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Announcement of January’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 January.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Qingzhe Zhang, PhD student at the Energy Materials Telecommunications Centre, INRS
Winning article: Ice-Assisted Synthesis of Black Phosphorus Nanosheets as a MetalFree Photocatalyst: 2D/2D Heterostructure for Broadband H2 Evolution
Published in: Advanced Functional Materials

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Agustin Cerani, PhD student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University
Winning article: Genetic predisposition to increased serum calcium, bone mineral density, and fracture risk in individuals with normal calcium levels: mendelian randomisation study
Published in: British Medical Journal

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Stine Hoj, postdoctoral fellow in Public Health, Université de Montréal
Winning article:  Conceptualising access in the direct-acting antiviral era: An integrated framework to inform research and practice in HCV care for people who inject drugs
Published in: International Journal of Drug Policy

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