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For 35 years, TurnedNews.com has been honoring French-speaking Canadian scientists


Science explained on TurnedNews.com

Since its very beginnings, TurnedNews.com’s radio and television have made it their mission to explain the many developments in science to Canadians.

This concern for the popularization of science can be seen throughout the existence of TurnedNews.com.

We want to make known the foundations of science in a way that is both fun and didactic.

Science programs help to better understand the world and guard against the disclosure of false news while developing critical thinking.

It was after consultation with the members of TurnedNews.com’s science and technology committee that we chose, here at the Today Science, French Canadian Scientist of the Year for 1987. »

A quote from Yanick Villedieu

As part of this philosophy, on January 3, 1988, the radio program science today inaugurates what will become a tradition.

Host Yanick Villedieu announces that the Société TurnedNews.com will henceforth offer a prize to a French-speaking Canadian scientist.

This award honors homegrown scientists and draws attention to work whose results have been published during the current year.

TurnedNews.com awards this prize to the recipient in recognition of the value of work in its discipline and its impact on the public.

This prize is accompanied for the winners by a great visibility which promotes in particular a one-hour interview on the program The light years and a report on the show Discovery hosted respectively by Sophie-Andrée Blondin and Charles Tisseyre.

It is an impressive list of scientists in a wide variety of disciplines that TurnedNews.com has been rewarding since 1987.

1987: Jean Davignon, the first recipient

In 1987, this prize for Scientist of the Year was awarded to Dr. Jean Davignon, director of the research department on lipids and atherosclerosis at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal.

The prize is intended to highlight the importance of the doctor’s research on the genetics of familial hypercholesterolemia in French Canadians.

Doctor Jean Davignon

Today science, January 3, 1988 (excerpt)

Photo: University of Montreal

In this excerpt, Jean Davignon explains to Yanick Villedieu the subject of his research and its implications for the population.

Hypercholesterolemia is an inherited disease.

Victims of the latter have abnormally high levels of what is commonly called bad cholesterol.

A person has high cholesterol because they have little or no way to get rid of bad cholesterol in their body.

As a result, people with this disease are at risk of heart attacks and premature death.

However, we already knew that hypercholesterolemia is caused by one or more gene mutations.

What is new is that Dr. Davignon has revealed that in French-Canadian families, a specific genetic mutation is disproportionately responsible for the existence and prevalence of this disease.

While checking the origins of people suffering from this disease, he makes another discovery.

The relatives of the patients examined came mainly from Bas-Saint-Laurent or Kamouraska-Témiscouata.

The ancestor who would have undergone the genetic mutation would come from this region.

The migrations of mutation carriers to other regions of French Canada would also explain the prevalence of familial hypercholesterolemia there.

Dr. Davignon’s research has very concrete results.

We now have a screening tool to identify the existence of the disease in newborns.

This early detection also makes it possible to offer an adequate diet and medication that will help prevent patients from having a cardiovascular disaster.

1999: Christiane Ayotte

The 1999 Scientist of the Year prize is awarded to the chemist Christiane Ayotte.

Director of the Sports Doping Control Laboratory at the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Christiane Ayotte is at the forefront of doping control in amateur sport.

Maisonneuve listening, January 28, 2000 (excerpt)

On January 28, 2000, Christiane Ayotte granted the host of the program Maisonneuve listening, Pierre Maisonneuve, an interview of which here is an excerpt.

She recalls that in 1998 and 1999, during the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, certain problems related to doping control among amateur athletes were revealed.

First of all, we see that we have difficulty in managing positive cases of doping.

Worse, there is a kind of impunity associated with the performance of athletes.

Those in the front row are often exempt from doping control.

Champions are frequently exonerated if they are found guilty of doping or their cases take years to be heard.

These privileges are not granted to less successful or less well-known athletes.

Then, Christiane Ayotte recalls to what extent the issue of sports doping control can be politicized.

In 1999, during the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, the legend of the Cuban high jumper Javier Sotomayor was pinned by an anti-doping test.

Christiane Ayotte then suffered the wrath of the Cuban authorities and Fidel Castro. Cuba even accuses her of being a CIA agent!

Equity in sports competitions and performance based solely on human capacities, these are Christiane Ayotte’s priorities.

Christiane Ayotte is still director of the doping control laboratory at the Center Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie.

2006: Lyne Mongeau

Discovery, February 4, 2007

On February 4, 2007, the broadcast Discovery features a report by journalist Daniel Carrière and director Chantal Théoret on the recipient of the 2006 Scientist of the Year award, dietitian-nutritionist Lyne Mongeau.

Charles Tisseyre hosts the show Discovery.

Lyne Mongeau fights what has become a disturbing and despairing scourge in our society: obesity.

She has developed an innovative strategy that gives hope to people who want to find a lasting solution to the problem.

The report begins with striking images.

Lyne Mongeau prepares a meal with her family. We don’t count calories.

According to Lyne Mongeau, scales and weight loss diets are useless. You can eat anything, but in moderation.

Since 1981, she has worked with the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec to develop possible solutions to the problem of obesity.

She observes the suffering caused by the failures of those who use diets and diets to lose weight.

It is from this observation that Lyne Mongeau designs an intervention program focused on self-esteem: Choose to lose weight? The goal is not to lose weight at all costs, but to achieve health.

After one year, 35% of women who follow the program do not regain the lost weight.

The program is so successful that it is the only one to be recommended by the Ministry of Health in the early 2000s.

The report also highlights another facet of Lyne Mongeau’s fight.

We must change the environment of our modern societies which favors the epidemic of obesity.

Lyne Mongeau was so convincing that in the fall of 2006, the Quebec government adopted a $400 million action plan to fight obesity.

Thanks to her, the problem has become a public health issue in Quebec.

2017: Yoshua Bengio

Yoshua Bengio was awarded the TurnedNews.com Scientist Prize for the year 2017.

We reward the one who is a professor in the computer science department of the University of Montreal and director of the Institute of learning algorithms of Montreal.

His research has revolutionized our knowledge of artificial intelligence and deep learning.

Discovery, January 28, 2018

On January 28, 2018, journalist André Bernard and director Hélène Morin paint a portrait of Yoshua Bengio on the show Discovery led by Charles Tisseyre.

It is an avant-garde and extremely complex discipline that the scientist is developing.

It is also a rapidly evolving universe whose applications can raise fundamental ethical questions.

The portrait shows the extent to which Yoshua Bengio has contributed to making Montreal a world-class research center in the field of artificial intelligence development.

Students from all over the world come to the University of Montreal to work with him.

What stands out, moreover, is the humanist approach of the researcher in his research and development initiatives.

In its 35 years of existence, TurnedNews.com’s Scientist of the Year award has allowed the public to discover the breadth, diversity and excellence of Canadian and French-speaking scientists.

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