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Announcement of November’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 November.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet, FRNT

Mengyang Fan, PhD student at the Energy, Materials and Telecommunications Research Centre, INRS
Winning article: Uncovering the Nature of Electroactive Sites in Nano Architectured Dendritic Bi for Highly Efficient CO2 Electroreduction to Formate
Published in: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest, FRQS

Alexa Pichet Binette, PhD student in Neuroscience, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University
Winning article: Amyloid and Tau Pathology Associations With Personality Traits, Neuropsychiatric Symptoms, and Cognitive Lifestyle in the Preclinical Phases of Sporadic and Autosomal
Published in: Biological Psychiatry

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, FRQSC

Julien Desautels, PhD student in Psychoeducation, Université de Sherbrooke
Winning article: Intensive Family Intervention Programs: Tailoring Interventions to Family Clinical Profiles
Published in: Elsevier - Children and Youth Services Review

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