Merck applauds the 2013 Bourse Fernand-Seguin recipients

MONTREAL, June 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - As a proud sponsor for 18 years now of the Bourse Fernand-Seguin, one of Canada's most prestigious fellowships for scientific journalism, Merck would like to offer heartfelt congratulations to this year's recipients.

Anabel Cossette Civitella was awarded the Bourse Fernand-Seguin by jury members for her article entitled "Machine cherche cerveau" [Machine Seeking Brain]. Looking at the interaction between brain and machine to develop thought-controlled devices, her article explains an innovation that would circumvent paralysis. The 23-year-old author majors in international development and minors in psychology. She will be awarded a $12,000 bursary along with a six-month internship in scientific journalism.

"The Bourse Fernand-Seguin is a major stepping stone for young science communicators in Québec, who play an important role in disseminating new discoveries and popularizing the scientific issues of today and tomorrow," says Jennifer Chan, Vice President, Policy and Communications at Merck Canada. "Merck is proud to be associated with the emergence of these new talents in science writing."

"The Bourse Fernand-Seguin is a monument of scientific culture in Québec, and Merck has been part of this long tradition through its support for emerging talent in science journalism year after year," says Binh An Vu Van, President of the Association des communicateurs scientifiques du Québec. "Its ongoing contribution has made the company one of the pillars of the bursary. As a science journalist, I am also pleased to see that Merck, a major player in the pharmaceutical industry, understands the value of quality science journalism and has spent years taking an interest in and supporting it, and pursuing a dialogue with associations like ours."

Merck Canada is committed to supporting young people who share its enthusiasm for research and scientific progress through various projects, such as the Science Fairs, which it has been supporting for more than 20 years, and the Bourse Fernand-Seguin. The company firmly believes in its commitment to the community. Merck's contribution to the Bourse Fernand-Seguin is a natural extension of its efforts to raise public awareness about science.

About Merck

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well.  Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer and animal products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information about our operations in Canada, visit www.merck.ca.

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SOURCE: Merck Canada Inc.

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