Chairholder

Catherine Laprise

Catherine Laprise 2018

Education

Post-doctoral fellowship (McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada; MIT and Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA ; 1997-2000)
Ph. D. (Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada; 1993-1997)
M. Sc. (Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada; 1992-1994)
B. Sc. (UQAC , Chicoutimi, QC, Canada; 1989-1992)

Field of expertise

Genetics of complex traits;
Molecular biology;
Epigenetics;
Biobanking.

Research themes

Identification of genetic determinants in asthma and allergy;
Study of the inflammatory processes underlying asthma and allergy pathogenesis;
Development of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions analysis models;
Identification of genetic determinants in rare monogenic diseases;
Identification of modulatory genes in rare monogenic diseases;
Study of the expression pattern (transcriptome) in hereditary diseases and complex traits;
Genetic correction of causative mutations of monogenic diseases by CRISPR-Cas9 technology;
Application of findings from genetic studies to the development of informative, preventive, and therapeutic tools.

Research networks

Director of the Centre intersectioriel en santé durable (CISD);
Director of the Centre de recherche universitaire interdisciplinaire sur la qualité et les saines habitudes de vie (CRUIQSHV);
Member of the Centre d’Excellence en Recherche sur les Maladies Orphelines – Fondation Courtois (CERMO-FC)
Member of the Creativity and intersectoriality working group;
Member of the Sample and Data Access Committee (SDAC) of CARTaGENE;
Canadian leader of the RESET-AID consortium on the epigenome of T-cells from Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disease patients;
Member of the committee for the protection and access to BALSAC population data;
Member and co-director of the Environment/ Genetics/ Cancer axis of the Quebec Respiratory Health Network (RSR);
Member of the ThéCell (Cell and Tissue Therapy) FRQS Network;
Member of program A of Excellence AllerGen Network;
Member of the international GABRIEL project for the identification of genetics and environmental determinants of asthma;
Member of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study
Member of the Consortium de recherche sur l’acidose lactique, director of the biobank;
Advisor researcher for the Corporation de recherche et d’Action sur les maladies héréditaires (CORAMH).

Prizes and distinctions

2016: Co-honorary president and invited speaker, Fondation Asselin of Cégep de Jonquière;
2015: Canada research chair on Environment and genetics of respiratory diseases and allergy, Tier 1 chair;
2014: Representative of professors, graduation ceremonie of UQAC;
2014: Personnalité Radio-Canada – Le Quotidien, march 2014
2013: Scientific co-president, Super-Expo-Sciences Hydro-Québec, Quebec finale
2010-15: Canada research chair on genetic determinants of asthma, Tier 2 chair, renewal 1er january 2010
2011: Scientific president, Expo-Sciences Hydro-Québec
2009-11: Ambassador of public schools of the commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay Chacun réussi à sa façon! Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean 2009-2010.
2008: Excellence award in research and creation (category realisation)
2007: Mille femmes Montréal- 1000 portraits from Pierre Maraval
2007: Mention for the tutoring quality of the Faculté de médecine de l’Université de Sherbrooke awarded by students
2006: Louis-Élie-Beauchamp award for contributing to the basic and applied sciences, regional scientific merit of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean