Research Chair on Obesity Centre de recherche Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie du QuébecUniversité Laval
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The Université Laval's Research Chair on Obesity was created in 1997 by Claude Bouchard with the financial assistance of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Hoffman La Roche and Université Laval, Québec. The renewal of this joint collaboration in 2000 confirmed the leadership of the interdisciplinary team of obesity investigators of Université Laval, now directed by Dr. Denis Richard.

An agreement was settled in 2005 in partnership with the CIHR and Merck Frosst Canada. Now the Research Chair in Obesity can rely upon the financial support of Merck Frosst Canada and the CIHR to pursued its work until 2010.

The research interests of the Chair are related to the neuronal and hormonal processes related to energy balance regulation. Furthermore, the Chair supports an educative platform by proposing training initiatives and disseminating state-of-the-art knowledge in regards to prevention and treatment of obesity.


The research funds are administered by the Finance Department and the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval.

Funds from private partners are administered by a Steering Committee and are capitalized by the Université Laval Foundation.

The members of the steering committee are:

Kaouther Bessrour, Vice-rectorat à la recherche et à la création, Université Laval
Yvon Cormier, CRIUCPQ
Geneviève Desbiens, Fondation de l'Université Laval
Yves Deshaies,
Jean-Pierre Després, CRIUCPQ
Denis Richard,
CRIUCPQ, Director of the Chair
Simon Marceau, bariatric surgeon, IUCPQ
Louis Pérusse, Université Laval

The executive office of the Obesity Research Chair is located in the Marguerite-d’Youville building of the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec.

Annie Moreau
IUCPQ Research Centre
2725 Chemin Sainte-Foy, Room Y4223
Québec QC Canada G1V 4G5
Tel.: 418-656-8711 ext. 3392
Fax: 418-656-4929

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