CHU Sainte-Justine Université de Montréal

Cohorts and data sources

IMAGe Center database

IMAGe (Info-Médicaments en Allaitement et Grossesse) is a project of the Louis-Boivin family Pharmaceutical Chair on Medications, Pregnancy and Lactation emerging from a partnership between industry, the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Montreal, and the Pharmacy Department of CHU Sainte-Justine. The IMAGe Center is located at CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal, and was created in 1997. The objective of this Center is to counsel Quebec healthcare professionals on the risks and benefits of exposure to various medications during pregnancy and lactation.

In 2003, Dr. Anick Bérard put in place a research infrastructure permitting computerized data entry in real time (IMAGeNet). Thus, information from calls received at the IMAGe Center is entered into a database such that the information from each call can be used for research purposes. Data on medication use, indications, and pregnancy history, as well as on smoking, alcohol, and illicit drug use, are collected and stored in the IMAGe Center database.

The collected informations for each call are then available for research issues.  Data on medication use, indications, pregnancy history but also on smoking, alcohol, illicit drug use are collected and captured in IMAGe Center database


Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).