Veronique Belzil, PhD

Biological sciences have always been captivating to me. Learning about how the human body functions is a continuous learning process that has constantly nourished my curiosity to ask new questions and understand it even better. Science is truly inspirational for me. It allows me to constantly acquire novel abilities and enrich both my personal and scientific development by learning new things every day and contributing to improving patients’ health through my medical research.  I first developed my expertise in neuroscience by specifically studying how the brain works in neuropsychology. I then spent several years learning about the contribution of molecular genetics to neurodegenerative diseases, especially to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. 

I am currently developing knowledge about epigenetic contributions to the same diseases, while developing novel abilities in molecular biology. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia are two devastating diseases that mostly affect middle-aged adults. No treatment to prevent, slow down or stop neurodegeneration exists. Our work intends to better understand the pathological mechanisms resulting from genetic defects in these diseases in order to develop biomarkers as well as therapeutic approaches

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