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Dr. Elena Netchiporouk

Associate Investigator
Clinical Research Unit
Department of Medicine (McGill)

Research Profile

 Fundamental: 50%
 Clinical: 20%
 Epidemiology: 30%
 Evaluation: 0%
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Chronic spontaneous urticaria • scleroderma • morphea • systemic sclerosis • skin fibrosis

Research Interests

The incidence of autoimmune diseases affecting the skin and/or internal organs is rising steadily, but at a rate that cannot be explained by genetics alone. This argues for the importance of environmental causes in disease initiation and, possibly, progression. Pollutants and microorganisms (e.g., viruses) may directly damage our cells and elicit production of auto-antibodies by our immune system against our own cells. My research program focuses on understanding the interaction between environment and autoimmune diseases affecting the skin, specifically chronic urticaria and systemic sclerosis. While both are autoimmune in nature, they are completely different with respect to their clinical presentation and prognosis, which makes them ideal to study in parallel.

Team Members

Name Position
Muntyanu, Anastasiya MSc Student
Le, Michele MSc Student
Khoury, Lauren MSc Student
Prosty, Connor Medical Student
Oliel, Sarah Medical Student
Huang, Han Zhang Medical Student

Latest Publications

  1. Muntyanu, A., Le, M., Ridha, Z., O'Brien, E., Litvinov, I. V., Lefrançois, P. & Netchiporouk, E. (2021). Novel role of long non-coding RNAs in autoimmune cutaneous disease. Journal of cell communication and signaling.
  2. Conte, S., Lagacé, F., Netchiporouk, E., Sasseville, D. & Litvinov, I. V. (2021). Benzene, a Known Human Carcinogen, Detected in Suncare Products. Journal of cutaneous medicine and surgery, p. 12034754211034507.
  3. Ridha, Z., Guirguis, J., Ouchene, L., Chergui, M., Litvinov, I. V. & Netchiporouk, E. (2021). Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis Overlapping with Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Successfully Treated by Etanercept. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV.
  4. Belmesk, L., Muntyanu, A., Cantin, E., AlHalees, Z., Jack, C. S., Le, M., Sasseville, D., Iannattone, L., Ben-Shoshan, M., Litvinov, I. & Netchiporouk, E. (2021). Prominent Role of Type 2 Immunity in Skin Diseases-Beyond Atopic Dermatitis. Journal of cutaneous medicine and surgery, p. 12034754211027858.
  5. Mahmood, F., Muntyanu, A., Besner Morin, C., Litvinov, I., Isabwe, G. A. C. & Netchiporouk, E. (2021). Delayed Cutaneous Reactivity Associated With COVID-19 Vaccines Is Rare. Journal of cutaneous medicine and surgery, p. 12034754211027854.
  6. Cattelan, L., Ghazawi, F. M., Le, M., Lagacé, F., Rahme, E., Zubarev, A., Sasseville, D., Litvinov, I. V., Waschke, K. A. & Netchiporouk, E. (2021). Geographic and Socioeconomic Disparity of Gastric Cancer Patients in Canada. Current oncology (Toronto, Ont.), vol. 28, p. 2052-2064.
  7. Racanelli, E., Jfri, A., Gefri, A., O'Brien, E., Litvinov, I. V., Zubarev, A., Savin, E. & Netchiporouk, E. (2021). Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Cancers, vol. 13.
  8. Mititelu, R., Ridha, Z., Ouchene, L. & Netchiporouk, E. (2021). Adult-onset en coup de sabre scleroderma in a patient with linear localized scleroderma profunda: A case report and literature review. SAGE open medical case reports, vol. 9, p. 2050313X21993304.
  9. Miles, L. M., Gabrielli, S., Le, M., Netchiporouk, E., Baum, S., Greenberger, S., Ensina, L. F., Jafarian, F., Zhang, X. & Ben-Shoshan, M. (2021). Clinical Characteristics, Management, and Natural History of Chronic Inducible Urticaria in a Pediatric Cohort. International archives of allergy and immunology, p. 1-8.
  10. Kassamali, B., Kassamali, A. A., Muntyanu, A., Netchiporouk, E., Vleugels, R. A. & LaChance, A. (2021). Geographic distribution and environmental triggers of systemic sclerosis cases from 2 large academic tertiary centers in Massachusetts. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
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