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Tremplin Award - 2022 Recipients

Catherine Hudon

Medicine and Health Sciences 

Enhancing the response to complex health needs

People with complex health needs frequently use health services. In addition to having a lower quality of life, they have high mortality rates and generate high health costs. Specialized in patient-oriented research, clinical researcher Catherine Hudon seeks to offer a more coherent care trajectory to these people.

Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, she has developed expertise in mixed methods to design, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve health, self-management, and the patient care experience. In less than a decade, her work has had a considerable impact on the efficiency of the Quebec health care system.

For her outstanding contribution to research and her inspiring leadership, the Université de Sherbrooke is very proud to present Professor Catherine Hudon the Tremplin Award in Medicine and Health Sciences.

Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Understanding the influence of microbes on health and the environment 

What are the roles of microbes in human health and terrestrial ecosystems? Microbial ecology, a blend of microbiology, ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics, provides a unique mechanical understanding of host-microbe interactions. This also happens to be the field of expertise of Professor Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe, Chairholder of the new Canada Research Chair in Applied Microbial Ecology.

The work of this rising research star, leading a team of researchers from several disciplines and academic institutions, is essential to developing microbial bioengineering tools that will support human health and the functions of terrestrial ecosystems. Her research is focused on host-microbe interactions in the gut microbiota, in forest ecosystems, and in human and animal models. 

For her dynamic leadership in a booming field of research, the Université de Sherbrooke is very proud to present Professor Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe the Tremplin Award in Natural Sciences and Engineering.

France St-Hilaire

Humanities and Social Sciences

Healthier workplaces

Psychological health at work is a major issue within organizations. Improving the well-being of workers is precisely the research focus of this professor from the École de gestion France St-Hilaire, more specifically regarding organizational factors and behaviours that foster psychological health at work.

An inspiring model of interdisciplinarity, she conducts her work in collaboration with researchers in various fields ranging from health sciences to industrial relations, psychology, and computer science. Using the international collaborative platform Global-Watch, which she helped launch, she participates in the dissemination of best practices to foster health, well-being, and quality of life at work, for the benefit of organizations.  

For the impact of her research on workplace health, the Université de Sherbrooke takes great pride in awarding Professor France St-Hilaire the Tremplin Award in Humanities and Social Sciences.