2015 RQR Symposium

The 8th RQR Symposium took place on November 17th and 18th at the Omni Mont-Royal Hotel in Montreal.


See the Preliminary Program

You can consult the participant booklet of the 2015 RQR Symposium in digital format. 

Again this year, it was preceeded of a pre-symposium workshop on Monday November 16th. The workshop was entitled Knowledge Translation as a Career: Success Stories from the RQR. For more details on this workshop, you can consult the preliminary program.


  • Christopher Geyer, East Carolina University : Defining the essential role for retinoic acid (RA) in spermatogonial differentiation
  • Rebecca Krisher, National Foundation for Fertility Research : The Mammalian Oocyte: Metabolic Challenges and Opportunities
  • Catherine RacowskyBrigham and Women's Hospital : Embryo selection in clinical IVF: The relevance and current status

The 2015 edition of the RQR Symposium attracted a record number of participants with a total of 230 registrations. The event included 66 posters presentions in addition to the presentations of our 3 guest speakers and 14 oral presentations of students. Several awards were presented:

Winners best oral presentations :

  • Tie (250$ each) : Mahmoud Aarabi, McGill University and Jenna Haverfield, Université de Montréal
  • Nazem El-Husseini, McGill University (100$)

Winners best poster presentations :

  • Mathieu Nadeau-Vallée, Université de Montréal (300$)
  • Cayetana Vazquez de Castro Diez, Université de Montréal (200$)
  • Lundi Ly, McGill University (100$)


Awardees of the 2015 RQR knowledge transfer award :

  • Researcher Award : Daniel Cyr from INRS
  • Trainee Award : Hermance Beaud, PhD trainee at INRS (laboratory of Dr. Géraldine Delbès)


Congratulations to all the awardees !

The RQR would like to thank Mr. Steve Belleau, photographer.