The Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation’s mission is to discover and develop a treatment for the Autosomal Recessive Spastic Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSACS)
The Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation is a charitable organization established in 2006 and federally registered. The Foundation has no employees and is supported entirely by private donations and volunteers to fund scientific research on ARSACS. From the donations and other fundraising activities, 98% goes directly to fund research projects.
What We Do
The Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation is a charitable organization supported entirely by private donations. Different events are organized during the year by families, friends and community groups to raise funds to support research on ARSACS.
SPEND ON RESEARCH
The main research objective of the Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation is to develop a treatment for ARSACS. Several research projects on ARSACS are currently funded by the Foundation in Canada and abroad. Over 98% of the funds raised are allocated to research.
PRECLINICAL AND CLINICAL TRIALS
The Foundation is ready to conduct preclinical and clinical trials. It has the expertise and the tools available. Furthermore, the existing ARSACS International Patient Registry is a good source of potential patients interested in participating in such trials.
ASSEMBLE A GREAT TEAM
Since its creation, the Foundation has been successful in assembling a great team at all levels of the organization (board, advisors, researchers, contributors and partners). The researchers are well respected in their field and have an international reputation for excellence.
The main research objective of the Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation is to develop a treatment for ARSACS.
The Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation was founded in 2006
by Jean Groleau and Sonia Gobeil
Jean Groleau is a tax lawyer and partner at Groleau Gauthier Plante law firm in Montreal. He is the co-founder and president of the Ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation.
Sonia Gobeil holds a degree in law from the University of Ottawa and a masters degree in taxation from the University of Sherbrooke. She is a member of the Barreau du Quebec since 1990. Prior to joining KPMG, she worked at the Canadian Tax Foundation and as a tax consultant at KPMG and RSM Richter.
Board of Directors
Dr. Paolo Arrigoni
Specialist in Orthopedics, University of Milan, Italy
Graduated in Medicine and Surgery – University of Milan-Bicocca State University. Specialist in Orthopedics and Traumatology, University of Milan. Current Position : Executive at the Gaetano Pini Orthopedic Institute.
Michel A. Brunet
Chair and Chief Executive Officer at Dentons
Michel A. Brunet has over 30 years of experience in acquiring , selling and finacing businesses.
Carl Deslongchamps, D.E.S.S. Fisc., has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a Finance option, and a Diploma in Taxation. He held different positions over the years at Canada Revenue Agency and KPMG.
Business Leader at Mercer
Julie Duchesne, actuary, FSA, FCIA, Partner, has over 20 years of experience in the field of benefits consulting and team leadership. She is currently Health Business leader for Canada in group insurance practice at Mercer. She has also served on the board of CIFAR (Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute).
Dr. Nicolas Dupré
Centre Hospitalier Affilié Universitaire de Québec
Dr. Dupré is a clinical and research neurologist who specialises in neuromuscular and neurogenetic diseases. His practice is at the Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec. He is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University. Dr. Dupré endeavours to discover the genes that determine a predisposition to neurodegenerative diseases in the population of Quebec, such as hereditary ataxias.
Dr. Martin Godbout
President at Hodran Inc.
Dr. Martin Godbout holds a B.Sc. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in physiology and molecular endocrinology from Laval University. From 1985 to 1990, he received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Medical Research Council (MRC) of Canada and was trained in Neuromolecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute in California. For several years , Dr. Godbout was at Genome Canada. He is currently president at Hodran inc.
Partner at Groleau Gauthier Plante
Managing Director, Corporate Banking, Quebec Caisse Desjardins
President at Briva Finances
Jacques Marchand has a bachelor degree from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales and a MBA from the Université du Québec in Montréal. He is the founder and president of Briva Finance.
Dr. Massimo Pandolfo
Professor of Neurology at McGill University in Montreal
Dr. Massimo Pandolfo is Professor of Neurology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada since January 2021. Between 2001 and 2020 he has been Professor of neurology and Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Neurology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.
Dr. Pandolfo has led the team that identified the Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) gene in 1996 and has since been at the forefront of basic, translational and clinical research on FRDA and other ataxias.
In addition to his work on ataxias, Dr. Pandolfo has contributed to the clinical and genetic study of several rare inherited neurological diseases.
Dr. Pandolfo current research focuses on dissecting the pathogenesis of inherited ataxias and on the development of small molecule and gene therapy-based approaches.
Dr. Pandolfo obtained his medical degree from the University of Milan, Italy.
Dr. Guy A. Rouleau
Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital ( NEURO)
Dr. Guy Rouleau is Director of The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital), Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery of McGill University.
He graduated with a medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 1980 and conducted his clinical training in Neurology at McGill University from 1980‐1985. He went on to pursue a PhD in Genetics at Harvard University. He returned to Montreal in 1989 to establish his research and clinical career at McGill University. In 2004 he moved to the University of Montreal where he created the Centre for Excellence in Neuromics and became Director of the Research Centre of the CHU Sainte-Justine. In 2013 he returned to McGill to take up the position of Director of The Neuro.
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The Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation research team is composed of many researchers around the world. The researchers are well respected in their field and have an international reputation for their expertise.
Every year, the Foundation finances several ARSACS research projects.