Centre for Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms - Team

Diane B. Boivin, MD, PhD

Founder/Director/Principal Investigator, Centre for Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms, Douglas Mental Health University Institute 
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University.

Areas of Expertise: 
Human circadian rhythms, sleep-wake cycle, night shift work and rotating shiftwork, fatigue management and jet lag. 
View Diane B. Boivin's detailed profile


Philippe Boudreau, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Philippe completed a BEng in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 at the École de Technologie Supérieure (Montreal) and his PhD in Neuroscience at McGill University in 2013. His doctoral studies focused on the circadian and sleep-wake dependent variation of heart rate in humans. He undertook postgraduate training in the Psychiatry Department under the supervision of Dr. Diane B. Boivin. His current project relates to the optimization of alertness and sleep among workers on atypical schedules
philippe.boudreau@douglas.mcgill.ca


Laura Kervezee, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Laura completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, in 2010 and a MSc in Neuroscience at University College London in the United Kingdom in 2011. She did her PhD at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands during which she focused on the daily rhythms in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of therapeutic drugs in humans. She is currently doing postdoctoral training in the Psychiatry Department under the supervision of Drs Diane B. Boivin and Nicolas Cermakian, focusing on the effect of night shift work on the circadian system and genetic rhythms in humans. 
laura.kervezee@douglas.mcgill.ca


Fernando Gonzales, MD

MSc Student
Fernando completed a MD degree at the Cientifica del Sur University (Lima, Peru) in 2011. As part of his research training, he finished the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research course from Harvard Medical School in 2014. He has worked as a Site Monitor in 2015 and as a Teaching Assistant from 2016 for the same course. He is currently an MSc student in the Integrated Program of Neuroscience, as part of the Integrated Program of Neuroscience at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr Diane B. Boivin and studying the influence of key factors affecting fatigue, alertness and performance among workers on atypical schedules. 
fernando.gonzales@douglas.mcgill.ca


Rafael Pérez Medina Carballo, MD

MSc Student
Rafael completed a MD degree at La Salle University (Mexico City, Mexico) in 2017. He is currently a MSc student in the Integrated Program of Neuroscience at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Diane B. Boivin. His studies are on the circadian variation of sleep in menopause.

Rafael.Perez@douglas.mcgill.ca


 

Johanne Gauthier, P. Eng

Project Manager
Johanne completed a BEng in Mechanical Engineering at the École de Technologie Supérieure in 1996. She joined the Centre for Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms in 2005 after having held posts as Quality Director, Engineering Director and Project Leader in the manufacturing industry for over ten years. She applies her expertise in project planning and knowledge in lean manufacturing to the management of multiple projects for the Centre. 

johanne.gauthier@douglas.mcgill.ca


Alexandre Gervais

Research Assistant
Alexandre completed a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology at the University of Sherbrooke in 2011. In 2014, he completed his master’s degree in physiology/endocrinology at the University of Sherbrooke. His master project focused on the implication of lipotoxycity in the polycystic ovarian syndrome. He joined Dr Boivin’s team in 2015. 
alexandre.gervais@douglas.mcgill.ca


Medical personnel, electrophysiology technicians and research assistants

One nurse and physicians consultants, two medical electrophysiology technicians and multiple research assistants participate in the Centre's research activities on a part-time basis. Each staff member plays a significant role in various aspects of the Centre's protocols including participants’ recruiting and screening, experimental scheduling, medical supervision, sleep recording, data collection and analysis.