Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Université de Montréal
Dr. Massimiliano Paganelli is assistant professor of pediatrics at the Université de Montréal, attending pediatric hepatologist/gastroenterologist at the CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal, and director of the Hepatology and Cell Therapy lab of the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center. He completed his medical studies and his training in pediatrics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". During such years, Dr Paganelli developed a strong interest for pediatric GI and liver diseases, carrying on an intense clinical and research activity in one of the leading specialized departments in Europe. He then moved to Brussels, Belgium, for 2 years of subspecialty training in hepatology and liver transplantation at Cliniques Saint-Luc (a pioneer center for pediatric liver transplantation). In Brussels, Dr. Paganelli started focusing on liver cell transplantation and cell therapy for liver diseases. He did a PhD in pediatric hepatology and cell therapy at the Université catholique de Louvain, working on in vitro differentiation of stem cells to hepatocytes, in vitro disease modeling with stem cells-derived hepatocytes, and cell therapy for inborn errors of liver metabolism. His researches led to several prizes, presentations at international meetings and scientific publications. Subsequently Dr. Paganelli refined his clinical training with a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at CHU Sainte-Justine, where he was recruited to continue his clinical activity as pediatric gastroenterologist/hepatologist (with a special focus on liver transplantation) and carry on his research on the use of stem cells for study and treatment of liver diseases. Recently, Dr. Paganelli was the first non-American to be awarded with the prestigious "Research Scholar in Liver Disease Award" from Gilead Sciences.