Journée Phare 2018

  November 15th-16th 2018

Location  Hôtel Château Bromont


CheckList  Thursday, November 15th :


  • Plenary conferences
  • Oral and poster presentations from students
  • Dinner Conference
 Guest speakers:

Dr Reza Forghani
Associate professor in Neuroradiology, McGill University
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.

Pr Reinhart Reithmeier
Professor int the Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto


Reinhart Reithmeier  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.

 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.

CheckList  Friday, November 16th :


  • Plenary conferences
  • Oral and poster presentations from students
  • Networking Cocktail


 Guest speakers:


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.



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.


Official program


Organizing committee 2018

The Journée Phare 2018 was organized by a group of graduate students and an associate professor from the departments of Pharmacology-Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Sherbrooke, assisted by representatives of other universities.