Exchange program supports Quebec researchers in BC

31 July 2012

Two Quebec researchers have been funded to undertake post-doctoral training in British Columbia through an exchange partnership that aims to build the groundwork for greater research collaboration between the two provinces.

Dr. Israël Casabon and Dr. Marc Simard will be funded for two years under the FRQS/MSFHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship Exchange Program to pursue studies at the University of British Columbia. The program recognizes that BC and Quebec have complementary strengths in several areas – neuroscience, genomics/proteomics, pediatrics, and epidemiology – and aims to encourage young researchers to take advantage of this expertise. Researchers are jointly funded under a memorandum of understanding between MSFHR and its Quebec counterpart Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

Casabon and Simard were selected to participate in the exchange program by FRQS on the basis of a competitive, peer-reviewed process. MSFHR and FRQS will each fund 50 per cent of their awards.

FRQS/MSFHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship Exchange Program participants

  • Dr. Israël Casabon
    Supervisor: Dr. Lindsay Eltis, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UBC
    Project title: Cholesterol catabolism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: CoA thioesters and their implications for pathogenesis.
  • Dr. Marc Simard
    Supervisor: Dr. Geoffrey Hammond, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UBC
    Project title: Clinical implications of interactions between the protein binding of corticosteroids (SERPINA6) and proteases.