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4 Oct 2012

Acfas presents awards for French-Québec scientific cooperation

Prix québécois en cotutelle 2012 being given to Éric Wagnac for his thesis on spinal traumas (Photo: Acfas)

Two awards sponsored by the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur and the Consulate General of France in Québec City were presented to Québec and French researchers at the 68th Gala of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) held on October 2 at the Montréal Science Centre.

The Prix Adrien-Pouliot, which recognizes excellence in scientific research by Québec investigators carried out in collaboration with French colleagues, was presented to Alain Fournier, Scientific Director of the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre, for his significant contributions to the field of peptides, which are miniature proteins that are indispensible to the human body. Dr. Fournier is especially interested in good brain health, notably the treatment of strokes and Parkinson’s disease. His work involves collaboration with researchers at Université de Rouen and Université Paris Diderot.

2012 co-supervised thesis award

Two young researchers, one from France and the other from Québec, were also rewarded for the excellence of their French-Québec co-supervised Ph.D. theses. The award was presented to Québec Ph.D. student Éric Wagnac whose thesis focused on the study of spinal traumas, notably those caused by traffic accidents. His work, which was co-supervised by faculty members at École polytechnique de Montréal and Université Aix-Marseille, led to the development and improvement of experimental and digital tools for carrying out biomechanical studies of this type of trauma.

François Aubry was the French recipient of the award for the best French-Québec co-supervised Ph.D. thesis. His work, which was co-supervised by faculty members at Université de Sherbrooke and Université de Franche-Comté, focused on the transmission of the professional skills of nurse’s aides and orderlies in geriatric facilities in France and Québec.

Encourage student mobility

The awards for French-Québec co-supervised theses are made possible by support from the Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise. Like the Frontenac Program, which provides mobility bursaries for Ph.D. students working on French-Québec co-supervised theses, these awards are aimed at encouraging student mobility between France and Québec.

Each year at its annual gala, Acfas, a non-profit organization that contributes to the advancement of science in Québec, presents awards to recognize exceptional contributions to research. France and Québec have maintained cooperative scientific ties for 50 years.

Cooperation between France and Québec (French)
Association francophone pour le savoir - Acfas (French)
Co-supervised thesis awards (French)

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