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JDRF ISPAD Fellowship 2017


Marie Béatrice Saade

was awarded the JDRF ISPAD Fellowship for 2017


Marie-Béatrice Saade completed her medical studies in Limoges, France, then pursued her pediatric training in Rennes, where she was certified as a pediatrician in 2012.  She was a pediatric fellow at Rennes Pediatric University Hospital in France from 2013 to 2015. Her enthusiasm for diabetes research was evident early in her training: having secured additional funding for a year of research training through Rennes University Hospital, Dr. Saade completed a Master 2 from Paris Diderot University (Nutrition Metabolism and Signaling). She participated in a basic science research project in INRA Rennes with the group of Dr. Blat and Dr. Neunlist evaluating the impact of obesity on the pancreatic intrinsic nervous system and its effects on insulin secretion in the context of a European multi-center project entitled "Enteneurobesity". She pursued her research training in a clinical study examining the influence of nocturnal glycaemia on ventricular repolarization and heart rate variability in children with type 1 diabetes, under the supervision of her mentors Dr. Marc de Kerdanet and Pr. Patrick Pladys (CHU de Rennes, INSERM LTSI 1099). She received a scholarship award from the University of Montreal for additional training at Sainte Justine Hospital to do a clinical fellowship in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes from 2015 to 2017. During the second year of her fellowship, she studied the influence of obesity and adiposity indices on cardiac autonomic function in a population of children from the QUALITY cohort under the supervision of Dr. Henderson (CHU Sainte Justine) and Dr. Poirier (Institut Universitaire de Quebec), funded through the Novalac research award. In November 2017, after her clinical fellowship, Dr. Saade will pursue a research fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Henderson and Dr. Rabasa-Lhoret (IRCM Montréal) with the generous support of the JDRF-ISPAD Research Fellowship. Dr. Saade will work on an innovative randomized clinical trial to compare the efficacy of two carbohydrates intake strategies with similar carbohydrate content but different timing to reduce exercise-induced hypoglycemia in children with type 1 diabetes. This study is integrated into the ongoing larger research program led by Dr. Rabasa-Lhoret, which addresses the same issues in adults and is complementary to Dr. Henderson’s research program determining how lifestyles habits are linked to cardiometabolic risk in youth with type 1 diabetes.


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