Heart + Lung Health FEST 2012

Speaker Biography

Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine

Dr. Chanoine is a Pediatrician who graduated from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium in 1982. He joined the University of British Columbia in 1998 as Clinical Professor and Head of the Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. Dr Chanoine is also Director of the subspecialty research component attached to Shapedown BC, a clinical program addressing the needs of overweight children at BC’s Children’s Hospital.

His previous experience includes a fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, USA; Pediatric Endocrinologist at Hôpital des Enfants Reine Fabiola in Brussels; and Medical Director for Novo Nordisk Belgium.

Dr Chanoine’s research is focusing on the role of hormonal and nutritional factors in the development of childhood overweight. The main line of research includes laboratory-based projects aimed at understanding the physiological role of ghrelin, a potent orexigenic peptide, during the fetal and early postnatal period and clinical projects looking at the role of appetite-regulating hormones in the development and treatment of childhood and adolescent overweight. Dr Chanoine is also principal investigator of “Healthy Buddies”, a peer-led curriculum aiming at preventing the development of overweight in elementary school children and of the LiGHT project (Living Green, Healthy and Thrifty), a web-based program that emphasized the beneficial effects of weight management on health, global environment and personal finances (funded by Public Health Agency of Canada).