In Community, Past Events

Photo Credit : Claude Dolbec


The announcement of the generous donation made by the Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu to promote autism research was made on Tuesday, the 12th of November 2019 at the CHU Sainte-Justine. The 9.845-million-dollar donation will allow for the launch of our research network’s flagship project: the Quebec 1000 Families Project (Q1K). The primary goal of Q1K is to create a pool of resources consisting of a registry of participants, a biobank, and clinical, genetic, cellular, cognitive, and brain imaging databases. Teams of the CHU Sainte-Justine, l’Hôpital en santé mentale Rivière-des-Prairies, CIUSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CIUSS-NIM), Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, and CIUSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CIUSS-ODIM), along with collaborators at the CHUS and CHEO, will thus be equipped to carry out this project. The new resource pool will be at the disposal of researchers both in Quebec and abroad in order to facilitate other autism projects, to stimulate the process of discovery and to integrate the results of our research into clinical practice and policy related to autism.

More than 120 guests were welcomed by the two Masters of Ceremony: Ms. Sylvie Lauzon, Director General of the Fondation des petits trésors, active member of the TACC and mother of an autistic young adult, and Mr. Benjamin Talbot, a young, charismatic high school student living with autism that is eager and proud to find out more about what makes him who he is. Among the guests of honour were Ms. Caroline Barbire, Director General of the CHU Sainte-Justine, Dr. Lionel Carmant, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, and Mrs. Marie-Josée Coutu, President of the Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu, joined by her sister, Mrs. Sylvie Coutu. Furthermore, many representatives of the scientific committee of the TACC spoke about the Q1K Project. Guests present shared the hope that the Q1K project will not only help better understand individuals living with autism, but also help them find their place within society while enriching Québec.