Members’ successes and honors

Josée Savard, a RQSPAL member, and Marie-Christine Ouellet are the winners of the “PROSE award” in the category “Textbook – Medicine and Clinical Science” for their manual Handbook of Sleep Disorders in Medical Conditions.This award is given by the “Association of American Publishers”. Annually, the “PROSE awards” recognize the best in professional and scholarly publishing.


Jude Emmanuel Cleopath (student member), Michel Dorval (regular member), Hermann Nabi, Jocelyne Chiquette, Bruno Gagnon (regular member) and Pierre Gagnon (RQSPAL director) published their recent research results about addressing cancer family history and performing testing in palliative care with cancer patients’ relatives. Click here to see the complete article.

Congratulations to Martin Roberge, student member of the RQSPAL and sits on the students commitee. He is the winner of category Personnalité AVENIR 2e-3e cycle, Forces Avenir. He will represent Laval University at provincial contest. Forces AVENIR aims to recognize, honour and promote the commitment of students in projects that contribute to the development of socially conscious, active and responsible citizens who are both dedicated to their community and open to the world. Congratulations for this honour !

Émilie Allard, student member, successfully defended her thesis on March 27. Émilie is a PhD student in nursing sciences at Université de Montréal under the supervision of Alain Legault.

See this article in La Presse to which Josée Savard, regular member of the RQSPAL, contributed. She talks about hard times associated with cancer and their impact on mental health. She also emphasizes on the fear of recurrence, which affects many patients, by saying that hospitals will soon be better prepared to deal with this concern thanks to a training program. Finally, she mentions the necessity for patients to recommit themselves in life and to have projects.

Philippe Laperle, student member, and Deborah Ummel, regular member of the RQSPAL, recently published an article on supporting integration, commitment and long-term involvement of volunteers in palliative care. They identified and described factors that could support this integration. for more information, go see the article by following this link.

Lynn Gauthier, junior searcher in oncology and regular member of the RQSPAL, is the winner of an Award of Excellence presented by the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. She received this prize on March 28 for her work on chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy a side effect poorly understood.

Congratulations to Valérie Bourgeois-Guérin, regular member of the RQSPAL, who is a new assistant for the Chaire de recherche UQAM sur le vieillissement et la diversité citoyenne. This will enable her to contribute to the development of research niches related to mental health, grief and end-of-life among elderly.

Diane Tapp, regular member of the RQSPAL, and Christiane Martel, associate member, participated in a Radio-Canada program: « Faut pas croire tout ce qu’on dit ». They talk about palliative care doctors, medical assistance in dying and acess to palliative care. Please do not hesitate to listen to this interview, which revives the discussion on end-of-life medical care.

The project « Communautés bienveillantes – un modèle de soutien et de soins » has been assigned to a team led by Dr Antoine Boivin, regular member of the RQSPAL. This project will create community-based programs that set supportive environments and linkages for citizens suffering of an advanced disease or at an advanced life stage. The research team will assess the impact of these community activities on the quality of life. See the press release HERE.

Serge Dumont, regular member of the RQSPAL, is the subject of an article published this week on the website of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Université Laval. It informs the university community of Mr. Dumont’s induction to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. This is one of the greatest honour in the Canadian university community.

Congratulations to some of our members who received a grant from SSHRC for the project « La souffrance psychologique des hommes âgés atteints d’un cancer incurable ». The team of researchers who benefits from this contribution, thanks to the Insight Development Grants, comprises the members Valérie Bourgeois-Guérin (main searcher), Christopher MacKinnon (collaborator) et Andréanne Côté (collaborator).

An article from Le Fil of May 3rd reports the 15.2M$ financing for a project led by Dr Jacques Simard. This financing will allow the continuation of a project whose goal is to develop and individualised breast cancer risk assessment for prevention and early screening purposes. Some RQSPAL researchers are involved in this important project, including Michel Dorval.

We wish to congratulate Joanie Mercier, supervised by Dre Josée Savard, for her thesis defence that took place April 13th of this year. Her thesis “L’exercice physique pour améliorer le sommeil chez les patients atteints de cancer: État de la littérature et comparaison avec la thérapie cognitive comportementale” is now available online via this link.

Dre Josée Savard received a grant from the Fonds de soutien à l’innovation sociale, a grant offered by the VRRCI for her project “Dissémination d’un groupe de psychothérapie visant à réduire la peur de récidive du cancer.” This announcement is in the Journal Le Fil.

Antonin Marquis received a doctoral scholarship from the FRQSC for his thesis on the suffering of people asking for medically-assisted death. He is a doctoral student in psychology, under the supervision of Dre Valérie Bourgeois-Guérin.

See in the Journal Le fil a discussion with Dr Jean-François Desbiens. Specialised in oncology treatments at the Nursing Sciences Faculty of Laval University, Mr Desbiens talks about the care of patients suffering from cancer after their treatment.

Last Thursday, May 17th, the RQSPAL won the Diamant prize from the CHU de Québec – Université Laval within the innovation category. The 5th edition of the evening of gratitude of the Diamant prizes took place at the Palais Montcalm. This prize is a gesture of gratitude for the commitment, the strength of work and the solid relationships which made it possible to build a renewed and adapted range of services. Congratulations to the whole team!

Dre Lynn Gauthier (researcher and grant holder) obtained her Junior 1 with her project “La neuropathie périphérique chimioinduite chez les femmes de différents âges recevant une chimiothérapie à base de taxane pour un cancer du sein”.

 Catherine Banville (master’s degree, FRQS) and Véronique Massicotte (master’s degree, FRQS) both from Dre Josée Savard’s lab, received training scholarships.

The IRSC (Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada) awarded a grant to Sophie Lauzier, Denis Talbot, Hermann Nabi, Marc-Karim Bendiane, Anne-Déborah Bouhnik and Laetitia Huiart for the project “Inégalités sociales dans les trajectoires d’usage des traitements oraux pour le cancer du sein: Une comparaison France – Québec”.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada awarded a grant to Gina Bravo, main researcher, Marcel Arcand, Jocelyn Downie and Sharon Kaasaleinene, co-researchers, and three international collaborators. The project “A nationwide study of the attitude of informal caregivers of persons with dementia toward extending medical assistance in dying to incompetent patients” obtained this grant for two years.

The IRSC (Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada) awarded a grant for the development of a step by step cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia in routine care for cancer. The grant will benefit the main researcher Josée Savard and the co-researchers Lynda Bélanger, Aude Caplette-Gingras, Marie-Pierre Gagnon and Charles M. Morin, and will last from 2018 to 2023.

 A Catalyst Grant provided by the IRSC (Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada) has been given to the researchers Lynn R. Gauthier and Chitra Lalloo for the project “Une solution de cybersanté axée sur le patient pour habiliter les personnes âgées et améliorer l’évaluation et la prise en charge de la douleur.”

Marie-Solange Bernatchez is recipient of the Guy-Bégin award presented by the Société Québécoise pour la Recherche en Psychologie for the best article written by a student in the clinical axis.

Le RQSPAL est soutenu financièrement par le Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé.