Many award and prize programs are available for students and postdocs of the Douglas. Here are some of these, along with the list of the recent awardees.

Leo and Rachel Hendlisz Awards

The Leo and Rachel Hendlisz Awards are given to the Douglas trainees who have published the best research articles over the past year. The awarding process is through peer-review, with a panel of graduate students and postdocs reviewing, discussing and ranking the applications. During an event held in December, the top nominees present a short talk, and the awards are then announced.

Winners of the 2020 awards

1st prize
Raoul Belzeaux
(Turecki lab)

2nd prize
Saashi Bedford
(Chakravarty lab)

3rd prize
Kathryn Vaillancourt
(Turecki lab)

Raoul Belzeaux

Winners of the 2018 awards

1st place: 
Laura Kervezee (teams Diane Boivin, Nicolas Cermakian) for her article "Simulated night shift work induces circadian misalignment of the human peripheral blood mononuclear cell transcriptome", PNAS, 2018

2nd place:2018 Hendlisz winners
Joseph Therriault (team Pedro Rosa-Neto) for his article "Anosognosia predicts default mode network hypometabolism and clinical progression to dementia", Neurology, 2018

3rd place:
Nikhil Bhagwat (team Mallar Chakravarty) for his article "Modeling and prediction of clinical symptom trajectories in Alzheimer’s disease using longitudinal data", PLOS Computational Biology, 2018

Pictured, left to right: Joseph Therriault, Jacques Hendlisz, Laura Kervezee, Nikhil Bhagwat.


2018 Research Day prizes

During the Annual Research Day of the Douglas Hospital Research Centre and McGill Department of Psychiatry, prizes are awarded for the best oral and poster presentations.

2018 Douglas prizes

Students of the Douglas Institute

Oral presentations:

  • 1st prize (Prix d'excellence du FRQ-S): Malvin Jefri (lab of Carl Ernst)
  • 2nd prize: Lauren Reynolds (lab of Cecilia Flores)
  • 3rd prize: Elisa Guma (lab of Mallar Chakravarty)

Poster presentations:

  • 1st prize: Alexa Pichet Binette (lab of Sylvia Villeneuve)
  • 2nd prize: Jessica Burdo (lab of Howard Steiger)


Prix psychiatrie McGill 2018

Students of the Graduate Program in Psychiatry


Oral presentations:

  • 1st prize (Marion Birmingham/Trevor Dennis Award): Nathaniel Moxley-Kelly (lab of Thomas Brown)
  • 2nd prize: Jay Olson (lab of Amir Raz)


Poster presentations:

1st prize: Jessica Burdo (lab of Howard Steiger)

Marie Giguère Travel awards

Bourse Marie Giguère

Thanks to the generous support from Ms. Marie Giguère, Ad. E., Vice-President of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation, these awards support travel and attendance for graduate students (MSc and PhD candidates) presenting their work at a national or international scientific conference.

2018 awardees:

  • Pierre-Francois Meyer (team of John Breitner)

  • Sivaniya Subramaniapillai (team of Natasha Rajah)

  • Saumeh Saeedi (team of Gustavo Turecki)

  • Chloé Nobis (teams of Nicolas Cermakian and Nathalie Labrecque)

  • Carolina Makowski (teams of Martin Lepage and Alan Evans)

  • Scott Bell (team of Carl Ernst)

  • Marina Khalil (team of Norbert Schmitz)

  • Nathaniel Moxley-Kelly (team of Thomas Brown)

TD's postdoctoral fellowship in youth mental health

Thanks to a generous gift from the Toronto Dominion bank, the Douglas Institute Research Centre and the Douglas Institute Foundation give a yearly fellowship to support one resident or postdoctoral fellow pursuing research in the area of youth mental health.

2018 awardee:

Corina Nagy (lab of Gustavo Turecki)

Dr. Holly Carsley Memorial Award

Carsley prize

Thanks to generous gifts from Dr. Holly Carsley's family and friends, each year the Douglas Institute Research Centre and the Douglas Institute Foundation give the Dr. Holly Carsley Memorial Award to recognize the work of a Douglas Institute resident pursuing research in the area of depression and suicide.

2018 awardees:

  • Arnaud Tanti, postdoctoral fellow, team of Naguib Mechawar
  • Sasha MacNeil, PhD student, team of Johanne Renaud

Roger J. Paiement Outreach Award

Bourse Paiement

Thanks to the generous support from Ms. Danielle T. Paiement, these awards support the participation of graduate students (MSc and PhD candidates), postdoctoral fellows or residents at an international scientific conference to present their research work in the field of Alzheimer's disease or dementia, memory disorders or aging.

2018 awardees:

  • Alexa Pichet Binette (team of Sylvia Villeneuve)

  • Melissa McSweeney (team of Sylvia Villeneuve)



Rémi Quirion Excellence Award

Prix QuirionThanks to generosity of former students and collaborators, the Douglas Institute Research Centre and the Douglas Institute Foundation awarded for the first time this year the brand new Rémi Quirion Excellence Award. A world-renowned researcher and current Quebec's Chief Scientist, Dr. Quirion was the Scientific Director of the Douglas Institute Research Centre from 1996 to 2011. This new excellence award aims to recognize the outstanding research contribution of Master students of the Douglas Institute Research Centre.

2018 winner: Joseph Therriault (lab of Pedro Rosa-Neto)

Undergraduate Research Expo prizes

Douglas undergrad awards

During the Undergraduate Research Expo, held each year at the end of the summer, prizes are given for the best poster presentations by Douglas undergraduate students. The evaluation of the presentations is performed by a jury composed of Douglas graduate students and postdocs.

2017 awardees:

Tied for the First Place:

  • Anthony G. Chen (Mallar Chakravarty's team)
  • Tara Delorme (Nicolas Cermakian's team)

Third Place:

  • Xiang Qi Meng (Salah El Mestikawy's team)