The Tremplin Award for Research and Creation is awarded each year to faculty members that make an exceptional contribution to research and innovation at the Université de Sherbrooke. This is awarded as part of the Research and Graduate Studies Celebration at the Centre culturel de l’Université de Sherbrooke. These people are recognized for their integrity and their commitment to the values of our institution. This award aims to support professors at the start of their careers so they can push the boundaries of research and creation across a wide array of disciplines.
Medicine and Health Sciences
As a nationally and internationally renowned researcher in the field of neuromuscular disease, Professor Cynthia Gagnon, from the School of Rehabilitation of the Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, has been working at the Saguenay site since 2010. Her exceptional contribution to neuromuscular research has earned her the Prix Tremplin in Medicine and Health Sciences.
Her work is mainly focused on three of the world’s most common diseases, i.e. Myotonic dystrophy (DM1), autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay (ARSCS), and oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD). Some of her greatest work is thanks to the interdisciplinary nature of her research, which includes neurology, physiatry, occupational therapy, neuropsychology, physiotherapy, and nutrition. This integration makes it possible to significantly increase the identification of factors affecting the progression of disease and their impacts. As director of the Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les maladies neuromusculaires (GRIMN—interdisciplinary research group on neuromuscular disease) at the CIUSSS Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, she established the world’s largest biobank on neuromuscular disease, as well as an electronic consultation platform launched in 2020.
Humanities and Social Sciences
Epistemology is the branch of philosophy which studies knowledge. And many organizations produce and disseminate knowledge on socio-economic topics. How are real and fake distinguished? These questions are at the core of the Canada Research Chair in Applied Epistemology’s work, whose chairholder earned the Prix Tremplin in Humanities and Social Sciences.
François Claveau has been a professor at the Department of Philosophy and Applied Ethics of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences since 2015. His highly original contributions result from the combination of empirical approaches and conceptual work specific to analytical philosophy. His chair also contributes to the discussion about research methods in digital humanities. In this regard, Professor Claveau is the Scientific Director of the new Digital Humanities Platform, which facilitates access to digital tools in the humanities and social sciences.
Natural Sciences and Engineering
As a mechanical engineering professor in the Faculté de génie since 2018 and recipient of the Prix Tremplin in Natural Sciences and Engineering, Abderraouf Boucherif, has an impressive resume. His high-level research activities have the potential to produce major impacts on micro-nanotechnologies and energy. His unique expertise on semiconductor nanostructures and the hetero-integration of materials for green energies consolidates the UdeS’s position as a world leader in this field.
The integrated innovation chain between the Institut quantique, the 3IT, and the C2MI, which covers the whole process from design and production to market distribution with partners, is at the heart of Professor Boucherif’s research. Through his innovative and multidisciplinary research program, this young researcher focuses on the application of micro- and nanotechnologies for generating and storing clean electrical energies, a sector with high strategic importance nowadays.