Archives - 2019


Hypersomnolence can be treated by addressing the underlying causes of the problem

By: Jean Hamann - published in Le Fil


The Research Centres of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale ranked 13th in Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals 2019, published by Research InfoSource. CERVO, CERSSPL-UL, CIRRIS and CRUJeF are proud to belong to the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale and to be affiliated with Université Laval. Congratulations to our researchers, students and employees who are at the heart of our discoveries.  

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The Vins et Festins benefit evening took place on November 7 at the Salle Marie-Renouard of the Institut Universitaire en santé mentale de Québec, to raise funds for the CERVO Foundation, which mainly funds discovery and innovation aimed at better understanding the brain, while contributing to promising initiatives to improve care and education in Eastern Quebec. 


Quebec City, November 6, 2019 – Université Laval announces the creation of two new chairs as part of its ambitious Sentinel North transdisciplinary research program: the Sentinel North Partnership Research Chair in Light to Probe Life and the Environment and the Sentinel North Partnership Research Chair in Molecular Neurobiology of Mood Disorders.


Are you interested in a paid research internship next summer? You are looking for a laboratory to do a Master's or Doctoral degree?  You are invited to participate in our Open House, Friday November 22, 2019.


Le Devoir publishes an interview with Dr. Nancie Rouleau about a recent study by a team she is part of on the stress of parents with an ADHD child 

ADHD: "clinically significant" parental stress for many

Eighty percent of parents with at least one child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience a "clinically significant" level of parental stress, according to a survey conducted by researchers at Laval University.


The Research Chair in Brain Health and Economics aims to enrich our understanding of the interactions between growth in wealth and income inequalities and health trajectories, with a focus on brain health. As chairholder, Professor Maripier Isabelle will analyze the impact of growing inequalities on the dynamics of health systems, and the effectiveness of the various policies and reforms that can be put forward.


Parents of children with an attention deficit disorder are particularly hard on themselves, but yoga could help them, says CERVO researcher Nancie Rouleau, in an interview with the Canadian Press. 


« My team and I are convinced that a contemplative practise, and yoga in particular and self compassion can be very efficient tools for these parents.  I think it is very encouraging as it shows a way to intervene and help them, says Nancie Rouleau »


Congratulations to Fernanda Neutzling Kaufmann, who recently joined Caroline Ménard's laboratory, who won the Marian Kies Memorial Award, presented to a junior scientist for outstanding research conducted during graduate training.  The prize was given to her at the meeting of the International Society for Neurochemistry in Montreal.  Learn more here:


Retinal oxymetry (measurement of the oxygenation in the retina) is a non-invasive method of investigating eye health and vasculature.  Recently, retinal oximetry has even shown the possibility of non-invasively monitoring some neurodegenerative diseases.


Professor Shirley Fecteau was featured in a recent articel in the Québec Science magazine:  Plugging your brain in, for better or for worse? (Brancher son cerveau, pour le meilleur ou pour le pire?», which discusses transcranial electrical brain stimulation.

Read the full article online here (in French, subscription required):


Congratulations to Charles Morin, who will be appointed an officer of the Ordre national du Québec on June 20.  Premier François Legault is proud to announce that 35 people will be honoured this year with one of the three ranks of the Ordre national du Québec. The recipients will be decorated on Thursday, June 20, at a ceremony in the Legislative Council Chamber of the Parliament Building at 2 p.m.

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Professor and Engineer Benoit Gosselin from Université Laval and his team won the Prix Génie Innovation 2019 from the Order of Engineers of Quebec for the invention of a miniature device to study the brain of freely behaving subjects using optogenetic and electrophysiology, two leading experimental methods in neuroscience. 

The Génie innovation prize aims to encourage innovation linked to engineering by recognizing merit based on both results obtained and efforts made...


Read an article about research by Jean-Pierre Julien on Québec's Chief Scientist website:

It was found that 98% of ALS patients have aggregated TDP-43 protein in their cytoplasm—the substance that surrounds the nuclei of their nerve cells. These aggregates are responsible for the sufferer’s loss of function over time. The researchers relied on a virus to carry tiny synthesized antibodies into the cells to erode the protein. As a result, the cognitive and motor function...


The activities of the 2019 Summer Neurophotonics Institute of the CERVO research center will begin shortly.
What is the Summer Neurophotonics Institute? It is an opportunity to attend, on Tuesdays at noon, tutorials about research that is done at the CERVO center. These tutorials will help you understand the basics of brain research and facilitate discussions with other students in the summer session.


Voyez un article du Devoir présentant une nouvelle étude de l'équipe de la Dre Nancie Rouleau sur les parents ayant un enfant TDAH :

Très rares sont les parents qui ne se sentent pas un jour ou l’autre complètement dépassés par ce qu’on attend d’eux, qui ne finissent pas par remettre en question leurs compétences face à leurs enfants.


Le samedi 25 mai 2019, marchez avec nous et faites un geste digne de mémoire.

Le samedi 25 mai prochain, la Fédération québécoise des Sociétés Alzheimer et les 20 Sociétés Alzheimer du Québec organisent la Marche pour l’Alzheimer IG Gestion de patrimoine. Cet événement annuel a pour objectif de sensibiliser la population à la maladie d’Alzheimer et aux maladies apparentées. Les fonds amassés permettront aux Sociétés Alzheimer régionales d’offrir des programmes et...


Les chercheurs Marie-France Demers, Amélie Achim, Caroline Cellard et Marc-André Roy, du centre de recherche ont collaboré avec l'auteur Luc Vigneault à la rédaction du livre Cap sur le rétablissement - Exiger l'excellence dans les soins en santé mentale.  Ce livre a été rendu possible grâce au groupe CAP-Rétablissement dont l'acronyme signifie Comprendre Agir et Partager, et qui se compose de chercheurs, cliniciens et patients partenaires de recherche. Le groupe CAP-Rétablissement, reconnu...


Read a recent article on the work of Benoit Gosselin, of the CERVO Brain Research Centre, whose team has developed small wireless sensors containing accelerometers and gyroscopes to measure the breathing rate very precisely and in a much less invasive manner than traditional methods.  These "intelligent patches" produce reliable data even when the patient is moving, explains professor Gosselin: "This opens up the possibility to use them for application in medicine, but also in sports, says...


Mme Pascale Tremblay, professeure agrégée au Département de réadaptation de l’Université Laval, directrice du Laboratoire des neurosciences de la parole et de l’audition, codirectrice du Consortium d’imagerie en neurosciences et santé mentale (CINQ), chercheuse au Centre de recherche CERVO et ambassadrice a reçu un prix dans la catégorie des événements tenus pour l’organisation du 10th Annual Meeting of Society for the Neurobiology of Language tenu en août dernier à Québec.


Le prix Profession Santé du Québec dans la catégorie Collaboration Interprofessionnelle – Médecins a été décerné à l’équipe du Dr. Maziade pour le projet Horizon Parent-Enfant (HoPE). Ce prix souligne cette initiative de transformation en santé mentale jeunesse au CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale. HoPE développe une approche globale familiale et la prévention précoce chez les jeunes à...


Mathieu Dugal, Martine Isabelle et Caroline MénardWatch Caroline Ménard explain the effects of stress on the brain with Mathieu Dugal and Martine Isabelle, director of education at the Armand-Frappier museum on  In this video, professor Ménard explains the results of her research on the permability...


Lisez un article récent sur les psychotropes dans Impact-Campus, le magazine des étudiants et des étudiantes de l’Université Laval.  Les chercheurs Christophe Proulx et Marie-France Demers discutent de ces médicaments importants avec le journaliste étudiant Erik Chouinard.


AmorChem recently announced the financing of a project in the laboratory of Jasna Kriz which aims to develop new therapeutic avenues for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other neuroinflammatory diseases.  Following an agreement between Université Laval and the CERVO Brain Research Centre (CIUSSS-CN), the venture capital fund AmorChem will invest in a project which targets a molecule, called SRSF3, which is involved in regulation of innate immunity. 


Read an article in La Presse reporting how research by professor Marc Hébert, of the CERVO Brain Research Centre, has led to an invention to fight tiredness at the wheel.

Fatigue at the wheel kills tens of Quebecers every year, and injures thousands more.  To combat this scourge, a researcher at Université Laval and a technological investor joined forces to develop an invention.

The idea: using the infamous blue light which undermines sleep when we watch our...


Jean-Pierre Julien's team recently published an article in the high impact journal, the Journal of Clinical Investigations, about a new experimental therapy for ALS and frontotemporal dementia based on the use of antibodies that target the abnormal accumulation of a protein called TDP-43 in degenerating neurons. The formation of TDP-43 aggregates is associated with ALS development.


La Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec a dévoilé mardi les noms des cinq « Grands Québécois » de l'année 2019, et Michel Verreault, président de la fondation CERVO, en fait partie, selon une nouvelle rapportée sur le site de Radio-Canada:

Le président du conseil d'administration de la Fondation Cervo, Michel Verreault, est retenu dans le domaine social. Son fils a reçu un diagnostic de schizophrénie en 2004 et depuis il s'implique dans différentes causes pour...


A study published in Health reports, a publication of Statistics Canada, shows prevalence of insomnia went from 17% te 24% between 2007 and 2015.  

Read a summary of the main discoveires in an article in LeFil from l'Université Laval:

L’insomnie en hausse de 42% au Canada
La prévalence de l'insomnie est passée de 17% à 24% entre 2007 et 2015
par Jean Hamann

The full...


Visit our new videos page, where you will find interviews and reports with CERVO researchers, scientific animations, scientific presentations and promotional videos for the PhD@CERVO program.  We also invite our researchers to send us videos to include in CERVOTube!

Good viewing!



In a recent article in La Presse newspaper, Dr. Michel Maziade highlights the importance of recognizing brain diseases as such, as the Verreault family has done on the occasion of a "non-anonymous" $1M dollar donation for research on brain diseases.  It is time, says professor Maziade, to name the three main psychiatric brain diseases, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, as they affect 4% of the population, or 1 million people in Canada alone.  Dr.


A discovery by Caroline Ménard published this year in Nature Neuroscience is amongst the top 10 discoveries of 2018 according to the scientific magazine Québec Science.  Read the article by Martine Letarte «Le lien entre stress et dépression mis au jour» which explains this important discovery by Dr. Ménard, a researcher at the CERVO Brain Research Centre.  


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