The CHUM’s Pause Santé conferences, which took place from September 17 to 20 as part of the festivities related to the Montreal Oasis International Marathon, were a great success. Organized by the Fondation du Center hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, the conferences attracted hundreds of people to the Complexe Desjardins at lunchtime.

Participants were attentive to the comments of several CHUM specialists during the CHUM’s four Pause Santé conferences. They learned more about running and its physical and psychological benefits, and they took some tips for improving their fitness or athletic performance. In addition, those present were invited to individually meet with the speakers after their presentations.

Chronological and photographic overview of the conferences.


La Pause Santé du CHUM  of September 17 had for theme: The vital organs and the race. Cardiopulmonary and intestinal conditions that could affect athletic performance were discussed. The speakers were Dr. Simon Bouchard, Gastroenterologist, CHUM, Dr. François Tournoux, Cardiologist, CHUM, and Dr. Thomas Vandemoortele, Director of the Adult Respiratory Program, Faculty of Medicine, Université deMontréal.


On September 18, Fabien Abejean, mental trainer for the Olympic athletes, discussed sports psychology with the participants. The speaker gave some strategies and tips to help keep you motivated and focused and to help you make better decisions about race obstacles.



“From preparation to repair”, was the subject treated by Dr. André Roy, physiatrist at the CHUM, Éliane Bérubé, a CHUM nutritionist, and Jean-Yves Cloutier, running coach, during the CHUM Pause Santé of September 19th. Physical and nutritional preparation, among other things, helps to prevent injuries, a topic that was also addressed by the speakers.


On September 20th, the fourth and final conference was moderated by Isabelle Doré, kinesiologist. The speakers were Lise Gauvin, researcher and assistant scientific director – population health at CRCHUM, Dr Fred Saad, head of the urology department at the CHUM, and Guillaume Bastarache, kinesiologist at the CHUM. They provided details on the importance of physical activity on cancer prevention and treatment.

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