Archives - 2018


A research team including many researchers from the CERVO Brain Research Centre and Université Laval just published a new machine learning approach to optimize super-resolution microscopy images.  The researchers published this important innovation in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, and made the tool available online for the scientific community by publishing their code. 


Read a recent article in Le Fil on the work of Majid Ghareghani, who recently joined Armen Saghatelyan's team as a PhD student at the CERVO brain research center

Majid Ghareghani is first author of an article recently published in Frontiers in Immunology which proposes a new hypothesis to explain the cascade of events leading to multiple sclerosis. 

Read the article in Le Fil: Une...


Dr Caroline Ménard is part of the scientific committee of the exhibit Us and them, from prejudice to racism (Nous et les autres, des préjugés au racisme) at the Armand-Frappier Museum in Laval. Read an interview in le Soleil newspaper about this event (in French).


Are you interested in a paid research internship this summer?  You are looking for a laboratory to do a Master's or a PhD?  Participate in the CERVO Open House, Friday, November 23, 2018, AM or PM (your choice).


Mr Diellor Basha, from Igor Timofeev's laboratory, won the CERVO Tube contest with his animation titled "Sleep Oscillations - How memories ripple across the brain". You can view it here.

Congratulaitons to Mr Basha !


The Society for the Neurobiology of Language announced the awarding of the Early Career Award 2018 to Pascale Tremblay, researcher at the CERVO Brain Research Centre.  This prize is given yearly to two researchers who have distinguished themselves by the quality of their scientific and academic work which follows the values of the Society.


Psychological health mobile apps present flaws that suggest caution 

Read a recent article in the Journal LeFil  on an analysis made by a team from the School of psychology and the CERVO Brain research centre, which investigated mobile apps used to evaluate psychological and neuropsychological disorders.  Their analysis showed that these applications present flaws that suggest caution be used when using them.  


The 14th symposium of the Fondation André-Delambre on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) will take place Sept 21-22, 2018 at Université Laval, La Laurentienne Pavillion.


Read a recent profile of Pascale Tremblay, published by the Centre des congrès du Québec for the Annual meeting of the Society for Neurobiology of Language (SNL) in Québec city.  Professor Tremblay is one of the founders of the SNL, and the 2018 meeting is the 10th Edition of this sucessful event.


Congratulations to the following researchers, who won grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Yves De Koninck, Foundation grant ($2,1 millions):
Unraveling sensory coding dysfunctions that underlie chronic pain


The Biophysical Society (BPS) announced that Yves De Koninck will receive the Emily M Gray Award at the Society's annual meeting in Baltimore on March 4th, 2019. From the BPS press release

De Koninck will be recognized for his work in the development of internationally renowned, transdisciplinary training initiatives in neurophysics and neurophotonics that have provided hands-on training for numerous students and postdoctoral fellows.


Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, August 16-18, 2018 at the Centre des congrès de Québec


On July 8, the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale participated, for the 3rd year, in the Défi Entreprises, which took place at the Pointe-aux-Lièvres park. More than 250 employees of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale participated in one or the other of the sport challenges proposed and collected donations.  The CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale received the prize for most generous organization. 


Hi all,

We are pleased to invite you to Navigate, the first summer interns day organized by CERVOLET! During this day we would like to wish farewell to all our interns that have been in CERVO for the past few months.  The goal is to introduce many of the diverse neuroscience research topics studied within CERVO to the interns, so that they can better choose their topic if they return in the future.


Congratulations to Laura Monetta who received, on May 11th, the recognition award from the Provincial Network on Adaptation-Readaptation Research.  This prize recognizes her exceptional contribution to the development of research in adaptation-readaptation and social integration, to the Réseau Provincial de Recherche en Adaptation-Réadaptation (REPAR) and her stellar career. 




Congratulations to Mohamed Bahdine, who won first prize in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Science, Action! video contest.  This award, worth $3500, recognizes the best video putting science and engineering in the spotlight to show Canadians how research is improving their lives.

In the video, Mohamed Bahdine, from Simon Hardy's laboratory, explains how he uses microscopy and artificial intelligence to develop virtual brain models that can lead to a...


Four researchers from the CERVO Centre, Simon Hardy, Nicolas Doyon, Patrick Desrosiers and Paul De Koninck received the "Professeur étoile" prize from the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Université Laval for their exceptional teaching work, as they received excellent student reviews. 

Congratulations to these stellar Professors!


The neural mechanisms responsible for decreased in motivation, as is often observed in depression, are poorly understood. A new study by Christophe Proulx of the CERVO Brain Research Center sheds new light on the areas of the brain involved in motivation. Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, the study exposes a neural pathway that controls the motivation to make an effort.


The Sentinel North Research Chair on the Neurobiology of stress and resiliency was launched today.  The chairholder is Caroline Menard, and she is featured in an article in the newspaper Le Soleil.   

Université Laval researcher Caroline Ménard, who demonstrated that inflammation induced by chronic stress can influence the brain and lead to depression, now has a research chair.  The objective: to develop personalized new therapeutic approaches that treat the whole body...


A unique team of researchers at Université Laval’s Cervo Brain Research Centre and the Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers, is collaborating on the next generation of neuroscience tools. Using their combined expertise in neuroscience, photonics, fibre-optics technology and materials sciences, the research team has developed a series of innovations that are allowing researchers to observe neurons in dialogue.


Lors du Gala de la vie étudiante de l'Université Laval tenu le 19 avril dernier, Cerveau en tête a eu l'honneur de recevoir le prix "Projet de communication du savoir" décerné par le bureau de la vie étudiante, en plus de remporter la finale locale de Forces AVENIR dans la catégorie "Société, communication et éducation".

Félicitations à tous les membres du comité : Dymka Coudé, Caroline Dallaire-Théroux, Marilyne Joyal, Rémy Lamontagne, Cécilia Neige, Louis-Simon Rousseau, Elisabeth ...


Listen to a recent interview with Caroline Ménard, who discusses her recent research with Catherine Perrin and Sonia Lupien, which shows that stress can open the blood-brain barrier, allowing pro-inflammatory molecules to enter the brain.  

« We knew in an empirical way that chronic stress, in humans and animal, will cause a certain percent of them to develop a depression, says  Sonia Lupien. We knew it happened, but we did not know why.  Caroline's work provides the...


Listen to a recent interview with Caroline Ménard, on the Les Éclaireurs radio show, on Radio-Canada (in French only):

« When they are stressed, their immune system responds strongly, which weakens the blood-brain barrier, allowing inflammatory molecules to enter the brain- which should not happen. » By studying for three years mice that became depressed after being subjected to chronic stress, Caroline Ménard discovered that the integrity of the blood-brain barrier had...


Benoit Labonté's research is highlighted on Quebec's Chief Scientist website


Read a recent article in La Presse Extra, about the HoPE (Horizon Parent-Enfant) program 

Children who have one parent suffering from a major psychiatric disorder are 15 to 25 more at risk of developing a disorder similar to that of their parent.  By funding the HoPE (Horizon Parent-Enfant), the Foundation of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) is taking real action to help youth aged 5 to 25 who are part of the at-risk group.  


Read a recent article by Jean Hamann in  LeFil,  Université Laval's community newspaper:

There exists a simple approach to improve the sleep of menopaused women who suffer from hot flashes.  


Congratulations to Damon DePaoli who won the prize for "Best overall poster presentation at the Canadian Neuromodulation Society 10th Annual Scientific Meeting, which took place in Whistler British Columbia February 4-6, 2018.  Damon DePaoli, a PhD student in Daniel Côté's laboratory, won this award for his poster titled "Fiber-based tissue identification for electrode placement in deep brain stimulation neurosurgery ".  

On the picture, Damon DePaoli receives his prize from Canadian...


Listen to a recent interview with Philip Jackson on Radio-Canada's "les éclaireurs" radio show.  Professor Jackson explains his work on empathy and its effects on the brain and body.  His work could help people suffering from disorders affecting the capacity to feel empathy, such as schizophrenia and autism, and also help people like health care professionals optimize their empathy. 

You can liste to the interview, in French, on Radio-Canada's website:


Join Pascale Tremblay and researchers from around the world at the 2018 Annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, which will take place in Quebec city this Summer.  Over 600 attendees are expected for the 10th anniversary of the important conference, organized by the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, which was founded by Pascale Tremblay in 2009.

Get all the information on the meeting website:



Congratulations to Caroline Ménard, newly recruited by CERVO, for being named personnality of the week in LaPresse.  She was recognized for her work showing that stress can lead to depression by changing the permeability of the blood-brain barrier.  These results were published in Nature Neuroscience and received international attention.

Read the article by Marie-Claude Lortie here (in French):


Read a recent article in Le Fil which reports on the work of Célyne Bastien and Jonathan Charest, who are helping seven members of the Canadian Speed Skating team improve their sleeping habits by targeted interventions.  Improving sleep should have a positive impact on their olympic performance.  

" These athletes are surrounded by trainers, fitness coaches and nutritionists, but no one worries about their sleep.  However, it is an essential element for recovery and injury...


Caroline Cellard and her team developped an information kit for professionals and youth between the ages of 12 and 17 about neuropsychological disorders that specifically affect this age group.  

The kit, called "trousse CERVEAU", was designed and produced by professor Cellar, researcher at CERVO and at the Centre de recherche universitaire sur les jeunes et les familles, and by students Caroline East-Richard, Karianne Guay, Mélissa Turcotte, Alexandra R.-Mercier and Élisabeth...


Read a recent article in the Université Laval newspaper Le Fil :

Formula E - Application of a weak electrical current at the surface of the skull could help compulsive gamblers

By Jean Hamann


Research by Dr. Martin Lévesque team is highlighted in Université Laval's newspaper, Le Fil.  Learn more about these important discoveries in the article by Jean Hamann: 

Winning circuits - Researchers suggest a new approach to improve neuron grafts in people suffering from Parkinson's disease


Congratulations to Caroline Ménard, a new recruit at the CERVO Brain Research Centre, whose discovery on the effect of stress on the permeability of the blood-brain barrier is amongst the discoveries of the year 2017 of Le Soleil newspaper.  

We have long known that stress can lead to depression, but the mechanism through which this happens has also long eluded us.  We know that stress causes inflammation and "we have seen for decades correlations between the levels of...

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