09 September 2015

Camille Dugas Receives National Distinction

Master’s student receives a CIHR grant in honour of Nelson Mandela.

Within the framework of the 2015 competition for CIHR grants, Camille Dugas, a master’s student under the supervision of Julie Robitaille, has received a $17,500 grant. The funding distinguishes her throughout Canada as one of only two master’s students to receive this prestigious award.

The Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) in honour of Nelson Mandela aims to recognize and support students leading research on one or more causes that he defended. National unity, democracy, liberty and human rights, leadership, health and the participation of children in society are just a few of the causes he supported.

Camille’s research project aims to evaluate the impact of infant feeding on the anthropometric and metabolic profiles of preschool and school aged children who have been exposed to gestational diabetes.

Children who are exposed to gestational diabetes during the fetal period are at a greater risk of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Camille will now be able to take her research further in a clinical study involving children aged 3 to 11 who have been exposed to gestational diabetes during the fetal period.

We congratulate Camille on this major distinction.