Gerosciences Axis


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Chairholder of the Merck Frosst Research Chair in Pharmaco-Geriatrics
Full Professor
Department of Community Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Université de Sherbrooke


Postdoctorate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Ph.D. Clinical Sciences
M.Sc. Clinical Sciences
B.Sc. Food Science (Dietetics)

Research Themes

Nutrition as a Determinant of Successful Aging

Hélène Payette is a specialist in nutrition, epidemiology, and aging. Her research interests include healthy eating and its determinants, body composition, and the functional abilities of aging individuals, as well as nutritional risk screening, and the evaluation of nutritional interventions among frail older adults living in the community. Hélène Payette is the lead investigator and databank manager of the Québec Longitudinal Study on Nutrition and Aging (NuAge). Fifteen co-researchers are involved in this interdisciplinary research program in which approximately 2,000 participants will be monitored annually over 5 years. The study examines the impact of food, metabolic changes and body composition on the evolution of physical and cognitive health, the functional status and the social traits of the participants as they age. Hélène Payette is also the co-investigator responsible for the Lifestyles theme and director of the data collection site in Sherbrooke for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a strategic initiative of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The CLSA is a nation-wide study which will follow 50,000 Canadians aged 45 to 85 over a period of 20 years.

Representative Achievements

  • Research Scholar of the National Health Research and Development Program (PNRDS-NHRDP) (1990-1999); FRSQ Senior Research Scholar (1999-2003); Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences Award (Centrum Foundation Award) for outstanding research achievements (2004)
  • Director of the CSSS-IUGS's Research Centre on Aging (2002-2007, 2009-2011)
  • Development, validation, and evaluation of a nutritional screening and intervention program to ensure the nutritional health and independence of frail older adults living in the community
  • Implementation of the research infrastructure of NuAge, including a database and a biobank


  • Prevention and nutritional intervention programs assessments; Realization of randomized trials in the community
  • Validation of measuring instruments for nutritional intakes and functional abilities in elderly populations
  • Methodology of longitudinal studies with elderly populations

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