Pierre Priam, Ph.D. candidate in cellular biology at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal (UdeM), is the deserving winner of the concours Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles organized by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec.

Awarded the sum of $1,000, Pierre Priam received the honor as a result of his article “SMARCD2 Subunit of SWI/SNF Chromatin-remodeling Complexes Mediates Granulopoiesis through a CEBPe-Dependent Mechanism” published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Genetics.  The work describes the discovery of a key mechanism in the production of white blood cells specialized in defending the body against infections.

“Our studies led to the discovery of a critical regulator of the innate immune response and provide a better understanding of the molecular defects responsible for a disease of the immune system” explains Pierre Priam.

About the concours Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles from Fonds de recherche du Québec

The competition aims to recognize the exceptional research contributions of college and university students, postdoctoral fellows and members of professional bodies who are enrolled in advanced research training programs in the areas covered by all three Fonds de recherche du Québec. For more information: www.frq.gouv.qc.ca

About the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal

An ultra-modern research hub and training centre located in the heart of the Université de Montréal, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer of the Université de Montréal was created in 2003 to shed light on the mechanisms of cancer and discover new, more effective therapies to counter this disease. The 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: iric.ca