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Pedro Rosa-Neto

Neuroscientists have known for years that two abnormal proteins, called beta-amyloid and tau, accumulate in the brains of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.  However, they did not know which of the two proteins was driving the development of dementia associated with the disease.  New research done at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre by Pedro Rosa-Neto and his team and collaborators shows that both proteins have toxic effects in the brain.



Dr. Alain Brunet, from the research centre, is involved in an ambitious project, developped with Paris hospitals, to treat victims of terrorist attacks in Paris who are suffering of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.  The treatment protocol,  developed by Dr Brunet and his team, aims to reduce the intensity of a painful memory using a drug called propanolol.  During the treatment, the painful memory is recalled while taking the drug, which acts to inhibit the reconsolidation of the...


Bruno Giros explains some of the underlying biological differences that can explain why we are not equally susceptible to depression.  His recent research has shown that noradrenaline can play a role in certain patients, and suggests new therapeutic targets to treat depression.  Listen to Bruno Giros interviewed on the radio show Les Éclaireurs on Radio-Canada. (In French only)


Duncan Pedersen

Colleagues and friends at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre were very saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Duncan Pedersen.  Dr. Pedersen had a sudden illness while in Chile for work on a project in Global Mental Health and passed away on January 27, 2016 . Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones at this difficult time. 

A world renowned researcher, Dr. Pedersen was Associate Scientific Director of International Programs at the Douglas Institute and held the rank of...

Bruno Giros

The team of Bruno Giros, a researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and professor of psychiatry at McGill University, reports the first-ever connection between noradrenergic neurons and vulnerability to depression. Published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, this breakthrough paves the way for new depression treatments that target the adrenergic system.

Stressful life events—job loss, accident, death of a loved one—can trigger major depression in one...


Two Douglas researchers were recently awarded Canada Research Chairs: Mark Brandon, Canada Research Chair in Neural Circuits of Memory, and Sylvia Villeneuve, Canada Research Chair in Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Both researchers are new recipients of Tier 2 Chairs, valued at $100,000 annually for five years with one opportunity for renewal.  Tier 2 chairs are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.


Marie-Claude Geoffroy

Thinking about suicide or attempting suicide: victimized adolescents more at risk at 15

A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry(JAACAP) by the team of Dr Marie-Claude Geoffroy, researcher at the CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (Douglas mental health university institute, McGill group for suicide studies) and the Sainte-Justine hospital research...

Salah El Mestikawy on Radio Canada

In an interview on Radio-Canada, Salah El Mestikawy explains the discovery of a gene whose disruption is linked to a higher incidence of addiction.  Addiction affects the reward center of the brain, a very powerful motivation system, and few medications exist to treat this illness.  

View the interview on the Radio-Canada website.

Je compte mtl 2015

Professor Éric Latimer received a Montréal Centre-Ville prize in the events category for "Je compte Mtl 2015". Led by Éric Latimer and James McGregor, this project was the first count of homeless persons in Montréal.  Between March 24 and 26th 2015, over 1000 volunteers canvased Montréal to reach and count the homeless of the city.  

"Montreal has made an important step for all people working with the homeless, but especially for its most vulnerable citizens, who do not have...

Person being tested for decision making ability

The latest study by Dr. Fabrice Jollant, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, demonstrates how difficulty making effective decisions can predispose an individual to suicide, a discovery that could lead to potential solutions for prevention. The study was recently published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.  

Dr. Jollant and his colleagues at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute focused on the close relatives of individuals who committed...


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