Training and supervision

A multidisciplinary environment that promotes research

The CREMOG’s reputation goes beyond the Quebec borders. Many investigators and postdoctoral interns have come to perfect their skills and knowledge before returning to their country where they now hold prestigious positions. To name only a few: Hubert Vaudry, Gilles-Éric Séralini, Yvan de Launoit,Paulo Spinola. These scientists come from the U.K., Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Spain and the U.S.

An enviable list of achievements

The CREMOG’s list of achievements in the training of graduate and postgraduate students is quite prestigious counting such laureates as Professors Jacques Simard, Donald Poirier, Claude Labrie, André Tchernof, Chantal Guillemette, Steve Lacroix, Luc Vallières, Olivier Barbier and Frédéric Calon who trained at the CREMOGH and became key players in the development of research and academics at Laval University. Others now hold important positions in the field of academics and/or pharmaceutics.

An important contribution to graduate studies

The CREMOGH contributes significantly to graduate training. Between January 2005 and February 2009, 48 students obtained Master’s Degrees and 26 obtained their Ph.D. As of March 18th, 2009 the center has 89 students enrolled in graduate studies in three faculties: Medicine, Pharmacy and Agriculture & Nutrition.

Unique assets

The CREMOGH also has many unique assets that contribute greatly to the quality of training available to the graduate students who decide to come at CREMOGH to pursue their studies.

First of all, the range of complementary expertise of our teaching staff helps students evolve in a multidisciplinary environment offering all the human and intellectual resources needed for the realisation of their research projects. Students at the CREMOGH have access to a wide range of experimental models (for example: purification and crystallisation of proteins, in vitro testing, cell culture, transgenic mice) and experimental techniques used in medicine, including genomics.

This wide variety also exposes the students to different aspects of medical research, from fundamental to clinical research as well as medicinal chemistry. For example, the center has professors who are interested in the molecular mechanisms responsible for human diseases, as well as professors who are developing new molecules to improve treatment of these diseases. This gives the students the opportunity to acquire a more global vision of medical research and to work towards increasing knowledge while improving human health.

World-renown expertise

We know that steroidal hormones (hormones derived from cholesterol) play an important role in the normal functioning of many biological systems in the human body as well as in corresponding pathologies or diseases. The center boasts a critical number of Professors who have acquired world-renown expertise in the area of hormone formation, inactivation and mechanisms of action. Because hormone-dependent diseases are widespread in the population, the center offers a unique environment for the study of significant and prevalent medical problems.

Using the latest technology

Many Professors have played a major role in the implantation and/or application of modern technology permitting large scale studies with high precision and sensitivity. We refer here to high speed sequencing, microarray chips, serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE) and chromatin immunoprecipitation. These tools make it possible for students to study the relationships between molecular genotypes and phenotypes and disease. Other Professors at the center use sophisticated microscopic technology as well as nanotechnology to study neurological problems and develop new stem cell-based therapies. All of this technology has been put in place thanks to the collaboration of many of the center’s investigators and this enables the students to work in a high quality scientific environment at the cutting-edge of medical research.

Results presented at national and international meetings and conferences

The CREMOGH students regularly have the opportunity to present their work at national and international meetings and conferences. They are invited to present their results to their peers and supervisors and to participate in the CRCHUL’s weekly scientific conferences.

International exchange programs

We believe that international exchange programs are key to increasing the number of students and the quality of training. Therefore, we have made the CREMOGH an inter-university research center. Three partners from the University of Turku (Finland) and Rouen (France) and from the National Research Center for Environment and Health in Neuherberg/Munich (Germany) support our vision and approach, and many other members will be joining us soon.