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
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R-211
Québec, Québec
Canada G1J 1Z4
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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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Paré B, Gros-Louis F

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

Journal Article

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

Journal Article

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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Paré B, Berthod F, Gros-Louis F

The relation between ALS and the skin: a novel human in vitro model to identify new biomarkers

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J Mol Biomark Diagn, 6 (5), 2015.

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Pare B, Touzel-Deschenes L, Lamontagne R, Lamarre MS, Scott FD, Khuong HT, Dion PA, Bouchard JP, Gould P, Rouleau GA, Dupre N, Berthod F, Gros-Louis F

Early detection of structural abnormalities and cytoplasmic accumulation of TDP-43 in tissue-engineered skins derived from ALS patients

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Acta Neuropathol Commun, 3 , 2015.

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Beaudet MJ, Yang Q, Cadau S, Blais M, Bellenfant S, Gros-Louis F, Berthod F

High yield extraction of pure spinal motor neurons, astrocytes and microglia from single embryo and adult mouse spinal cord

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Sci Rep, 5 , 2015.

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Saxena S, Roselli F, Singh K, Leptien K, Julien JP, Gros-Louis F, Caroni P

Neuroprotection through excitability and mTOR required in ALS motoneurons to delay disease and extend survival

Journal Article

Neuron, 80 (1), 2013.

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Kabashi E, El Oussini H, Bercier V, Gros-Louis F, Valdmanis PN, McDearmid J, Mejier IA, Dion PA, Dupre N, Hollinger D, Sinniger J, Dirrig-Grosch S, Camu W, Meininger V, Loeffler JP, Rene F, Drapeau P, Rouleau GA, Dupuis L

Investigating the contribution of VAPB/ALS8 loss of function in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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Hum Mol Genet, 22 (12), 2013.

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Berthod F, Gros-Louis F

In vivo and in vitro models to study amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Book Chapter

Maurer M (Ed.): Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, pp. 81-124, InTech, 2012, ISBN: 9789533078069.

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Active projects

  • Chaire de recherche du Canada en génie tissulaire et modélisation 3D des maladies du cerveau, from 2023-05-01 to 2030-04-30
  • Depicting disease heterogeneity in neurofibromatosis type 1 and the role of dermal fibroblasts in the establishment of microenvironment favouring NF1-associated skin tumor formation using personalized tissue-engineered 3D models, from 2023-10-01 to 2028-09-30
  • Depicting disease heterogeneity in neurofibromatosis type 1 and the role of microenvironment in NF1-associated skin tumor formation through personalized tissue-engineered 3D models, from 2023-03-01 to 2024-02-29
  • Génie tissulaire et modélisation 3D des maladies du cerveau, from 2023-04-01 to 2024-03-31
  • Organogenèse de muqueuse nasale autologue pour la reconstruction endoscopique endonasale en chirurgie de la base du crâne, from 2023-10-01 to 2028-09-30

Recently finished 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 2023-12-01
  • Conversion directe de fibroblastes en cellules de Schwann pour stimuler la réparation des nerfs périphériques, from 2022-04-01 to 2023-03-31
  • 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 2023-03-31
  • Les cellules souches pluripotentes génétiquement corrigées comme thérapie pour l’epidermolyse bulleuse simplex, from 2022-04-01 to 2023-03-31
  • 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
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