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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.


Nancie Rouleau

Nancie Rouleau, neuropsychologist, professor and researcher at the CERVO Research Centre will participate in a symposium at the next ACFAS meeting, in Montréal on May 12th in the afternoon.  She will present a new mindfulness program she and her team have developed for children with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which they have named programme PEACE (Programme d’Entraînement de l’Attention et de la Compassion chez l’Enfant).

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A team including Laura Monetta, researcher at the CERVO Brain Research Centre and speech impediment specialist, has developed an online training program for people working with aphasic people.  Aphasic people will have difficulty, to various degrees, to find words, to name familiar objects, to build sentences or to articulate correctly.  Others will have difficulty understanding, reading or writing.  About a third of people who have a stroke suffer from aphasia.  

André Parent


Dear Colleagues,

In the name of all the members of the research centre, I want to send our congratulations to André Parent, who received on May 3rd the Gloire de l'Escolle medal, given during the "Les Remarquables" ceremony that honors distinguished graduates, who, by their contribution to society and the scope of their career, bring honour to Université Laval.  André is a world-recognized expert in neurobiology. He has contributed to the Quebec city's, an our research centre's, reputation as an important place for neuroscience research.   


Participe in the National Mental Health Week at the CERVO brain research centre.  

Many free activities are offered to our personnel and the general public, including three public lectures (in French):

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