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View recent interviews with Mallar Chakravarty and Christine Tardif  on CTV and Global Montreal about a study about a new detection method for early signs of Alzheimer's disease.  The study, done in collaboration with the many researchers of the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, shows that non-invasive brain imaging techniques can be used to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease, thereby opening the door to treatments and lifestyle changes that could...


The Leo and Rachel Hendlisz Awards are given to the best research articles of the year published by students and postdoctoral fellows of the Douglas Institute research centre. The 2017 competition was for articles published between early November 2016 and early November 2017. The awardees were announced at a special scientific event held on December 14, 2017.

2017 Leo and Rachel Hendlisz awardees:

  • First prize: Arnaud Tanti (team of Naguib...

Research Infosource has once again released the results of their ranking of Research Hospitals in Canada, revealing that the Douglas Hospital Research Centre ranks once again in Canada's Top 40 Research Hospitals 2017.  

Full rankings are available on the Research Infosource website.


Congratulations to Ashok Malla, who was named one of the 150 Leading Canadians For Mental Health by CAMH.

He has been chosen for "creating new hope for greater recovery by testing an approach that delivers care to young people who have a wide range of mental illnesses sooner."

Over more than two decades, Dr. Ashok Malla’s research on the impact of delays in treatment of psychosis as well as inadequate use of evidence-based...


Child abuse has devastating and long-lasting consequences, considerably increasing the lifetime risk of negative mental health outcomes such as depression and suicide. Yet the neurobiological processes underlying this heightened vulnerability remain poorly understood. Research done in the laboratories of the McGill Group for Suicide Studies investigated the hypothesis that epigenetic, transcriptomic, and cellular adaptations may occur in a region of the brain called the anterior cingulate...


Read an article (in French) which explains recent results obtained in Cecilia Flores's lab, which sheds some light on the role of a gene called DCC during the development of the brain of teenagers:  

Le gène qui gouverne le cerveau des ados - La Presse +


View a recent profile of Gustavo Turecki, in Le Monde: Gustavo Turecki, biologiste du suicide



View this video profile of Brigitte Kieffer: Chercheuses d'avenir, on France Brigitte Kieffer, la Française qui explore le cerveau



The official unveiling of of the Olympus Discovery Center plaque took place June 27th at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre.

On the picture, left to right: researchers Sylvain Williams, Naguib Mechawar and Dominique Walker, Bill Colins, CEO, Olympus Canada, Brigitte Kieffer, Director of the Douglas hospital research centre, and Mariêve Picard, Senior Sales Consultant - Scientific Solutions Group, Olympus Canada.


Thank you to all participants of the Douglas & Psychiatry Department Research Day, which took place on June 2nd.  We are proud to announce the winners of the prizes for best presentations:

Students of the Douglas Institute

Oral presentations:

  • 1st prize (Prix d'excellence du FRQ-S): Scott Bell (lab of Carl Ernst)
  • 2nd prize: Chloé Nobis (lab of Nicolas Cermakian)
  • 3rd prize: Santiago Cuesta (lab of Cecilia Flores)



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