Leading projects

Project on genetic illnesses within New Brunswick

The goal of this project is to study common genetic illnesses within the New Brunswick population and estimate their prevalence.

Recent technological progress has made it possible to study an individual’s genetic information based on a mouth swab or blood sample. This information can predict an individual’s predisposition to certain illnesses and determine whether they are at risk of transmitting illnesses that they may be unaware of to their children.

The study is designed to:

  • Understand the genetic profile of the New Brunswick population;
  • Detect common founder mutations within specific ethnic groups;
  • Determine the risk of being a carrier of common recessive genetic illnesses;
  • Implement a program to screen for carriers of genetic illnesses within the New Brunswick population;
  • Design a better genetic screening program for future parents and for newborns.

Principal researcher: Dr. Mouna Ben Amor, geneticist

Research projects on multiple sclerosis and early dementia

A first project is intended to build and explore a databank on the New Brunswick population with multiple sclerosis to determine the causes of the high prevalence of this illness within the province.

A second project is to determine the proportion of the population having received a dementia diagnosis before 65 years of age and the related causes.

Principal researcher: Dr. Ludivine Witkowski, neurologist

Concussion prevention, diagnosis and treatment

A policy and procedures have recently been implemented to prevent, diagnose and treat concussions among students of the District scolaire francophone Sud du Nouveau-Brunswick. The research project is designed to evaluate the results of this policy.

Principal researcher: Dr. Nicole LeBlanc, pediatrician

Improved gynecological surgery procedure to correct vaginal prolapse

Thanks to a surgical procedure recently developed at the Dr. Georges L. Dumont University Hospital Centre by Dr. Alfred Robichaud, vaginal prolapse can be corrected more effectively. Research has indicated that this treatment is more effective and produces a better postoperative quality of life compared to the traditional method.

Principal researcher: Dr. Alfred Robichaud, gynecologist