Dr Jean-Claude Forest is a clinical researcher, member of the Research Center of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval, Professor of Laboratory Medicine at the Laval University School of Medicine and Member of the Department of Laboratory Medicine of the CHU de Québec. From 2004 to 2011, he has been the Director of the Research Center of the University Hospital and Associate General Director for Medical and University Affairs from 2010 to 2017. His main research interests are the development of biological markers for the screening and diagnostic of fetal anomalies and diseases associated with pregnancy, such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. He is the author or co-author of more than 600 papers, book chapters, scientific communications as well as a speaker at several events. His work has been instrumental in the development of prenatal screening procedures for trisomy 21. He happens to be the Chair of the Coordinating Committee of the Quebec Prenatal Screening Program for Trisomy 21, for which he has played a major role in the implementation. From 1994 to 2006, he has been successively Member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Scientific Division of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). From 2006 to 2009, he chaired the Joint Committee on Metrological Traceability and, from 2005 to 2010, he was Delegate to the Expert Panel of WHO on Biological Standardization. He received numerous national and international awards and distinctions. For instance, in 2017, he was awarded one of the highest distinctions of the Canadian Medical Association, the Medal of Service, and from the IFCC, the IFCC-Abbott Visiting Lecturer Award.

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Bujold E, Fillion A, Roux-Dalvai F, Scott-Boyer MP, Giguère Y, Forest JC, Gotti C, Laforest G, Guerby P, Droit A

Proteomic Analysis of Maternal Urine for the Early Detection of Preeclampsia and Fetal Growth Restriction.

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J Clin Med, 10 (20), 2021.

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Balegamire SJ, Renaud C, Mâsse B, Zinszer K, Gantt S, Giguere Y, Forest JC, Boucoiran I

Frequency, timing and risk factors for primary maternal cytomegalovirus infection during pregnancy in Quebec.

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PLoS One, 16 (6), 2021.

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Bouvier D, Giguere Y, Blanchon L, Bujold E, Pereira B, Bernard N, Gallot D, Sapin V, Forest JC

Study of sRAGE, HMGB1, AGE, and S100A8/A9 Concentrations in Plasma and in Serum-Extracted Extracellular Vesicles of Pregnant Women With Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes.

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Front Physiol, 11 , 2020.

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Bouvier D, Giguere Y, Pereira B, Bernard N, Marc I, Sapin V, Forest JC

Cord blood S100B: reference ranges and interest for early identification of newborns with brain injury.

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Clin Chem Lab Med, 58 (2), 2020.

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Melancon J, Bernard N, Forest JC, Tessier R, Tarabulsy GM, Bouvier D, Giguere Y

Impact of maternal prenatal psychological stress on birth weight.

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Health Psychol, 39 (12), 2020.

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Brien ME, Boufaied I, Bernard N, Forest JC, Giguere Y, Girard S

Specific inflammatory profile in each pregnancy complication: A comparative study.

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Am J Reprod Immunol, 84 (6), 2020.

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Bouvier D, Forest JC, Dion-Buteau E, Bernard N, Bujold E, Pereira B, Giguere Y

Association of Maternal Weight and Gestational Weight Gain with Maternal and Neonate Outcomes: A Prospective Cohort Study.

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J Clin Med, 8 (12), 2019.

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Bouvier D, Forest JC, Blanchon L, Bujold E, Pereira B, Bernard N, Gallot D, Sapin V, Giguere Y

Risk Factors and Outcomes of Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes in a Cohort of 6968 Pregnant Women Prospectively Recruited.

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J Clin Med, 8 (11), 2019.

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Abbasgholizadeh Rahimi S, Archambault PM, Ravitsky V, Lemoine ME, Langlois S, Forest JC, Giguere AMC, Rousseau F, Dolan JG, Legare F

An Analytical Mobile App for Shared Decision Making About Prenatal Screening: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Study.

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JMIR Res Protoc, 8 (10), 2019.

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Bernard N, Forest JC, Tarabulsy GM, Bujold E, Bouvier D, Giguere Y

Use of antidepressants and anxiolytics in early pregnancy and the risk of preeclampsia and gestational hypertension: a prospective study.

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BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 19 (1), 2019.

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Active projects

  • Canadian Population Serological Survey Utilizing Antenatal Serum Samples, from 2021-07-20 to 2022-03-31
  • PEGASUS-2 - PErsonalized Genomics for prenatal Abnormalities Screening USing maternal blood : Towards First Tier Screening and Beyond, from 2018-04-01 to 2022-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • Non primary cytomegalovirus infections in pregnancy, from 2017-10-01 to 2020-09-30
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