Sentinel North promotes the development and consolidation of International Joint Research Units with France, Brazil, Switzerland and Italy, in association with its four Canada Excellence Research Chairs.
Takuvik International Joint Research Unit
The Takuvik International Joint Research Unit was established in January 2011 in association with the CERC on remote Sensing of Canada's new Arctic Frontier. Through a partnership between Université Laval (UL) and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in France (CNRS),the Takuvik research program aims to better understand the impact of current climatic and anthropogenic disturbances to the Arctic environment on marine and terrestrial ecosystems and geosystems. Takuvik is located on the UL campus where CNRS employees work full time as part of a team that includes 14 professors and a research support team of 9 research assistants and 3 coordinators.
Quebec-Brazil Photonics Research International Joint Research Unit
The «Quebec-Brazil Photonics Research» International Joint Research Unit was created in June 2013 in association with the CERC on Photonics Innovation. It is the result of a partnership between Université Laval (UL) and Universidade Estadual Paulista "Julio de Martin Filho" (UNESP—Brazil). Its research program aims to develop tomorrow's advanced photonic materials for direct applications in information technology, medical sciences and public health, as well as the environment and sustainable development (e.g. detection, medical surveillance, intelligent textiles, water treatment, solar energy, etc.). The research unit is based on Université Laval's campus, where professors and graduate students from UNESP and other partner research groups reside on a regular basis. The team includes 11 Brazilian professors and researchers who have been welcomed as visiting professor on the UL campus since 2013, in addition to 10 jointly directed Brazilian graduate students. It also includes a research support team consisting of 3 research assistants, 4 post-doctoral researchers, an expert technician and an administrative assistant.
International Joint Research Unit in Child Neural Development and Psychiatry
Associated with the CERC in Neurophotonics , the research unit was created in June 2016 as a result of a partnership between Université Laval (UL) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL-Switzerland). Based on scientific evidence of the neurodevelopmental aspects of major psychiatric diseases, the research program aims to develop early identification of cellular biological markers of vulnerability in young children, by combining neurophotonics' tools with cell reprogramming and differentiation techniques that allow the reproduction of parts of the neural development on culture media.
In this context, the unit brings together a unique know-how in the field of human nerve cell differentiation from pluripotent cell and the identification of cell phenotypes, by using neurophotonics. Its international activity comes with the opportunity to work with cohorts of patients and children at risk, from very diverse populations. The UMI thus finds itself at a crossroads allowing it both to perform crucial multicenter studies for mental health, and also to highlight singularities related to certain populations or ethnic groups. The UMI-NP is based in Quebec City, at the IUSMQ Research Centre and now has 3 professors and a research support team consisting of 6 research assistants, including 2 coordinators.
International Joint Research Unit for Chemical and Biomolecular Research of the Microbiome and its Impacts on Metabolic Health and Nutrition
Associated with the CERC in the Microbiome-Endocannabinoidome Axis in Metabolic Health, this new initiative is a bilateral research unit between the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and Université Laval (UL) with the main objective to strengthen scientific and technological co-operation through student and professor exchanges in the framework of bilateral research projects. It brings together the CRIUCPQ, the INAF, the ICB-CNR, the CNR Department of Chemical Sciences and materials Technology, as well as the UL's Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences. It is a unique research and teaching environment where seminars, specialized training and continuing professional education meet the tangible needs of future health practitioners working with populations affected by obesity, diabetes and cardiometabolic disorders.