$1M for three young researchers

June 15th, 2015

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) and the three Fonds de recherche du Québec (Nature et technologies, Santé, Société et culture) granted three career awards (one per Fonds) to young occupational health and safety (OHS) researchers.

The four-year awards total $840,000 and aim to support new research scientists in targeted OHS sectors. The recipients will also be given a starting grant of $25,000/year for three years.

A rigorous evaluation process was put in place, and the IRSST and Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) selected three of the twelve notices of intent that were received based on the quality of the proposed research projects. The winners are:

  • Ms. Marie Laberge of the École de réadaptation de l'Université de Montréal, who will lead a research program on sustainable prevention and the occupational health and safety of teenagers transitioning to the job market;
  • Ms. Eva Suarthana of the Centre de recherche de l'Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, who will develop prognostic models for respiratory symptoms to assess the abnormal decline in lung function in individuals exposed to stabilizers in the workplace; and
  • Mr. Maximilien Debia of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Université de Montréal for a research program focused on evaluating and characterizing professional exposure to nanometric particles.

Marie Larue, executive director of the IRSST and Rémi Quirion, Québec's chief scientist officer and chairman of the boards of directors of the FRQ, would like to congratulate all three recipients and hope that the awards program—which was in its first edition—will contribute to the retention of high-calibre OHS researchers in Québec.



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