Public announcement of the new Canada Excellence Research Chair in Neuroplasticity

Annonce officielle CERC Pr Steven Laureys - photo Université Laval

Stimulating the brain's ability to reconfigure itself and modifying lifestyle for lasting brain health.

How can stimulating neural activity, practicing meditation, improving sleep quality or taking part in physical activity transform the brain and lead to improved brain health and well-being? This is one of the key questions to be answered by the new Canada Excellence Research Chair in Neuroplasticity announced today by Université Laval and the CERVO Research Centre.

With funding of $8 million over 8 years, this Canada Excellence Research Chair is one of the most prestigious and financially significant individual grants in the world. Ultimately, this major research project could reach total funding of close to $32 million.

Based at the CERVO Research Centre, the Chair will aim to understand how different non-invasive neurostimulation and lifestyle interventions can affect the brain, and to document their potential usefulness in improving prevention and treatment of disorders such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, addictions and insomnia.

The Chair has enabled the recruitment of Dr. Steven Laureys as a tenured clinical teaching physician in the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval. Dr. Laureys is an internationally renowned neurologist and clinician-scientist who has dedicated his career to the study of the brain and human consciousness, and to the application of neuroscientific knowledge to improve clinical care. The author of worldwide bestsellers on these subjects, Steven Laureys is also Honorary Research Director of the Fonds de Recherche Scientifique at the University of Liège, a member of the Royal Belgian Academy of Medicine and a visiting Professor at Harvard University.

Read more in the official press release by Université Laval.

View a recording of the announcement on YouTube



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