Team

Last update: February 18th, 2022

The NuAge Database and Biobank are under the responsibility of a Steering Committee currently composed of five researchers, two of whom are responsible for the general administration of each bank, namely:

  • The Database, located at the Research Center on Aging from the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS (Sherbrooke, QC, Canada)
  • The Biobank, located at the CHUM Research Center (Montreal, QC, Canada).

These two institutions act as trustees of the bank they host.

The Steering Committee is also supported in its duties by an Advisory Committee, composed of three members, whose mandate is to advise the Steering Committee in the planning of medium and long-term scientific activities.

The current funding of the NuAge Database and Biobank (Fonds de recherche du Québec [FRQ]: $1.5M, 2019-2024) ensures the maintenance and improvement of their infrastructure, their management, their promotion and the development of partnerships, in particular by employing qualified research professionals. These funds also allow to support internal initiatives aimed at enriching the NuAge Database and Biobank with new data on NuAge participants in close collaboration with partners and the team of 16 researchers involved in these enrichment initiatives.

Steering Commitee

The Steering Committee performs both general management and development duties of the NuAge Database and Biobank, more specifically, to define strategic and scientific orientations, to approve measures to be put in place for optimal bank use and for the maintenance of their activities, to ensure bank funding, and to approve access requests and scientific communications arising from the bank use.   

Nancy Presse, R.D., Ph.D.

Executive Management of the NuAge Database and Biobank since 2018

NuAge Database Administrator since 2018

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Researcher, Research Centre on Aging, CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS
  • Researcher and Laboratory Director, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal Research Centre, CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Professor Nancy Presse is an epidemiologist and a registered dietitian, member of the Ordre des diététistes-nutritionnistes du Québec (ODNQ). She is the Director of the Laboratoire sur l’alimentation des aînés et la nutrition gériatrique [Laboratory on Nutrition in Aging and Geriatric Nutrition] and has ensured the general management of the NuAge Database and Biobank since January 2018, including the ethical and legislative framework, and the database administration. Her research focuses mainly on screening, diagnosis and risk factors of vitamin B12 deficiency in older adults, on the prevention and treatment of weight loss of residents of nursing homes and long-term care settings, as well as on identifying older adults at nutritional risk in the community. She directs the experimental studies and implementation of the “Nutrition as Medication” approach in a number of Quebec long-term care hospitals. Professor Presse is a Junior 1 Research Scholar of the Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé (2018-2022).

Pierrette Gaudreau, Ph.D.

Administrator of the NuAge Biobank

Principal co-investigator of the NuAge Study since 2003

  • Full Professor, Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal
  • Researcher, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal Research Centre
  • Associate Researcher, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal Research Centre
  • Academic Vice-Dean – Fundamental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Pierrette Gaudreau is a Full Professor in the Department of Medicine at Université de Montréal (UdeM) and an investigator at the Centre hospitalier de l’UdeM Research Centre. She is co-investigator at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal Research Centre and Adjunct Professor at the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging. She received her doctoral training at the NIH (Bethesda, MD) and has a PhD in Pharmacology from Université de Sherbrooke. She completed a postdoctoral training in neuroendocrinology at UdeM.

She was Director of the Quebec Network for Research on Aging from 2010 to 2019 and is currently the Co-Director. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal on Aging and is one of the principal co-investigators of the NuAge cohort and Administrator of its Biobank.

Her research is aimed at studying molecular and cellular mechanisms contributing to healthy aging using preclinical approaches and cohort monitoring. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. José A. Morais, MD, FRCPC, CSPQ

Principal co-investigator of the NuAge Study since 2003

  • Internist – Geriatrician, McGill University Health Centre
  • Full Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University
  • Senior Investigator, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
  • Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine, McGill University Health Centre

Dr. Morais has been an Internist – Geriatrician at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) since 1996 and is a senior investigator at the Research Institute of MUHC. He is also a Full Professor of Medicine at McGill University. Dr. Morais holds an MD degree from Université de Montréal (1987). Following residency in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the MUHC, he completed a research Fellowship at the McGill Nutrition and Food Science Centre from 1993-96.

Since 2009, he has been Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and in 2019, he became Associate Director of the Quebec Network for Research on Aging. His research interests range from the assessment of dietary energy and protein requirements with age to muscle and whole-body protein metabolism. At the same time, he also studies the effects of insulin-resistance. The goal of his research is to prevent frailty and muscle loss (sarcopenia) associated with immobility and aging.

Stéphanie Chevalier, R.D., Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University
  • Graduate Program Director, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University
  • Associate Member, Department of Medicine, McGill University
  • Medical Scientist, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Stéphanie Chevalier is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director at the School of Human Nutrition, McGill University, an Associate Member of the Department of Medicine and a Medical Scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. After earning her degrees in nutrition (BSc, MSc and PhD) from Université de Montréal and professional dietetic licensing (member of ODNQ), she pursued postdoctoral studies in nutrition and metabolism at the McGill Nutrition and Food Science Centre. 

Dr. Chevalier’s main research area is protein metabolism and the role of dietary proteins in aging and certain diseases such as cancer, obesity and diabetes. Her research goal is to better understand the metabolic alterations leading to muscle mass and function loss and develop strategies to counteract it. 

She led the Nutrition Axis of the Quebec Network for Research on Aging from 2013-2018 and participates in Canadian Nutrition Society, Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, and NuAge Study working groups.

Ndeye Rokhaya Gueye, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Université de Saint-Boniface, Manitoba
  • Vice-Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Université de Saint-Boniface, Manitoba

Ndeye Rokhaya Gueye is Associate Professor and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the Université de Saint-Boniface in Manitoba (Canada). She was a statistician and researcher at the Research Centre on Aging of the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Sherbrooke from 2005 to 2011. During this time, she worked as a statistician in the Prisma study (Programme de recherche sur l'intégration des services de maintien de l'autonomie) and the NuAge study and also as a co-investigator in some secondary NuAge study projects. During this same period, she was also a lecturer at the Department of Mathematics and the Centre universitaire de formation en gérontologie at Université de Sherbrooke.

She holds a Master's degree in applied mathematics and a Certificate of Advanced Study in probability from the Université Gaston Berger of Saint-Louis (Senegal), in addition to a Master's degree and a doctorate in statistics from Université de Montréal.

Her research interests include epidemiological and multidisciplinary health studies involving diverse populations: adolescents, young adults, the elderly, immigrants and Francophones in minority situations.

Previous Members of the Steering Committee

Hélène Payette, Ph.D.

Université de Sherbrooke

Designated Principal investigator of the NuAge Study from 2003-2017

Dr. Payette was a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Université de Sherbrooke from 1993 to 2017. She was an investigator in the Research Centre on Aging, which she led for 8 years. She held a Merck-Frosst chair in geriatrics and was a specialist in nutrition, epidemiology and aging. From 2003 to 2017, Dr. Payette was designated principal investigator and manager of the Quebec Longitudinal Study on Nutrition and Aging (NuAge) database and biobank and, from 2009 to 2017, was principal investigator of the Sherbrooke site of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. In 2013, she and her colleagues earned the Betty Havens Award from the Canadian Association on Gerontology for longitudinal research in the field of aging.

Bryna Shatenstein, R.D., Ph.D

Université de Montréal

Principal co-investigator of the NuAge Study 2003-2019

Dr. Bryna Shatenstein was one of the five principal co-investigators of the NuAge Study. She is a registered dietitian and member of the Ordre des diététistes-nutritionnistes du Québec and Dietitians of Canada. She has a B.Sc. in zoology and psychology from McGill University (1970), studied dietetics and nutrition at Macdonald College, McGill (1975-76) and completed her internship in dietetics at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal (1976-77). Dr. Shatenstein obtained her Master’s degree (1979) and Ph.D. (1992) in nutrition at Université de Montréal and completed two postdoctoral fellowships: the first in Social Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1992-93) and the second in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill (1993-95). During her active career, she was a tenured Professor and, from 2015-2017, the Head of the Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal, and a researcher in clinical and epidemiological nutrition at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.

Katherine Gray-Donald, Ph.D.

McGill University

Principal co-investigator of the NuAge Study from 2003-2017

Dr. Gray-Donald was an Associate Professor (now retired) at the School of Human Nutrition, McGill University.

https://www.mcgill.ca/nutrition/staff/retired-professors/gray-donald

Advisory committee

The mandate of this committee is to advise the Steering Committee in the planning of medium and long-term scientific activities of the NuAge Database and Biobank, in particular to maximize their dissemination in Canada and internationally (collaborations and partnerships). These members were selected among researchers working in the aging field in Canada (outside Quebec) and in France and having expertise and a contact network relevant to the Banks.

Current members on April 1st, 2021
  • Jane Rylett, Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging (Canadian Institute of Health Research), Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada
  • Dr. Yves Rolland, Professor at the Geriatric Center of the Gérontopôle de Toulouse, CHU Purpan, France
  • Catherine Féart, Researcher at the INSERM Research Institute – Université de Bordeaux U1219, Bordeaux Population Health (BPH), France

Co-Researchers and Collaborators of the NuAge Database and Biobank
(FRQ funding 2019-2024)

The team of 16 researchers from various universities in the Province of Quebec (Canada) are working in close collaboration to enrich the NuAge Database and Biobank with new data from the NuAge participants (see the objectives of FRQ funding in News).

Co-principal investigators :

  • Nancy Presse, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Pierrette Gaudreau, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. José A. Morais, McGill University

Co-investigators and collaborators :

  • Université de Sherbrooke : Alan Cohen, Isabelle Dionne, Mélanie Levasseur, Benoit Cossette, Manon Guay
  • Université de Montréal: Sylvie Belleville, Nathalie Bier, Guylaine Ferland, Dr. Marie-Jeanne Kergoat
  • McGill University : Stéphanie Chevalier, Nancy Mayo
  • Université Laval : Edeltraut Kröger
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières : Hélène Carbonneau

Other NuAge Database and Biobank Team Members

Valérie Turcot, Ph.D.​

NuAge Database and Biobank Coordinator

Valérie Turcot has been coordinating all the general activities of the NuAge Database and Biobank since October 2018. She is also a research agent in the Laboratoire sur l’alimentation des aînés et la nutrition gériatrique [Laboratory on Nutrition in Aging and Geriatric Nutrition] led by Professor Nancy Presse. Dr. Turcot completed a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in nutrition at Université de Montréal, as well as a Ph.D. in nutrition at Université Laval on the subject of genetics and epigenetics of metabolic syndrome (2008-2012). She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in human genetics at the Montreal Heart Institute (Université de Montréal, 2012-2016) where she was actively involved in projects initiated by the international GIANT (Genetic Investigation of ANthropometric Traits) consortium. Before joining the NuAge Database and Biobank team, she worked as a health research professional at the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS) in the Chronic Diseases Screening Unit.

Patricia Larcher, B.Sc.​

NuAge Biobank Coordinator

 

Ms. Patricia Larcher has been the Coordinator of the NuAge Biobank since 2004. She is a research professional at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal Research Centre in Dr. Pierrette Gaudreau’s laboratory. She holds a Bachelor of Biological Sciences from Université de Montréal (1997-2000). Since then, she has accumulated clinical laboratory (2000), preclinical research (2000-2002) and fundamental research (since 2002) experience.

Adeline Fontvieille, M.Sc.

Administrative and technical support for the NuAge Database and Biobank

 

Adeline Fontvieille has been ensuring administrative and technical support for the NuAge Database and Biobank since November 2018 with Professor Nancy Presse, as a research assistant at the Research Center on Aging. In 2018, she completed her Master’s degree in kinesiology, health and aging and is currently a doctoral student in physical activity sciences at Université de Sherbrooke. Her research is focused on the effect of physical exercise on cancer-related fatigue during adjuvant chemotherapy treatment and understanding the underlying physiological mechanisms.

Cinthia Corbin, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Coordination support for the NuAge Database and Biobank

Since March 2021, Cinthia Corbin is a research agent in the Laboratoire sur l’alimentation des aînés et la nutrition gériatrique [Laboratory on Nutrition in Aging and Geriatric Nutrition] led by Professor Nancy Presse. She coordinates the project for the final follow-up of NuAge participants scheduled to take place in 2022-2023 in addition to coordinating the REPAS project. The REPAS project is an interactive information, self-assessment and orientation portal for the nutritional health of community-dwelling older adults, to optimally match their dietary needs with locally available care and services to meet these needs. She completed a Bachelor of Psychology (1993-1996) and a Certificate in Gerontology at Université Laval (1996-1997). In 2003, she completed a Master’s degree in gerontology at Université de Sherbrooke on coping strategies on the loss of a spouse. She has also been working with Professor Nicole Dubuc since 2004 (Centre de recherche sur le vieillissement [Research Centre on Aging]) on various projects related to service integration and OCCI (les outils de cheminement cliniques informatisés [Computerized Clinical Pathway Tools]).

Current members on April 1st, 2021

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Current members on April 1st, 2021