

Sylvie Belleville

Thanks to research by Sylvie Belleville, we can more easily diagnose Alzheimer's disease before the symptoms of dementia appear.

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The University of Montreal and of improving water quality

Sébastien Sauvé

Researcher Sébastien Sauvé and his team are on the cutting edge of research into blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria. Global warming and pollution caused by humans are the source of this contamination, which not only affects lakes but can also have an impact on municipalities’ drinking water, with the attendant health risks.

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The University of Montreal and of celebrating indigenous culture

Anne Marchand

The Tapiskwan project strives to protect the precious heritage of the Atikamekew people, showcasing their culture, talent for design and entrepreneurial spirit. Creativity is the common thread that connects Anne Marchand and her team to the Aitkamekew community.

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The University of Montreal and of the effects of music on children

Nathalie Fernando

La musique aux enfants is a unique program developed in partnership with the Montréal symphony orchestra (OSM). Since the fall of 2016, more than 30 young children from the Saint-Rémi school in Montréal-Nord have had the opportunity to discover the joys of music, in small groups or individually. And this is just the beginning.

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The University of Montreal and of human stress

Sonia Lupien

Sonia Lupien has been studying the mechanisms of stress and its effects on performance and memory for over 20 years.  

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The University of Montreal and of life-changing experience

Juan Torres

Juan Torres is one of those teachers who has a positive, lasting impact on his students. And in the same way that his research in urban planning concentrates on the people living in cities, Juan makes people – their ideas and goals - the focus of his teaching as well.

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The University of Montreal and of higher preemie survival rates

Jean-Claude Lavoie

Dr. Jean-Claude Lavoie and his team have discovered that shielding preemie baby food from light from the time it is prepared to the time it is administered reduced the mortality rate of the most vulnerable premature babies by 50%.

This is because the current intravenous method of feeding babies born before 32 weeks promotes the formation of oxidizing molecules that preemies’ immature defences cannot fight. Photoprotection of their food, as the process is called, cuts the production of these oxidants in half.

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