StoP-AD Team

Stop AD team

John Breitner was recruited to the Douglas to create a new Centre for Studies on Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (StoP-AD). The Centre seeks measurement and detection of change in biomarkers thought to reveal the progress of presymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease. With such ability to measure change, the Centre undertakes clinical trials for Pre-symptomatic Evaluation of Novel or Experimental Treatments for AD (PREVENT-AD).

Dr. Judes Poirier is now the director of the StoP-Alzheimer Center with Dr. Sylvia Villeneuve, as the associate director. Together and with the help of a whole network of experienced researchers based in Canada and elsewhere in the world, they pursue the work of Dr. Breitner and develop new approaches, powerful detection tools, innovative interventions, and study new risk factors, to help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Research Team

Judes Poirier, Ph.D., C.Q., M.D. (Hon).

Associate Director
Sylvia Villeneuve, Ph.D.

Co-founders and current collaborators
Pierre Étienne, MD
John Breitner, MD, MPH


  • Dr. Alan Evans (McGill University)
  • Dr. Christine Lucas-Tardif (McGill University)
  • Dr. Daniel Auld (McGill University)
  • Dr. David Morgan (Université du Michigan)
  • Dr. Gerhard Multhaup(McGill University)
  • Dr. Henrik Zetterberg (Université de Göthenburg)
  • Dr. Jason Brandt (Johns Hopkins)
  • Dr. Jeannie-Marie Leoutsakos (Johns Hopkins)
  • Dr. Jean-Paul Soucy (McGill University)
  • Dr. Kaj Blennow (Université de Göthenburg)
  • Dr. M. Natasha Rajah(McGill University)
  • Dr. Maiya Geddes (McGill University)
  • Dr. Mallar Chakravarty(McGill University)
  • Dr. Nathan Spreng (McGill University)
  • Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto(McGill University)
  • Dr. Philippe Amouyel (Institut Pasteur)
  • Dr. Pierre Bellec(Université de Montréal)
  • Dr. Pierre Orban (Université de Montréal)
  • Dr. Rick Hoge(McGill University)
  • Dr. Rik Ossenkoppele (Amsterdam University)
  • Dr. Serge Gauthier (McGill University)
  • Dr. Sylvain Baillet (McGill University)
  • Dr. Veronique Bohbot (McGill University)
  • Dr. Yasser Itturia-Medina (McGill University)

Research Coordinator

Jennifer Tremblay-Mercier, MSc

Research Assistant

Louise Hudon
Claudia Greco
Christina Kazazian
Anne Labonté
Justin Miron


Cécile Madjar, Associate Programmer
Jordana Remz, Associate Programmer


Alexa Pichet-Binette, Ph.D. Integrated Program in Neuroscience (Dr. S. Villeneuve)
Frederic St-Onge, Ph.D. Integrated Program in Neuroscience (Dr. S. Villeneuve)
Hazal Olzen, Master’s in Psychiatry (Dr. S. Villeneuve)
Marina Tedeshi Dauar, Ph.D. candidate, Integrated Program in Neuroscience (Dr. J. Poirier)
Nathalie Nilsson, Ph.D. candidate, Integrated Program in Neuroscience (Dr. J. Poirier)

For the complete list of all the people who contribute, or who have contributed to the StoP-Alzheimer Center, follow the link:

Alzheimer's disease research links