Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases

Nutrition, Lipoproteins and Cardiometabolic Diseases

Under the direction of May Faraj

Research Unit

Clinical and basic research at the Nutrition, Lipoproteins and Cardiometabolic Diseases Research Unit explores novel mechanisms for the development of cardiometabolic diseases in humans, such as type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis. In particular, members of the laboratory examine the role of atherogenic lipoproteins, chronic inflammation and dysfunctional white adipose tissue in this process.

Moreover, May Faraj's team examines the effect of various nutritional interventions as therapeutic tools to reverse early cardiometabolic abnormalities. This will aid in the primary prevention of cardiometabolic diseases in humans, particularly among overweight and obese subjects.

See the Research Unit Director's list of scientific articles.

May Faraj

Research Unit Director

  • Director, Nutrition, Lipoproteins and Cardiometabolic Disease Research Unit, IRCM
  • Visiting Research Professor, IRCM 
  • Associate Professor (Full time), Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal 
  • Adjunct professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Université de Montréal

Othe affiliations

  • Member, Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec (OPDQ)
  • Principal investigator, Montreal Diabetes Research Center (MDRC)
  • Membre, Cardiometabolic Health, Diabetes, Obesity Research Network 

Awards and honours

  • 2015 Excellence Teaching Award for Graduate Studies, Université de Montréal 
  • 2011 Arabic Women in Québec Trophy - in Health, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration 
  • 2010 Young Researcher Award, American Heart Association (ATVB)

Degrees and relevant experience

  • Postdoctoral training, Nutrition, Université de Montréal, QC
  • PhD, Experimental Medicine (Dean’s Honour List), McGill University, QC
  • MSc, Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University, QC
  • BSc, Dietetics and Human Nutrition, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
May Faraj
Research Unit Director
Simon Bissonnette
PhD student
Mélanie Burnette
Research Assistant
Yannick Cyr
PhD student
Marie Devaux
Fayrouz Ibrahim
PhD student
Valerie Lamantia
PhD student
Hanny Wassef
Research Associate
Alexis Baass
Associate Director
Michel Chrétien
IRCM Emeritus Research Professor
Mathieu Ferron
Research Unit Director
Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret
Research Unit and Clinic Director


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