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Tuesday, March 22 2011
Press release

Launch of the Ne3LS Network on Nanotechnology

The launch of the Ne3LS Network (Knowledge Network on the Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social issues regarding Nanotechnology) took place on March 9, 2011. Guests of honour at this event included Dr. Fabrice Brunet, Director of the CHU Sainte-Justine, Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center, Dr. Joseph Hubert, Vice-Rector of Research and International Relations at the University of Montreal, Mr. Yves Joanette, President and CEO of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) and Mr. Luc Castonguay, Director of Academic Research at the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE). The Ne3LS Network is the result of a collaboration between Québec’s research funding organizations, the MDEIE, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) and NanoQuébec.

Mr. Charles-Anica Endo, Executive Director, and Dr. Renaldo Battista, Scientific Director, took this opportunity to announce the winners of the network’s first call for projects, held in December 2010. In addition, the Axis Directors presented the multiple dimensions of nanotechnology, from their very definition to their governance and their associated risks. Attendees also had the priviledge of hearing two world-renowned nanotechnology researchers, Mrs. Céline Lafontaine, sociologist, and Dr. Richard Martel, chemist.

The Ne3LS Network has big plans: more projects will be funded in the next competition and preparations are already under way for an international symposium to be held in Fall 2012.

From left to right: 
Renaldo Battista (Ne3LS Network), Charles-Anica Endo (Ne3LS Network), Catherine Beaudry (Ne3LS Network), Luc Castonguay (MDEIE), Marie Larue (IRSST), Joseph Hubert (University of Montreal), Marie-Hélène Parizeau (Ne3LS Network), Guy Rouleau (CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center), Céline Lafontaine (University of Montreal) and Yves Joanette (FRSQ).

Absent from the photo: 
Fabrice Brunet (CHU Sainte-Justine), Claude Emond (Ne3LS Network) and Richard Martel (University of Montreal).

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