Announcement of 2024 Marie Giguère Travel and Roger J. Paiement Outreach Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2024 recipients of the Marie Giguère Travel and the J.Paiement Outreach Awards.


Marie Giguère Travel Awards

Thanks to the generous support from Ms. Marie Giguère, awards worth up to $500 are available to support travel and attendance for graduate students (MSc and PhD candidates) presenting their work at a national or international scientific conference.

Eight grants were awarded this year.

Basic Neuroscience Division:



Danae Penichet (team of Nicolas Cermakian and Patricia P. Silveira)

Behavioural and hippocampal cell type-specific gene expression profiles associated with maternal immune activation and circadian disruption
Conference name: 2024 Society for Biological Rhythms Research (SRBR) Biennial Meeting
Dates: May 18-22, 2024
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jiamin Song (team of Claire-Dominique Walker & Tak Pan Wong)

Region-dependent inputs differentially mediate early life stress induced changes in prefrontal glutamate release in pre-adolescent male rats
Conference name: 2024 Society of Neuroscience
Dates: Oct. 5- Oct.9 2024
Location: Chicago, US


Human Neuroscience Division:

Amélie Metz (team of Mahsa Dadar and Sylvia Villeneuve)

Association between DBM-derived atrophy patterns and cognition in frontotemporal dementia variants
Conference name: Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
Dates: June 23-27, 2024
Location: Seoul, South Korea

Christa Hercher (team of Naguib Mechawar)

Examining cerebellar astrocytes and Purkinje cells in depression and suicide
Conference name: Society for Neuroscience
Dates: October 5-9 2024
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Clinical Research Division:

Maegan Harvison (team of Linda Booij)

Examining personality dimensions in individuals with anorexia nervosa: Role of clinical status and eating-disorder phenotype
Conference name: Eating Disorders Association of Canada Conference 2024
Dates: October 23-25 2024
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Elvis-Raymond Mukwikwi (team of Simon Ducharme)

Prevalence and features of misdiagnosis of primary psychiatric disorders in patients diagnosed with bvFTD
Conference name: 2024 International Society for Frontotemporal Dementia conference
Dates: 19-22 September 2024
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Mental Health and Society Division:

Ophélie Collet (team of Massimiliano Orri and Sylvana Côté)

Prematurity and risk of suicidal behavior in adulthood: emulating a target trial using national cohort data
Conference name: 20th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour (ESSSB20)
Dates: August 28-31, 2024
Location: Rome, Italy

Salomé Xavier (team of Srividya Iyer)

Exploring life narratives and socio-environmental contexts of individuals with psychosis with different ethnic, racial and immigrant backgrounds
Conference name: 23rd International ISPS (International Society for Psychological and Social approaches for psychosis) conference
Dates: June 5-8 2024
Location: Espoo, Finland

Bourse de rayonnement J.Paiement

Thanks to the generous support from Ms. Danielle T. Paiement, awards worth up to $1,000 are available to support the participation of graduate students (MSc and PhD candidates), postdoctoral fellows or residents at an international scientific conference to present their research work in the field of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, memory disorders or aging.

This year, the scholarship was awarded to Jonathan E. Gallego Rudolf (team of Sylvia Villeneuve)




Functional and structural connectivity predict patterns of longitudinal tau accumulation in asymptomatic individuals expressing Aβ pathology
Conference name : Alzheimer’s Association International Conference
Date : July 28-August 1, 2024
Location : Philadelphia, US


Congratulations to the students and their supervisors!