Edition 2017

  November 2nd and 3rd 2017
Location  Château-Bromont Hotel
CheckList  Thursday, November 2nd:


  • Workshop on scientific popularization


Marianne Desautels-Marissal

Radio and television broadcasts Les Éclaireurs and Électrons libres



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”).


  • Conference-dinner



Professor Sylvain Martel

Polytechnique Montréal





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, magneto tactic 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.


CheckListFriday, November 3rd:


  • Plenary sessions
  • Student oral presentations and poster sessions
  • Networking cocktail
 Guest speakers:



Professor Gary Kobinger

Université Laval, Québec





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.



Professor Frederic Geissmann

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York




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.




Professor Guillaume Lettre

Université de Montréal





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.


Please consult the Abstract Booklet and Official Program here below:

For the moment, it is only available in French. However, you may find the complete schedule in English here below.

Abstract Booklet & Official Program


Official Program

Thursday, November 2nd
1:30 PM Arrival and registration


2:30 PM Workshop on Scientific Popularization AB Room

Marianne Desautels-Marissal

Scientific reporter for radio and television

Les Éclaireurs and Électrons Libres 



5:00 PM Welcoming cocktail


6:30 PM Conference dinner AB Room

Professor Sylvain Martel, École Polytechnique de Montréal

Développer des nanorobots pour combattre le cancer : l’aventure scientifique


8:30 PM Evening festivities


Friday, November 3rd
7:45 AM Arrival and registration


8:30 AM Welcoming remarks


ABC Room
8:35 AM Oral presentation ABC Room

Dr. Rolf Turk, Integrated DNA Technologies

Mitigating Risk of Off-Target Effects When Using CRIPSR Genome Editing


8:50 AM Plenary conference ABC Room

Professor Frederic Geissmann, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Development and Functions of Macrophages – Consequences of Somatic Mosaicism


9:50 AM Coffee break


10:05 AM Student talks ABC Room

Hélène Mouilleron, Université de Sherbrooke

Découverte d’une deuxième séquence codante fonctionnelle dans le gène Lamine A/C


Jennifer Raisch, Université de Sherbrooke

Rôle de LRP6 dans l’homéostasie et l’inflammation intestinale


10:35 AM Blitz presentations ABC Room

Sabrina Bouchard, Université de Sherbrooke

Focusing on Cancer Hallmarks: Head and Neck Cancer Biomarkers Discovery


Jean-Michel Garant, Université de Sherbrooke

Identification de G-quadruplexes d’ARN potentiels sans définition de motif par G4RNA screener


Anne-Sophie Gary, Université Laval

La nécroptose : nouvelle voie de mort cellulaire induite par les rayons ultraviolets



David Lalaouna, Université de Sherbrooke

Demystified Functions of the RNA Chaperone Hfq in Bacterial Small RNAs-Based-Regulation


Audrey Lortie, Université de Sherbrooke

Development of a Bioinformatics Method to Identify and Quantify Promising Blood-Platelet Biomarkers of Fragile X Individuals


Delwende Sawadogo, Université Laval

Trends of Clinical Outcomes in Patients with a Traumatic Brain Injury in Canada Between 2006 and 2012: A Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study


Professor Sébastien Talbot, Université de Montréal

Direct Allergen Detection by Vagal Sensory Neurons


10:55 AM Poster session # 1

Even-numbered posters


12:00 PM Lunch Restaurant/ bistro
1:00 PM Poster session # 2

Odd-numbered posters


2:00 PM Plenary conference ABC Room

Professor Guillaume Lettre, Institut de cardiologie de Montréal

The Role of Rare Coding Variants in Adult Height: Insights into Precision Medicine


3:00 PM Student talks ABC Room
Topic: cancer


Alexandre Foh-Dion, Université de Sherbrooke

Optimisation des paramètres pharmacocinétiques d’un nouvel inhibiteur de la proprotéine convertase PACE4 pour le traitement du cancer de la prostate



Vanessa Vaillancourt-Lavigueur, Université de Sherbrooke

L’inactivation de la phosphatase SHP-2 induit la sénescence des cellules cancéreuses colorectales humaines


Andréa Allaire, Université de Sherbrooke

Identification de nouvelles signatures permettant d’établir un meilleur pronostic chez les patients atteints d’un gliome IDH-wt


3:45 PM Coffee Break


4:00 PM Student talks ABC Room

Marie Dorr, Université Laval

Identification d’une cytokine influençant la réparation des dommages génotoxiques induits par les ultraviolets dans les cellules de l’épiderme humain


Carolin Brand, Université de Sherbrooke

Les Flavivirus modulent l’expression des gènes et l’épissage alternatif de leurs cellules hôtes


4:30 PM Plenary conference ABC Room

Professor Gary Kobinger, Université Laval

Structure de réponse aux infections en situation d’urgence : de la recherche fondamentale au traitement


5:30 PM  

Concluding remarks and award ceremony


ABC Room
5:45 PM Networking cocktail and participation prize Atrium/Knowlton


2017 Organizing Committee:


Journée Phare 2017 is organized by a group of graduate students and an associate professor from the departments of Pharmacology-Physiology and Biochemistry of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Université de Sherbrooke. Student representatives from other universities, including the Université Laval, Université de Montréal and McGill University, also aid in the event.