Emerging researchers honoured at the 2017 Recognition Award Gala

Once again this year, emerging researchers were recognized by the Gala, in collaboration with the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST).

First, Prof. Rémi Quirion, Québec’s Chief Scientist, seized the event to honour the Fonds de recherche du Québec’s three star student researchers for the month of March 2017. The competition makes it possible to recognize the excellent research being conducted by students and to foster research careers within Québec.

aa-app-mobile-2017_0003_BelzileFonds Nature et technologies (Fund supporting the natural sciences and engineering)
Bruno Belzile,
PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal

Award-winning paper: « Stiffness Analysis of Underactuated Fingers and Its Application to Proprioceptive Tactile Sensing, » published in IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics



Fonds Santé (Fund supporting the health sciences)
Said Izreig, PhD student in Physiology, McGill University
Award-winning paper: « The miR-17~92 microRNA Cluster Is a Global Regulator of Tumor Metabolism, » published in Cell Reports

Fonds société et culture (Fund supporting the social sciences and humanities, arts and letters)
Isabelle Bouchard, PhD student in History, Université du Québec à Montréal
Award-winning paper: “Les chefs autochtones comme “seigneurs” : gestion des terres et de leurs revenus, 1760-1820,” published in Nouveaux regards en histoire seigneuriale au Québec, Septentrion

Afterwards, Marie Larue, IRSST President and CEO, announced the winner of the IRSST award for best scientific article.


IRSST award for best scientific article

Laeticia Bonifait
, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec
Award-winning article: « Detection and Quantification of Airborne Transmission of Norovirus in the Health-Care Setting, » published in Clinical Infectious Diseases

On a related note, the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the Ambassadors Club and the IRSST have set up a joint scholarship fund aimed at promoting research in occupational health and safety through major national and international conferences hosted here in Montréal, at the Palais. The IRSST – Ambassadors Club fund will launch in 2018.