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Hi all,

We are pleased to invite you to Navigate, the first summer interns day organized by CERVOLET! During this day we would like to wish farewell to all our interns that have been in CERVO for the past few months.  The goal is to introduce many of the diverse neuroscience research topics studied within CERVO to the interns, so that they can better choose their topic if they return in the future.

Laura Monetta

Congratulations to Laura Monetta who received, on May 11th, the recognition award from the Provincial Network on Adaptation-Readaptation Research.  This prize recognizes her exceptional contribution to the development of research in adaptation-readaptation and social integration, to the Réseau Provincial de Recherche en Adaptation-Réadaptation (REPAR) and her stellar career. 



Mohamed Bahdine

Congratulations to Mohamed Bahdine, who won first prize in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Science, Action! video contest.  This award, worth $3500, recognizes the best video putting science and engineering in the spotlight to show Canadians how research is improving their lives.

In the video, Mohamed Bahdine, from Simon Hardy's laboratory, explains how he uses microscopy and artificial intelligence to develop virtual brain models that can lead to a better understanding of this complex organ.  

Patrick Desrosiers, Nicolas Doyon, Simon Hardy et Paul De Koninck - professeurs étoiles

Four researchers from the CERVO Centre, Simon Hardy, Nicolas Doyon, Patrick Desrosiers and Paul De Koninck received the "Professeur étoile" prize from the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Université Laval for their exceptional teaching work, as they received excellent student reviews. 

Congratulations to these stellar Professors!

Christophe Proulx

The neural mechanisms responsible for decreased in motivation, as is often observed in depression, are poorly understood. A new study by Christophe Proulx of the CERVO Brain Research Center sheds new light on the areas of the brain involved in motivation. Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, the study exposes a neural pathway that controls the motivation to make an effort.

Caroline Ménard

The Sentinel North Research Chair on the Neurobiology of stress and resiliency was launched today.  The chairholder is Caroline Menard, and she is featured in an article in the newspaper Le Soleil.   

Université Laval researcher Caroline Ménard, who demonstrated that inflammation induced by chronic stress can influence the brain and lead to depression, now has a research chair.  The objective: to develop personalized new therapeutic approaches that treat the whole body rather than only the brain. 

2018 Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering

A unique team of researchers at Université Laval’s Cervo Brain Research Centre and the Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers, is collaborating on the next generation of neuroscience tools. Using their combined expertise in neuroscience, photonics, fibre-optics technology and materials sciences, the research team has developed a series of innovations that are allowing researchers to observe neurons in dialogue.

Caroline Ménard et Sonia Lupien

Listen to a recent interview with Caroline Ménard, who discusses her recent research with Catherine Perrin and Sonia Lupien, which shows that stress can open the blood-brain barrier, allowing pro-inflammatory molecules to enter the brain.  

« We knew in an empirical way that chronic stress, in humans and animal, will cause a certain percent of them to develop a depression, says  Sonia Lupien. We knew it happened, but we did not know why.  Caroline's work provides the first elements of a very, very clear mechanism. 


Listen to a recent interview with Caroline Ménard, on the Les Éclaireurs radio show, on Radio-Canada (in French only):

« When they are stressed, their immune system responds strongly, which weakens the blood-brain barrier, allowing inflammatory molecules to enter the brain- which should not happen. » By studying for three years mice that became depressed after being subjected to chronic stress, Caroline Ménard discovered that the integrity of the blood-brain barrier had been breached.

Learn more on the Radio-Canada website

Benoit Labonté

Benoit Labonté's research is highlighted on Quebec's Chief Scientist website

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