Jean-Pierre Pelletier

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Title : Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Montreal

Head, Chair in Osteoarthritis, University of Montreal

Director, Osteoarthritis Research Unit, University of Montreal

Accredited member, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal


Address The Research Centre of the University of Montreal Hospital Centre (CRCHUM)

Tour Viger, Pavillion R, 900 Saint Denis Street

11th Floor, Room, R11-412A

Montreal, Quebec H2X 0A9 Canada

Phone : 514 890-8000 #26666
Fax : 514 412-7582
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  • Medical degree, University of Montreal (1974)
  • Internal medicine FRCP(C) – CSPQ (1978)
  • Rheumatology (1980)
  • FACP (1980)
  • FLEX (1980)
  • Research Fellow in Rheumatology (1979-1981), Department of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida


Areas of Research

  • Pathophysiology and molecular mechanisms of human and experimental osteoarthritis
  • Pro-inflammatory cytokines and receptors
  • Proteolytic enzymes and inhibitors
  • Intracellular signaling pathways (i.e. MAP kinases) and transcription factors
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of structural tissues changes in joints
  • Development of new therapeutics (DMOADs) for osteoarthritis
  • Epidemiological and translational studies using cohorts of individuals with osteoarthritis from clinical and/or longitudinal observational studies


Techniques used

  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Immuhistology
  • Pharmacology
  • Animal models of osteoarthritis
  • Joint imaging using magnetic resonance imaging
  • Clinical research

Present Members

  • Researchers, research assistants, technicians, students: MSc, PhD, post-doctorate.