Dr. François Gros-Louis is a regular researcher at the CHU Research Center of Québec-Laval University and Professor in the Department of Surgery of the School of Medicine at Laval University. Dr. Gros-Louis’ research activities are grouped together at the Multidisciplinary Center for Tissue Engineering (LOEX), a research center dedicated to organogenesis, stem cells, regenerative medicine and to the reconstruction of living human tissues and organs through tissue engineering. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Biomodeling and Treatment of Brain Diseases, and is the co-director of the induced pluripotent stem cell platform (iPSC).

Several neurological conditions such as neurodegenerative diseases and other brain diseases occupy a prominent place because of their severity and increasing frequency related to the aging of the population. One of the major obstacles to understanding the development of these diseases is the accessibility of neuronal tissues. Dr. Gros-Louis’ research, at the crossroads between basic research and clinical research, is positioned in a fast-growing research field that aims to reconstruct human tissue through tissue engineering, using patient-derived tissue, to model and better understand the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying these diseases. The main objective of his research program is to reconstruct by tissue engineering, from the patient’s own cells, organs / organoids (skins and blood vessels) whose histological, physiological and functional properties make it possible to reproduce the pathological signatures of various brain diseases (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), intracranial aneurysm and neurofibromatosis). The specific objectives are: 1) to identify new strategies for early diagnosis, 2) to study and monitor the progression of targeted diseases, 3) to evaluate the response to existing and future treatments, 4) to identify and understand pathogenic mechanisms, and 5) to identify specific biomarkers and to develop new therapeutic pathways. Dr. Gros-Louis has played a major role in the discovery and application of a novel method for the in vitro reconstruction of tissue, through tissue engineering, for the study of ALS, neurofibromatosis, and intracranial aneurysms.

1401, 18e Rue
Local R-211 LOEX / CMDGT
Québec, Québec
Canada G1J 1Z4
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Bussière N, Mei J, Lévesque-Boissonneault C, Blais M, Carazo S, Gros-Louis F, De Serres G, Dupré N, Frasnelli J

Chemosensory Dysfunctions Induced by COVID-19 Can Persist up to 7 Months: A Study of Over 700 Healthcare Workers.

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Chem Senses, 46 , 2021.

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Roy V, Lamontagne R, Talagas M, Touzel-Deschenes L, Khuong HT, Saikali S, Dupre N, Gros-Louis F

Biofabrication of a three dimensional human-based personalized neurofibroma model.

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Biotechnol J, 16 (6), 2021.

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Beaudin M, Sellami L, Martel C, Touzel-Deschenes L, Houle G, Martineau L, Lacroix K, Lavallee A, Chrestian N, Rouleau GA, Gros-Louis F, Laforce Jr, Dupre N

Characterization of the phenotype with cognitive impairment and protein mislocalization in SCA34.

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Neurol Genet, 6 (2), 2020.

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Roy V, Magne B, Vaillancourt-Audet M, Blais M, Chabaud S, Grammond E, Piquet L, Fradette J, Laverdiere I, Moulin VJ, Landreville S, Germain L, Auger FA, Gros-Louis F, Bolduc S

Human Organ-Specific 3D Cancer Models Produced by the Stromal Self-Assembly Method of Tissue Engineering for the Study of Solid Tumors.

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Biomed Res Int, 2020 , 2020.

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Martel C, Tsutsumi T, Cement V, Khuong HT, Dupre N, Ismail AA, Gros-Louis F

Diagnosis of idiopathic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopic analysis of patient-derived skin.

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Analyst, 145 (10), 2020.

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Galbraith T, Roy V, Bourget JM, Tsutsumi T, Picard-Deland M, Morin JF, Gauvin R, Ismail AA, Auger FA, Gros-Louis F

Cell Seeding on UV-C-Treated 3D Polymeric Templates Allows for Cost-Effective Production of Small-Caliber Tissue-Engineered Blood Vessels.

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Biotechnol J, 14 (1), 2019.

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Pare B, Lehmann M, Beaudin M, Nordstrom U, Saikali S, Julien JP, Gilthorpe JD, Marklund SL, Cashman NR, Andersen PM, Forsberg K, Dupre N, Gould P, Brannstrom T, Gros-Louis F

Misfolded SOD1 pathology in sporadic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

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Sci Rep, 8 (1), 2018.

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Pare B, Gros-Louis F

Potential skin involvement in ALS: revisiting Charcot's observation - a review of skin abnormalities in ALS.

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Rev Neurosci, 28 (5), 2017.

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Pare B, Deschenes LT, Pouliot R, Dupre N, Gros-Louis F

An Optimized Approach to Recover Secreted Proteins from Fibroblast Conditioned-Media for Secretomic Analysis.

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Front Cell Neurosci, 10 , 2016.

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Ohta Y, Soucy G, Phaneuf D, Audet JN, Gros-Louis F, Rouleau GA, Blasco H, Corcia P, Andersen PM, Nordin F, Yamashita T, Abe K, Julien JP

Sex-dependent effects of chromogranin B P413L allelic variant as disease modifier in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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Hum Mol Genet, 25 (21), 2016.

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Active projects

  • Chaire de recherche du Canada en biomodélisation et traitement des maladies du cerveau, from 2017-11-01 to 2022-10-31
  • Chaire de recherche sur les organes reconstruits en laboratoire et leurs applications cliniques, from 2013-05-01 to 2023-08-12
  • Creating an Open Science Repository of ARCA1 iPSCs, from 2021-05-31 to 2023-05-31
  • Design and testing of a next-generation tissue-engineered living human heart valve, from 2020-03-31 to 2022-03-30
  • Pathogenic Pathways and in-vitro modelization of Intracranial Aneurysms in populations of Inuit and French Canadian descent, from 2017-04-01 to 2022-03-31
  • Renforcement de la plateforme de production de cellules souches induites à la pluripotence (IPSC) du CRCHU de Québec, from 2019-12-05 to 2023-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • Redifférenciation de cellules IPSC en oligodendrocytes et établissement d'un modèle tridimensionnel de leucodystrophie associée à POLR3A, from 2019-12-17 to 2020-12-16
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