Endocrinology and nephrology

Mohsen Agharazii, MD.

Deputy director
Étienne Audet-Walsh, Ph. D.

Lead project manager
Laëtitia Coudert, Ph. D.

2705, blvd Laurier, R-4719
Québec (Québec)

6, rue McMahon, local 1896
Québec (Québec)

Tel. 418 525 4444 poste 16857

Innovate together to diagnose, prevent and better treat patients suffering from metabolic, vascular, renal pathologies and hormone-sensitive conditions.


As part of the supra-regional vocation of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval, research in the Endocrinology and Nephrology Axis aligns harmoniously with the clinical and societal needs of our patients and their caregivers. Serving 2 million individuals, the CHU de Québec-Université Laval is a tertiary reference center offering cutting-edge services via clinics specializing in endocrinology, metabolism, lipidology, hypertension, kidney disease, dialysis and renal transplantation for all East of the province. These specialized clinics also play a key role in setting up clinical studies and research work carried out within the Axis, thanks to their multiple cohorts of patients or their biobanks.
The Endocrinology and Nephrology Axis also benefits from an exceptional working environment in terms of infrastructure and human resources, between the modern facilities of the CHUL, the nephrology laboratories at the HDQ and soon, the new collaborative workspaces at the NCH Oncology and Nephrology Research Center (opening in 2022!).


Expertise and technologies at the service of the population
We are passionate clinical researchers and fundamentalists whose talents cover many facets of the health and life sciences. Our interdisciplinary research teams work in synergy to highlight the genetic, molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms of metabolic, vascular, renal diseases and hormone-sensitive conditions.
We work in turn, and in a non-exhaustive manner, in fields as varied as lipidology, endocrinology, diabetology, nutrition, nutrigenomics, metabolomics, nephrology, dialysis, renal transplantation, hormone-sensitive cancers, rheumatology, cellular and molecular biology, genetics & genomics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacogenomics, proteomics, digital biology, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics or in the field of technologies associated with care personalized health. By deploying these cutting-edge methodological and technological approaches, our research teams are in a strategic position to develop innovative tools for the early identification of diseases and to offer personalized therapeutic approaches and targets.


Research topics
The research work of our Axis is centered around 4 themes:
        o Mechanisms of action of steroid hormones,
        o Molecular medicine of hormone-sensitive conditions,
        o Endocrine and metabolic diseases,
        o Vascular and renal diseases.


Training of future researchers and health workers
We are proud of the investment shown by our research teams on a daily basis in the dynamic and exceptional supervision of students and future health professionals, in the continuous training of our highly qualified staff, and in their support in integration of our young researchers into Quebec, Canadian and international scientific society.


Knowledge transfer to healthcare professionals, caregivers and the general public
The Axis is also distinguished by the regular involvement of its members in knowledge transfer, scientific mediation and training activities for the general public. There is a strong desire on the part of our members to make the products / results of their research accessible to the entire population, to service users and to health care workers via, among other examples, the training activities offered as part of Scientific meetings of the Cardiometabolic Health, Diabetes and Obesity Research Network (CMDO), the Quebec Society of Lipidology, Nutrition and Metabolism (SQLNM), the Quebec Society of Nephrology (SQN), and the Quebec Society of L 'Arterial Hypertension (SQHA).


Many thanks to the funding agencies!
We thank government agencies, charities and donors to our cause for their exceptional and continued support. Our research teams and work are thus supported by Canada research chairs, chairs in partnership with industry (L'Oréal and Amgen), grants from CIHR, FRQ-S, CRSNG, MESI, MSSS, Genome Canada, etc.
We would particularly like to thank the Foundations of the CHU de Québec and Université Laval, which, through their awareness campaigns and call for donations, support our research teams in the production of major advances and provide scholarships for training for our students. The generosity of donors and their constant support has revolutionized biomedical research while ensuring the future of health and the training of a brilliant scientific generation.


Do you want to support and participate in Axis actions?
We are always on the lookout for new talent and innovative ideas!

Consult the web pages dedicated to each of the Axis researchers to find out more.

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Thank you!