Four Star Researchers shine brightly at the Rendez-vous du Savoir event

On November 15, at the Recognition Award Gala held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, four “Star Researchers” will be honoured at the finale of the competition to showcase Quebec research talent, Ça mérite d’être reconnu! The competition and the tribute evening are held as part of the Rendez-vous du Savoir event, presented by Mouvement Desjardins in association with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and CGI.

Presented for the third year in a row, this award highlights the talent and originality of the next generation of researchers, and the significant impact research has on our society. The winners will receive an honorary plaque during the Recognition Award Gala. For the first time, the recognition will be accompanied by an individual scholarship of $1,500 offered by Tourisme Montréal, enabling the recipients to make their innovative work known at the international level.

The names of the 2012 Ça mérite d’être reconnu! competition winners are as follows:

Human and Social Sciences, Arts and Literature Category

Magaly Brodeur, PhD candidate
Université de Montréal

Her work on ethics in the public sector, government and business is intended to focus public policy on such issues as how to deal with products that pose a potential health risk.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Category (two recipients)

Vincent Duchaine, PhD, Professor
Department of Automated Production Engineering
École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

His research is intended to improve the synergy between humans and robots during assisted surgery for disabled people or in manufacturing environments.

Martin-Hugues St-Laurent, PhD, Professor of Animal Ecology
Department of Biology, Chemistry and Geography
Groupe de recherche BORÉAS & Centre d’études nordiques
Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

His work in animal ecology is intended to improve our understanding of how large mammals, such as the black bear, woodland caribou and grey wolf, adapt to natural and human disturbances.

Health Category

Marie-France Marin, PhD candidate
Université de Montréal

Her work deals with the affect stress hormones have on negative memories. Her research will certainly be of great help to people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“As a scientist, I can appreciate just how important this type of recognition is for these researchers. We hope that the scholarship and the visibility provided by the Rendez-vous du Savoir will be a strong impetus for their current and future work,” stated Dr. Pavel Hamet, O.Q., M.D., Ph. D., Rendez-vous du Savoir spokesperson, Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Université de Montréal, and internationally renowned researcher.

“On behalf of the Rendez-vous du Savoir partners, I am delighted to congratulate the winners of the 2012 Ça mérite d’être reconnu! competition. Their excellent and original work has brought them widespread media and public attention. We hope these bright stars will continue to shine for a long time on the local and international scene,” enthused Monique F. Leroux, Rendez-vous du Savoir spokesperson and President and Chief Executive Officer of Mouvement Desjardins.

The call for nominations went out to all universities and their research centres last spring from the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Québec Universities (CREPUQ). In all, 63 outstanding projects from 14 institutions were reviewed by a selection committee headed by Dr. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec, and consisting of representatives from the scientific, university and business communities.

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