Recent news


The members of the CERVO Research Centre's Executive Committee are pleased to announce the arrival of a new associate member, Dr. Stéphane Poulin.


On October 6th, during the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec's awards ceremony, pharmacist Marie-France Demers was awarded the Ordre's highest distinction, the Louis-Hébert Award! The Louis-Hébert award is the highest distinction of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec. It recognizes the career of a current or former member who has distinguished himself or herself in a sustained manner through his or her commitment to the profession, his or her influence within and outside the practice environment, and his or her high ethical standards, making him or her a model for the profession.    


Congratulations to Yves De Koninck, Director of the CERVO Research Centre, winner of the Wilder Penfield Award, one of the Prix du Québec.

Prix du Québec prizes are the highest distinction awarded by the Government of Québec in culture and science. They recognize the exceptional achievements of individuals who contribute to the development of their field of activity, push back the limits of knowledge and make Quebec shine on a national and international scale.

Reportage TVA

The official inauguration of the "À visage humain" exhibit took place on October 6, 2022 at the CERVO Brain Research Center. The exhibition "À visage humain" is part of a series of initiatives by the CERVO  aimed at providing the Capitale-Nationale region and its scientific, cultural and community milieu with a unifying project that combines knowledge, arts, memory and mental health, all under the umbrella of innovation.

Learn more about the exhibition in this interview with Francine Saillant broadcast on TVA


Congratulations to Charles Morin for his leadership!

A research consortium led by Professor Charles Morin, from the School of Psychology and the CERVO Brain Research Centre, has received $3.8M in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to conduct research on sleep and insomnia. This consortium brings together some thirty researchers who will combine their expertise to advance knowledge on these important determinants of individual and public health.

Vincent Breton-Provencher

Summary of the discovery published by Jean Hamann (ULaval News)

How does our brain learn? A study specifies the role of a neuromodulator, noradrenaline, in reinforcement learning

It is said that practice makes perfect. There is no doubt that this proverb is true, but the neural mechanisms by which repetition of a task can lead to an improvement in its execution are still largely unknown. A study published today in Nature lifts part of the veil on the subject and clarifies the role of a neuromodulator, noradrenaline, in this process.

Laurence Dion-Albert

Congratulations to Laurence Dion-Albert, a doctoral student in neuroscience at the CERVO Research Centre, under the supervision of Caroline Ménard, who has been awarded the FRQS Relève étoile Jacques-Genest award for May!

She wins this award for the publication

  Vascular and blood-brain barrier-related changes underlie stress responses and resilience in female mice and depression in human tissue, published in : Nature Communications


Archana Gengatharan

Congratulations to Archana Gengatharan of Armen Saghatelyan's lab for winning the Marlene Reimer award, which is the first place in the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) - Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) Brain Star Award competition for the following article:


The editor of the scientific journal Scientific Reports has published a list of key articles in the field of super-resolution microscopy, including a publication by Paul De Koninck, Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal and their team at the CERVO research center.


Some cellular mechanisms involved in pain are sex -specific

Contrary to popular belief, gender differences in pain perception are not subjective. A study published today in the journal Brain by researchers from Carleton University and Laval University provides tangible proof of this. The team's work reveals that the neural mechanisms that lead to chronic inflammatory pain are not the same in men and women.

Funding / Support / Partners

logo FRQ-S logo ctrn logo fci logo cihr irsc logo nserc logo MESISentinelle nord