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COVID-19 : Help advance pediatric research

During this period of crisis linked to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, research takes on its full meaning. It is in the urgency of this pandemic that the Foundation of Stars is launching its first "in-house" campaign by setting up a fundraiser dedicated specifically to research on COVID-19 and infectious diseases.

An emergency campaign

In these times of crisis, we must act now. Accelerating funding for projects in pediatrics on the COVID-19 virus is essential. Researchers currently need to collect data and study the effects on children, newborns and pregnant women.

In these exceptional circumstances, the mobilization of all is necessary to quickly help our pediatric researchers. Your support will allow our researchers to shed light on this virus and find solutions so that this situation does not happen again. To take part in this fundraiser and give according to your means for research against the COVID-19 virus:


Innovative scientific projects are multiplying to deal with the problems triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following approval by our scientific committee, discover our researchers and their projets, who need your precious support.

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!