About Us


To be a world-leader in multidisciplinary and innovative research programs in mental health and to train the leaders of mental health research for tomorrow.


Promote mental health and well-being through improved scientific understanding of the causes, treatment, and prevention of psychiatric disorders by applying rigorous and state-of-the-art scientific methods to the complex challenges posed by mental illnesses.


Collaboration – Collegiality – Commitment – Innovation – Integrity – Interdisciplinarity


Executive Committee

Gustavo Turecki, MD, PhD, Scientific Director

Martin Lepage, PhD, Deputy Scientific Director

Jocelyne Lahoud, Administrative Director

Sylvanne Daniels, PhD, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives

Research funding

  • Grants to our investigators: ~$30M
  • Support to the Research Centre: from the Montreal West Island CIUSSS, the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé, the Douglas Foundation, and other sources.
  • Douglas Research Centre rated exceptional by the FRQ-S


The Douglas Research Centre is

  • The second largest mental health research centre in Canada, with over 400 scientific publications per year
  • A research centre embedded in a hospital, member of the Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et de Services Sociaux (CIUSSS) de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal
  • More than 560 persons on-site, including: 
    • 69 Principal Investigators
    • 266 Trainees - MSc, PhD students, and postdocs
    • 8 Canada Research Chairs
    • 13 administrative staff members

Research structure

  • 4 Research Divisions
    • Representative of all researchers
    • Separated based on research approaches
  • 5 Theme-Based Groups
    • Naturally formed groups around common interests
    • Multidisciplinary
    • Externally-evaluated
  • 4 Research Platforms
    • Key research infrastuctures to support local and international research teams
    • State-of-the-art facilities to achieve technically-challenging reseach objectives
  • 6 Committees
    • Each committee led by a Dougals researcher
    • Clear mandates to support research activities

The Douglas Foundation

The mission of the Douglas Foundation is to finance the development of the Douglas Institute: patient care, research in neuroscience and mental health, and education and training.

Learn more about the foundation on the Douglas Foundation website.

You can make a donation to support Mental Health research today: Donate to the Douglas Foundation

Did you know?

  • The Douglas Research Centre has state-of-the-art research infrastructures

    The Douglas Research Centre has 4 innovative platforms:

    1. Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank,
    2. the Cerebral Imaging Centre,
    3. the Neurophenotyping Centre, and the
    4. Molecular and Cellular Microscopy Platform
  • The Douglas Research Centre is multidisciplinary

    The Douglas Research Centre has 4 strong approaches to research:

    1. Psychosocial and health services research,
    2. Clinical research,
    3. Human neuroscience, and
    4. Basic Neuroscience
  • The Douglas Brain Bank was the first brain bank in Canada

    Dr. Samarthji Lal created the brain bank in 1980.

    Learn more about the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank

  • The Douglas Research Centre is 40 years old

    The Douglas RC was founded in 1979 by Dr. Samarthji Lal and Dr. Vasavan Nair

    DRC Founders Samarthji Lal and Vasavan Nair

  • Douglas researchers publish in the most prestigious journals

    Douglas researchers regularly publish in the top journals, including Nature and Nature-family journals, PNAS, JAMA, etc.

  • The Douglas Research Centre has strong partnerships

    Strong partnerships with the Douglas Foundation, McGill University, the Montreal West Island CIUSSS, The Neuro make the Douglas what it is today

  • The Douglas Research Centre is a world leader in mental health research

    The Douglas RC is among the top 40 research hospitals in Canada with:

    • 62 full researchers,
    • 8 Canada Research Chairs,
    • $32M in research grants,
    • 253 graduate students,
    • 37 funded scholars,
    • over 400 publications/year.
  • Douglas Hospital
  • Dobell Pavillion
  • Brain imaging centre