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These are the excellent presentations from the Children with Cancer UK sponsored childhood cancer session organised by Professor Denis Henshaw for the 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Scientific Congress held in Thailand in November 2016.

Professor Cathy Vaillancourt

Cahty Vaillancourt

Associate Professor, Home page @ inrs, at INRS-Centre-Institut Armand-Frappier, Canada.

She is the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Well-Being, Health, Society and Environment (Cinbiose), the treasurer of the International Federation of Placenta Association, and co-chair of the Club de recherche Clinique du Québec and the International Groupe de la francophonie Placentaire. She currently supervises 5 graduate students and has supervised over 3 postdoctoral researchers, 25 graduates and 40 undergraduate students.

CC2018 Talk Abstract

Cathy Vaillancourt obtained her MSc and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences from the CHU-Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal (Canada). This was followed by postdoctoral studies at the Douglas Institute’s Research Centre, McGill University in Psychiatry (Canada) and at the University of Reading (UK) in Neurosciences. Pr. Vaillancourt is a placentologist who has been studying the human placenta for more than 25 years.

Her research focuses on the effect of maternal prenatal stress, depression, pharmaceutical drugs, and contaminants on placental development and function as a new approach to determine the potential teratogenicity and toxicity of xenobiotics, which may have short- and long-term consequences on the development and programming of the fetus. Her group has demonstrated the production of serotonin and melatonin by the human placenta which acts as a local regulator in trophoblast cells and play a protective role in pregnancy and fetal development and programming. She has published over 85 papers/book chapters and 300 abstracts and has been invited to speak in several institutions worldwide. Pr. Vaillancourt research is supported by the NIH (US), The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Fond de Recherche du Québec-Nature et Technology and the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

Degree in biochemistry from the University of Sherbrooke (1990)
Masters in biomedical sciences (option obstetrics and gynecology) from the University of Montreal (1993)
PhD in biomedical sciences (option obstetrics and gynecology) from the University of Montreal (1997)
PhD at McGill University at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre (1997-2000)
PhD at University of Reading (Reading, UK) (2000-2001)

Professor at INRS (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique) | Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre

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