Professor Jean Morisset - 50 years of dedicated research on the Pancreas

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Professor Morisset was born on November 7, 1940 in Baie-Comeau, a small town in the province of Quebec Canada. His father was a family doctor and his mother, a nurse. At the age of 18 months, his family moved to the city of Rimouski where he grew up. In 1961, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université Laval, the oldest French-language university in North America. While he nurtured dreams of following in the tradition of his father and grandfather, that of pursuing Medicine, life seemed to have other plans for him as he was accepted at the Université de Sherbrooke, in Quebec to pursue a degree in Science. Little was he to know at the time that the University would turn out to be the institute in which he would spend the rest of his illustrious professional career. After obtaining his Bachelors’ degree in Biology in 1965, he registered in the PhD program to study and research pancreatic physiology. He was married to Claudine Mailloux, the same year, and they went on to have two lovely children, Sophie and Louis. His PhD Supervisor, Dr Jacques Dunnigan was involved in studying pancreatic exocrine secretion and the processes of pancreatic enzyme adaptation to varied diets. Professor Morisset fondly remembers Dr Dunnigan as his first mentor who instilled in him the desire to research the pancreas – a desire that lasted 50 years! In 1968, he was awarded the PhD and was to become the first postgraduate to do so from that University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1006-1007
Number of pages2
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Physiology
  • Research
  • Secretion
  • pancreas


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