Congratulation to Yves De Koninck, winner of an "Award for Education" from the Society for Neuroscience, the world's largest association of neuroscientists, which bring together 36 000 brain researchers and clinicians. This award recognizes his achievements in training the next generation of neuroscientists.
About these awards, SfN President Barry Everitt, PhD said
Recognizing their accomplishments in this manner should not only inspire the next generation of educators and mentors in neuroscience, but also provide an important message as to how science should be conducted.
This award rewards the many initiatives to train the next generation of neuroscientists developed over the past two decades by Professor De Koninck and his collaborators at the CERVO center. In particular, these projects have fostered a fruitful rapprochement between student researchers in neurosciences and those in the field of photonics.
This rapprochement began in 2002 with the creation of a training program, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, which encouraged science and engineering students to carry out their master's or doctoral work at the CERVO center. This program paved the way for increased exchanges and joint projects between researchers at CERVO and those at the Centre d'optique, photonique et laser de l'Université Laval. This partnership has fostered the training of student-researchers at the interface of these scientific fields as well as the emergence of technologies facilitating the study of the brain.
This training program took on a new dimension in 2007 with the establishment of the International Summer School in Neurophotonics. Since then, more than 250 students from around the world have participated in the training offered by this school.
Professor De Koninck has also organized numerous workshops and discussion forums that have led to collaborations that have benefited hundreds of student researchers from Canada and abroad.
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