José A. Morais, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
jose.morais [at] mcgill.ca
Dr. Morais holds a MD degree from the University of Montreal (1987.) Following Residency in Internal Medicine (1991) and Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine (1993) at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada, he completed post-doctoral studies in Nutrition and Metabolism at the McGill Nutrition and Food Science Center, McGill University (1996). Since 1996, he is an independent clinician-investigator based at the same Centre. He was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine in 2008 and became Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine in 2009, as well as at the McGill University Health Centre and Jewish General Hospital. He was appointed Associate Director of the FRQS - Network for Research in Aging in 2010 and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Aging and Chronic Disease of McGill in 2012.
Whole-body protein metabolism, muscle protein synthesis, aging, body composition assessment methods, nutrition evaluation, physical function,
Research or Clinical Activities
Dr. Morais’ research interest relates to the assessment of protein metabolism and requirements with age, frailty and diabetes using stable isotopes methodology. He is also participating in several studies involving the nutritional assessment of elderly persons with the aim of improving their nutritional status and level of physical function. He holds CIHR grants as Principal investigator and collaborates in several other projects supported by provincial and national agencies. He has more than 50 original publications, most of them in high impact journals in the field of nutrition and metabolism.
Selected Recent Publications
Goulet E, Khursigara, Z, Gougeon R and Morais JA. Postprandial insulin sensitivity and thermogenesis responses in frail elderly women. Applied Physiol Nutr Metabol. Aug;35(4):526-533, 2010.
Bassil M, Marliss EB, Morais JA, Pereira S, Chevalier S, Gougeon R. Postprandial hyperaminoacidaemia overcomes insulin resistance of protein anabolism in men with type 2 diabetes. Diabetologia. 2011;54:648-56.
Chevalier S, Goulet E, Wykes L, Burgos SA and Morais JA. Protein anabolic responses to a fed steady state in healthy aging. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2011;66:681-8.
Awad M, Morais JA, Wollin S, Khalil A, Gray-Donald K, Feine J. Overdentures and Nutrition: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Dental Research. 2012;91:39-46.
Rahi B, Morais JA, Dionne IJ, Gaudreau P, Payette H, Shatenstein B. The combined effects of diet quality and physical activity on maintenance of muscle strength among diabetic older adults from the NuAge cohort. Experimental Gerontology 2014;49:40-46.