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Tuesday, May 21 2013

Postdoctoral scholarship recipients honored in the presence of diplomats from Asia, Europe and America at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital

Montreal, CANADA, May 21, 2013 – On April 30, 2013, an International Postdoctoral Scholarship Awards for Excellence Ceremony was held by the Sainte-Justine University Hospital in the presence of diplomats from Asia, Europe and America. The ceremony aimed to honor the recipients of these prestigious awards, who came from six different countries to pursue their postdoctoral training in mother-child biomedical research.

These scholarships in the amount of $150,000 for three years are awarded with the support of the Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine, and prove to be an excellent springboard for the recipients’ scientific careers. Each comes with an additional $15,000 seed funding in the first year provided by the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center.

According to Dr. Alain Moreau, Director of Research at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital, these awards are an excellent way to recruit the elite in scientific research, and make our Research Center work as a nerve center for knowledge in pediatric and maternal health. "Our institution is host to more than 400 graduate students coming from 43 countries. If you walk into our labs, you will hear Arabic, Cantonese, English, German, Hindi, Italian, Madarin... Currently, more than a hundred of our researchers work with nearly 150 institutions abroad. That gives an idea of our global outreach, which we look forward to broaden by expanding our network of collaborators around the world,” he said.

“We hope that these scholarships not only serve as a launching pad for the careers of our recipients”, Dr. Christian Beauséjour, Associate Director, Academic Affairs at the Research Center said, “but also help them to carve out a prime position for themselves in a niche where Sainte-Justine is a leader: the health of mothers and children”.

The recipients from Germany, China, France, the United States of America, India and Italy have expressed their gratitude, in addition to describing their research project:

China. Dr. Jiang Wei Wu, under the supervision of Dr. Grant Mitchell. Research topic: “Lipolysis Deficiency and Liposarcoma: A new link between fat breakdown and cancer”

France. Dr. Jennyfer Ansado, under the supervision of Dr. Miriam Beauchamp. Research topic: “Socio-cognitive dysfunctions and adaptive mechanisms in individuals with traumatic brain injury from early childhood to adolescence: a neurofunctional approach”

Germany. Dr. Christoph Preuss, under the supervision of Dr. Gregor Andelfinger. Research topic: “Deciphering congenital heart disease traits by exploring human genetic diversity”

India. Dr. Bidisha Chattopadhyaya, under the supervision of Dr. Lionel Carmant and Dr. Graziella Di Cristo. Research topic: “Role of perinatal hypoxia on GABAergic interneuron development”

Italy. Dr. Silvia Selleri, under the supervision of Dr. Elie Haddad. Research topic: “Immunobiology of hematopoietic stem cell transplants”

United States of America. Dr. Kristen Gorman, under the supervision of Dr. Alain Moreau and Dr. Carl-Éric Aubin. Research topic: “The Use of the Teleostean Model for the Study of Idiopathic Spinal Curves in Humans”

Mrs. Anièle Lecoq, president and chief executive officer of the Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine, highlighted that the scholarships help create bonds, promote dialogue and foster the exchange of knowledge both here in Canada and abroad, notably when international students return to their native country or bring their knowledge to other nations.

The awards were distributed in the presence of the following diplomats, appearing hereafter in alphabetical order of country:

  • Mrs. Zhao Jiangping, Consul General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Montreal
  • Mr. Zhai Jianjun, Consul for Educational Affairs, Office of Education, Science, Technology and Culture, also from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Montreal
  • Mrs. Mathilde Hubert, Scientific Attaché for Science and Technology, General Consulate of France in Québec city, Montreal Branch
  • Mrs. Barbara de Tschaschell, Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montreal
  • Mr. Emanuele Fiore, Science and Technology Attaché, Embassy of Italy in Ottawa
  • Ms. Stephanie Kronenburg, Deputy Consular Chief, United States of America Consulate General in Montreal

Photo (from left to right):


Front row:
Silvia Selleri, Kristen Gorman, Bidisha Chattopadhyaya, Jiang Wei Wu, Jennyfer Ansado, Christoph Preuss

Back row: Christian Beauséjour, Anièle Lecoq, Emanuele Fiore, Elie Haddad, Stephanie Kronenburg, Graziela Di Cristo, Lionel Carmant, Grant Mitchell, Zhao Jiangping, Zhai Jianjun, Miriam Beauchamp, Mathilde Hubert, Gregor Andelfinger, Barbara de Tschaschell, Alain Moreau, Marc Girard

Credit: Sainte-Justine University Hospital

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