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.

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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!




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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!

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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!



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Workshop on How to Write Scientific Articles

We are very pleased to announce the speakers who will be giving the workshop on how to write scientific articles, scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 1st 2016!

These two very charismatic editors will discuss with us the many aspects of scientific writing, such as how to choose the right journal and what happens after a manuscript is submitted to an editor. The workshop will also include a section on how to carry out a quality peer-review.



Pr Louis Gendron

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

Université de Sherbrooke




Pr Jean-François Cloutier

Associate Editor of Journal of Neuroscience

McGill University



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New this year: a workshop on how to write scientific articles!

The Journée Phare 2016 organizing committee has the great pleasure to announce a new item on the program this year: a workshop on how to write scientific articles!

As you know, Journée Phare seeks to bring together students, research assistants and researchers from academia and industry in order to discuss innovating scientific research in a welcoming and laid-back atmosphere. This year, we also want to provide our participants with pratical tools to help in the writing of scientific articles.

We therefore plan to invite 2 to 3 editors from scientific journals to draw on their years of experience in publication and to share their criteria for what makes a good scientific article.

This workshop is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, on December 1st. It will be followed by our traditional dinner-conference, taking place this year at the Château Bromont Hotel.

Do not pass on this opportunity to develop your skills in a pratical field which concerns us all! You will not want to miss Thursday afternoon!

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News – Dr Elena Verdú will be one of our guest speakers at Journée Phare 2016!

The Journée Phare 2016 organizing committee is very pleased to announce that Dr Elena Verdú from McMaster University has accepted to be one of our guest speakers at the next edition of Journée Phare, which will take place in early December. We are very excited that she will be among us to share her expertise and her passion for medical research.

Stay tuned! We will keep you apprised of any new editions to Journée Phare 2016!


Elena Verdu

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.

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News – Dr Eric Frost has joined the organizing committee!


The Journée Phare 2016 organizing committee is pleased to announce that Pr Eric Frost has officially joined our committee, in the role of associate professor.

Pr Eric Frost is a professor in the department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke. Author of over a hundred articles in various scientific journals, Dr. Frost is involved in the diagnosis and characterization of medically relevant microorganisms. Among other things, his team has developed a method for detecting genetic polymorphisms based on the fusion temperature of post-PCR probe-amplicon complexes. This technique facilitates the identification and subtyping of microorganisms, and makes it easier to detect antimicrobial resistance.

We are very glad to have his support in the planning of Journée Phare 2016!

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Journée Phare 2015 Winners!

The Journée Phare organizing committee would like to once again congratulate all the winners from the Journée Phare 2015 event, which took place last November. We had very high-quality presentations last year, and you should all be very proud of your accomplishment! We hope that the Journée Phare 2016 participants will rise to the challenge!


For the oral presentations, the jury selected the following winners:

(1st Prize)  Thierry Mourer from the Université de Sherbrooke (Dr Simon Labbé)

(2nd Prize)  Peter Thériault from Université Laval (Dr Serge Rivest)

(3rd Prize)  Jérôme Côté from the Université de Sherbrooke (Dr Philippe Sarret)


During the poster sessions, the jury chose to honor:

          Audrey Turcotte from the Univeristé Laval (Dr Charles Doillon, Dr Stéphane Gobeil)

          Frédéric Couture from the Université de Sherbrooke (Dr Robert Day)

          Alexia Caillier from the Université Laval (Dr Marc-Étienne Huot)

          Geneviève Tremblay from the Université de Sherbrooke (Dr Brigitte Guérin)


Furthermore, the Ambassador Prize and the Prix de la relève were awarded to, respectively:

          Jordan Nadeau from the Université Laval (Dr Denis Soulet)

          Marilou Lavoie from the Université de Sherbrooke (Dr Anne-Marie Côté; Dr Pedro Géraldes)


Once again, congratulations to all for your hard work!

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Photos from Journée Phare 2015!

The Journée Phare organizing committee would like to thank all those who participated in the Journée Phare 2015 event, which was held on November 19th-20th 2015. Thanks to your contribution, this day was a rousing success! Feel free to browse these photos by clicking here!


Looking forward to seeing you all at our next event,

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