Driving research of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS),
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia and Post COVID .

Collaborative Research Center

at the CHU Sainte-Justine/
Université de Montréal

Clinical and scientific studies to understand and discover new treatments for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS)

Core Aims

What we hope to achieve


Our fundamental philosophy

Science Team

List of scientific collaborators


Current research projects

About the research center

The ME / CFS Collaborative Research Center, established in 2020 at CHU Sainte-Justine /Université de Montréal, increases OMF’s international collaborative efforts through the End ME/CFS Project. Directed by Alain Moreau, PhD, the Quebec, Canada-based laboratory has been researching ME / CFS for several years.

About Alain Moreau, PhD

Alain Moreau, PhD, is a Full Professor in the Department of Stomatology, Faculty of Dentistry and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, at Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Additionally, Dr. Moreau is the Director of Network for Canadian Oral Health Research. He is the Scientific Director of the Viscogliosi Laboratory in Molecular Genetics of Musculoskeletal Diseases, Sainte-Justine University Research Center, Montréal, Québec.

Dr. Moreau’s chief interests of study are pediatric scoliosis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Dr. Moreau is a member of the Open Medicine Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Canadian Collaborative Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Research Network, a national research network funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

Core Aims

Fundamental Philosophy

Current Studies

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Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1)

Study of Thrombospondin-1 (TSP1) in ME / CFS pathogenesis (STOP-ME) The Problem Little is known about the mechanisms causing brain fog, orthostatic intolerance as well as postural …

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Man doing fitness test on exercise bike at the medical centre

Stress-Activated MicroRNAs

Stress-Activated MicroRNAsin ME / CFS Pathogenesis The Problem Myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME / CFS) is a multi-systemic complex chronic disease exhibiting a clinical heterogeneity as main symptoms …

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Scientific Team

To carry out these ambitious collaborations, Dr. Moreau has assembled a team of superb clinicians and scientists with expertise in a wide variety of areas directly relevant to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) research. 

CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center
Université de Montréal

Alain Moreau

Scientific Director

Anita Franco, MSc

Lab coordinator

Yaned Gaitan MSc 

Research assistant-
mouse manager

Viorica Lascau MSc 

Research coordinator – certification manager

Sophie Perreault, RN  

Clinical research nurse

Valerie Tremblay, RN

Clinical research nurse

Iurie Caraus, PhD 

Postdoctoral fellow

Wesam Elremaly, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Corinne Leveau BSc

PhD student

Evguenia Nepotchatykh BSc

PhD student

Lynda Chalder MSc

PhD student

CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center
Université de Montréal

Marie-Yvonne Akoume PhD

Invited professor – ICanCME Research Network investigator

Valérie Marcil PhD

Associate Professor – ICanCME Research Network investigator

University of Vermont

Dawei Li, PhD

Associate Professor – ICanCME Research Network investigator

Jason Kost BSc  

Assistant Professor – ICanCME Research Network investigator

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