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Dr. Melanie Plourde

Associate Professor, Université de Sherbrooke

Melanie obtained her PhD in 2006 from Université de Bourgogne and Université Laval. She completed 3 years of postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof Cunnane at Université de Sherbrooke and she worked on lipid metabolism and ketone production. She then completed a one year postdoctoral fellow in genetics and nutrigenomics with Marie-Claude Vohl and Louis Pérusse at Université Laval. She is now Associate Professor at Université de Sherbrooke. Her research program is focussed the hypothesis that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid, plays a role in human brain functions and cognition but this is conditional to DHA efficacy. Her aim is to study gene-by diet interaction during aging with focus on omega-3 fatty acids. Her research program will generate fundamental knowledge on the link between omega-3 fatty acid metabolism and cognition during aging and in carriers of an epsilon 4 allele of apolipoprotein E, the most important genetic risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. This program focuses on two of the most vulnerable populations suffering from brain diseases with the ultimate goal of promoting brain health throughout the entire life span.