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Announcement of September’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 September.


Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Laura Hernandez, PhD student in Chemical Engineering, McGill University
Winning article: Plastic Teabags Release Billions of Microparticles and Nanoparticles into Tea
Published in: Environmental Science & Technology

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest

Ju Jing Tan, PhD student in Biomedical Science, CRCHUM, Université de Montréal
Winning article: Type 2 secretory cells are primary source of ATP release in mechanically stretched lung alveolar cells
Published in: American Journal of Physiology

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie

Kathleen Kennedy-Turner, PhD student in Psychology, Concordia University
Winning article: Prevention of Criminal Offending: The Intervening and Protective Effects of Education for Aggressive Youth
Published in: The British Journal of Criminology

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