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Scientific International Advisory Committee

Name Address Phone and email Research interest and specialization
Dr. Claude Bouchard,

John W. Barton Sr. Chair in Genetics and Nutrition

Human Genomics Laboratory

Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Baton Rouge, LA 70808, USA

+1 225-763-2663

Genetics of obesity and some of the morbidities associated with obesity, including type 2 diabetes and hypertension. He is also studying the role of genetic variation in the adaptation to regular physical activity in terms of cardiorespiratory endurance and changes in cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes risk factors. 
Dr. Marc G. Caron,

Duke University School of Medicine

Department of Cell Biology

Duke University Medical Center
Room 487 CARL Bldg., Box 3287
Durham, NC 27710  USA 

+1 919-684-5433 

Dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine are key neurotransmitters in the central nervous system that regulates behavior and mobility. Studies of the mechanisms of action and regulation of these and other neurotransmitters and hormones at the cellular and molecular levels constitute the main goals of our research activities. Our laboratory uses a wide variety of techniques including animal models, cell systems, and molecular approaches to investigate how G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) and neurotransmitter transporters regulate homeostasis in health and diseases. 
Dr. Deborah Cook,
McMaster University
Faculty of Health Sciences
1280 Main Street West, Rm. 2C11
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1

 +1 905-525-9140, ext. 23162 
Dr. Christine Friedenreich,

Alberta Health Services-Cancer Care

Department of Population Health Research
Box ACB, 2210-2nd St SW
Calgary, Alberta

+1 403-698-8009


Cancer epidemiology with a particular emphasis on physical activity in cancer etiology and survival. Several large scale case-control and cohort studies as well as randomized controlled exercise intervention trials are on-going that provides several opportunities for student projects. 
Dr. Chritopher K. Glass,
M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University of California San Diego

Cellular & Molecular Medicine
9500 Gilman Drive
MC 0651, GPL Room 217
La Jolla CA 92093-0651  USA 

 +1 858-534-6011

Regulation of macrophage gene expression. Molecular and biochemical approaches are used to elucidate the mechanisms of action of transcription factors that mediate the biological effects of retinoic acid, vitamin D and other hormone-like molecules during macrophage development and terminal differentiation. These approaches are also used to investigate mechanisms of transcriptional control of macrophage-specific genes implicated to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and other diseases. 
Dr. Marc E. Lalande,
Professor and Chair

Senior Associate Dean for Research Planning and Coordination

Genetics and Developmental Biology
University of Connecticut Health Center

263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington CT  06030-6403, USA 

+1 860-679-8350 

Role of epigenetics in disease and development. Epigenetics refers the study of heritable changes in gene function that occur without an alteration in DNA sequence. The Lalande laboratory is focused on translational studies of human epigenetic disorders using murine models and human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technology. (Works on Angelman syndrome). 
Dr. Marc R. Montminy,
M.D., Ph.D. 
Salk Institute For Biological Studies

Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology

10010 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037  USA 

+1 858-453-4100 

Identification of CREB target genes and characterization of agonists and antagonists that may be used to evaluate the importance of CREB in mediating cellular responses to various stimuli. Montminy also conducts research on the genetic basis of diabetes. Using knockout and transgenic approaches, the Montminy laboratory determined that CREB performs a critical role in glucose homeostasis during fasting. 
Dr. Jacques Pouysségur,

Member of the Science Academy (cellular and molecular and genomic biology section) / CNRS Research Director

Institute of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research

Parc Valrose, 06108 Nice, FRANCE

+33 492 03 1222 

His group has been interested for the last 10 years in hypoxia signaling, related to angiogenesis, nutrient sensing and tumour metabolism.

Main field : Growth control - Signal transduction - MAP kinases - Molecular bases of angiogenesis - Hypoxia signaling

Previous interests : Glucose Transport, Glycolysis and Cancer ; Thrombin receptor signaling ; Na-H cotransporters and growth control 


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