Journée Phare 2016


  December 1-2 2016
Location  Hotel Château Bromont





Number of participants: 250




Thursday, December 1st:


  • Dinner-conference
  • Workshop on How To Write Scientific Articles


The Journée Phare 2016 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce a new item on our program this year: a workshop on how to write scientific articles!

Indeed, we have invited two editors of scientific journals to draw on their years of experience in scientific publication and present a workshop on the scientific writing process, on how to choose the right journal, and on the review process (both editorial and peer-driven).



Dr Louis Gendron

Associate Editor of the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry

Université de Sherbrooke




Dr Jean-François Cloutier

Associate Editor of the Journal of Neuroscience

McGill University



 Friday, December 2nd:


  • Plenary sessions
  • Student presentations (oral presentations & poster sessions)


  Guest Speakers:      


          Plenary Sessions:


Elena Verdu


Dr Elena Verdú

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON




Dr Elena Verdú is a physician-researcher and an associate proffessor in the Department of Health Sciences at McMaster University, situated in Hamilton, Ontario. A gastroenterologist, Dr Verdú explores the role of microbiota in the physiopathology of chronic inflammatory disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease and coeliac disease. Specifically, she studies how commensal bacteria interact with host tissue in order to prevent disease susceptibility. Her team is also interested in the mechanisms by which probiotic bacteria affect communication within the gut-brain axis. Dr Verdú and her laboratory use a vast array of molecular models, animal models and translational approaches. Elena Verdú also holds the Canada Research Chair in Inflammation, Microbiota and Nutrition.


Pieter Cullis


Dr. Pieter Cullis

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC




Dr. Pieter Cullis is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC. 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, 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.

Marie-Ève Tremblay


Dr. Marie-Ève Tremblay

Laval University, Quebec, QC




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 remodeling. 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.


Official Program & Abstract Booklet


2016 Organizing Committee: