Two awards sponsored by the Ministère des Relations internationales and the Consulate General of France in Québec City were presented to researchers from Québec and France at the 66th Annual Gala of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) held on October 7 in Montréal.
The Adrien-Pouliot Award recognizes excellence in scientific research conducted by Québec investigators in collaboration with French colleagues. This year, it was presented to Université Laval professor Jean-Pierre Després for his work on the treatment of obesity. The results of his research, which was carried out in collaboration with French laboratories Sanofi-Aventis and Servier, have revolutionized the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of this disease.
The Gala was also the occasion to honour the best Ph.D. theses jointly supervised by academics in Québec and France. The award was presented to Québec Ph.D. student François Lewis, whose thesis, which was co-supervised by faculty members at Université Laval and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), focused on an innovative process for the design of new vascular endoprotheses for implantation in patients suffering from atherosclerosis. The French award winner was Emmanuel Dupuy.
The goal of this award is to encourage student mobility between France and Québec in conjunction with the mobility bursary program for students enrolled in a joint Ph.D. supervision program (Frontenac Program). These awards were established by the Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise (France-Québec permanent cooperation commission).
Each year, Acfas presents awards to recognize exceptional contributions to research. Québec has maintained cooperative ties with France, notably in the field of education, for over 40 years.
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