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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.

Caroline Ménard

A team led by Caroline Ménard of the CERVO Research Centre and Laval University may have discovered why major depression affects women and men differently. The team's analyses of the brains of people who, at the time of their death, were suffering from depression revealed the presence of alterations in the brain barrier, but these alterations were located in different brain regions depending on gender. The team's work, published today in Nature Communications, also identified a potential biomarker for depression in women.

Charles Morin

The prevalence of these psychological health problems doubled during this period

Has the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic made you sleepless, anxious or depressed? If it makes you feel better, you are far from alone. An international study just published in the journal Sleep Medicine provides a measure of the surge in these problems during this trying time.

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