May 18, 2017, Vol. 14, N° 2 
MESSAGE FROM THE SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR
 
Renaldo Battista
As my term comes to an end, the time is right to take stock of all that has been achieved in the past five years and offer some thoughts on the promising future of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

Through successful collaborations and the support and mobilization of all the partners involved in research development, we addressed major challenges that we would not have overcome without these collective efforts. The development and strengthening of new generations of high-calibre scientific researchers remains our key focus, and this is reflected in the high success rates of our graduate research training and career awards programs
 
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE APRIL 2017 MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
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At the meeting of the board of directors of the FRQS on April 6, members approved the allocation of $97.1M for the 2017–2018 awards and grants.

The FRQS received 904 new training award applications as compared to 942 last year. This year, the Fonds will hand out 442 new awards (49% of eligible applications). A total of $21.8M has been pledged to the program (new and current awards).

With regard to the career awards, 248 new applications were submitted and 138 will receive funding (56% of eligible applications). A total of $27.5M will be invested (new and current career awards).

In addition, 10 new projects were funded under the three partnership research programs (53% of eligible applications). Together, the partnerships programs, including the international collaborations, represent a total amount of just over $5.4M.

Finally, the research groups (centres, groups and networks) will receive close to $44.8M in 2017–2018. More specifically, the total budget allocated to research centres is $33.4M, including renewed funding for the two centres that were evaluated this year. With regard to the theme networks, following the launch of the revised program in July 2016, the eight renewing networks were granted funding. Also, sums were allocated to two new networks: the Réseau pour transformer les soins en autisme (RTSA) codirected by Mayada Elsabbagh and Guy A. Rouleau and the Réseau québécois de recherche en soins palliatifs et de fin de vie (RQSPFV) led by Pierre Gagnon. The total budget for the networks, including those that currently receive funding, is $10.0M.

The detailed results of the competitions and a table of the funding rates of each program are available on the Résultats des concours page of the website.
 
 
 
PROGRAMS AND FUNDING
 
FRQnet news

FRQnet, the new integrated awards and grants management system of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec—Nature et technologies, Santé, and Société et culture—will launch this July. The single-entry system will provide access to five portals, including four aimed at members of the research community: e-portfolio, institution portal, reviewer portal and partner portal. The fifth, the administrative portal, will be used solely by FRQ employees for internal management purposes.
 
 
 
COMMUNICATIONS
 
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Partnership with Gairdner Foundation

The FRQS has signed a three year deal with the Gairdner Foundation to enhance scientific programming in the province. The announcement, which was made par Rémi Quirion, Québec Chief Scientist, in partnership with Dr. Janet Rossant, Gairdner’s President & Scientific Director, demonstrates the government’s focus on providing access to ground breaking research and signals its intent to cultivate and inspire future generations of scientists.
 
FRQ symposium at the Congrès de l’Acfas

On May 10, at the 85th edition of the Congrès de l’Acfas at McGill University, the Fonds de recherche du Québec had the pleasure of hosting the Réflexion sur l’usage de la diplomatie scientifique au Québec et au Canada symposium on the use of scientific diplomacy in Québec and Canada. The event brought together researchers, provincial and federal government representatives and embassy and consulate representatives. Summaries of the highly instructive and stimulating presentations, talks and discussions will soon be available online on the Web site of the chief scientist.
 
Scientific breakfast at the National Assembly

On March 16, Québec’s chief scientist Rémi Quirion invited MNAs to a morning conference entitled Le Québec face aux changements climatiques on climate change in Québec. Three researchers presented their work: André Potvin, professor in the School of Architecture at Université Laval and director of the Institut Hydro-Québec en environnement, développement et société, Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard, director of the Montréal hub of Future Earth and associate professor at Concordia University and Paule Halley, professor in the Faculty of Law at Université Laval and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law.
 
 
 
UPCOMING
 
Conference of Montréal – Forum of the Americas

The Fonds de recherche du Québec have partnered with the Conference of Montréal as part of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, which will be held from June 12 to 15. On June 14, the chief scientist will host a working breakfast on the theme of epidemics and communicable diseases and the public’s confidence in vaccines.
 
2017 agricultural expo

This summer, the Fonds de recherhe du Québec will join forces with UQAM, Space for Life and the Union des producteurs agricoles on the second edition of the Exposition agriculturelle, which aims to bring together scientists, farmers, artists and the public to discuss agriculture-related issues. This year, the program includes an architectural projection in the Quartier des spectacles in Montréal, an exhibition, a mixoff and conferences.
 
FRQ symposium at the Entretiens Jacques Cartier

On October 17, the Fonds de recherche du Québec in collaboration with the Conseil national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) will hold a one-day symposium on the same topic of scientific diplomacy. At the event, speakers will present case studies on issues including scientific diplomacy in the Arctic and in the context of climate change. Further details will be released in the months to come.
 
Gender Summit 11 North America: Registrations are open

Under the theme of Embracing pluralism and thriving through diversity – shaping science and innovation, Gender Summit 11 North America will be held at Centre Sheraton in Montréal from November 6 to 8, 2017. Organized by the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in collaboration with Portia Ltd, the event will explore the broad issues of equity and diversity in research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  
 
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
 
Étudiant-chercheur étoile
Simon Papillon-Cavanagh, sho is currently completing a PhD in medicine at McGill University, received the April Étudiant-chercheur étoile award for his article entitled Impaired H3K36 methylation defines a subset of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas published in Nature Genetics.
 
Étudiant-chercheur étoile honorable mention for a college student

On May 9 at the Congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir - Acfas, Dany Dion, student at Cégep André-Laurendeau, received an Étudiant-chercheur étoile honorable mention in health research from the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Association pour la recherche au collegial as part of a new partnership to recognize young peoples’ interest in research.
 
Antoine Hakim is awarded the Canada Gairdner Wightman 2017

The 2017 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, given to a Canadian who has  demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science  throughout his/her career, is awarded to Dr. Antoine Hakim, emeritus professor of neurology, Ottawa University.
 
Stéphanie Lord-Fontaine appointed Executive Director of the Oncopole

The Oncopole, a research, development and investment hub designed to accelerate the fight against cancer, announced on May 8 the appointment of Ms. Stéphanie Lord-Fontaine as Executive Director of the organization.
 
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CALENDAR
May 18-19, 2017

REHABILITATION IN ACTION
2nd Quebec Congress in Adaptation-Rehabilitation Research, at the Mount-Royal Centre (Montréal)
 
May 24-26, 2017

CANADIAN BIOETHICS SOCIETY
28th Annual Conference on Equity, Ethics and the Challenges of Vulnerability (Montréal)
 
May 26-27, 2017

MENTAL HEALTH AND CHRONIC PAIN
15th Congress of  the Association Nationale pour la Promotion des Soins Somatiques en Santé Mentale (ANP3SM)
 
May 29, 2017

NEUROSCIENCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH SEMINARS
Dynamic measures of neurochemistry and metabolism using in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy, par Jamie Near (Montréal)
 
May 31, 2017

IRSPUM SYMPOSIUM
What is Global Health?, by George Weisz (Montréal)
 
June 2, 2017

JOURNÉE ANNUELLE DE LA RECHERCHE EN OPHTALMOLOGIE
organized by Université Laval and CHU de Québec (Québec)
 
June 6, 2017

JOURNÉE DE LA SCIENCE
Organisée par l'Institut nordique du Québec, à Québec
 
June 16, 2017

JOURNÉE SCIENTIFIQUE RÉSEAU-1 QUÉBEC
Repousser les limites de la recherche 3.0 axée sur le patient (Montréal)
 
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Infants, concussions and parent-child relationships

 
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The link between weight gain and multiple sclerosis

 
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Better treatment for the motor and non-motor aspects of Parkinson’s disease

 
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The genetic link between type 1 and type 2 diabetes

 
 
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