The Research Chair in Physical and Mental Co-morbidity benefits from a grant of $50,000 per year, for five years. Its goal is to further the understanding in metabolic and behavioral disturbances in the individual with obstructive sleep apnea.
In addition to its key role in storing energy, adipose tissue is now recognized as a central player involved in various biological functions. The research program of the Chair aims to further our knowledge regarding the regulation of growth and secretory function of adipose tissue through an integrative approach covering the cellular and molecular levels up to the individual. The research focuses on the impact of external influences (eg exercise and nutritional interventions, hypoxia, pollutants, etc.) on adipose tissue metabolism. The research aims at a better understanding of the pathophysiology, the treatment and the prevention of obesity and related metabolic disorders.