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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 for the month of October.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Gaël Grissonnanche, postdotcoral fellow in Physics, Université de Sherbrooke
Winning article: Giant thermal Hall conductivity in the pseudogap phase of cuprate superconductors
Published in: Nature

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Mélanie Le Berre, PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences, Research Centre of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal
Winning article: Characteristics of Lower Limb Muscle Strength, Balance, Mobility, and Function in Older Women with Urge and Mixed Urinary Incontinence: An Observational Pilot Study
Published in: Physiotherapy Canada

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Sandrine Ricci, PhD student in Sociology, Université du Québec à Montréal
Winning article: Tackling Rape Culture in Québec Universities: A Network of Feminist Resistance
Published in: SAGE Journals

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