Patrick Couture received his medical degree from Laval University in Quebec City. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and a PhD in physiology at Laval University and the University of Montreal before heading to Tufts University in Boston, MA, for a research fellowship at the Jean-Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Upon returning to Quebec City, he joined the CHU Research Center and the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods, where he contributed to the establishment of a clinical research center focused on nutrition and lipoprotein metabolism. Dr. Couture is currently a professor in Laval University’s School of Medicine, and he was the director of the university’s residency training program in internal medicine from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Couture is currently the director of the Lipid Apheresis Program at the Laval University Medical Center, and he is also involved in the clinical care of patients with various lipoprotein disorders.

Investigate the impact of dietary fatty acids on lipoprotein metabolism in patients with diabetes

Diabetes and pre-diabetes are metabolic disorders affecting more than 15% of the world’s population. The prevalence of these disorders is currently on the rise, mainly due to the increasingly sedentary lifestyles associated with rising obesity rates and aging of the population. Because diabetes and pre-diabetes are so closely associated with major health problems such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, they have a tremendous impact on society’s healthcare costs. Significant efforts should therefore be dedicated to tackling this problem from a societal perspective. Dr. Couture’s interests in nutrition led him to uncover the effects of various dietary fatty acids on lipoprotein kinetics and on the expression of key genes involved in intestinal lipid metabolism in patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes. His work is funded by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Fonds de recherche du Québec (Santé) and industry.

Education & certification


  • MD, Laval University, Québec City.
  • License from the College of Physicians of Quebec (General Practice).
  • License from the Medical Council of Canada (L.M.C.C.).
  • FLEX (The Federation Licensing Examination) certification, New York State.


  • MSc in physiology (molecular endocrinology), Laval University, Québec City. Research Project: Regulation of 17ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase activity in human breast cancer. Supervisors: Drs. Jacques Simard and Fernand Labrie.


  • American Board of Internal Medicine certification.


  • Residency in Internal Medicine (1998-1993) at Laval University and University of Montréal. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification (Internal Medicine).
  • License of the College of Physicians of Quebec (Internal Medicine).


  • PhD in physiology, Laval University, Québec City. Research project: Molecular genetics and phenotypic expression of familial hypercholesterolemia and protein C deficiency in French Canadians. Supervisors: Drs. Jacques Simard and Sital Moorjani.


  • Fellowship, Lipid Metabolism Laboratory, Jean Mayer-USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, 711 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, USA. Research project: Genetic polymorphisms associated with variations in plasma lipoproteins and coronary heart disease risk in the Framingham Offspring Study. Supervisors: Drs. Ernst J. Schaefer and Jose Ordovas.
2705, boulevard Laurier
Québec, Québec
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Vallee Marcotte B, Guenard F, Lemieux S, Couture P, Rudkowska I, Calder PC, Minihane AM, Vohl MC

Fine mapping of genome-wide association study signals to identify genetic markers of the plasma triglyceride response to an omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.

Journal Article

Am J Clin Nutr, 2019, ISSN: 0002-9165.

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Allore T, Lemieux S, Vohl MC, Couture P, Lamarche B, Couillard C

Correlates of the difference in plasma carotenoid concentrations between men and women.

Journal Article

Br J Nutr, 121 (2), pp. 172-181, 2019, ISSN: 0007-1145.

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Brunham LR, Ruel I, Aljenedil S, Riviere JB, Baass A, Tu JV, Mancini GBJ, Raggi P, Gupta M, Couture P, Pearson GJ, Bergeron J, Francis GA, McCrindle BW, Morrison K, St-Pierre J, Henderson M, Hegele RA, Genest J, Goguen J, Gaudet D, Pare G, Romney J, Ransom T, Bernard S, Katz P, Joy TR, Bewick D, Brophy J

Canadian Cardiovascular Society Position Statement on Familial Hypercholesterolemia: Update 2018.

Journal Article

Can J Cardiol, 34 (12), pp. 1553-1563, 2018, ISSN: 0828-282X.

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Sniderman AD, de Graaf J, Thanassoulis G, Tremblay AJ, Martin SS, Couture P

The spectrum of type III hyperlipoproteinemia.

Journal Article

J Clin Lipidol, 12 (6), pp. 1383-1389, 2018, ISSN: 1933-2874.

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Abdullah MM, Eck PK, Couture P, Lamarche B, Jones PJH

The combination of single nucleotide polymorphisms rs6720173 (ABCG5), rs3808607 (CYP7A1), and rs760241 (DHCR7) is associated with differing serum cholesterol responses to dairy consumption.

Journal Article

Appl Physiol Nutr Metab, 43 (10), pp. 1090-1093, 2018, ISSN: 1715-5312.

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Active projects

  • Canada-Wide Human nutrition trialists' network, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subventions de recherche programmatique sur l’alimentation et la santé, from 2014-06-01 to 2021-03-31
  • 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
  • Institut sur la nutrition et les aliments fonctionnels, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, Instituts reconnus, from 2001-06-01 to 2019-04-30
  • Qualité nutritionnelle des aliments et déterminants de l'adhésion aux saines habitudes alimentaires, Partenariat, Fondation Canadienne pour l'innovation (La), Fonds d'innovation (FI), from 2015-12-01 to 2019-03-31

Recently finished projects

  • Centre de recherche en sciences et technologie du lait, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 1996-06-01 to 2018-04-30
  • Differential effects of saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids on chylomicron secretion and expression of key genes and proteins that regulate intestinal lipid metabolism in men with dyslipidemia associated with insulin-resistance., Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2013-10-01 to 2016-09-30
  • Integrated research program on dairy, dairy fat and cadiovascular health, Subvention, Agriculture et agroalimentaire Canada, Programme Agri-innovation (Grappe agroscientifique), from 2014-01-01 to 2017-12-31
  • Investigation of the impact of cheese consumption on HDL function, Subvention, Dairy Research Institute, from 2013-10-01 to 2017-03-31
  • Long chain omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and inflammation in metabolic syndrome: clinical and mechanistic studies, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2012-10-01 to 2016-09-30
  • Study of the impact of cheese matrix on postprandial lipemia: a clinical study, Subvention, Les producteurs laitiers du Canada, Subvention à la recherche en nutrition, from 2015-12-15 to 2016-12-31
  • The effect of an enhanced dietary portfolio flus exercise on cardiovascular risk in high risk individuals, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2013-10-01 to 2018-03-31
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