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Read an article in the Université Laval newspaper, Le Fil, about Benoît Labonté's recent discoveries (in French only).

Les deux visages de la dépression - La dépression majeure affecte différemment l'expression des gènes dans le cerveau des femmes et des hommes

By Jean Hamann


Professor Joël Macoir and his team published in a recent edition of the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias a tool they have developed to screen for language impairments that are associated with neurodegenerative diseases.  This test, which can be administered in five minutes, will allow doctors and nurses to identify people suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia associated with ageing.  

Benoit Labonté

Benoit Labonté


Benoit Labonté published results in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine showing that depression is expressed differently in the brains of men and women.  In this article, in which he is the first author, Benoit Labonté explains: "Depression affect the activity of neurons in different regions of the brain.  In men and women, the genes expressed in depression were very different, and were the same only in 5 to 10% of the cases.

Pascale Tremblay

Could singing in a choir have positive effects on the brain and communication?  This is the one big question question CERVO researcher Pascale Tremblay is currently asking.  View a recent television report about this on Radio-Canada (in French only): Reportage de Camille Simard de Radio-Canada.


Research by professor Charles Morin has demonstrated that psychotherapy, and specifically cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), is more efficient than drugs to treat insomnia.  According to data presented last Thursday by Dr. Morin at the annual meeting of the Quebec psychiatric association, drugs work, but have effects that vary from weak to moderate, depending on the insomnia component being measured (number of awakenings per night, length of sleep, etc...), while the effect of cognitive-behavioral therapy varies from moderate to strong.

Karen Davis, Robert Bonin and Yves De Koninck

Karen Davis, Robert Bonin and Yves De Koninck


The Canadian Pain Society highlighted the research accomplishments of Yves De Koninck and Robert Bonin, a research centre alumnus and professor at University of Toronto, at their annual meeting, which took place May 23-26 in Halifax.  Congratulations to Professor De Koninck, who received the Distinguished Career Award, and to Professor Bonin, who received the Early Career Investigator Pain Research Grant.

Gabriel Gagnon-Turcotte with Benoît Gosselin. Photo : Marc Robitaille

Gabriel Gagnon-Turcotte with Benoît Gosselin. Photo : Marc Robitaille


Congratulations to Gabriel Gagnon-Turcotte, electrical engineering student, who received the Jury Prize scholarship for excellence in graduate studies from the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ). This prestigious prize was given to him by the Vice-President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec Foundation (FOIQ), Mrs. Anne Baril, during the excellence in engineering gala on May 8 2017.  


The neuropsychologist and ADHD specialist Nancie Rouleau has given her advice on the hand spinner type devices that are popular in many schools across Quebec. These devices are said to help students focus, according to their promoters.  This statement has little to no support in the litterature, indicates Dr Rouleau. Best case scenario, it is therefore unproven, but could also very well be false, concludes Rouleau.


The CERVO Brain Research Centre is proud to partner with the Musée de la civilisation de Québec to present the exhibition Mad about Brains, which runs until March 11, 2018.  

Learn more about this exhibition in the following media coverage: 

La Presse - Le cerveau détricoté, par Jean-François Cliche

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The Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for Numeric Strategy, Ms. Dominique Anglade, and the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister of the Quebec city region, Mr. François Blais, announced today the first companies that will be supported by the Fonds InnovExport, and Chronophotonix, a company founded and co-directed by Marc Hébert, professor at Université Laval and researcher at the CERVO Brain Research Centre, is one of the ten first companies to received funding from Fonds Innovexport.


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