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LIST OF MAJOR
RESEARCH GRANTS* 

Thanks to our first fundraising campaign that ended 3 years ago, Scleroderma Quebec has established the only Scleroderma Research Chair in Canada and contributed nearly $2 million to research.

2015
Scleroderma Research Group of the CHUM (SRG-CHUM)
Research fund – Martial Koenig, M. D.
Grant amount: $15,000

2014
Scleroderma Research Group of the CHUM (SRG-CHUM)
Research fund – Martial Koenig, M. D.
Grant amount: $15,000

2011-2012
Scleroderma Research Group of the CHUM (SRG-CHUM)
Principal investigator: Jean-Luc Senécal, M.D.
Research Project related to the work of the Scleroderma Research Chair of the Université de Montréal 
Grant amount: $300,000

2010-2012
Canadian Scleroderma Research Group (GRCS),
McGill University and Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital
Principal investigator : Brett D. Thombs, Ph.D.
Research Project : Consortium for clinical trials of behavioral, psychological, and educational interventions in scleroderma: Initial planning meeting & Coordinator for the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network.
Grant amount : 8 000 $

2009-2011
Scleroderma Research Group of the CHUM (SRG-CHUM)
Establishment grant for Martial Koenig, M.D. (recruitment of a multidisciplinary team for the SRG-CHUM).
Grant amount: $150,000

2007-2012
Canadian Scleroderma Research Group (CSRG)
Principal investigator: Murray Baron, M.D.,  Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital
Research Project: Establishment of a pan-Canadian multicenter registry of scleroderma patients
Grant amount: $40,000

2007-2010
SRG-CHUM
Principal investigator: Jean-Luc Senécal, M.D.
Research Project: The pathologic role of autoantibodies in scleroderma lung disease Chair 
Grant amount: $252,000

2002
CHUM Scleroderma Research Group (SRG-CHUM)
Principal investigator: Jean-Luc Senécal, M.D.
Research Project: Anticentomere autoantibodies in scleroderma lung Disease
Grant amount: $16,000

 * during the period from 2000 onwards.

Scleroderma Quebec’s fellowships
to students under the supervision of 
Dr. Jean-Luc Senécal, SRG-CHUM:

2007-2009  
Master’s Scholarship
Amount: $35,700
Karine Beauchemin, B.Sc., M.Sc. candidate, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Université de Montréal.
Research Project: Molecular and cellular characterization of topoisomerase DNA interaction with the cell surface of fibroblasts.

2005-2006
Master’s Scholarship
Amount: $17,850
Karine Lamy, B.Sc., M.Sc. candidate, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Université de Montréal.
Research Project: Characterization of the binding of the centromeric protein CENP-B to smooth muscle cells and its relevance to scleroderma.

2004-2006
Fellowship Award        
Amount: $50,000
Martial Koenig, M. D. hospital assistant specialist (internal medicine)
University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, France.
Research projects: Autoantibodies in autoimmune myositis in French Canadians
Diagnostic and prognostic value of autoantibodies in isolated Raynaud’s phenomenon and systemic sclerosis in French Canadians.

2003-2008
Doctoral Fellowship 
Amount: $90,000 
Geneviève Robitaille, M.Sc., Ph.D. candidate, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Université de Montréal.
Research Project: The role of autoantibodies directed against centromere protein B in the pathophysiology of systemic sclerosis.

2003-2006
Doctoral Fellowship 
Amount: $54,000
Julie Arcand, B.Sc., Ph.D. candidate, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Université de Montréal.
Research Project: Characterization of the interaction of autoantibodies anti-DNA topoisomerases with fibroblasts in systemic sclerosis.

2002-2005
Doctoral Fellowship
Amount: $45,000
Jill Hénault, M.Sc., Ph. D. candidate, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Université de Montréal.
Research Project: The role of anti-fibroblast autoantibodies in triggering and sustaining the autoimmune cascade and its fibrogenic consequences.

2002-2004
Master’s Scholarship
Amount: $26,000
Mélanie Tremblay, B.Sc. (Biochemistry), M.Sc. candidate, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Université de Montréal.
Research Project: Identification and characterization of a new fibroblast autoantigen involved in scleroderma.

 

THE SCLERODERMA RESEARCH CHAIR

In 2005, Scleroderma Quebec has pledged a total of $1 million to the Scleroderma Research Chair of the Université de Montréal in support of scleroderma research. 

These are the amounts paid to date by Scleroderma Quebec to the Chair: $100,000 (April 30, 2005), $150,000 (November 18, 2005), $187,500 (November 21, 2006), $93,750 (January 4, 2008), $93,750 (November 27, 2008), $93,750 (December 1st, 2009) and $25,000 (October 2016) totalizing $743,750.

As of April 30, 2015, the fair market value of this endowed Chair is $1,400,220.

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