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Jean-Philippe Lafrance, MD

Supervisor: Dr. Donald R. Miller
Award: KRESCENT Fellowship
Institution: Boston University
Year: 2007-2009

Dr. Jean-Philippe Lafrance obtained his M.D. from the University of Montreal. He will complete his post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Donald R. Miller at Boston University, where he will study the risks of developing side effects from various NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), the most commonly used form of medication worldwide. Principally used to treat pain, inflammation and fever, NSAIDS can have various side effects on the stomach and kidney, ranging from leg swelling to kidney dysfunction. New NSAIDs with fewer negative effects on the stomach have been developed but their effect on the kidney is not clear. Dr. Lafrance’s research findings may assist primary health care practitioners in prescribing the most suitable drug for their patients and may ultimately reduce NSAID-related side effects on the kidney and related hospitalizations.