Montréal, October 26, 2019 – Yesterday, Kannan Krishnan, chief scientific officer at the IRSST, awarded two Prix Acfas IRSST – Santé et sécurité du travail (occupational health and safety), each worth $5,000, to two students at the master’s and doctoral levels respectively. For the past seven years, in collaboration with Acfas, the Institute has given out these awards to help train new researchers and cultivate their interest in occupational health and safety (OHS) research.
The Prix Acfas IRSST Santé et sécurité du travail – Maîtrise went to Andréia Matta-Dias, a master’s student in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval. Her research investigates the effect of cumulative exposure to psychosocial constraints at work, on back pain in white collar workers.
The Prix Acfas IRSST Santé et sécurité du travail – Doctorat was awarded to Caroline Duchaine, a doctoral student at the Research Centre of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval. Her research is aimed at evaluating the effect of psychosocial stressors on the cognitive function of a large cohort of workers, in the specific context of an aging labour force.
“My warmest congratulations go to the two award-winners, and I strongly encourage them to pursue their research careers in OHS,” remarked Dr. Krishnan.
“As a funding organization, the IRSST deploys measures and programs designed to help train promising young scientists. In addition to its Graduate Studies Scholarship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, these awards serve as yet another incentive to induce young scientists to pursue their research in the OHS field,” stated Lyne Sauvageau, president and CEO of the IRSST.
The Prix Acfas IRSST – Santé et sécurité du travail
Given to two students, one each at the master’s and doctoral levels, these awards highlight their outstanding track records during their university studies and the high calibre of their research project.
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