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Laureates of the 2015 IRIC Next Generation Awards. Front, left to right: Destiny Lu-Cleary, Julia Rybkina, Justine Vinet, Flora Jung, Lia Huo, Valeria Vendries, Anissa Chirico. Back, left to right: Felix Zhou, Andy Zhen, Mitchell Demers, Stéphane Lopes Paciencia, Aldo Zakhour, Caroline Labelle, Nicole Boyle, Frank (Zhexian) Liu. Absent: Brendan Lapointe Raizenne

The Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal recently welcomed the 16 laureates of the 2015 IRIC Next Generation Awards.

For the fifth consecutive year, this program allows undergraduate students from across Canada with a strong interest for cancer research and an exceptional academic record to obtain an excellence award and a research internship at IRIC. This year, two options were offered: a $4,250 award for a 12-week internship or a $5,670 award for a 16-week internship.

These awards are made possible through participants and generous donors of the IRIC Great Challenges against Cancer, which are organized annually for the benefit of the IRIC Perseverance Fund, including a generous donation from the Fondation Famille Diane et Léon Gosselin.

“With this program, IRIC pursues a dual objective. First, we wish to showcase the quality and variety of research projects offered by IRIC principal investigators. We also want to allow promising students to experience a full immersion in an academic biomedical research environment with the hope of convincing them to pursue graduate training at IRIC” explains Martine Raymond, director of academic affairs at IRIC.

“In addition to being actively involved in IRIC research activities, awardees can partake in the variety of activities offered at the Institute and can truly experience the life of graduate students” adds Patrick Lacasse, project manager for student recruitment at IRIC and coordinator of the program. “They participate in lab meetings, in courses of the IRIC Summer School in Systems Biology, in the IRIC International Symposium on Molecular Targets in Cancer Genomics, in the IRIC Student Recruitment Event’s activities, in various scientific conferences and in the many social activities organized by the IRIC student association (AEIRIC).”

Members of IRIC come together to congratulate the laureates of the 2015 IRIC Next Generation Awards.

2015 Laureates:

 

NICOLE BOYLE, BSc in Biopharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Ottawa
16-week internship under the direction of Brian Wilhelm

ANISSA CHIRICO, BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University
16-week internship under the direction of Sébastien Carréno

MITCHELL DEMERS, BSc in Chemistry and Biology at Western University
16-week internship under the direction of Pierre Thibault

LIA HUO, BSc in Biomedical and Life Sciences at McGill University
16-week internship under the direction of Sébastien Carréno

FLORA JUNG, BSc in Medical Sciences at Western University
16-week internship under the direction of Philippe P. Roux

CAROLINE LABELLE, BSc in Informatics and Biology at McGill University
16-week internship under the direction of Sébastien Lemieux

BRENDAN LAPOINTE RAIZENNE, BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Université de Montréal
12-week internship under the direction of Sylvain Meloche

FRANK (ZHEXIAN) LIU, BSc in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia
16-week internship under the direction of Benjamin Kwok

STÉPHANE LOPES PACIENCIA, BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Université de Montréal
16-week internship under the direction of Guy Sauvageau

DESTINY LU-CLEARY, BSc in Pharmacology at the University of British Columbia
16-week internship under the direction of Michel Bouvier

JULIA RYBKINA, BSc in Neuroscience and Immunology at the University of Toronto – Victoria College
16-week internship under the direction of Sylvie Mader

VALERIA VENDRIES, BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University
16-week internship under the direction of Jean-Claude Labbé

JUSTINE VINET, BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Université de Montréal
16-week internship under the direction of Damien D’Amours

ALDO ZAKHOUR, BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the Université de Montréal
16-week internship under the direction of Trang Hoang

ANDY ZENG, BSc Biomedical Physiology at Simon Fraser University
16-week internship under the direction of Benjamin Kwok

FELIX ZHOU, BSc in Biology at the University of New Brunswick
12-week internship under the direction of Sylvie Mader

 

About the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer

An ultra-modern research hub and training centre located in the heart of the Université de Montreal, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) was created in 2003 to shed light on the mechanisms of cancer and discover new, more effective therapies to counter this disease. IRIC operates according to a model that is unique in Canada. Its innovative approach to research has already led to discoveries that will, over the coming years, have a significant impact on the fight against cancer. For more information: www.iric.ca

About the Perseverance Fund

Established in 2010, the IRIC Perseverance Fund of the Université de Montréal’s Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) has as its objective the funding of two merit scholarship programs aimed at recruiting and training the best young scientists from around the world in the field of cancer research. The IRIC Next Generation Awards are offered to undergraduate students who wish to join IRIC for a summer research internship and to eventually pursue graduate studies in the field of biomedical research. The Perseverance Awards are for graduate students registered in the Systems Biology program which alternates between theoretical and practical learning. The IRIC Perseverance Fund is an initiative of Dr. Robert Patenaude, spokesman for IRIC and founder of the IRIC Great Challenges Against Cancer. IRIC wishes to express its gratitude to all participants and donors to the Perseverance Challenge Fund, and recognizes the great generosity of the Fondation Famille Diane et Léon Gosselin.

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Manon Pepin
Communications and Media Relations Director
Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer │ IRIC
Université de Montréal
(514) 343-7283 | manon.pepin@umontreal.ca