In addition to being a regular researcher at the CHU Research Center of Québec-Laval University and a professor at Laval University’s School of Nutrition, Dr. Morisset is also a researcher at the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods. After completing her doctoral studies on maternal health, metabolism and nutrition under the direction of Dr. André Tchernof, Ms. Morisset was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. William D. Fraser’s laboratory, where she worked with very large cohorts of national and provincial births (MIREC study and 3D study). Dr. Morisset also holds a graduate degree in Business Administration, which gives her expertise in project management.

Nutrition, gestational weight gain, and maternal health

Since joining the Research Center in 2015, her program has focused on optimizing nutrition and gestational weight gain during pregnancy. Knowing that about half of Canadian and Quebec women exceed weight gain recommendations during pregnancy, and that this is associated with short and long-term negative consequences for mothers and children (e.g., diabetes, obesity, etc.), it appears necessary to better intervene with these women. In the coming years, Dr. Morisset aims to: 1) accurately characterize dietary intake and weight gain in each trimester of pregnancy, in combination with current recommendations; 2) understand the association between weight gain, diet, and metabolic factors during pregnancy; 3) identify the most important factors influencing gestational weight gain (e.g., social support, psychological factors, eating behaviors, etc.) and finally, 4) develop and implement effective interventions during pregnancy to promote healthy eating and weight gain.

In the longer term, Dr. Morisset wants to improve multidisciplinary clinical management during pregnancy and facilitate its accessibility, so that the health of future generations can be improved.

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Ashley-Martin J, Dodds L, Arbuckle TE, Ettinger AS, Shapiro GD, Fisher M, Monnier P, Morisset AS, Fraser WD, Bouchard MF

Maternal and cord blood manganese (Mn) levels and birth weight: The MIREC birth cohort study.

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Int J Hyg Environ Health, 221 (6), pp. 876-882, 2018, ISSN: 1438-4639.

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Savard C, Lemieux S, Weisnagel SJ, Fontaine-Bisson B, Gagnon C, Robitaille J, Morisset AS

Trimester-Specific Dietary Intakes in a Sample of French-Canadian Pregnant Women in Comparison with National Nutritional Guidelines.

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Nutrients, 10 (6), 2018, ISSN: 2072-6643.

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Savard C, Lemieux S, Lafreniere J, Laramee C, Robitaille J, Morisset AS

Validation of a self-administered web-based 24-hour dietary recall among pregnant women.

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BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 18 (1), pp. 112, 2018.

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Shapiro GD, Arbuckle TE, Ashley-Martin J, Fraser WD, Fisher M, Bouchard MF, Monnier P, Morisset AS, Ettinger AS, Dodds L

Associations between maternal triclosan concentrations in early pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus, impaired glucose tolerance, gestational weight gain and fetal markers of metabolic function.

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Environ Res, 161 , pp. 554-561, 2018, ISSN: 0013-9351.

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Plante AS, Baribeau S, Morisset AS

Une grossesse en santé ?

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Nutr sci évol, 15 (3), pp. 7-10, 2018, ISSN: 1708-0452.

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Active projects

  • Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - CHU de Québec-Université Laval, Subvention, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - Université Laval, Centres de recherche affiliés, from 2017-01-01 to 2099-12-31
  • Gestational weight gain and dietary intakes during pregnancy: impact of attitudes and behaviors towards food, body image concerns and nutrition knowledge, Subvention, Institut Danone, Subventions à la recherche, from 2016-12-12 to 2018-12-31

Recently finished projects

  • Nutritional optimization during pregnancy : targeting gestational weight gain patterns., Subvention, Fondation du CHU de Québec, from 2015-10-01 to 2016-09-30
  • Soutien facultaire - Jeune Chercheur, Subvention, Université Laval - démarrage nouveau chercheur, from 2016-05-01 to 2018-04-30
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