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Hélène Girouard

Hélène Girouard

Laboratory of Cerebrovascular Pharmacology Université de Montréal


Dr Girouard completed her PhD in cardiovascular physiology in 2002 at the Université de Montreal under the supervision of Dr J. de Champlain, a specialist in the field of hypertension. She then pursued with two fellowships both on the study of cerebrovascular regulation: one at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and a second one at the University of Vermont under the supervisions of Dr. Costantino Iadecola and Dr Mark T. Nelson, respectively. She is now associate professor at the Department of pharmacology and physiology at the Université de Montréal and the director of the laboratory of neurovascular pharmacology since 2008. Along her career, Dr Girouard received prices including the Merck New investigator price of the ‘Société Québécoise d’Hypertension Artérielle’ and the Young Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. She recently was nominated Fellow of the American Heart Association. She is involved in many Societies related to Hypertension and neurosciences in particular the ‘Société Québécoise d’Hypertension Artérielle’ and the ‘International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism’ in which she is member of the Board of Directors.

Research Interest

The research interests of Dr Girouard are the study of the mechanisms underlying cerebrovascular regulation in health and diseases especialy in the context of hypertension and arterial stiffness. The main objective of her research is to find therapeutical targets to protect the brain from vascular diseases. To reach this objective, she is using various techniques from molecular biology to brain imaging in mice and humans. She published mostly in the field of hypertension and cerebrovascular regulation.