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!

Registration is open until October 25th 2017. This is also the deadline to submit an abstract for a poster presentation.

The Journée Phare 2017 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



Calling all researchers! Send us your project offers!

This year, the Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee is seeking to foster new  partnerships and to increase student-researcher communication within our conference, and we have a plan to create an internet platform where project offers can be continuously posted and made accessible to our many participants.

Therefore, if you are a researcher seeking students, be it for an undergraduate internship, a  Master’s or doctoral degree or a post-doctoral fellowship, we invite you to send us your project offers. If you are a student seeking a team with whom to continue your research, we invite you to visit our website regularly over the coming weeks. The platform should be coming soon!

Get the word out to your co-workers and friends! To all those interested, please contact us at or at with your project offers and your questions!

Journée Phare seeks to be a stimulating and relevant, an event where partnerships and collaborations, potentially leading to fascinating and innovative research, are being cultivated!

Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee

The winner of two free tickets to Amerispa’s nordic baths is …

In keeping with what was previously announced, the Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee recently had a draw for two tickets giving free access to the Amerispa nordic baths at the Château-Bromont Hotel among our participants who registered and submitted an abstract before September 15th. We would like to congratulate our lucky winner, Ms. Weronika Jakubowska from Université Laval. Ms. Jakubowska is an MSc student and submitted the abstract « Endothélialisation d’un modèle reconstruit 3D de muqueuses vaginale humaine par la méthode d’auto-assemblage à des fins d’implantation », or ”Endothelialization of a reconstructed 3D model of human vaginal mucosa by method of self-assembly for implantation”.

We also wish to remind you that all of our participants will benefit from a 15 % promotional rate for Amerispa on Thursday, December 1st (9 AM-2 PM). The Amerispa nordic baths include a eucalyptus-scented steam bath, a Finnish sauna, whirlpool baths, a temperate pool, a Nordic waterfall and multiple relaxation areas!

Start Journée Phare on the right foot! We wish you all a great conference!

Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee

Get to know the speakers for our workshop on how to write scientific articles!

We are very pleased to be able to offer a new item on our program this year: the workshop on how to write good scientific articles (be quick about signing up for the event, places are limited!). Here is some more information on the two associate editors who have agreed to host the workshop, Professor Jean-François Cloutier and Professor Louis Gendron.



Jean-François Cloutier is an associate professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal, QC, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neurobiology. Appropriately, his research seeks to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying axonal guidance, a critical process during central nervous system development. Specifically, Dr. Cloutier and his team use an array of molecular approaches and mouse genetic models in order to identify molecular cues that guide early neuronal development, reasoning that a better understanding of these basic mechanisms may improve the treatment of neurological disorders and injuries requiring axonal regeneration. Additionally, Dr. Cloutier works as an associate editor for the Journal of Neuroscience, the official scientific journal of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) with an impact factor of 6.344.



Louis Gendron is full professor in the Pharmacology-Physiology Department of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke.  He is also Director of the Pain and Inflammation Research Axis at the CHUS Research Center, and an active member of Quebec Pain Research Network (QPRN) and the Sherbrooke Institute of Pharmacology (IPS). Dr. Gendron’s research focus is primarily on the delta opioid receptor, a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) of great interest to the treatment of chronic pain. Using both cellular and animal-based techniques, his team investigates the mechanism of action, regulation and trafficking of the delta opioid receptor, as well as its role in the treatment of chronic pain, depression and anxiety. Pr Gendron is furthermore the associate editor for the scientific journal Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, an international scientific journal with a 4.361 impact factor which publishes authoritative research articles and reviews in both experimental and clinical research.

Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee

Dr. Marie-Ève Tremblay will be a guest speaker at Journée Phare 2016!

The Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Marie-Ève Tremblay has accepted to be a guest speaker at Journée Phare 2016!


Marie-Ève Tremblay

Dr. Marie-Ève Tremblay is assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Laval University in Quebec City, QC. Her research focuses on the role of microglia in learning and memory.  In fact, recent work suggests that these immune cells contribute dynamically to normal brain function, playing a critical – and until now, unsuspected – role in neural circuitry remodelling. Dr. Tremblay seeks therefore to determine which molecular mechanisms microglia use to fulfill these roles and to investigate their involvement in the pathology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Her work has notably revealed the existence of new microglial cells, known as ‘dark microglia’. These cells show signs of oxidative stress, giving them a dark appearance when viewed under the electron microscope, and are abundant in various pathological states, including AD. Dr. Marie-Ève Tremblay previously completed two post-doctoral fellowships at the Rochester Medical Center and at Wisconsin-Madison University, and is recipient of the Banting Research Foundation grant, attributed to new, exceptional investigators in biomedical research in their first few years of appointment at a Canadian university.

Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee

Run the chance to win free access for two to Amerispa!

The Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce another new feature this year: two tickets granting free access to the Amerispa Château-Bromont baths will be drawn among those who register and submit their abstract early to the Journée Phare 2016!

These 100$-value tickets will give you access to Amerispa’s Nordic baths, which include hammam (Turkish baths), a steam bath, beach and chaise lounger massagers, Swan massagers for the neck, hydromassage stations, counter-current walking, submerged bicycling, more than 15 stations destined for relaxation and muscle recovery, and more.

These tickets will apply for the morning and early afternoon of Thursday, December 1st. The names of those who register and submit an abstract before September 15th will be included in the draw.

Take advantage of our beautiful venue and its installations, and set aside a few moments for rest and relaxation before Journée Phare starts!




Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee

News – Dr Pieter Cullis will be a guest speaker at Journée Phare 2016!

The Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee is very pleased to announce that Dr. Pieter Cullis from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver has accepted to be a guest speaker at the Journée Phare 2016, taking place December 1st and 2nd 2016.

Dr. Pieter Cullis is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, as well as Director of the Life Sciences Institute and co-Chair of the BC Personalized Medicine Initiative. A recognized leader in the fields of lipids, biological membranes and liposomal drug delivery systems, Dr. Cullis aims to further the understanding of membrane structure and function, thereby informing current therapeutic strategies. His team is particularly interested in the use of liposomal nanoparticulate (LN) systems to optimize drug delivery. In effect, his team investigates the potential of LN systems to deliver siRNA and various genetic immunostimulatory drugs, as well as the encapsulation of conventional chemotherapeutics in an effort to improve their efficacy in cancer therapy. Both researcher and inventor, Dr. Cullis has also co-founded multiple biotechnology companies over the years, including the Canadian Liposome Company, Inex Pharmaceuticals (now Tekmira Pharmaceuticals), Northern Lipids Inc., Lipex Biomembranes Inc., and, most recently, Acuitas Pharmaceuticals and Precision NanoSystems. Over the course of his impressive career, he has authored more than 300 scientific articles and been named in more than 45 patents. He is also author the book titled The Personalized Medicine Revolution, published in February 2015.

We are honoured to be able to welcome him in early December!

Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee

Meet the Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee!

The 2016 organizing committee is made up of a group of PhD and MSc students and a professor from the Pharmacology-Physiology and Microbiology departments of the Université de Sherbrooke. This year, we were also joined by two student representatives from the Université de Montréal and the Université Laval.

We are working hard to bring you a remarkable event this year, and we thought that it was time you knew who we were. Here we are!



The Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee

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