José António Morais

Nº OF MEETING: XVIII

YEAR OF 2015

José António Morais was born in the Azores, in the town of Ribeira Grande. He emigrated to Canada with his family, in the 1970s, when he was still an adolescent. A scientist, university teacher, and a great humanist, he has cooperated with the Casa dos Açores of Quebec (CAQ) [the Azores Cultural Centre in Quebec] since early on. Equally devoted to social causes, he was one of the founders of the “Reviver” group, which operates in the CAQ headquarters. This space is specially dedicated to the occupation and interaction of more vulnerable citizens, namely, the elderly. This Group meets twice a month, and the members do physical exercises and games, adapted to their physical condition.

Morais is considered to be “a great friend of the Quebec Casa dos Açores”, demonstrated by his regular attendance of the many events organised by the centre, as well as his constant support of the Reviver Group since it was founded.

Dr. Morais holds a MD degree from the University of Montreal (1987.)  Following “Residency in Internal Medicine (1991) and Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine (1993) at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada, he completed post-doctoral studies in Nutrition and Metabolism at the McGill Nutrition and Food Science Center, McGill University (1996). Since 1996, he is an independent clinician-investigator based at the same Centre.  He was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine in 2008 and became Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine in 2009, as well as at the McGill University Health Centre and Jewish General Hospital.  He was appointed Associate Director of the FRQS – Network for Research in Aging in 2010 and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Aging and Chronic Disease of McGill in 2012.

Dr. Morais’ research interest relates to the assessment of protein metabolism and requirements with age, frailty and diabetes using stable isotopes methodology.  He is also participating in several studies involving the nutritional assessment of elderly persons with the aim of improving their nutritional status and level of physical function. He holds CIHR grants as Principal investigator and collaborates in several other projects supported by provincial and national agencies. He has more than 50 original publications, most of them in high impact journals in the field of nutrition and metabolism.