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The kidneys remove wastes from the blood and return the cleaned blood back to the body.  When the kidneys aren’t working properly, minerals which would normally be removed by the kidneys build-up in the body. 

Phosphorus is a mineral which helps keep your bones strong and healthy. As kidney function declines, your blood phosphate level may rise, causing itchy skin or painful joints, and loss of calcium from your bones.  

Excess phosphorus can crystalize with calcium and be deposited in the artery walls. This can lead to blockage of the arteries and other problems. 

This Webinar will examine the issue of high phosphate and explain the various treatments available to control or prevent it. 


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Emilie Bachand-Duval


Emilie Bachand-Duval has a Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, in addition to a Master’s degree in advanced pharmacotherapy from the Université Laval Faculty of Pharmacy. She has worked as a clinical pharmacist at the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec facility within the CHU de Québec since 2010. Since becoming a pharmacist, she has worked in a number of areas with patients with kidney failure, including the nephrology teaching unit, the predialysis clinic, the outpatient hemodialysis clinic and, more recently, the kidney transplant unit. She is a member of the D.E.V.E.N.I.R. Foundation Scientific Committee and has been a member of the Regroupement de Pharmaciens Experts en Néphrologie since its creation in 2018. She has had the privilege of sharing her enthusiasm with students by teaching courses at the Université Laval undergraduate and graduate levels.  


Paul René De Cotret, M.D., FRCP


Dr. Paul René de Cotret did his medical training and residency in Internal Medicine at McGill University, followed by a residency in Neprology at the Université de Montréal. He was a Medical Research Council of Canada research fellow and has a Master’s degree in renal biochemistry.

Since 1986, he has been a nephrologist at Hôtel-Dieu de Québec. He is a full professor and is the head of the Division of Nephrology of the Université Laval Faculty of Medicine.

In 2016, he was awarded the “Prix Carrière 2016” by the rector of Université Laval. In May 2017, he received the Best Clinician-Teacher award from the Quebec Medical Association.


Roxanne Papineau, RD, Dietician 


In 2005, Ms. Roxanne Papineau received a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Université Laval, where she subsequently earned a graduate degree in functional nutrition and health. She has been a clinical nephrology dietician at the IUCPQ (Quebec Heart and Lung Institute) for almost 15 years. 

As a lecturer at Université Laval, Ms. Papineau teaches clinical nutrition at the undergraduate level, as well as in the Pharmacy doctoral program. She is the President of the RNNQ (Regroupement des Nutritionnistes en Néphrologie du Québec) and sits on the Scientific Committee of D.E.V.E.N.I.R. (a multidisciplinary nephrology group). She is also a member of the Renal Health Expert Committee affiliated with the Ministère de la Santé. 

Ms. Papineau has developed a number of educational tools for patients. She has written 2 books of recipes, for kidney patients and heart patients. She has written articles on gastroenterology and nephrology for the FMOQ and the OPDQ. Ms. Papineau has also delivered more than 75 lectures related to nephrology and gastroenterology for physicians and other health professionals. 


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