A PhD student under the supervision of researcher Marie-Pierre Sylvestre, Christian Wilfred Mendo has been awarded the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) 2017–2018 Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship. The $25,000 scholarship will go toward a research project aimed at comparing and developing Mendelian randomization (MR) methods for longitudinal studies.
"I am pleased to see that the Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship Program, set up in 2016, is paying off. The excellence of the dossier of Mr. Christian Wilfred Mendo, recipient of the 2017-2018 scholarship, clearly demonstrates this. Furthermore, this scholarship will be an asset to the candidate's curriculum vitae for obtaining future grants from granting agencies" said Pierrette Gaudreau, Associate Scientific Director - Student Affairs at CRCHUM.
“Estimates regarding the causal relationship between obesity and blood pressure in teenagers are often skewed because of a number of variables, such as socioeconomic status, are not taken into account. Mendelian randomization is often recommended as a way to address this issue. MR is an application of the instrumental variables technique in which a genetic variant that strongly correlated with exposure, is used a tool in the estimation model“, explained the PhD student.
Christian Wilfred Mendo’s research project seeks to not only assess MR methods used in past studies, but also compare MR methods in order to develop a better MR method for estimating the causal relationship between obesity and blood pressure.