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Élise Duchesne

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Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, Physiotherapy Teaching Unit

Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Neuromuscular Disease Research Group,Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre, Quebec | Associate Researcher at the Charles-Le-Moyne-Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Health Innovation R

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Research Interests: muscle plasticity, skeletal muscle physiology, macrophage, muscle biology / physiology, cell culture, innate immunity, flow cytometry, cellular immunology, muscle damage

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Biography

Dr. Duchesne graduated from Laval University’s physiotherapy program in 2006. Her passion for research led her to undertake a master’s degree followed by a Ph.D. from 2006 to 2012. Her thesis focused on skeletal muscle injuries, more specifically on the contribution of inflammation to the repair process. In January 2012, Dr. Duchesne was hired as a professor/researcher in the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi’s physiotherapy program. Since then, Dr. Duchesne has been heavily involved in the start-up of this new program, where she acted as interim director for 2 years and led the first program’s accreditation process. As an independent researcher, she used her expertise to study muscle plasticity in highly prevalent neuromuscular diseases of the Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean region such as myotonic dystrophy type I (DM1). Her contributions to the field of neuromuscular diseases include the study of strength training effects on skeletal muscle impairments in DM1, the support of trial readiness by reaching international consensus on outcome measures and the documentation of metrological properties.

Recent publications

Roussel, MP, Fiset, MM, Gauthier, L, Lavoie, C, McNicoll, É, Pouliot, L et al.. Assessment of muscular strength and functional capacity in the juvenile and adult myotonic dystrophy type 1 population: a 3-year follow-up study. J Neurol. 2021. PMID:33907889

Lessard, I, Gaboury, S, Gagnon, C, Bouchard, K, Chapron, K, Lavoie, M et al.. Effects and Acceptability of an Individualized Home-Based 10-Week Training Program in Adults with Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1. J Neuromuscul Dis. 2021.8 (1)137-149 PMID:33252090

Roussel, MP, Hébert, LJ, Duchesne, E. Strength-training effectively alleviates skeletal muscle impairments in myotonic dystrophy type 1. Neuromuscul Disord. 2020.30 (4)283-293 PMID:32340814

Duchesne, E, Hébert, LJ, Mathieu, J, Côté, I, Roussel, MP, Gagnon, C et al.. Validity of the Mini-BESTest in adults with myotonic dystrophy type 1. Muscle Nerve. 2020.62 (1)95-102 PMID:32314404

Roussel, MP, Morin, M, Girardin, M, Fortin, AM, Leone, M, Mathieu, J et al.. Training program-induced skeletal muscle adaptations in two men with myotonic dystrophy type 1. BMC Res Notes. 2019.12 (1)526 PMID:31429798

Roussel, MP, Hébert, LJ, Duchesne, E. Intra-Rater Reliability and Concurrent Validity of Quantified Muscle Testing for Maximal Knee Extensors Strength in Men with Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1. J Neuromuscul Dis. 2019.6 (2)233-240 PMID:31127731

Roussel, MP, Morin, M, Gagnon, C, Duchesne, E. Correction to: What is known about the effects of exercise or training to reduce skeletal muscle impairments of patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1? A scoping review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2019.20 (1)244 PMID:31122216

Roussel, MP, Morin, M, Gagnon, C, Duchesne, E. What is known about the effects of exercise or training to reduce skeletal muscle impairments of patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1? A scoping review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2019.20 (1)101 PMID:30836978

Gagnon, C, Petitclerc, É, Kierkegaard, M, Mathieu, J, Duchesne, É, Hébert, LJ et al.. A 9-year follow-up study of quantitative muscle strength changes in myotonic dystrophy type 1. J Neurol. 2018.265 (7)1698-1705 PMID:29785524

Chapron, K, Plantevin, V, Thullier, F, Bouchard, K, Duchesne, E, Gaboury, S et al.. A More Efficient Transportable and Scalable System for Real-Time Activities and Exercises Recognition. Sensors (Basel). 2018.18 (1) PMID:29346286

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