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Announcement of July's recipients of the Relève étoile awards, new name for the FRQSC award

Québec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, is pleased to announce the names of the three winners of the Relève étoile competition of the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) for the month of July. He would also like to announce that the FRQSC's Prix Relève étoile is now named after Paul Gérin-Lajoie as a tribute to this great architect of the reform of the education system and pioneer of Québec diplomacy (see About Paul Gérin-Lajoie below)

Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Philippe Ouzilleau, PhD student in Chemical Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal
Winning article: Prediction of CO2/CO formation from the (primary) anode process in aluminium electrolysis using an electrothermodynamic model (for coke crystallites)
Published in: Electrochimica Acta

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Isabelle St-Amour, postdoctoral fellow in Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Université Laval
Winning article: Co-occurrence of mixed proteinopathies in late-stage Huntington's disease. Acta Neuropathol
Published in: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Angela Sofia Marques Castela Filipe, postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Children and Families, McGill University
Winning article: Global Perspectives on ADHD: Social Dimensions of Diagnosis and Treatment in Sixteen Countries (livre)
Published in: Science and Public Policy


“I am very proud of our new researchers and want to congratulate the winners of the Relève étoile awards. I am also pleased that Paul Gérin-Lajoie's name is now associated with the FRQSC's award. We thus highlight the contribution of this pioneer of Québec society whose legacy is a source of inspiration for the younger generation.”

-- Rémi Quirion, Québec’s Chief Scientist


  • The Relève étoile competition, formerly known as the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles competition, promotes careers in research and aims to recognize the excellence of the research conducted by university students, postdoctoral fellows and members of professional bodies who are carrying out advanced research training in the areas covered by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec;
  • Once a month, each Fonds will present an award valued at $1 000;
  • Applications may be submitted twice a year, on September 1 and March 1.


About Louis Berlinguet

Louis Berlinguet (1926-2018), professor and vice-dean of research in the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval, conducted research in amino acid synthesis, protein chemistry and biochemistry and cancer chemotherapy. He contributed to the creation of Université du Québec and was appointed the first chairman of Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). As a scientific advisor to the government, he gave Québec and Canada strong global positions. In his career, Louis Berlinguet received the highest honours and numerous awards. Click here for more information.


About Jacques Genest

A true health research pioneer in Québec, Dr. Jacques Genest (1919–2018) founded the research department of Hôtel-Dieu hospital and the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM). He also founded and served as the first chairman of the Conseil de recherches médicales, predecessor of the FRQS. The author of over 700 scientific papers, Dr. Genest focused his research on hypertension. Indeed, the multi-drug treatment for hypertension he recommended is still used today to control high blood pressure in the vast majority of patients. He received over 50 awards and honours in his career. Click here for more information.


About Paul Gérin-Lajoie

Paul Gérin-Lajoie (1920-2018) orchestrated the sweeping reform of Québec's education system that would become a pivotal point of the Quiet Revolution. He went on to lay the foundations of Québec diplomacy by setting out the position that Québec would take its place in international relations in the areas under its jurisdiction. He created the Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie to help improve education and literacy for children in Africa and Haiti and which launched the Dictée PGL, a dictation given in French-language schools across Canada and the Francophonie. These achievements marked the history of Québec and earned Paul Gérin-Lajoie several awards and honours. Click here for more information.



Source :
Benoit Sévigny
Director of Communications and Knowledge Mobilization
Fonds de recherche du Québec
514 864-1619