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Cloé Giguère : Bernard-Têtu Scholar 2023


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Here is the profile of the recipient of the 2023 Bernard-Têtu Scholarship, Cloé Giguère, a master's student in medical physics in the team of Professor Luc Beaulieu. This scholarship is made possible by the Centre de recherche sur le cancer de l’Université Laval and the Fonds de cancérologie de la Fondation de l’Université Laval. 

From elementary school, Cloé Giguère has shown a strong interest in science. In college, this interest was confirmed and focused on physics, which led her to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering physics at Université Laval. During her undergraduate studies, Cloé was particularly interested in the application of engineering and physics to biology and the medical field, as she felt that conducting work in this area could have an impact on the world and the quality of life of people. She therefore enrolled in the medical engineering and biophotonics concentration, aiming to further explore the fascinating fields combining physics and biology. 

Cloé discovered the exciting field of medical physics, specifically scintillation dosimetry, during her second year of university, in her second summer internship under the supervision of Professor Luc Beaulieu. With the increasing complexity of radiotherapies, the detectors used for radiation dose measurement are becoming increasingly inadequate. Scintillation dosimeters are promising detectors that could allow for better control of the quality of treatments for cancer patients. 

After an internship in research and development for Defence Canada (RDDC) in a different field, Cloé returned to medical physics for her master's degree in the research group of Professor Luc Beaulieu. Her project focuses on the development of a dosimetric system adapted to new promising radiotherapies that could significantly improve the quality of treatments for cancer. Since the beginning of her master's degree in September 2022, Cloé has participated in two measurements at CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research), the largest and most renowned laboratory in physics. Her work, in collaboration with other brilliant physicists, has the potential to help safely implement new therapeutic approaches in clinical settings for the treatment of cancer. Cloé is pursuing her research in oncology with determination and hopes that it will one day contribute to improving the quality of life of people with cancer.