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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.