Cystic fibrosis

Offer for a master or doctoral position in diabetes secondary to cystic fibrosis

Principal Researcher: Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret
Director, Metabolic Diseases Research Unit, IRCM
Associate professor, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal
Physician, Endocrinology Division, Medicine Department, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Length of Project: To be Determined 

Start Date: Winter, summer or automn 2023 with possibility of a paid internship before the beginning of a master's or a Ph.D degree. 

Presentation of the Laboratory:
The Metabolic Diseases Research Unit conducts research projects on diabetes. The different research projects mainly focus on type 1 diabetes and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. Some of our projects also address type 2 diabetes.

The cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) research axis particularly focuses on the study of the causes, potential mechanisms and complications associated with this type of diabetes in an adult population. A large cohort of patients with cystic fibrosis is the basis of our research.

Description of the Research Project:
One of our current projects aims to determine whether an alternative test (continuous glucose monitoring) to the standard screening test for CFRD (oral glucose tolerance test) could more effectively target patients at risk of complications from diabetes or who are at risk of becoming diabetic.

The main objective of the project is to study the predictive value of parameters of continuous glucose monitoring to predict the evolution of clinical parameters of cystic fibrosis over 4 years, as well as the risk of diabetes. This project will involve:

  • Participate in an international clinical study (collaboration with research centers in France);
  • Participate in the recruitment of participants, clinical visits and data collection;
  • Participate in the management of the database and the analysis of data collected as part of the study;
  • Contribute in keeping the Montréal cohort active.

Required Qualifications:         

  • A bachelor, master or doctorate degree in a related field (ex. medicine, nutrition, biomedical sciences, kinesiology, epidemiology)
  • Oral and written communication skills in French and English
  • Academic excellence
  • Having knowledge of diabetes, cystic fibrosis and/or experience in clinical or epidemiological research will be considered an asset 
  • Having already published at least 2 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals (only necessary for the doctoral position)

A scholarship is provided to all students, but they will be asked to apply for external scholarships. 

How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted to Valérie Boudreau ( The following supporting documents are required:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Transcripts


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