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CRCHUQ researcher receives $300,000 grant


The Fondation André-Delambre has awarded a $300,000 grant to Dr. Jean-Pierre Julien to support advances in research into Lou Gehrig’s disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) does not discriminate by sex, race or age. ALS sufferers currently have little chance of surviving more than a few years. Many people will remember the battle fought by Sue Rodriguez who had ALS.


Ten years ago, Dr. Julien, a researcher in CRCHUQ’s neurosciences axis, decided to take up the fight against this terrible disease. His association with the Fondation André-Delambre spans several years, during which his research activities have helped forge a strong bond of trust.


The Fondation André-Delambre, a partner in scientific meetings on ALS since they were first organized, passed a resolution to ensure that the annual symposium, which is held in September and which Dr. Julien has been organizing for the past five years, will continue for another three years. The symposium’s main goal is to provide ALS researchers with a forum for international networking and knowledge sharing.


The grant will provide $150,000 to cover organizational costs and speakers’ honoraria. The other $150,000 will go to fund Dr. Julien’s new research project to generate a stem cell bank from the skin of ALS patients. Dr. Julien is very appreciative of the support, and he points out that it is rare for a researcher to receive a grant of this magnitude.

 


 
 
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