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Announcement of December’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 for the month of December.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet, FRNT

Casey Platnich, PhD student in Chemistry, McGill University
Winning article: Single-molecule methods in structural DNA nanotechnology
Published in: Chemical Society Reviews

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest, FRQS

Caroline Duchaine, PhD student in Epidemiology, CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Centre
Winning article: Psychosocial Stressors at  Work  and the Risk of Sickness Absence Due to a Diagnosed Mental Disorder
Published in: JAMA Psychiatry

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, FRQSC

Patrick Brodie, PhD student in Film and Moving Image Studies, Concordia University
Winning article: Climate Extraction and Supply Chains of Data
Published in: Media, Culture & Society

The Relève étoile 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