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Project Ice Storm: 20 years later Prenatal stress and natural disasters: impact on children’s health

January 1998. An ice storm plunged more than 3 million Quebecers into darkness for 45 days. It was an unforgettable natural disaster, especially for Suzanne King, a researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She saw it as a unique opportunity to study the effects of stress on pregnant women and their future children. Two hundred women were recruited, and her Project Ice Storm took off. Twenty years later, her team is still following about a hundred of these children.


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...
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...
Listen to a recent interview with Naguib Mechawar, Director of the Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank, on Radio-Canada:  

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