CDTRP Theme 5 is pleased to announce its new Co-Lead: Dr. Chantal Bémeur

After many years of service, Dr. Sunita Mathur will transition out of her role as Theme 5 Co-Lead, but will remain an active CDTRP member. We want to thank Sunita for her dedication, passion, enthusiasm, and motivation she has brought to Theme 5!

Chantal is joining Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen, academic Co-Lead, and Ms. Sandra Holdsworth, patient partner Co-Lead, in the leadership of CDTRP Theme 5 – Restore Long-Term Health.

Chantal Bémeur is a nutrition specialist in relation to liver disease and its many complications. Professor Bémeur trained as a dietitian/nutritionist and completed her graduate studies and two post-doctoral fellowships in nutrition, focusing on conditions affecting the hepatic and nervous systems, such as hepatic encephalopathy and Leigh Syndrome French Canadian. Professor Bémeur’s research activities are generally of a fundamental and clinical nature, including a collaboration with CHUM’s Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology. As an expert member of the International Society on Hepatic Encephalopathy and Nitrogen Metabolism, Dr. Bémeur has participated in the development of guidelines on nutrition and liver disease. She is also part of a team of Canadian experts who developed an evidence-based nutritional education guide collaborating with people with chronic liver disease and their caregivers. She received an award from the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec in 2018 for her work on this guide. Dr. Bémeur has published several book chapters, 30 scientific articles and over 100 scientific abstracts. Dr. Bémeur’s co-directs the HepatoNeuro Laboratory in the Cardiometabolic Axis of the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CRCHUM). Several organizations, including the Donation and Transplantation Research Program of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research fund Dr. Bémeur’s research.

“I am grateful for this new role within the CDTRP. I will do my very best to make a difference and to support collaboration and research with the ultimate goal of improving and restoring long term health for patients as well as their families and caregivers.”