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It is essential for CERMO-FC to enhance its members influence in Quebec province, Canada, and internationally

CERMO-FC members are internationally recognized, and several are researcher-fellows from the Fonds de la Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) and/or holders of a research chair. The training required to prepare the next generation of expert is also at the heart of the CERMO-FC knowledge transfer strategy. Providing training for our students and trainees today will expand the pool of experts in orphan diseases tomorrow.

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Women and girls of science

Professors and students from the Faculty of Science will offer interactive workshops at the Montreal Science Center.

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International Rare Disease Day 2021

Canada and Quebec still do not have an official strategy on rare diseases, recall the signatories of an open letter.

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Hold on, while waiting for the Quebec strategy on rare diseases

While almost all industrialized countries have a plan or strategy for rare diseases, the Canadian government does not have one.

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Treating the neurological symptoms of CHARGE syndrome

An INRS team demonstrates the therapeutic effect of a molecule in zebrafish to treat certain neurological symptoms of a rare genetic disease.

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International Rare Disease Day 2022

The Félix-Antoine Aublet Scholarship will finance research projects on this degenerative disease, which is generally fatal before the age of 25.

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Historic donation of $12 million to UQAM

The Courtois Foundation awards the largest donation received at UQAM for research into orphan diseases.

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Canada Research Chair in Senescence and Vascular Development

Professor Malika Oubaha obtains more than $630,000 as part of her research chair to better understand vascular retinopathy and other eye diseases affecting vision.

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The difficult fight against rare diseases

Hope is what Nicolas Pilon, director of the Center of Excellence in Research on Orphan Diseases – Courtois Foundation (CERMO-FC), can now offer to parents of children suffering from Hirschsprung’s disease.

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Outwitting the mechanics of rare diseases

By working on the behavior of stem cells, researchers are trying to shed light on what causes suffering in patients with orphan diseases. Although they affect approximately 8% of the population in Quebec, these pathologies remain underfunded and little known.

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Two CIHR grants totaling $1,728,900

Said Kourrich and Nicolas Pilon receive grants as part of the latest Project grant competition.

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International Rare Disease Day 2023

The Félix-Antoine Aublet Research Grant is awarded for the first time by CERMO-FC.

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$100,000 CIHR bridge grant to study CHARGE syndrome

The director of CERMO-FC and his team are continuing their research work on CHARGE syndrome, a set of serious congenital anomalies which affects approximately 1 in 10,000 newborns.

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Radio-Canada

Malika Oubaha, holder of the Canada Research Chair in senescence and vascular development, talks about the aging of the body (6:21min)

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Radio-Canada

Saïd Kourrich, holder of the UQAM Research Chair on the neurobiology of mental health, explains what is called the “zombie drug”.

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Knock out a virus using innovative lamps

Benoit Barbeau and his colleagues from the IRSST are conducting unique research in the biobubble of the Pierre-Dansereau Science Complex.

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