The 9th edition of Journée Phare


We are pleased to announce that the 9th edition of Journée Phare will take place on November 2nd and 3rd 2017 at the Château-Bromont Hotel in Bromont, Qc.

This two-day event will seek to bring together students, researchers, research professionals and members of industry in order to discuss recent innovative discoveries done in Health Science research in a friendly, laid-back environment. This is the perfect opportunity to establish new contact networks and to hone your scientific communication skills! You won’t want to miss it!

Stay tuned, more details to come!

The Journée Phare 2017 Organizing Committee

Marianne Desautels-Marissal will host a workshop on scientific popularization!

We are very pleased to announce that a workshop on scientific popularization is planned for the afternoon of Thursday, November 2nd, and that it will be hosted by the scientific journalist Marianne Desautels-Marissal!


Marianne Desautels-Marissal is a Biochemistry graduate from UQAM who became interested in scientific journalism during her undergrad, when she worked as a group leader at Débrouillards day camps. In 2014, she received one of the most prestigious Canadian scholarships in scientific journalism, the Fernand-Séguin scholarship. This affords the unique opportunity for young, promising journalists to learn their craft by working directly with professionals from major media outlets. This enabled Ms. Desautels-Marissal to work in journalism as a website editor for Radio-Canada (CBC). Now, she is a reporter for both the CBC radio broadcast Les Éclaireurs and the new TV broadcast Électrons libres from Télé-Québec, where she works alongside Pierre Chastenay and Rabii Rammal, with an aim towards scientific popularization. Marianne Desautels-Marissal is also a first-time author of a popular science work on microbiota, known as “Mille milliards d’amies: Comprendre et nourrir son microbiome” (roughly translated as “Thousands of Billions of Friends: How to Understand and Feed Your Microbiota”).

This workshop will include a section during which Ms. Desautels-Marissal will describe her experience as a scientific journalist and her “popularization tips”, as well as a Q&A session.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Marianne Desautels-Marissal this fall at Journée Phare!

The Journée Phare 2017 Organizing Committee

Professor Sylvain Martel will be giving a talk during our Thursday dinner conference!

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Sylvain Martel has accepted to present his research during the Thursday dinner conference, and to share with us his somewhat unusual background as an engineer working in biomedical research!

Sylvain Martel is a research professor at Polytechnique Montréal with a background in engineering, and the head of the NanoRobotics Laboratory. He recently collaborated with researchers from Université de Montréal and McGill University in order to develop a new, more effective approach to deliver chemotherapy medication. This approach relies on the use of nanorobotic agents (specifically, magnetotactic bacteria) to guide and efficiently deliver chemotherapeutic drugs to the hypoxic zone of tumours. Professor Martel’s team consequently received the People’s Choice Award as part of the 2016 edition of the Québec Science magazine’s “Discovery of the Year” contest. Professor Sylvain Martel also holds a Canada Research Chair in Medical Nanorobotics.


The Journée Phare 2017 Organizing Committee

Professor Guillaume lettre will be a guest speaker at Journée Phare 2017!

The Journée Phare 2017 organizing committee is very pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Professor Guillaume Lettre as a guest speaker this fall, at the 9th edition of Journée Phare!

Guillaume Lettre is a professor at the Université de Montréal and a member of the Montreal Cardiology Institute, where he investigates the genetics of complex traits and pathologies, with a particular focus on cardiovascular diseases. His team uses sophisticated genotyping and DNA sequencing tools, as well as statistics and bioinformatics, in order to identify genetic polymorphisms that influence the risk of cardiovascular and hematology disorders. Armed with an expertise in complex trait genetics, gained during a postdoctoral fellowship at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and at the Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor Lettre rallied over 300 researchers during a three-year period to contribute to a study recently published in Nature investigating the genetic bases of human height. Professor Lettre also holds a Canada Research Chair in Complex Trait Genetics.


The Journée Phare 2017 Organizing Committee

Professor Frederic Geissmann will be a guest speaker at Journée Phare 2017!

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Frederic Geissmann from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York city (NY) will feature as one of our guest speakers this fall, at the 9th edition of the Journée Phare!


Professor Frederic Geissmann is a research professor at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York (NY, USA). As an immunologist, Professor Geissmann is interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling the differentiation, maintenance and physiological functions of macrophages and monocytes. More specifically, he seeks to understand the role these mechanisms might play in cancer initiation and development. Recognized for providing fundamental contributions to his field, Professor Geissmann has published his works in multiple high impact factor journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, Immunity and Nature Immunology. Furthermore, Professor Geissmann is the recipient of many noteworthy and prestigious prizes. These include the European Young Investigator Award and the European Research Council Investigator Award, awarded during his time at King’s College in London.


The Journée Phare 2017 Organizing Committee

Professor Gary Kobinger will be giving a plenary talk at Journée Phare 2017!

The Journée Phare 2017 organizing committee is pleased to announce that Professor Gary Kobinger from Université Laval in Quebec city has accepted to be one of our guest speakers this fall at the 9th edition of Journée Phare!

Gary Kobinger is professor in the Microbiology-Infectiology and Immunology department at Université Laval (Québec, QC) and director of the Infectiology Research Center since July 2016. Professor Kobinger also previously held the position of Chief of Special Pathogens at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. A microbiologist by training, Professor Kobinger is known for his work on the prevention of viral hemorrhagic fevers. Most notably, he led the team responsible for developing the ZMapp, an innovative drug made of three monoclonal antibodies which targets the Ebola virus. He also participated in the making of a vaccine effective against this same virus (VSV-ZEBOV). His work on Ebola earned him the CBC Scientist of the Year award for 2015. Kobinger’s team still seeks to prevent the spread of similar diseases, and is now working on a vaccine for the Zika virus. The Zika virus is notably responsible for over 2500 cases of microcephaly in newborns in Brezil. Professor Kobinger also holds the Canada Research Chair in Novel Vaccines and Immunotherapies, and has authored over a hundred scientific articles published by highly respected journals.

The Journée Phare 2017 Organizing Committee

The 2016 organizing committee was awarded the “Envergure” prize!

The Journée Phare 2016 organizing committee is very pleased to have been awarded the “Envergure 2016” Prize by the Université de Sherbrooke, as a reward for student volunteer involvement.

This particular prize is attributed to a student group or organization that accomplished a projet or put on a noteworthy event which had an important impact within the university community, or on a provincial, national or international level.

We would like to all our participants, professors and students, our guest speakers and all our sponsors for your support, and for making this project a success year after year!

Thank you for your recognition!

The Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee

Congratulations to the Journée Phare 2016 winners!

Oral Presentation Prizes

1st Place – 500$ : Morgane Perrotte, Institut Armand-Frappier

2nd Place – 400$ : Élie Besserer-Offroy, Université de Sherbrooke

3rd Place – 300$ : Weronika Jakubowska, Université Laval

Blitz Prize – 100$ : Fanny Thuriot, Université de Sherbrooke


Poster Presentation Prizes

1st Place – 300$ + a 1000$ travel award to attend a conference : Thierry Mourer, Université de Sherbrooke

2nd Place – 300$ : Mathilde Henry, Université Laval

3rd Place – 200$ : Marc-André Dansereau, Université de Sherbrooke


Ambassador Prize – 200$ : Alexandra Beaudry-Richard, Université de Montréal

“Prix de la Relève” Prize – 200$ : Marie-Anne Bilodeau-Laforest, Université de Sherbrooke


Participation Prize

Gift certificate for a stay at the Château-Bromont Hotel Certificat, representing a monetary value of 200$ : Andréa Allaire, Université de Sherbrooke

Congratulations to all!
Looking forward to seeing you again in 2017!

A 1000 $ travel scholarship will be awarded this year!

Good news for all of our Journée Phare 2016 presenters!

This year, the organizing committee has decided to award a 1000 $ travel scholarship to attend an international conference to one of our presenters. This is a new initiative that we hope will help to promote Health Science research throughout Quebec, and even further.

In all, over 3500 $ in presentation prizes will be awarded, including:

  • 3 poster presentation prizes;
  • 3 oral presentation prizes;
  • 1  blitz presentation prize;
  • 1 “Prix de la Relève” awarded to an undergraduate student;
  • 1 Ambassador prize awarded to a student from another affiliation than the Université de Sherbrooke.

Good luck to all our presenters!

The Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee



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