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Québec Sciences top 10 de 2016

Research from the Sylvain Williams laboratory was chosen as one of the top ten discoveries of 2016 by Quebec Science magazine.  The group was able to show that REM sleep plays an important role in memory consolidation. They used an advanced optogenetics approach to block theta oscillation in the hippocampus specifically in this sleep phase, and showed this impaired memory.  This important discovery, published in the journal Science, puts to rest 15 years of controversy about the role of REM...

Nicolas Cermakian, Director of Academic Affairs, with Angélica Torres-Berrío (3rd prize), Richard Boyce (1st prize), Elsa Isingrini (2nd prize)

The Leo and Rachel Hendlisz Award is given to the best research articles of the year published by students and postdoctoral fellows of the Douglas Institute research centre. The 2016 competition was for articles published between mid November 2015 and early November 2016. The awardees were announced at a special scientific event held on December 13, 2016.

1st place:
Richard Boyce (labs of Sylvain Williams and Antoine Adamantidis)
for his article "...


Congratulations to Gustavo Turecki who was recently a new Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.  Dr. Turecki was named Canada Research Chair in Major Depressive Disorder and Suicide.  

Canada Research Chairs are granted to outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. The CRC program was created to enable Canadian universities to attract and retain established and emerging world-class researchers.

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Naguib Mechawar

Congratulations to Naguib Mechawar, who received a $100,000 research grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  This research grant aims to determine if early life adversity affects white matter development in the brain in a way that increases suicide risk.  This research could lead to the identification of potential brain targets for suicide prevention.

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Norbert Schmitz

On October 13, during the Quebec Heart Cocktail, Dr. Norbert Schmitz from McGill University in Montreal received a Research Achievement Award, which is annually given by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to highlight the exceptional work of distinguished researchers in heart and stroke health.

Dr. Norbert Schmitz from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute received the first $10,000 Henry and Berenice Kaufman Foundation Award of Excellence. This Research...

ACFAS 2016 prize winners

Gustavo Turecki was recently awarded the Léo-Pariseau prize for biological and health sciences by the Association francophone pour le savoir, ACFAS.

This prize is awarded yearly to a researcher to highlight the excellence and impact of his work and actions in the area of biological or health sciences.

The Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas is a not-for-profit organisation that contributes to the advancement of science in Quebec and in the French-...

Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto, Director of the Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory, McGill University

Canadian patients will be enrolled in clinical trials led by McGill and funded by the Weston Brain Institute

October 3, 2016 – Montreal, QC, Toronto and Ottawa, ON

KalGene Pharmaceuticals and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) are proud to announce the signature of an agreement worth over $1M to develop, scale up, and transfer the technology needed to manufacture a promising novel Alzheimer’s treatment in Canada that the parties have been co-developing since 2015....

Michael meaney

The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine has selected Dr. Michael Meaney to receive the Margolese prize for his work exploring how epigenetic changes affect neurodevelopment, and for his potential to make further contributions brain research. The prize includes a $50,000 award, among the most lucrative honour given by a Canadian university. The recipient was chosen by an international panel of experts and a UBC committee chaired by Robert McMaster, Executive Associate Dean,...

Lauren Reynolds

Congratulations to Lauren Reynolds, Ph.D. candidate in Cecilia Flores's laboratory, who was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (NRSA F31) from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Insititute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

This is a very prestigious award, that has been awarded to very few students in Canada in the past.  

This award  will support Lauren as she completes her Ph.D....

Diane Boivin

You may have noticed that women are more prone to sleep disturbances than men. They are, for instance, up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men. Could there be a link between the body clock that regulates sleep and being a female or a male? Yes, according to an original study conducted by Dr. Diane B. Boivin of McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

By controlling for the menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptive...


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