Québec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, is pleased to announce the names of the four winners of the Relève étoile competition of the Fonds de recherche du Québec for the month of May.

Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet, FRNT

Arjuna Rajakumar, PhD student in Biology, McGill University
Winning article: Original Article Origin and elaboration of a major evolutionary transition in individuality
Published in: Nature

Relève étoile Jacques-Genest, FRQS

Deborah Villafranca Baughman and Luis Alarcon-Martinez, PhD student and postdoctoral fellow at the CRCHUM, Université de Montréal
Winning article: Inter-pericyte tunneling nanotubes regulate neurovascular coupling
Published in: Nature

Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie, FRQSC

Marianne Girard, PhD student in Sexology, Université du Québec à Montréal
Winning article: A longitudinal study of suicidal ideation in sexually abused adolescent girls: Depressive symptoms and affect dysregulation as predictors
Published in: Journal of Traumatic Stress

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