Prestigious FRQS scholarships awarded to researchers and students at the Institut du cancer de Montréal!

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The Institut du cancer de Montréal is proud to announce that several of our students and researchers have been awarded Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) scholarships in the most recent 2019-2020 competition.

FRQS grants are awarded to only a few hundred students each year, in addition to researchers, networks and research centers. Scholarships and grants awarded by the FRQS are subject to rigorous peer review to ensure they meet the highest level of excellence in research. 

Awards were given to the following members:

- Career grants and salary support

  • Marie-Claude Bourgeois-Daigneault, PhD: researcher
    • Study title: Establishing, understanding and exploiting the effect of estrogen on breast cancer therapy that uses oncolytic viruses.
  • Dr. Bertrand Routy : researcher clinician
    • Study title: manipulating the intestinal microbiome to augment the efficacy of immunotherapy in cancer treatment.
  • Dr. Dominique Trudel : researcher clinician
    • Study title: Prostate cancer with a high risk of recurrence: intraductal carcinoma and Raman microspectroscopy.


- Scholarships

  • Mayra dos Santos Carneiro : PhD student
    • Study title: Intratumoral and peripheral immune signature via single cell sequencing (scRNAseq) in high grade serous ovarian carcinoma.
  • Stéphane Lopes-Paciencia : PhD student
    •  Study title: Identification of key factors mediating the tumor suppressor effect of the RAS/MAPK pathway when cells turn towards cellular senescence.
  • Victor Mullins-Dansereau : PhD student
    • Study title: Using oncolytic viruses as an anti-tumor vaccination platform. 
  • Gabriel Pagé : MSc student
    • Study title: Impact of intratumoral bacterial infiltration on the immune response and survival of individuals with cancer.
  • Kayla Simeone : PhD student
    • Study title: Validation of an ex vivo tumor-derived model for morphological, biological and genetic analysis of treatment response.
  • Véronique Tu : PhD student
    • Study title: Defining the interaction between cellular senescence and the immune system in the context of anticancer therapy.


A large part of research done in Quebec is financed by public funding organisms such as the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ). The FRQ contributes to publicizing their research projects within the Quebec population and also highlights the importance of public funding in research.