5 young learning health systems leaders win new Junior 1 career fellowship

By promoting approaches based on the principles of the learning health system and patient-oriented research, this program supports qualified young researchers.

The Unité de soutien au système de santé apprenant (SSA) Québec, the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) and the Réseaux universitaires intégrés de santé et de services sociaux (RUISSS) du Québec are pleased to announce the recipients of the new “Young Leaders in a Learning Health System” research career fellowship.


By promoting approaches based on the principles of the learning health system and patient-oriented research, this program supports qualified young investigators who wish to :

  • Aim for continuous improvement of the Québec health care system
  • Develop explicit and committed leadership
  • Promote and spread a culture of change

5 fellowships awarded

Here are the young LHS leaders and the titles of their projects:

  • Ariane Girard, Université de Sherbrooke: Application of the learning health system approach to improving clinical follow-up of people with common mental disorders (free translation)
  • Frédérique Poncet, McGill University: Interventions to improve participation among people with acquired brain injuries: development, implementation and evaluation of new innovative practices (free translation)
  • Marie-Hélène Goulet, Université de Montréal: Control measures in mental health: a participatory approach to prevent their use (free translation)
  • Mathieu Hotton, Université Laval: Hearing Health Services for Adults and Seniors with Hearing Loss: Improving Accessibility and Quality of Services to Better Serve the Québec Population (free translation)
  • Maxime Sasseville, Université Laval: Sustainable implementation of self-reported measures (PROM) and data valorization for an equitable and personalized first line (IMPROV) (free translation)

“A LHS Young Leaders Fellowship supports outstanding individuals who will transform research by bringing knowledge closer to the people who use it. A new generation of researchers is emerging.”

Dr. Antoine Groulx, Scientific Director of Unité de soutien SSA Québec

“The FRQS is pleased to be associated with the Unité de soutien SSA Québec in the context of this program aimed at the emergence of a new generation of health care professionals who are determined to be part of a learning health system. We will be closely following the work of this promising cohort of young ambassadors.

Carole Jabet, Scientific Director of FRQS

What is a learning health system?

The learning health system approach is about establishing a continuous learning cycle in which the people and organizations involved in health research, care and social services, including patients, work in partnership.

By comparing actual practices to good practices and identifying evidence, it becomes possible to derive knowledge and improve the health care system and care trajectories on an ongoing basis.


Michaël Bernier, Program Manager, FRQS

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Myra Drolet, Communications Advisor, Unité de soutien SSA Québec

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