About Us


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


Understand, prevent, and treat mental disorders through science.



Executive Committee

    Administrative Team

    Research activities are supported by a diversified administrative team. To contact an administrative service, consult the Administration contact list.

    Protection of Personal Information

    The Douglas Research Centre designates its Scientific Director, Dr. Gustavo Turecki, as the individual with the highest authority within the organization, to be responsible for the protection of personal information, in accordance with the Loi modernisant des dispositions législatives en matière de protection des renseignements personnels (art. 3.1 de la LP; art. 103 de la Loi 25). 

    Collective Agreement

    As of December 2019, employees of the Douglas Research Hospital are represented by the Douglas Hospital Research Centre Union (DHRCU).

    For more information

    DHRCU Website: https://www.scrhd-afpc.com/about.html

    Collective Agreement & Charter: https://www.scrhd-afpc.com/documents.html

    Find us

    The Douglas Institute is located at 6875 LaSalle Boulevard, Montreal, QC, H4A 1R3.

    Research activities are spread out among its numerous pavilions:


    Individuals on-site


    Publications in 2020




    Principal Investigators


    Canada Research Chairs

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

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    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.

    The Douglas Brain Bank was the first brain bank in Canada
    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

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

    The Douglas Research Centre has 4 innovative platforms:

    Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank,
    the Cerebral Imaging Centre,
    the Neurophenotyping Centre, and the
    Molecular and Cellular Microscopy Platform

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    The Douglas Research Centre is multidisciplinary

    The Douglas Research Centre has 4 strong approaches to research:

    Psychosocial and health services research,
    Clinical research,
    Human neuroscience, and
    Basic Neuroscience

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    The Douglas Research Centre is 40 years old
    The Douglas Research Centre is over 40 years old
    DRC Founders Samarthji Lal and Vasavan Nair

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

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    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.

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    The Douglas Research Centre has strong partnerships
    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

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    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
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    Annual reports for the Douglas Research Centre

    The Douglas Foundation

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