While assuming varied administrative responsibilities originally as the first Chair of the Department of CMM (2002-09) and, subsequently, as Vice Dean of Research in the Faculty of Medicine (2009 to present), Dr. Jasmin has maintained a vigorous research program that focuses on deciphering the regulatory cascades and signaling pathways involved in controlling expression of synaptic proteins in both neuronal and skeletal muscle cells. In this work, the emphasis is placed on studying questions that are relevant for our understanding of the physiopathology and eventual treatment of various neuromuscular diseases and conditions such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy, skeletal muscle atrophy, and rhabdomyosarcoma. More recently, Dr. Jasmin has initiated studies to determine the impact of the skeletal muscle secretome on brain function in health and disease.
Accomplishments and awards
Over the years, the excellence of Dr. Jasmin’s research has been recognized by invitations to present at prestigious scientific meetings and institutions, and by several awards including a Scholarship Award from the Medical Research Council of Canada in 1994, a Young Investigator Award from the University of Ottawa in 1997, an Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 1999 and, more recently, a Scientist of the Year Award from the Ontario Chapter of Muscular Dystrophy Canada, and a Quality of Life Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research via its Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis.
Dr. Jasmin’s research is supported by the Canadian Institute for Health Research, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (USA), Muscular Dystrophy Canada , the Canadian Space Agency, the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, the Cancer Research Society, l’Association Française contre les Myopathies, and the Foundation for Gene and Cell Therapy (Jesse’s Journey).