Academic title(s):

Emeritus Professor Department of Human Genetics, McGill University

Emeritus Professor Department of Pediatrics, McGill University

Emeritus Professor Department of Surgery, McGill University


Attending physician, Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada

Attending physician, Montreal Children’s Hospital

Consulting physician, Ste-Justine Hospital

Emeritus Director of Research, Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada

Investigator, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center


Francis Glorieux’s, M.D., Ph. D., career at Shriners Hospitals for Children spans 47 years of firsts.

Dr. Glorieux came to complete his doctorate in Montreal and discovered a fascination for medical research. He was then recruited by Richard Cruess, M.D., to establish the first research laboratory in the system at Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal in 1972.

In that first year the hospital’s research staff consisted of two armed with a budget of $150,000, where today it stands at $4 to $5 million with a staff of 50.

“His vision from the very beginning was not just to treat a disease, but to fully understand it,” summed up René St-Arnaud, Ph.D., Director of Research at Shriners Hospitals for Children and Professor of Medicine, Surgery and Human Genetics at McGill.

Dr. Glorieux’s research over the last four decades has been nothing short of groundbreaking. He developped a hormone replacement therapy and mapped out the gene responsible for vitamin D-resistant rickets. Further research led to adapting the use of existing osteoporosis medications on children with brittle bone disease, discovering three more types of the disease in the process.

Academically Dr. Glorieux’s published works have had an important influence on a generation of researchers, having published more than 31 book chapters and more than 232 articles in leading scientific journals, including Science and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dozens of awards and recognition for his contribution to the understanding of bone disorders followed, and in 2004 he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his outstanding contribution to Canadian society.

Professor at McGill University and director of Research and head of the Genetics Unit of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal, Francis Glorieux has devoted his career to understanding and treating inherited metabolic bone diseases in children. He is an internationally recognized clinical scientist, whose innovative research and treatment programs have improved the quality of life for children living with such disorders as rickets and brittle bone disease. In addition to his therapeutic achievements, he shares his expertise with physicians from around the world, as well as with numerous professional organizations, such as the Canadian Osteogenesis Imperfecta Society and the Osteoporosis Society of Canada.

McGill University and Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada created the Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research at the hospital in Montreal. The $3-million Chair, established at McGill University and based at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada, is an academic appointment which will serve to attract or retain world-class scholars who pursue the understanding and treatment of complex orthopedic conditions. Its initial holder is Rene St-Arnaud who succeeded Dr Glorieux as Director of Research at the Shriners  

An endowed chair is among the highest distinctions awarded to a scholar in recognition of past and potential original academic contributions in his or her area of expertise. The person appointed to an endowed chair may be a current faculty member or someone from another institution.


MD, University of Louvain, Belgium

M.Sc. (Genetics),  Université de Montréal   

Ph. D. Biology (Human Genetics), McGill University

Residency Training:

Pediatrics, Brussels, War Memorial Hospital

Pediatrics, Marseille, Hôpital de la Conception

Pediatrics, Montreal, Ste-Justine Hospital

Fellowship Training:

De Belle Laboratory for Biomedical, Genetics, McGill Univ. Montreal, Children’s Hospital


Shriner’s Hospital for Children

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