Training being at the heart of the action at the Université de Montréal’s Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), the IRIC 5th Scientific Day took place on May 23 and 24. The goal of this activity is to provide a forum where the members of the IRIC community can meet and deliberate over ongoing scientific activities within the Institute. Organized every two years, it is also an opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and staff to present their projects orally or as posters.
For the keynote address, Dr. Prasad Jallepalli of New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center delivered the lecture “Surfing mitosis with chemical genetics.” Dr. Jallepalli is recognized worldwide for his research into chromosome anomalies in human cells, and participants had the opportunity to discuss the topic with the lecturer and expand their knowledge in this area of expertise.
Additionally, in the course of an event attended by over 175 people, participants had access to 20 oral presentations and 58 poster presentations. In that context, several IRIC members especially distinguished themselves with the quality of their presentations and received awards for excellence:
Oral presentations — Awards for Excellence in memory of Jean-Guy Mongeau:
- Gloria Assaker, Ph.D. student in Gregory Emery’s laboratory, for her presentation entitled “Regulation of ligand activity in physiological and oncogenic Notch signaling”
- Diana Paola Granados, postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Claude Perreault’s laboratory, for her presentation entitled “Impact of genomic polymorphisms on the repertoire of human MHC class I-associated peptides”
- David Kachaner, postdoctoral fellow in Vincent Archambault’s laboratory, for his presentation entitled “Inter-domain allosteric regulation of Polo kinase by Aurora B and Map205 is required for cytokinesis”
- Patrick Narbonne, researcher officer in Jean-Claude Labbé’s laboratory, for his presentation entitled “Insulin signalling couples germline stem cell activity to oocyte needs in aging C. elegans adults”
- Justine Paradis, Ph.D. student in Michel Bouvier’s and Philippe Roux’s laboratory, for her presentation entitled “GPCR downregulation through ERK1/2-dependent b-arrestin phosphorylation”
Poster presentations — Fisher Scientific Award:
- Abigail Gerhold, postdoctoral fellow in Jean-Claude Labbé’s laboratory, for her presentation entitled “Investigating stem cell mitosis in vivo by live-imaging in C. elegans”
- Peter Kubiniok, M.Sc. student in Anne Marinier’s and Pierre Thibault’s laboratory, for his presentation entitled “Time-resolved phosphoproteomics following heat and cold shock provides insights into the regulation of cytokinesis and DNA replication”
- Céline Laumont, Ph.D. student in Dr. Claude Perreault’s laboratory, for her presentation entitled “Impact of the alternative proteome on the MHC class I immunopeptidome biogenesis”
- Julien Patenaude, Ph.D. student in Dr. Claude Perreault’s laboratory, for his presentation entitled “Elucidating the role of SCA1-positive mesenchymal stromal cells in the thymus”
- Roshan Elizabeth Rajan, Ph.D. student in Pierre Thibault,s and Alain Verreault’s laboratory, for her presentation entitled “A novel evolutionarily conserved combinatorial pattern of histone modifications”
- Peng Wang, Ph.D. student in Vincent Archambault’s laboratory, for his presentation entitled “Deciphering the role of Cdk1 in spatial regulation of the Greatwall kinase”
- Hiba Zahreddine, Ph.D. student in Katherine Borden’s laboratory, for her presentation entitled “The sonic hedgehog factor Gli1 imparts drug resistance through inducible glucuronidation”
Nathalie Mongeau, representing the Awards for Excellence in memory of Jean-Guy Mongeau, took advantage of the opportunity to “encourage students to continue with their training,” emphasizing that “we’re counting on you to conquer cancer, nothing less.” The objective of these awards is to support and encourage young researchers in pursuing their scientific career and to assist them in earning scholarships partly on the basis of winning the Award for Excellence.
The members of the organizing committee – made up of senior investigators Vincent Archambault, Étienne Gagnon and Benjamin Kwok; representatives of the Office of Academic Affairs Patrick Lacasse, Pascale Le Thérizien and Julie Mantovani; along with Nora MostefaÏ for Seminars coordination and Ph.D. student Céline Laumont – wish to thank the lecturers and the participants, all of whom demonstrated a high level of interest in this special activity from start to finish.
Carrying out the IRIC 5th Scientific Day’s was made possible thanks to the financial support of:
About the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer
An ultra-modern research hub and training centre located in the heart of the Université de Montreal, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) was created in 2003 to shed light on the mechanisms of cancer and discover new, more effective therapies to counter this disease. IRIC operates according to a model that is unique in Canada. Its innovative approach to research has already led to discoveries that will, over the coming years, have a significant impact on the fight against cancer. For more information:www.iric.ca