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Professor Nathalie Gingras, child psychiatrist and associate member of the CERVO Brain Reseach Centre and her colleagues recently reviewed the scientific literature about the links between internet and eating disorders.  The found that while online information can make these disorders worse, it can also be part of the solution.  This was reported in a recent article by Jean Hamann, published in the most recent edition of the magazine LeFil, a Université Laval publication . 

30 ans du Centre de recherche CERVO

The CERVO Brain Research Center celebrated its 30th anniversary at a cocktail reception on October 4th, and by organizing an international scientific symposium on October 5th at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec.  Researchers at the CERVO Brain Research Center have been pursuing research to understand, prevent and treat disorders of the brain since the founding of the research center in 1987 by Professor Michel Maziade


International Symposium - 30 years of the CERVO Brain Research Centre
Date: October 5 2017
Location: Salle Marie Renouard, 2601 de la Canardière, Québec


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 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

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

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.  

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