Archives - 2020


We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Windsor Ting, who works with Christian Éthier. In this video, he explores how to use brain plasticity to promote recovery



We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Isabel Plasencia, who works with Yves De Koninck. In this video, she investigates how chronic pain develops.



We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Valérie Pineau-Noël, who works with Daniel Côté and Paul De Koninck. In this video, she explores HiLo microscopy to study neuronal activity.



We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Mojtaba Parsaee, who works with Claude Demers (architecture), Marc Hébert (biology) and Jean-François Lalonde (computer engineering). In this video, he explores Healthy and Biophilic Northern Buildings


December 4th is international miner’s day!

We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Andrée-Anne Lavigne, who works with Marc Hébert. In this video, she explores how underground mine workers adapt to night work.


We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Feng Wang, who works with Yves De Koninck. In this video, he explores how neurons represent temperature.

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We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Melina Papalampropoulou-Tsiridou, who works with Yves De Koninck. In this video, she explains communication between neurons through ion channels.



We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Sunny Kumar, who works with Jean-Pierre Julien. In this video, he explores new treatment avenues for ALS

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We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Audrey Emond, who works with Yves De Koninck. In this video, she explores flow cytometry as a way to identify and study cells.

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We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Reza Hazrati, who works with Antoine Godin and Yves De Koninck. In this video, he explores the role of choride in neuropathic pain.

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Congratulations to Mr. Charles Morin, winner of the Léon-Gérin Prize - Humanities and Social Sciences - and to Caroline Ménard, finalist for the Emerging Scientist Award.


The Association des médecins psychiatres du Québec gave Dr. Marc-André Roy the Heinz E Lehmann excellence in Psychiatry award on October 29. 

The Heinz E. Lehmann Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry is awarded to a psychiatrist who, through the quality of his or her various activities, has made great contribution in his or her career to the advancement and influence of the profession. The announcement highlighted Marc-André's unwavering commitment to the practice of clinical, research...


Congratulation to Yves De Koninck, winner of an "Award for Education" from the Society for Neuroscience, the world's largest association of neuroscientists, which bring together 36 000 brain researchers and clinicians. This award recognizes his achievements in training the next generation of neuroscientists.

About these awards, SfN President Barry Everitt, PhD said


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This year, the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec named the founder of our research center, Dr. Michel Maziade, as a Grand Québécois in the health sector, underscoring the exceptional merit of people who have distinguished themselves brilliantly throughout their careers and who contribute to the dynamism of our region.

We invite you to listen to a special report (in French) on ICI Radio-Canada sur TOU.TV : ...


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We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Vincent Boily, who works with Paul de Koninck and Flavoie Lavoie-Cardinal. In this video, he discusses the microbiota, the brain and zebra fish.



October 1 is World Day Against Pain.

We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Samuel Ferland, who works with Yves De Koninck. In this video, he explores the role of a channel called KCC2 in regulating chloride levels in cells and neuropathic pain.


September 21 is World Alzheimer’s day!

We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Iason Keramidis, who works with Yves De Koninck. In this video, he investigates the Disruption of inhibition in Alzheimer’s disease


View the video by Anne-Marie Essiambre, who works in the laboratories of Caroline Cellard and Marc-André Roy.

This video (in French) explores the links between cognition and the extrapyramidal reactions caused by antipsychotics in people suffering from a psychotic problem: a brake to normal function? 


We invite you to view the CERVOTube video of the week, featuring Gabriel Byatt, who works with Sylvain Moineau and Marie-Ève Paquet. In this video, he explores the links between the microbiota, the bacteria that colonize the gut, and the brain.


CERVO is proud to launch the first video in a series produced by our trainees for the CERVOTube 2020 competition. We will be releasing one video every week until the end of the year. 

This week's video is by Theresa Wiesner and Andréanne Deschênes, who work with Paul De Koninck and Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal. It aims to answer the question: How does the brain learn?



A study highlights the mechanism responsible for differential processing of these pain signals in the spinal cord.

Story by Jean Hamann, translation by CERVO


Frédéric Grondin, du laboratoire de Philip Jackson, propose une méthode simple pour établir un contact visuel direct entre thérapeute et patient lors de traitements par vidéoconférence. Le site ULaval Nouvelles explique cette innovation dans un article récent


The CERVO Brain Research Centre and the CERVOLET student association  will present online the winning films and the finalists in the 2020 CERVOTube competition. This event will take place July 9th at 5PM and will be hosted by Dr Caroine Ménard, Assistant Professor and Mr  Dominic Boudreau, scientific coordoninator at the Centre de démonstration en sciences physiques du Cégep Garneau....


A pan-Canadian team of researchers has received a $1.5 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to develop a strategy that will position the advancement of knowledge about the brain as a national research priority and support the creation of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy Network.


Congratulations to Silvia Pozzi, from Jean-Pierre Julien's laboratory, who has won the Marlene Reimer, first prize Brain Star Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA).

The CIHR-INMHA Brain Star awards, administered for 2019 by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, are awarded to students and trainees who have published high impact discoveries in all fields and disciplines covered...


Lisez le nouvel article de Melina Papalampropoulou-Tsiridou dans la section Early Career Research Community de PLOS.


On May 27th, Melina Papalampropoulou-Tsiridou from Yves De Koninck's laboratory will be one of the hosts of the first videoconference in the Nature Careers series, designed to help researchers in the environment of teleworking and managing the current pandemic. You can register REGISTER HERE.


The four research centres of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale announced today, with the support of the clinical divisions of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale and in collaboration with Université Laval, the launch of a major longitudinal study, "Ma vie et la pandémie au Québec" (MAVIPAN), on the psychological and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the population of the Capitale-Nationale region and its surroundings...


Congratulations to Caroline Ménard who has won the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology Young Investigator Award ( )

The Young Investigator Award, sponsored by Pfizer Canada Inc., is designed to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of research in neuropsychopharmacology by an individual young basic scientist or clinical investigator in Canada.


It is in recognition of his distinguished engineering contributions and outstanding achievements that he received this highest professional engineering honour.

Benoit Gosselin, a full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a member of the CERVO Research Centre and a world-renowned expert in energy-efficient microelectronics and biomedical technologies, joins his colleagues Paul Fortier and Denis Laurendeau, also professors in the Department and previously...


Simon Duchesne's team is developing a decision-support algorithm to support the people who will have to make these important decisions.

By: Jean Hamann, translated by the CERVO team

Should the worst-case scenario occur and the number of people with COVID-19 requiring mechanical ventilation exceeds the number of ventilators available, committees will determine which patients should be connected as a priority. Simon Duchesne has been thinking of the people that will have to...


Il est parfois négligé, mais le sommeil n’en représente pas moins l’un des trois piliers d’une santé durable, au même titre que l’alimentation et l’activité physique. Règle générale, à peu près 10 % de la population souffre d’insomnie chronique, avec de la difficulté à dormir plus de trois nuits par semaine, pendant plusieurs mois.

Lisez l'article d'opinion de Karine Gagnon dans le Journal de Québec...


Durant la phase de sommeil profond, le cerveau présente des schémas d’activité spécifiques pouvant être enregistrés avec des capteurs d’électroencéphalographie (EEG). Des chercheurs spécialisés dans l’étude du sommeil, dont l'équipe du Dr Igor Timofeev du Centre de recherche CERVO, ont pu démontrer que ces oscillations lentes sont générées à des endroits très différents dans le cerveau chez les enfants et les adultes.


Read a new article on the ULaval News website about a study published in Sleep in which Charles Morin, Hans Ivers, Chantal Mérette, Mélanie LeBlanc and Josée Savard, from Laval University, and Elemarije Altena and Pierre Philip, from Bordeaux University, participated.

Insomnia, daytime fatigue, and use of sleeping pills associated with a significant increase in the risk of road accidents.


Speech and music: two hemispheres are better than one | A study published in Science helps to better understand the brain's strategy for processing speech and music

By : Jean Hamann, ULaval nouvelles | Translated by CERVO


Read a new article by Université Laval news on a discovery by Martin Lévesque's team

Cellular cogs of hyperactivity uncovered - Study clarifies the role of dopaminergic neurons in hyperactivity and suggests a mechanism of action for Ritalin

The cellular mechanism uncovered by the researchers could explain the mode of action of Ritalin in humans. The drug is believed to block the reuptake of dopamine by neurons, thereby prolonging the effects of this neurotransmitter.


Pain hypersensitivity and many other diseases could be associated with a protein that acts as an ion pump in neurons.


La professeure Caroline Ménard a été nommée Lauréat Le Soleil dans l'édition du 26 janvier dernier de celui-ci; en voici l'article.

Caroline Ménard: une souris résiliente

La chercheuse et professeure Caroline Ménard étudie le stress et ses influences sur la dépression, un sujet qui fait de plus en plus jaser. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé a même déterminé que la dépression devient la cause principale d’incapacité dans le monde....


Congratulations to our founder Professor Michel Maziade, who has been named Grand Québécois 2020 in the Health Sector by the Quebec Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec.)


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Read an article by Jean Hamann explaining Caroline Ménard's research, which identifies a new target for the treatment of depression:

The treatment of depressed people must restore the proper functioning of the barrier between the blood and the brain.


The development of a promising therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis impressed the jury of Québec Science Québec Science magazine, composed of a dozen researchers and science journalists.

You can vote today to make this discovery the public's choice:

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