$1M to support pediatric research

May 13th, 2015

The Foundation of Stars and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) are very pleased to announce that they are joining forces to support pediatric research through new training awards for students, primarily in the area of early childhood disease diagnosis.

The Foundation and the FRQS have each pledged $500 000 to fund master's, PhD and postdoctoral awards, investing one million dollars over the next three years to advance research into early childhood diseases.

In addition to the training awards, the Foundation of Stars and the FRQS will jointly fund career awards for new researchers (Junior 1) as part of the upcoming FRQS competitions, which will be launched in July 2015.

"New diagnostic approaches and innovative minimally invasive concepts are required to enhance children's health and well-being. The future lies in increasingly personalized, reliable and effective pediatric care, which is what we seek to offer. Also, by focusing on detection and prevention, we are certain to find better treatment options," affirmed Martin Godbout, member of the board of directors of the Foundation of Stars.

"The FRQS is very pleased to be partnering with the Foundation of Stars. Our expertise in scientific assessment will enable us to grant awards to leading experts in the diagnosis of early childhood diseases and give impetus to the research field for children's wellness," added Dr. Renaldo Battista, scientific director of the FRQS.

About the FRQS

The mission of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), which reports to the Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research, is to support health research to foster the wellness of Québec's population. Its mandate is to promote and financially support such research, to disseminate knowledge and train researchers, to forge the partnerships necessary for the development of Quebec's research and innovation system, and, lastly, to advance research internationally.

About the Foundation of Stars

The Foundation of Stars is renowned for being the primary source of non-governmental funding for research in children diseases, including orphan diseases, in Québec. Every dollar given to pediatric researchers is used for the advancement of research with the objective of improving the quality of life of sick children and their families.

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Katharina Bourgin
Foundation of Stars

Michelle Dubuc
Fonds de recherche du Québec