The 10th edition of the Journée Phare

Welcome!

We are pleased to announce that the 10th edition of Journée Phare will take place on November 15th and 16th 2018 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!

Registration is open until October 2018. This is also the deadline to submit an abstract for a poster presentation.

The Journée Phare 2018 Organizing Committee

Pr Reinhart Reithmeier will be a guest speaker at Journée Phare 2018!

The Journée Phare 2018 organizing committee is very pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Pr. Reinhart Reithmeier at the 10th edition of the Journée Phare!

Reinhart Reithmeier is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto and is known internationally for his research on membrane proteins in human health and disease. A dedicated mentor, he successfully trained 10 PhD students, 8 Master’s students and served on over 50 graduate supervisory committees. As Graduate Coordinator in the Institute of Medical Sciences and Biochemistry Dr. Reithmeier was a strong advocate for students. A former Chair of Biochemistry (2002-13) and Special Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies on Graduate Skills Development and Engagement (2015-17), he was dedicated to ensuring that graduate students develop their skills and professional network, and are fully prepared to take advantage of the diverse job opportunities available to them in today’s global marketplace. One of his notable initiatives in 2016 was completing the 10,000 PhDs Project, which determined the current positions of the 10,886 individuals who graduated with a PhD from the U of T from 2000 to 2015. An award-winning lecturer and graduate mentor, Dr. Reithmeier enjoys teaching introductory biochemistry to over 1,000 undergraduate students every year, as well as upper level and graduate courses. His leadership was recognized by election to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Pr Vincenzo Di Marzo will be a guest speaker at Journée Phare 2018!

The Journée Phare 2018 organizing committee is very pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Pr. Vincenzo Di Marzo at the 10th edition of the Journée Phare!

 

Pr. Vincenzo Di Marzo

Director of the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry of the National Research Council in Pozzuoli, Italy.

Chair in Research Excellence in Canada on the Microbiome-Endocannainoidome Axis in Metabolic Health, Université Laval.

Internationally renowned in the field of pharmacology of endocannabidoids, Pr. Di Marzo is co-author of more than 600 articles in scientific journals and has more than 50,000 citations. Prof. Di Marzo is listed in 2017 on the list of “Worlds Most Influential Scientific Minds” by the strategic information society Clarivate Analytics.

His research group is interested in the intestinal microbiome and its inflammatory role in the development of various diseases, such as obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. These health issues are ubiquitous in our societies, and the role of the microbiome in their development and deterioration is still unclear. Prof. Di Marzo’s work thus seeks to identify new targets and therapeutic approaches in the management of these complex disorders, with a marked interest for endocannabinoids, involved in many systems including the management of energy metabolism. Knowing that the microorganisms that inhabit the digestive tract vary according to the diet, they seek to know if it is possible to prevent or alter the development of different diseases by changing the diet.

Dre Irene M. Ghobrial will be a guest speaker at Journée Phare 2018!

The Journée Phare 2018 organizing committee is very pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Dr Irene M. Ghobrial at the 10th edition of the Journée Phare!

 

Dr. Ghobrial is a Hemato-Oncologist specializing in Multiple Myeloma and Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia, cancers of rare and very difficult to treat blood cells. Her research projects focus on the progression of the stem cell niche during disease, as well as the processes of metastasis and dissemination. The studies conducted in her laboratory are highly translational, while several projects were quickly brought to the clinic, and more than 10 phase 1 and 2 studies have been conducted to date. Dr. Ghobrial is also co-director of the first consortium for clinical studies on blood cancers, as well as initiating the Center for Prevention of Progression of Blood Cancers. Her work is often found in high-impact journals such as Blood, Science Translational Medicine, Cell Report and Bone, revealing the quality and relevance of her approaches.

Professor Frédéric Leblond will be a guest speaker at Journée Phare 2018!

The Journée Phare 2018 organizing committee is very pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Professor Frédéric Leblond at the 10th edition of the Journée Phare! 
Frédéric Leblond is a professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at Polytechnique de Montréal and Director of the Optical Radiology Laboratory. His research interests are to develop new medical instruments using different types of light to characterize tissues in a less invasive way and improve diagnostics during surgical procedures. In 2017, Québec Science magazine identifies its anti-cancer probe project as one of Québec’s 10 scientific discoveries of the year! This pencil-sized probe allows surgeons to determine in real time whether a tissue is cancerous or healthy by virtue of its specific signature in response to different light stimuli, allowing for better identification of the margins of the cancerous tissue. He subsequently won the Quebec Science 2017 Public Prize, reflecting the importance of this project for the population. Revolutionary technology, the probe could be marketed in the coming years as its efficiency is impressive.

M Francis Ouelette will be giving a talk during our Thursday dinner conference!

We are very pleased to announce that B.F. Francis Ouellette has accepted to present his research during the Thursday dinner conference!

BF Francis Ouellette
Vice-president, Génome Québec Scientific Affairs

Before joining Génome Québec, Francis Ouellette accumulated management positions in the field of bioinformatics. After his graduate studies (McGill University, University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University), he became coordinator of NCBI’s GenBank database (1993-1998). He was Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Bioinformatics at the University of British Columbia (UBiC) from 2004 to 2007, before transferring to the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research’s Computing and Bioinformatics Platform. OICR), in Toronto, where he stayed for 10 years. During this time, he also became an associate professor at the University of Toronto in the study of systems biology to better understand cancer. Mr. Ouellette also sits on the boards of the “Saccharomyces Genome Database” and “ELIXIR”, and is involved in the publishing of the PLOS Computational Biology and DATABASE journals. Now vice-president of scientific affairs, Francis Ouellette’s expertise in the management of mega-data will enable him to advise Génome Québec in the development of its scientific strategy and in the definition of its vision.

Congratulations to the 2017 presentation winners!

Now that Journée Phare 2017 is past, we would like to thank all of our participants for your involvement in our conference on November 2nd and 3rd 2017. We hope you enjoyed attending as much as we enjoyed organizing it. We would also like to congratulate all of our winners! They are:

Oral presentation prizes

1st prize, presented by the IPS : Andréa Allaire, Université de Sherbrooke

2nd prize, presented by the CRC : Hélène Mouilleron, Université de Sherbrooke

3rd prize : Marie Dorr, Université Laval

 

Blitz presentation prize (presented by the RECMUS)

David Lalaouna, Université de Sherbrooke

 

Poster presentation prizes

1st prize, presented by the IPS : Pauline Navals, Université de Sherbrooke

2nd prize, presented by the CRC : Véronique Laplante Université de Montréal

3rd prize: Marc Sousbie, Université de Sherbrooke

 

Prix Ambassadeur : Vanessa Oliveira, undergraduate student, Bishop’s University

Prix Relève, presented by the ADEEP : Sophie Berthiaume, undergraduate student, Université de Sherbrooke

 

Congratulations also to all presenters!

 

The Journée Phare 2017 organizing committee

The Abstract Booklet and Official Program are Available!

We invite all participants of the 9th edition of Journée Phare to take a look at our official program and abstract booklet, here below. There, you will find a detailed schedule of the conference, brief biographies of our guest speakers, and the abstracts from all our student presenters. This year, the students will share their research with us via student talks, short “blitz” and poster presentations!

 

To all poster presenters, please note that the number of your abstract in this booklet corresponds to your poster number, and this indicates which session you will be presenting in, and will be evaluated in. If we have assigned you an even-numbered poster presentation, you will present during the first session, from 10:55 AM to 12:00 PM. If we have assigned you an odd-numbered poster presentation, you will present during the second session, beginning at 1:00 PM. You may set up your posters as soon as you arrive on Friday, November 3rd, starting at 7:45 AM.

 

Please note that the Abstract Booklet is only available in French, but that you may find an English version of the schedule on our website.

 

Abstract Booklet & Official Program

 

We wish you an excellent conference! See you soon!

The Journée Phare 2017 Organizing Committee

Congratulations to the winner of a free room at the Château-Bromont Hotel!

We are pleased to congratulate Ms. Yong-Xin Chen, an undergraduate student at the Université de Sherbrooke and the winner of a free room at the Château-Bromont Hotel for the night of Thursday, November 2nd.

Ms. Chen won this prize as part of a draw we conducted among our participants who registered to Journée Phare before September 1st.

Congratulations, we are looking forward to seeing you soon at Journée Phare!

The Journée Phare 2017 Organizing Committee

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