Dr. Melanie Henderson is a Pediatric Endocrinologist and researcher at the CHU Sainte-Justine and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal. In addition to her specialization in pediatrics and endocrinology, she completed a Ph.D in Epidemiology from the McGill University in 2014. Her research focuses on childhood obesity, its metabolic complications and pediatric cardiovascular disease, with a focus on etiology and prevention. She is particularly interested in the influence of lifestyle habits (physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet and sleep) on metabolic health in various population, including healthy children and those living with obesity and Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, in order to identify the best preventive strategies. She is co-director of the “Centre CIRCUIT” (Centre pédiatrique d'intervention en prévention et en réadaptation cardiovasculaires), that proposes novel strategies for the treatment or prevention of cardiovascular disease in children. She is also adjunct director of the “Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health” research axis at the CHU Sainte-Justine. Dr Henderson has obtained major research grants from various funding agencies, such as CIHR, FRQS and HSFC. She has received several awards, including Research Scholars from the FRQS (Junior 1 & 2), the «Career Enhancement Program Award» from the CCHCSP (Canadian Child Health Clinical Scientist Program), and the «Young Investigator Award» from the CSEM (Canadian Society for Endocrinology and Metabolism).
My research interests focus on the etiology of obesity, its metabolic and cardiovascular consequences, and their prevention in various populations, including healthy children, as well as children with diabetes mellitus. I am particularly interested in the influence of lifestyle habits on metabolic health in youth. Understanding how physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet and sleep influence metabolic health is critical to developing effective preventive strategies for clinical practice and public health alike. I am also interested in the evaluation of such novel strategies in the prevention or treatment of cardiovascular disease risk in childhood.no
keywords: Cardiometabolic disease Diabetes Obesity Lifestyle habits