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2016-02-17
Bruno Giros

The team of Bruno Giros, a researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and professor of psychiatry at McGill University, reports the first-ever connection between noradrenergic neurons and vulnerability to depression. Published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, this breakthrough paves the way for new depression treatments that target the adrenergic system.

Stressful life events—job loss, accident, death of a loved one—can trigger major depression in one...

2016-02-15

Two Douglas researchers were recently awarded Canada Research Chairs: Mark Brandon, Canada Research Chair in Neural Circuits of Memory, and Sylvia Villeneuve, Canada Research Chair in Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Both researchers are new recipients of Tier 2 Chairs, valued at $100,000 annually for five years with one opportunity for renewal.  Tier 2 chairs are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.

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2016-02-10
Marie-Claude Geoffroy

Thinking about suicide or attempting suicide: victimized adolescents more at risk at 15

A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry(JAACAP) by the team of Dr Marie-Claude Geoffroy, researcher at the CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (Douglas mental health university institute, McGill group for suicide studies) and the Sainte-Justine hospital research...

2016-02-9
Salah El Mestikawy on Radio Canada

In an interview on Radio-Canada, Salah El Mestikawy explains the discovery of a gene whose disruption is linked to a higher incidence of addiction.  Addiction affects the reward center of the brain, a very powerful motivation system, and few medications exist to treat this illness.  

View the interview on the Radio-Canada website.

2015-10-10
Je compte mtl 2015

Professor Éric Latimer received a Montréal Centre-Ville prize in the events category for "Je compte Mtl 2015". Led by Éric Latimer and James McGregor, this project was the first count of homeless persons in Montréal.  Between March 24 and 26th 2015, over 1000 volunteers canvased Montréal to reach and count the homeless of the city.  

"Montreal has made an important step for all people working with the homeless, but especially for its most vulnerable citizens, who do not have...

2015-08-29
Person being tested for decision making ability

The latest study by Dr. Fabrice Jollant, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, demonstrates how difficulty making effective decisions can predispose an individual to suicide, a discovery that could lead to potential solutions for prevention. The study was recently published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.  

Dr. Jollant and his colleagues at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute focused on the close relatives of individuals who committed...

2015-08-26
Les ministres Jacques Daoust, Gaétan Barette et le chercheur Naguib Mechawar

The official inauguraion of the Centre for translational research on Mood Disorders and Suicide and of the modernized Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank took place August 24th 2015.  An investment of $9.8 million made the development of these important infrastructures possible.  

“With this major investment, the centre can cement its position as a world leader in research and take one more step in applying research to human patients,”

stated Dr. Gustavo...

2015-08-4
Salah El-Mestikawy

A new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry by a team led by Salah El Mestikawy, Ph.D., researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal), professor at McGill University and head of research at CNRS INSERM UPMC in Paris, opens the field to new understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying addiction in humans.

This work was accomplished through collaboration with...

2015-07-30
Srividya Iyer

Congratulation to Srividya Iyer on receiving an CIHR foundation grant for her research program, titled: "Enhancing youth mental health: A program of research into mental healthcare needs, pathways, outcomes and services".   The CIHR Foundation grants cover a seven-year period  and provide larger amounts of long-term support for innovative, high-impact programs of research.  Dr. Iyer was granted  an amount of $3,770,245.  

2015-06-5
Naguib Mechawar

A new study by Naguib Mechawar and his team, published in Molecular Psychiatry, sheds light on the role of a class of cells called astrocytes in depression and suicide. This research provides evidence that networks of astrocytes are altered specifically in areas of the brain associated with mood regulation. In addition, in describing the existence of new subtypes of astrocyte, this study reveals features specific to the human brain.

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