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A fly, a worm and a rodent: a researcher’s recipe to success

I am a post-doctoral researcher. I am also a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine which explains why I like to work on research projects involving animal models. This type of research continues to draw criticism and to generate debate. I hope that the following will shed some light on certain aspects of scientific research which uses […]

Today’s fundamental research, a reflection of tomorrow’s breakthroughs

When working in a fundamental research laboratory in a cancer research institute, it is not unusual to hear the same refrain from friends or family, spoken with just a hint of irony: “So…. find anything yet?” We are not necessarily in search of solutions to practical problems Admittedly, the answer to this question usually involves […]

Systems Biology: Biomedical Research in the Big Data Era

The majority of master’s and doctoral students at IRIC are enrolled in the Molecular Biology program, Systems Biology option of the Faculty of Medicine. Now that you are familiar with the Ph.D. in molecular biology (if this is not the case, please read or re-read Samuel Rochette’s article), you may be asking yourself what is […]

Interview with Dr. Claude Perreault: Lessons from three decades of research against leukemia

Dr. Claude Perreault is an hematologist and graduate from the Université de Montréal. He works in the Hemato-Oncology Department of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (HMR) with a team of 26 physicians where he specializes in new cases, like Dr. House from the House TV series. He sees referred patients with difficult and unusual diagnoses. His medical […]

Collaboration Between Academia and the Pharmaceutical Industry: United to Find the Next Drug

Before I pursued post-secondary studies, I knew I wanted to do science, real science with a Capital S: pure science, science which aims to further medicine and society without prestige or selfish or financial interests. That’s the idealised desire that led me to years of studies in biology across several universities. Academic research is conducted […]

New Drugs for Old Crabs

Originating from the Greek “karkinos”, which means crab, cancer, like its crustacean counterpart, pinches unexpectedly and without warning, and once it clings on, it is not easily dislodged. Hippocrates described cancer “with veins stretched on all sides as the animal the crab has its feet”. We know today that the uncontrolled growth of a single […]

Demystifying the Ph.D. in Molecular Biology for Uncle Peter and Auntie Diane

Each month, an IRIC student explores a lesser-known aspect of scientific research. This month, Samuel Rochette, a Ph.D. candidate in molecular biology, explains what really means a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. When we meet new people, one of the first things we generally ask is what kind of work they do. When I get asked […]

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