More than $3 M for Bariatric Surgery Research
12 June 2015
Lead researchers include André Tchernof, professor at the School of Nutrition and Dr. Laurent Biertho, associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine, both chairholders in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.
The Quebec Heart and Lung Institute – Université Laval is undertaking the world’s first research on the long-term remission of metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, following bariatric surgery.
More than 350,000 bariatric operations are completed annually throughout the world, including 730 at the Institute. The surgery has now become known as the only lasting treatment for severe obesity. Currently, no clinical studies have examined the long-term effects of common surgical approaches to metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes. This understanding is fundamental considering the steady increase of the disease. In Canada, more than 10 million people live with some form of diabetes or prediabetes.
Thanks to an outstanding contribution totalling $3.2 million from Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, a multidisciplinary team has launched the REMISSION study, a long-term, large-scale clinical trial with 400 obese patients suffering from diabetes. The study won the top award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in funding for bariatric care.