• Inauguration of the Olympus Discovery Center - March 17th, 2017

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  • Angélica Torres-Berrío (3rd prize), Sonya Deschênes, Richard Boyce (1st prize), Angela Tam, Jacques Hendlisz, Dorothee Shoemaker, Elsa Isingrini (2nd prize)

    Hendlisz award winners announced: congratulations to Richard Boyce, Elsa Isingrini and Angélica Torres-Berrìo

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  • Mental Health Research

    From the basic functioning of neurons, to clinical research and psychosocial determinants of mental health

  • Inauguration of the Centre for translational research on Mood Disorders and Suicide and of the modernized Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank

    Inauguration of the Centre for translational research on Mood Disorders and Suicide and of the modernized Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank

Recent News

Myths and reality about "Not criminally responsible"

Anne Crocker

New research brings clearer understanding of people found Not Criminally Responsible

Not criminally responsible is a phrase that conjures up fears fuelled by vast media coverage of high-profile cases in which individuals with severe mental illness have committed violent offences. Yet these cases are rare occurrences; they are exceptions to the norm within the NCR system. As a long-term study which examines the actions and experiences of individuals declared not criminally responsible has found, the truth is much less sensational.


View a video developed by Salah El-Mestikawy and his collaborators, which explains how alcohol and drugs highjack the brain's reward system in addiction.  In French only.    On the MAAD digital website: http://www.maad-digital.fr/video/systeme-de-recompense-et-addiction  
Québec Sciences top 10 de 2016
Research from the Sylvain Williams laboratory was chosen as one of the top ten discoveries of 2016 by Quebec Science magazine.  The group was able to show that REM sleep plays an important role in memory consolidation. They used an advanced optogenetics approach to block theta oscillation in the hippocampus specifically in this sleep phase, and showed this impaired memory.  This important discovery, published in the journal Science, puts to rest 15 years of controversy about the role of REM...
Nicolas Cermakian, Director of Academic Affairs, with Angélica Torres-Berrío (3rd prize), Richard Boyce (1st prize), Elsa Isingrini (2nd prize)
The Leo and Rachel Hendlisz Award is given to the best research articles of the year published by students and postdoctoral fellows of the Douglas Institute research centre. The 2016 competition was for articles published between mid November 2015 and early November 2016. The awardees were announced at a special scientific event held on December 13, 2016. 1st place: Richard Boyce (labs of Sylvain Williams and Antoine Adamantidis) for his article "Causal evidence for the role of REM sleep theta...