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Dr. Larissa Takser

Dr. Larissa Takser followed a unique University path:

  • She first obtained her M.D. in Moscow in 1996.
  • She then studied in France, with a DEA in environmental health at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble and a Ph.D. in epidemiology, environmental toxicology at the University of Paris XI.
  • She has also completed three years of postdoctoral training in Canada at the University of Montreal and Sainte-Justine Hospital.

Since 2005, this Associate Professor has worked in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Sherbrooke and is part of the team working on the mother-child wing at CRC Étienne-Le Bel. The main objective of this research group is improving the health of the mother and child from conception through adolescence.

The team conducts research on ways of reducing the risk of contamination caused by environmental diseases and studies the link between exposure to chemical contaminants and pregnancy. In fact, more than 100,000 chemicals from industrial sources surround us daily. Unfortunately, we do not know exactly their effects on health for most of them, and more succinctly their effect on pregnancy.

The laboratory of Dr. Larissa Takser is studying the effects of certain emerging contaminants on fetal brain development. Traces of these contaminants are being increasingly used in the manufacture of televisions, computers, textiles, furniture, etc... Their effect on the body disrupts normal physiological functioning. Dr. Takser’s team uses biomarkers to determine the exact impact of these contaminants.

These studies are a vital contribution to the development of research on high-risk pregnancies, including preeclampsia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, prematurity and the psychomotor development of children, especially their central nervous system.

All in all, two grants have been awarded between 2012 and 2014, for a total of $29,000.

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