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.

Lab Alumni

Huda Salem 
MSc, Department of Biomedical Science, Université de Montréal, 2012

Nathalie Saint-Pierre, Inf. MSc
MSc, Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal, 2013

Danny Gauvreau
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of nutrition, Université de Montréal, 2013

Hanny Wassef
PhD, Division of Experimental Medicine, McGill University, 2013
Postdoctoral fellowship, Department of nutrition, Université de Montréal, 2015

Viviane Provost
MSc, Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal, 2018

Simon Bissonnette
MSc, Department fo Biomedical Science, Université de Montréal, 2012
PhD, Department of nutrition, Université de Montréal, 2019 

Yannick Cyr 
PhD, Department of Molecular Biology, Université de Montréal, 2020 

Valerie Lamantia 
MSc, Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal, 2014
PhD, Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal, 2020
 

Collaborating IRCM Nurses

Marie Devaux, Inf
Nathalie Saint-Pierre, Inf, MSc
Valérie Parent, Inf

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 
  • Full Professor, Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal 
  • Adjunct professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Université de Montréal

Other 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
Myriam Beaudry
MSc student
Mélanie Burnette
Research Assistant
Alexis Baass
Associate Director
Michel Chrétien
IRCM Emeritus Research Professor
Mathieu Ferron
Research Unit Director
Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret
Research Unit and Clinic Director
Jennifer Estall
Research Unit Director

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