The 10th edition of the Journée Phare


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

Congratulations to the winners of the Journée Phare 2018!

Now that Journée Phare 2018 is over, we would like to thank you for your participation on November 15th and 16th. It was a congress rich in scientific discussions, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we had fun organizing it. We would also like to congratulate all our winners here:

Oral presentation prizes

1st prize : Laurence Gagnon, McGill University

2nd prize : Maxime Gagnon, Université de Sherbrooke

Prix de présentations par affiche

1st prize : Béatrice Quirion, Université de Sherbrooke

2nd prize : Palina Piankova, McGill University

3rd prize : Sara El-Sahli, Ottawa University

Prix Relève : Simon Dumontier, undergraduate student,  Université de Sherbrooke



Congratulations to all presenters!

Organizing committee of Journée Phare 2018

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.

Dr Reza Forghani 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 Reza Forghani at the 10th edition of the Journée Phare!


Reza Forghani is the Associate Director of the Department of Radiology at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital and a researcher at the Lady Davis Institute. Dr. Forghani holds a medical degree and a doctorate from McGill University and has completed a Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Forghani is an expert in neuroradiology and imaging for head and neck. Her research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence in cancer detection, to improve diagnostic accuracy and reduce the need for invasive biopsies. He is involved in the development of “Radiomics”, a field of medical study that combines data from both medical imaging and patient records. The combination of radiomics and artificial intelligence thus foreshadows a personalized medicine more effective in oncology. His work, at the meeting of basic science, clinical science, technology and biology, provides insight into the power of integrating innovations into health care.

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
Consultant in bioinformatics

Francis Ouellette has accumulated management positions in the field of bioinformatics. After graduation (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 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 as a consultant in bioinformatics, Francis Ouellette’s expertise in the management of big data will enable him to advise several teams in the development of his scientific strategy and in the definition of his 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

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