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Appointment of two research chairs in optics-photonics: our researchers' leadership recognized

Réal Vallée, Denis Brière, Pierre Marquet, Kirsty Duncan. Crédit photo: Marc Robitaille - Université Laval

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced the appointment of two new research chairs in optics-photonics at Université Laval, in the presence of  her colleagues the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Joël Lightbound, Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert, of Mario Pinto, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Reserch Council, and Denis Brière, Rector of Université Laval. The two new Chairs were awarded to:

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Gabriel Gagnon-Turcotte wins the Mitacs 2015 prize for exceptional innovation for the development of a wireless system to study the brain

Gabriel Gagnon-Turcotte, en compagnie du professeur Benoît Gosselin - Crédit photo Marc Robitaille

Congratulations to Gabriel Gagnon-Turcotte, Masters student in the laboratory of professor Benoît Gosselin from the Department of electrical engineering and computer engineering, for winning the Mitacs 2015 prize for exceptional innovation, in the Master's student category.  The prize was given for the development of an optogenetic wireless system to stimulate a specific region of the brain of an animal, expressing a light-sensitive protein, and to record in real-time the resulting response.  

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Sentinel North: applying advanced optics technologies to understand the Canadian North

The Sentinel North strategy, which was awarded a historic amount of 98 million dollars through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, was the subject of a recent article in Le Devoir newspaper.  In this article, Yves De Koninck and Marcel Babin, Scientific Co-Directors of Sentinel North, explain the fundamentally transdisciplinary nature of the approaches proposed to study the human-environment system in the Canadian North.

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Robert Campbell wins Rutherford memorial medal in Chemistry

Congratulations to Canadian Neurophotonics Platform researcher Robert Campbell, who was recently awarded the 2015 Rutherford memorial medal in Chemistry by the Royal Society of Canada.

From the Royal Society announcement:

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Celebrating 10 years of optogenetics with Karl Deisseroth in Quebec city

Karl Deisseroth, Yves De Koninck and Valentin Nagerl

The 2015 Frontiers in Neurophotonics Symposium (FINS2015) was an opportunity to celebrate the tenth anniversary of optogenetics research in neuroscience.  Ten years ago, channelrhodopsin-2 was expressed in neurons and shown to control their activity in a landmark paper Karl Deisseroth and his team published in Nature Neuroscience - Millisecond-timescale, genetically targeted optical control of neural activity.

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Daniel Côté receives important funding to develop a microscopy system for molecular imaging of the living

Professor Daniel Côté will receive 489 299 $ from the Quebec Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations, BLIQc inc., CRIUSMQ and SOVAR to valorize three technologies to improve microscopy systems for multimodal molecular imaging of the living.  Côté and his colleagues at Université Laval and the CRIUSMQ have conceived technologies that make microscopic data acquisition simpler and faster, and the robustness of these technologies will facilitate the marketing of these products and their integration in existing systems.

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Yves De Koninck appointed to the Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to the Director of the Neurophotonics Centre, Yves De Koninck for his recent appointment to the Royal Society of Canada.

He was named member of this prestigious Society in recognition of "seminal contributions to understanding how neurons communicate at the cellular and molecular levels, in normal and pathological pain. Equally ground-breaking are his contributions to developing novel photonics technologies to push the frontiers of neuroscience."

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