November 22, 2023
On November 16, Acfas held its 79th annual Gala, during which it awarded its prestigious Acfas Prizes. We are proud to announce that this year, Dr. Alain Brunet received the Léo Pariseau Award for Biological and Health Sciences. Created in 1944 and named in honour of Léo Pariseau, radiologist and first president of Acfas, this prize is awarded to a researcher in recognition of the excellence and influence of his or her work and actions in the biological or health sciences. The Léo Pariseau Award is sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Dr. Brunet’s work has focused on the development of a curative approach specifically for people suffering from post-traumatic stress. This reconsolidation therapy involves re-encoding a traumatic memory in the brain to decrease the emotional burden associated with the memory. During the deadly attacks in Paris in November 2015, Dr. Brunet was one of the first foreign scientists to travel to France to offer French clinicians training in this curative, not just palliative, approach.
Congratulations Dr. Brunet!