About Us

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Create innovative and integrated research programs in mental disorders, from genes to society.


Understand, prevent, and treat mental disorders through science.



Executive Committee

Research funding

  • Grants to our investigators: ~$30M/year
  • 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

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
  • 5 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 Douglas researcher
    • Clear mandates to support research activities

Annual reports for the Douglas Research Centre

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.

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

Learn more about the Doulgas 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