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Damon DePaoli

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 Neuromodulation Society Vice-President Keith MacDougall.

Congratulations Damon!

Philip Jackson

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:

Society for the Neurobiology of Language

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:

Caroline Ménard

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 prevention, and consequently, for the progression and performance of the athletes.  "

Caroline Cellard

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 Thibaudeau, and by Geneviève Dufour, from the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale.

Shirley Fecteau

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

Martin Lévesque

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

Caroline Ménard

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.  


Congratulations to André Parent who was named Officer of the Order of Canada by her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada. Dr. Parent was honoured 

For his groundbreaking work to advance our understanding of basic anatomical structures of the brain and their function.

The announcement was made by official release on December 29th and Dr. Parent will be invited to accept his insignia at a ceremony at a later date. 

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