FRQ-S Grants Awarded to Faculty Members

February 2016

FRQ-STwo studies involving many of our Faculty researches have been awarded grants by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé Network for Oral and Bone Health Research.

Drs. Ana Velly, Richard Hovey, Mervyn Gornitsky, Petra Schweinhardt, Ji Zhang and Zovi der Khatchadourian were awarded a Major Structuring Project grant for $40,000 for one year, renewable one year for the study “Transition From Acute to Chronic Painful Temporomandibular Disorders: A Prospective Cohort Study”.

This study will investigate painful temporomandibular disorders (TMD), a common musculoskeletal disorders, characterized by pain in masticatory muscles and/or temporomandibular joint. The aim of this study is to identify the factors that contribute to the transition from acute to chronic TMD pain and its persistence (e.g. medical conditions, psychological factors, levels of pain) three months later. Furthermore, they will explore salivary biomarkers that could be implicated in these outcomes, and three months after diagnosis will interview patients to learn about their experience dealing with painful TMD. These findings may help to develop strategies to prevent this transition as well as its persistence.

A. Velly, R. Hovey, M. Gornitsky, P. Schweinhardt, J. Zhang, Z. der Khatchadourian, E. Schiffman, J. Fricton.
Transition From Acute to Chronic Painful Temporomandibular Disorders: A Prospective Cohort Study

A second group of researchers including Drs. Monzur Murshed and Marc McKee received a one year renewable grant for $40,000 for their project “Identification of new skeletal dysplasia genes and pathophysiological mechanisms”.

This is a collaborative project between clinicians and basic science researchers. The group will investigate the causes of congenital skeletal deformities in humans. Novel genetic mutations associated with such deformities will be identified in human patients and their effects will be studied using the existing and newly generated transgenic mouse models.

P. Campeau, F. Rauch, M. Murshed, M.D. McKee>
Identification of new skeletal dysplasia genes and pathophysiological mechanisms

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