Excellence Scholarships 2023

Congratulations to the 13 recipients of the 8th TransMedTech Excellence Scholarships Competition 2023-24

The 2023-2024 Excellence Scholarships Competition is intended to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows aspiring to become future professors, university researchers (academic profile), future employees of medtech companies (industrial profile) or future leaders of medtech companies (entrepreneur profile). More details here.

The evaluation committees, composed of experts in various fields in biomedical innovation, selected the 13 winners for the excellence of their research project, their motivation and the relevance of their achievements.

Find out more about the winners of the 2023 Excellence Scholarships Competition below:

5 master’s students

Natan Bensoussan – University of Montreal – Sacré-Cœur Hospital
Project: The development and optimization of a point-of-care diagnostic tool to study the impact of neuro-sacral function on recovery after acute spinal cord injury.
Research supervisor: Andréane Richard-Denis
Co-researchers: Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong et Dorothy Barthélémy

Mathieu Chayer – Polytechnique Montreal – CHU Sainte-Justine
Project: Biomechanical modeling of indirect decompression in oblique lateral lumbar intervertebral fusions.
Research supervisor: Carl-Éric Aubin
Co-researchers: Philippe Phan et Pierre-Jean Arnoux

Thomas Imbeault-Nepton – Polytechnique Montreal – CHU Sainte-Justine
Project: Design and implementation of an innovative robotic system for upper limb rehabilitation in children with neuromuscular diseases.
Research supervisor: Abolfazl Mohebbi
Co-researchers: Marika Demers et Sofiane Achiche

Yu-Chi Kung – Polytechnique Montreal
Project: Towards a radiation-free intra-operative tracking of the spinal curvature in scoliosis surgery.
Research supervisor: Lama Séoud
Co-researchers: Manuela Kunz et Stefan Parent

Andréa Skaf – Polytechnique Montreal
Project: Development of new chitosan-based orthobiological biomaterials.
Research supervisor: Marc Lavertu
Co-researcher: Julian Zhu

6 doctoral students

Jérôme Allard – Polytechnique Montreal – CHU Sainte-Justine
Project: Development of a Minimally Invasive Ultrasound-based Treatment for Osteochondritis Dissecans Inducing Microfractures Through Inertial Cavitation.
Research supervisor: Géraldine Merle
Co-researcher: Marie-Lyne Nault

Oleksandra Gulenko – Polytechnique Montreal – Montreal Heart Institute – CHUM
Project: Evaluation of Brain Pulsatility Mapping as a Novel Dementia Biomarker Using Dynamic Ultrasound Localization Microscopy.
Research supervisor: Jean Provost
Co-researcher: Éric Thorin

Jonathan Kalinowski – McGill University – Jewish General Hospital
Project: Toward the clinical translation of intensity modulated brachytherapy for the treatment of rectal cancer.
Research supervisor: Shirin Enger
Co-researcher:  Té Vuong

Saeideh Maleki – University of Montreal- CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center 
Project: Large-scale Biomanufacturing of Stem Cell-derived Cardiomyocytes for Cardiac Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering.
Research supervisor: Houman Savoji
Co-researcher: Gregor Andelfinger

Naphtal Nyirimanzi – University of Montreal – CHU Sainte-Justine
Project: The “Mobile health for Kids with Asthma (MoKA)” study: predicting asthma exacerbations using multimodal data and artificial intelligence.
Research supervisor: Sze Man Tse
Co-researcher: Cristina Longo

Christophe Tanguay-Sabourin – Université of Montreal – Research Center IUGM
Project: Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions: A Taxonomy and Web-Based Platform for Classification and Management.
Research supervisor: Pierre Rainville
Co-researchers: Étienne Vachon-Presseau et Luda Diatchenko

2 postdoctoral fellow

Wojciech Raj – University of Montreal, CHU Sainte-Justine
Project: Bioinspired bottlebrush zwitterionic polymer-based pH-responsive with dual functionality: drug delivery system and lubrication properties for osteoarthritis treatment.
Research supervisor: Xavier Banquy
Co-researcher:  Florina Moldovan

Gerardo Tibamoso Pedraza – University of Montreal, Sacré-Coeur Hospital
Project: Computarized point-of-care method to evaluate neuroplasticity from electroencephalograms of spinal cord injury patients following acute activity based therapy.
Research supervisor: Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong
Co-researcher:  Jean-Marc Lina

Congratulations to the 13 selected students and postdoctoral fellows for the Excellence Scholarship Competition 2023!

Source :
Géraldine Dumesnil
Communication Services, TransMedTech Institute
geraldine.dumesnil@polymtl.ca