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Announcement of June’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 June.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Joan Laur, postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Université Laval
Winning article: Effectors involved in fungal-fungal interaction lead to a rare phenomenon of hyperbiotrophy in the tritrophic system biocontrol agent-powdery mildew-plant
Published in: New Phytologist

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Ryan Sanford, PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, Montreal Neurological Institute/McGill University
Winning article: Association of Brain Structure Changes and Cognitive Function With Combination Antiretroviral Therapy in HIV-Positive Individuals
Published in: JAMA Neurology

Relève étoile, Fonds Société et culture

Maude Brunet, postdoctoral fellow in Construction Engineering, École de technologie supérieure
Winning article: The governance of major public infrastructure projects: the process of translation
Published in: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

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 for Jacques Genest. The Relève étoile award of the Fonds Société et culture will also honour an individual who has made an indelible impact on the social sciences and humanities.

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