Dr. Marie Hudson

2011 Young Investigator

Dr. Marie Hudson, a native of the Saguenay-Lac St. Jean region of Quebec and one of  seven overachieving siblings, was a practicing lawyer before she decided to follow her twin sister into medicine and then rheumatology at McGill University. She completed her rheumatology fellowship at McGill and received a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University in New York. She did a post-doctoral fellowship with Drs. Louise Pilote and Elham Rahme at McGill. She then went on staff at the Jewish General Hospital, McGill University in 2006 where she is a respected clinician, teacher and researcher.

She has dedicated herself to researching rheumatic diseases and has developed a special interest in systemic sclerosis (SSc). She was a key participant in the founding of the Canadian Scleroderma Research Group (CSRG) and, while still a fellow, she took on the job of creating the extensive case report forms that are used by the CSRG. Her work has borne fruit in that the CSRG has now recruited over 1,000 patients, some of whom have been followed for seven years. In her short time working in this area, she has published over 45 peer-reviewed papers concerning SSc.

Her interests have not stopped there.  She has also published on other subjects including early inflammatory arthritis using data from the McGill Early Arthritis Registry, another research cohort in which she has been active.

She lives with her husband and two beautiful sons near the lakeshore on the western part of the Island of Montreal.  She loves to ski, especially with her twin sister in the Rockies, and finds time to study German so that she can keep up with her sons who attend a German school.  She also manages to find a few hours a week to run, play the violin, and hopefully relax.