Research in action

Research is a dynamic and evolving process involving collaboration and critical interactions that lead to important discoveries. It is a daily commitment for our teams, who continuously strive to improve the health of our patients and the public at large.

Who are we?

The University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) is the largest biomedical and healthcare research centre at Université de Montréal and one of the largest in Canada.

“The CRCHUM carries out, enables and supports the research mission of the University of Montreal Hospital Centre (CHUM), under an integrated vision that includes the other components of the hospital’s mission – health care, teaching and the evaluation of technologies. This synergy is further heightened by the opening of the new CHUM, offering our patients and the people of Quebec a true health innovation campus in the heart of the city.”

Vincent Poitout
Director of the CRCHUM

 

Our mission

The CRCHUM improves the health of adults through a high-quality academic research continuum which, by furthering our understanding of etiological and pathogenic mechanisms, fosters the development, implementation and assessment of new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. CRCHUM provides a training environment to ensure the development of new generation of researchers committed to excellence in research.

 

Our vision

The CRCHUM seeks to attain the highest standards of excellence in the development of new knowledge, in line with the hospital’s mission. As one of the hospital’s departments, the CRCHUM plays a major role in improving healthcare and health promotion. It fosters interdisciplinary exchanges and links laboratory research collaborations with patients and the population with a view to promote health.

Research at the heart of a university hospital

The mission of the University of Montreal Hospital Centre (CHUM) consists of five aspects: healthcare, research, teaching, health promotion and evaluation of health intervention technologies and methods. Our research activities contribute directly to the fulfillment of this mission.

Patient to patient

CRCHUM brings together under one roof a full research continuum: basic, clinical and population health research. Health issues of patients and the public guide our scientific initiatives and mobilize our expertise to provide practical solutions for improving care and preventing disease.


The health issues of our patients inspire various types of studies that form part of the research continuum: understanding pathological mechanisms, assessing new treatments, developing diagnostic tools, care practices and health services. The ultimate goal of this research is to meet patients’ needs and to use this knowledge for improving healthcare.

6 research priorities

CRCHUM focuses its research priorities on six sectors of excellence, linked with the hospital’s activities. These research priorities are structured in a matrix to promote multidisciplinary exchanges.

Main committees and research chairs

Executive committee
The members of the CRCHUM executive committee in June 2017 (left to right):
Alexandre Prat, Associate Scientific Director, Academic Development
Lise Gauvin, Associate Scientific Director, Population Health
Christian Stapf, Associate Scientific Director, Clinical Research
Pierrette Gaudreau, Associate Scientific Director, Student Affairs
Vincent Poitout, CHUM Director of Research and CRCHUM Scientific Director
Carole Jabet, Associate Director, Operations, CRCHUM
Michel Roger, Associate Scientific Director, Basic and Translational Research

 

Scientific Committee
The members of the CRCHUM scientific committee as of September 2017 (left to right):
Johanne Tremblay, Head, Cardiometabolic Theme
Jacques de Guise, Head, Imaging and Engineering Theme
Carole Jabet, Associate Director, Operations, CRCHUM 
Nathalie Arbour, Head, Neuroscience Theme 
Lise Gauvin, Associate Scientific Director, Population Health and Head of the Health  
Vincent Poitout, CHUM Director of Research and CRCHUM Scientific Director
Pierrette Gaudreau, Associate Scientific Director, Student Affairs 
Christian Stapf, Associate Scientific Director, Clinical Research
Alexandre Prat, Associate Scientific Director, Academic Development
Daniel Kaufmann, Head, Tissue Injury, Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Theme 
Michel Roger, Associate Scientific Director, Basic and Translational Research
Janusz Kaczorowski, Co-Head, Health Innovation and Evaluation Hub Theme (Methods) 
Anne-Marie Mes-Masson, Head, Cancer Theme (absent in photo) 

International Advisory Committee

Marc Caron, Duke University Medical Center
Pierre Corvol, Collège de France
Marcel Goldberg, INSERM-UVSQ
Grégoire Le Gal, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Research Chairs

Our researchers hold 37 research chairs. The Government of Canada, the Fondation du CHUM, the Université de Montréal and the organizations that support these chairs financially contribute directly to the excellence of our research in the leading fields at the CRCHUM.