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COVID-19 : Help advance pediatric research

Thanks to you, Phase 1 of our "Help Advance Pediatric Research on COVID-19" campaign raised $110,000 last spring! Discover now Phase 2 of our campaign and three promising new projects on the collateral effects of the virus on children, adolescents and their families.

An emergency campaign

Following Phase I of our fundraising campaign "Help Advance Pediatric Research on COVID-19", launched last March, a first research project on "The Impacts of COVID-19 on Pregnant Women and Newborns" received funding to begin its research. You can view, below, the project update by Dr. Gagneur, project director in collaboration with Dr. Boucoiran.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been following the progress of our researchers' projects. According to the latest data, collateral effects are now observable and it is on these additional impacts that researchers urgently wish to begin their research.

The second wave tells us that we are not finished yet, researchers need more funding than ever to accelerate studies and advances on COVID-19 in children and their families. We are now entering Phase 2 of our "Help Advance Pediatric Research on COVID-19" campaign.

Our goal is to raise $150,000 to enable our researchers to start the 3 urgent collaborative projects on COVID-19.


Research into this virus has never been more important to the health of children and their families than it is now!

To learn more, check out the research projects!

Our research projects

PROJECT 1:"Perinatal consequences of COVID-19: Impact on the health of mothers and newborns"

Our researchers: Dr. Arnaud Gagneur, pediatrician in neonatology at the University of Sherbrooke Mother-Child Research Center and project co-director with Dr. I. Boucoiran, project co-director, in collaboration with Dr. J-C. Pasquier, Dr. F. Kakkar and M. Beltempo from the Pediatric Research Centers of McGill, Quebec and Sainte-Justine, the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital and the Jewish General Hospital.

To find out more : please consult the project description.

PROJECT #2 : The COVID-19 Family Cohort: Understanding Children's Different Responses to the Virus.

Our researchers : Dr. Fatima Kakkar, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Université de Montréal-CHU Sainte-Justine, in collaboration with Dr. Hugo Soudeyns, expert in viral pathogens and immune responses, Dr. Elie Haddad, Dr. Hélène Decaluwe, Dr. Fabien Touzot, clinician-scientists, experts in immunology from the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre, Dr. Jesse Papenburg, expert in pediatric viral pathogens from McGill University and Pr Christiane Auray Blais, expert in metabolomics for disease screening and diagnosis from CHU Sherbrooke.

To find out more : please consult the project description.

PROJECT #3: "Impacts of COVID-19-related measures on perinatal health and services"

Our researchers: Geneviève Roch, Ph.D., RN. Full Professor Université Laval Faculty of Nursing, in collaboration with Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Gina Muckle, Maude Laberge, Annie Leblanc, Mathieu Ouimet, Thamara Pierce and George Tarabulsy from Université Laval in Quebec City, Suzanne King, Tina Montreuil and Sonia Semenic from McGill University, Roxane Borges da Silva and Andrée-Anne Parent from Université de Montréal, Nicolas Berthelot of the Université du Québec à Trois Rivières (UQAM), Julie Poissant of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), as well as several organizational representatives and partners, committed to contributing to the acceleration of the project's realization and knowledge mobilization.

To find out more : please consult the project description.

PROJECT #4 : "Research for urinary biomarkers of congenital cytomegalovirus in newborns"

Our researchers: Professor Christiane Auray-Blais, Department of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics and Associate Professor Michel Boutin of the University of Sherbrooke-CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS, in collaboration with Dr Fatima Kakkar and Dr Christian Renaud from the University of Montreal-CHU Sainte-Justine.

To find out more : please consult the project description.

PROJECT 5 :"Attitudes and problematic eating behaviours in children: how and why do they develop?"

Our researchers** : Research project directed by Isabelle Thibault, researcher and professor at the Centre de recherche CHUS. In collaboration with pediatricians, Dr. Caroline Pesant and Dr. Marie-Claude Roy of the Centre Hôspitalier de l'Université de Sherbrooke. Professor Dominique Meilleur from the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal. Anne-Marie Tougas and Catherine Laurier from the Department of Psychoeducation at the Université de Sherbrooke. From the Université de Laval, Department of Psychology, there is Catherine Bégin. Finally, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Trois-Rivières there are Marie-Pierre Gagnon Girouard and IMAJ. In addition, a group of Quebec researchers interested in eating disorders and other collaborations with stakeholders from different target regions are planned, including the Douglas Institute.

To find out more : please consult the project description

Follow our campaign

To follow the progress of the campaign and stay informed about of the various projects of our researchers, visit our Facebook page.

Thank you for your support which will allow us to help and act now!