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Announcement of October’s recipients of the Relève étoile awards

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 October.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Maude Cloutier, MA student in Experimental Health Sciences, Institut national de la recherche scientifique - Institut Armand-Frappier
Winning article: Polysaccharides from Burkholderia species as targets for vaccine development, immunomodulation and chemical synthesis
Published in: Natural Product Reports

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Simon Chamberland, postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience, New York University
Winning article: Action potential counting at giant mossy fiber terminals gates information transfer in the hippocampus
Published in: PNAS

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Alex Tremblay, PhD student at the Department of Historical Sciences, Université Laval
Winning article: La transformation des capitaux culturel et social en région au XIXe siècle dans un contexte de renouvellement des élites : l’exemple de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Published in: MENS, revue d'histoire intellectuelle et culturelle

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.

To pay tribute to eminent members of Québec’s scientific community in recognition of their remarkable careers and outstanding contributions to the development of the research ecosystem, the award granted by the Fonds Nature et technologies has been named in honour of Louis Berlinguet, the Fonds Santé’s award is named after Jacques Genest, whereas the Fonds Société et culture honors Paul Gérin-Lajoie.

Every month, each Fund will award $1,000 to a student researcher.

Dr. Quirion sends his congratulations to the recipients.


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