Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret (MD, PhD), endocrinologist, Associate professor – Nutrition Department of Université de Montréal – Faculty of Medicine, FRQS senior scholar, J-A De Sève research chair, is directing the metabolic laboratory and a research platform at IRCM . He has published over 200 manuscripts and book chapters and received prizes including in 2010 the young researcher award of the CSEM (Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism) and the Pierre Bois prize for excellence (2012). Main research fields of his group include external artificial pancreas, obese but metabolically healthy patients and cystic fibrosis related diabetes. The main research areas of the group are:
- The development of external artificial pancreas: This new technology allows an insulin pump to adjust to the level of glucose and have the potential to revolutionize the treatment by improving glucose control while reducing the risk of hypoglycemic malaise
- Obese patients without metabolic complications: His team has established the existence of these patients which allows studying the factors involved in the occurrence of complications such as diabetes, hypertension and elevated cholesterol. The most recent studies indicate an association between the occurrence of metabolic complications and the presence of pollutants in the body
- And cystic fibrosis related diabetes: life expectancy of cystic fibrosis patients have significantly improved leading to the emergence of new complications including diabetes. The team tries to understand what predisposes patients to diabetes and to understand whether earlier treatment of diabetes would improve the weight and lung function of these patients.