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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...

Sylvia Villeneuve

Congratulation to Sylvia Villeneuve, who was recently awarded grants for two major Alzheimer societies, the Alzheimer Society (Canada) and the Alzheimer Society.  

Dr. Villeneuve won an Alzheimer Society Research Program/Brain Canada New Investigator Grant, which are designed to help launch the careers of outstanding researchers who are within the first 2 years of their initial academic appointment. Dr. Villeneuve received funding for research aiming to track Alzheimer’s disease...


Research sheds new light on what constitutes healthy aging of the brain

The inability to remember details, such as the location of objects, begins in early midlife (the 40s) and may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function, according to a study by McGill University researchers. 

Senior author Natasha Rajah, Director of the Brain Imaging Centre at McGill University’s...

Ashok Malla

Congratulations to Ashok Malla who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Université de Montréal for his work aiming at early intervention to treat psychosis.  His efforts to promote early identification,  prevent treatment delays and to promote access to care in first episode psychosis were highlighted as being of crucial importance. 

Read Dr. Emmanuel Sip's speech on the Université de Montréal Psychiatry website (in French only...

Mallar Chakravarty

Dr. Mallar Chakravarty is the recipient of the 2016 CCNP Young investigator, designed to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of research in neuropsychopharmacology by an individual young basic scientist or clinical investigator in Canada. Applications are judged primarily on the basis of the candidate’s work as an independent investigator.

The award consists of a $2000 honorarium (donated by Pfizer Canada Inc.) and a plaque. Congratulations to Dr. Chakravarty!

Sylvain Williams

Sylvain Williams recently published an article in the Journal Science in which he provides evidence that Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is involved in memory formation in mice.  

“We already knew that newly acquired information is stored into different types of memories, spatial or emotional, before being consolidated or integrated,” says Sylvain Williams, a researcher and professor of psychiatry at McGill.

“How the brain performs this process has remained unclear -...


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