Prof Francine M Ducharme
Dr. Ducharme is Professor in the Departments of Paediatrics and of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Montréal. She is a pediatrician and clinical epidemiologist in the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine. In the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre, she is Associate Director of Clinical Research and Knowledge Translation and Director of the Health Outcomes Research Axis. At the national level, she is co-chair of the Asthma Assembly of the Canadian Thoracic Society, responsible for generating and implementing asthma guidelines in Canada.
Dr. Ducharme leads a productive career as physician caring for asthmatic children, as teacher, research mentor, and clinical scientist. Her research program, which has received uninterrupted research funding, focuses on improving paediatric asthma morbidity through development of clinical and research instruments specific to children, educational and drug interventions, systematic reviews, dissemination of evidence-based guidelines, and development of interventions to improve adherence to guidelines. Dr Ducharme is paediatric editor of the Cochrane Airways Review group since its birth in 1995. Her research program has led to numerous publications, invited talks, research awards, and co-authorship for the adult and paediatric Canadian Asthma Consensus statement as well as on international statements, namely on lung function testing in preschool-aged children.