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Research from the Flores lab shows teens’ brains make them more vulnerable to suicide

A paper published by the Flores laboratory sheds some light on the role of gene, called DCC, which controls dopamine connectivity in the prefrontal cortex during adolescence, and show that dysfunction of the gene -- through stress and drug abuse, for example -- can lead to long-term mental health consequences.

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2018-06-07
The 2018 Research Day took place June 5th 2018, and was an opportunity to celebrate our trainees!  Congratulations to the Research Day award winners: 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...
2018-05-07
New treatment approach could give quicker response times The discovery of a new mechanism involved in depression – and a way to target it with a drug as effective as classical antidepressants -- provides new understanding of this illness and could pave the way for treatments with fewer side effects. In a study published in Nature Medicine, a team of scientists at McGill University and France’s Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) examined...
2018-05-07
Study reveals what happens on the molecular level of 20,000 genes Have you ever considered that working night shifts may, in the long run, have an impact on your health? A team of researchers from the McGill University affiliated Douglas Mental Health University Institute (DMHUI) has discovered that genes regulating important biological processes are incapable of adapting to new sleeping and eating patterns and that most of them stay tuned to their daytime biological clock rhythms. In a study...

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