3rd prize: Geneviève Arsenault-Lapierre, McGill University

Geneviève Arsenault-Lapierre holds a doctorate specializing in Alzheimer’s disease. In 2013, she joined forces with Dr. Isabelle Vedel to assemble a national research team focused on the organization of health services for Alzheimer’s patients made up of 49 researchers from 6 universities in 3 provinces and 52 collaborators in Québec, Canada and abroad.

In just five years, she demonstrated her leadership as a research associate. Her efforts earned a number of grants totalling $3.5M and multicentre ethics clearances in three provinces. All the while, Geneviève maintained a high level of scientific productivity with 10 articles and 52 presentations at national and international conferences. She accomplished this work thanks to a team of 44 research professionals she trained and supervised.

In her work, she is also able to share her passion for training. Geneviève Arsenault-Lapierre has provided support to clinician-researchers and industrial partners with limited research training and was awarded two team research grants she led herself ($283 000). She has trained and supervised 19 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University.