On July 20, 2020 (see news article), the Réseau québécois de recherche sur le vieillissement [Quebec Network for Research on Aging] (RQRV), in partnership with the NuAge Database and Biobank, launched a call for projects open exclusively to researchers who were active RQRV members. The primary objective was to fund $60,000 of an innovative high impact factor project that would use biological samples from the NuAge Database and Biobank.
Among the various proposals submitted and evaluated by the independent Evaluation Committee mandated for this competition, the project proposed by Professor Guylaine Ferland’s team (Université de Montréal) was selected. Entitled “Cognition and physical function in the NutCog cohort: Assessing the role of circulating ceramides and their relation to vitamin K status”, this project involves the measurement of serum ceramide levels (targeted lipidomics) in 320 participants of the NutCog substudy, in collaboration with the metabolomics platform of the Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre co-directed by Dr. Matthieu Ruiz (Université de Montréal) and the scientific expertise of Professors Gilles Gouspillou (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Nancy Presse (Université de Sherbrooke).
Results of these new assays will eventually be added to the assays already integrated into the NuAge Database and Biobank for the NutCog project participants and which are accessible to our bank users (see news article).