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Research Institute of the MUHC awarded $1.4M grant
Date:6/9/2011

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The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) was one of three winners in the Fonds de la recherche en sant du Qubec (FRSQ) competition 2011-2012. The RI-MUHC won in the category of Projects for innovative strategic development aimed at supporting projects essential to maintaining the competitiveness of a research centre. This four-year grant of $1.4M will allow the RI-MUHC to lead an innovative research project to achieve their goal of developing Personalized Medicine.

"We believe that the time is ripe to undertake this innovative project with support from the FRSQ," says Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos, Director of the RI-MUHC, the MUHC hospital-based research centre that focuses on translational research the translation of research from the bench to bedside. "If successful, this work will create the roadmap to building personalized medicine programs across a spectrum of diseases that could lead to changes in healthcare delivery."

Under the auspices of this project, an interdisciplinary research team will combine recent advances in bioinformatics, state-of-the-art technologies, and new information about how biological systems interact, to create a new RI-MUHC competitive program in translational research. Researchers will focus on Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) leading causes of chronic liver diseases that are emerging as a potential healthcare crisis.

"NAFLD and NASH will serve as a model for this new approach to treating disease and will provide the tools to better diagnose and manage a patient's disease or predisposition to it," explains Dr. Tommy Nilsson, Director of the Proteomics and Systems Medicine Program at the RI-MUHC, Professor at McGill University, Medical Faculty, and lead investigator of the project. "This
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Contact: Julie Robert
julie.robert@muhc.mcgill.ca
514 934-1934
McGill University Health Centre
Source:Eurekalert

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