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2016 IRSST prize for the best scientific article

  • January 20, 2017

Montréal, January 21, 2017  – The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) awarded the IRSST prize for the best scientific article published in the last six years in prevention of industrial accidents, occupational diseases and rehabilitation of affected workers.

Laetitia Bonifait

Following the deliberations of a committee of scientific experts from various disciplines, the Institute’s CEO, Marie Larue, is pleased to announce that the 2016 IRSST prize has been awarded to Laetitia Bonifait, postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (CRIUCPQ).

Entitled “Detection and Quantification of Airborne Transmission of Norovirus in the Health-Care Setting,” the paper selected by the jury was published in 2015 in the scientific journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Ms. Bonifait wrote the paper with the following co-authors: Rémi Charlebois (CRIUCPQ), Allison Vimont (Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods), Nathalie Turgeon (CRIUCPQ), Marc Veillette (CRIUCPQ), Yves Longtin (Lady Davis Institute of Medical Research), Julie Jean (Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods, Université Laval and Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences) and Caroline Duchaine (CRIUCPQ and Université Laval). The paper was the outcome of a project financed by the IRSST which led to the publication of a research report.

“The IRSST prize for the best scientific article, which comes with $10,000, is a sign of recognition for researchers like Ms. Bonifait and her collaborators who not only perform scientific research, but also help advance knowledge in occupational health and safety. Their paper on the detection of respiratory and enteric viruses is a significant contribution to the prevention of health risks in hospitals. This prize recognizes the excellence, merit and originality of the work of IRSST researchers and the many outside researchers whose work we wholly or partially subsidize,” said Ms. Larue when the winner was announced.

The 2016 edition of this competition is concurrent with the 35th anniversary of the IRSST, Canada’s first OHS research centre.

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Jacques Millette
Public Affairs