Center of exellence in the microbiome, nutrition, and metabolic health.

As the spearhead of the Canada Excellence Research Chair on the Microbiome-Endocannabinoidome Axis in Metabolic Health, the Center of Excellence on the Microbiome, Nutrition, and Metabolic Health takes an integrative and inclusive approach to research fostering conditions for tackling challenges in science and knowledge transfer to maintain population health. Université Laval is known for providing a fertile research and inno- vation environment characterized by interdisciplinary scientific collaboration and expertise.

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Over the years, the professors in the Faculty of Medicine (FMED) have made their mark in fields of major importance for individual and population health while at the same time developing innovative multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches.
The creation of this new Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) demonstrates FMED’s potential to recruit international-calibre researchers and offers the faculty a unique opportunity to pool its strengths and expertise to foster research aimed at sustainable health. The Chair’s work on the microbiome and metabolic health dovetails perfectly with its main research focus on cardiovascular, respiratory, and metabolic health.
Through its innovative approach, the new CERC will enrich the pool of recognized expertise in the field and further develop the community of very active researchers within the Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval as a whole, and the Québec City area.


The Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences (FSAA) is a leader in agrifood and ­nutrition research.
Its goal is to help ensure the sustainable health of the planet and its people.
The new CERC will bolster interdisciplinary research into the microbiome, which draws on the wide-ranging expertise of FSAA researchers.
The creation of the research chair will have major benefits for the Faculty as well as a significant impact on nutrition and food science training programs. The chair will also increase the Faculty’s ability to attract top researchers and students and assert its position as a world-class centre of excellence.
With its numerous multidisciplinary collaborations at the local and international levels, FSAA offers an environment conducive to the Chair’s success.


The Université Laval Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) has been advancing knowledge in agrifood, nutrition, and health for 15 years.
It is dedicated to developing foods scientifically proven to be safe, effective, and beneficial to health. Its transdisciplinary research program encompasses the main issues associated with the role of food in sustainable development and population health.
The new CERC headed up by Vicenzo Di Marzo will help consolidate the Institute’s collaborations with the Québec Heart and Lung Institute–Université Laval, boost the impact joint ventures, strengthen collaborations with strategic partners in the public and private sectors, and assert the position of Université Laval and its institutes as an international centre of excellence in microbiome research.


The Québec Heart and Lung Institute Research Centre affiliated with Université Laval (CRIUCPQ–UL) is a key international player in the fight against chronic diseases.
Its areas of research include cardiology, pneumology, and obesity/metabolism—three areas deemed high priority worldwide given the considerable economic and social impacts of the diseases associated with them.
Recent research has demonstrated the microbiome’s role in the etiology of these diseases. In its quest to remain a highly competitive, world-class research centre, IUCPQ – UL plans to play a vital role in developing cutting-edge facilities and expertise to support research on the microbiome.


Sentinel North is an unprecedented strategy in the history of northern research in Canada.
Its goal: to improve our understanding of humanity, its environment, and the impact environmental changes are having on humans and their health.
The mission of Sentinel North is to conduct real-time mapping of Arctic, sub-Arctic, and northern ecosystems and geosystems on the human being–­ environment axis, using new and powerful transdisciplinary scientific tools.
Sentinel North is a broad synergistic initiative that brings together several cutting-edge research programs in fields for which Université Laval is already a recognized leader, particularly neuropho-tonics (Pierre Marquet), dysmetabolic gut microbiota (Vincenzo Di Marzo), remote sensing of Canada’s new Arctic frontier (Marcel Babin), and photonics innovation (Younès Messaddeq).


Alliance santé Québec (AsQ) is the result of hundreds of leading health and social services research and innovation specialists from the Greater Québec City area coming together in a bold and unprecedented initiative, the success of which hinges on the region’s many strengths, buy-in by stakeholders all along the innovation chain, and active government support .


The Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program helps Canadian universities bolster our ­reputation as a world leader in research and innovation. The program provides funding of up to $10 million over a seven-year period so that world-class researchers and their teams can carry out ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. Canada Excellence Research Chairs are among most prestigious and generously funded in the world.