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Congratulations to Massimiliano Orri, winner of the February 2019 Relève étoile Jacques-Genest prize

Congratulations to Massimiliano Orri, Postdoctoral fellow, on winning the February 2019 Relève étoile Jacques-Genest prize, from the Fonds de recherche Santé – Québec.

His award-winning publication is :

Association of Childhood Irritability and Depressive/Anxious Mood Profiles With Adolescent Suicidal Ideation and AttemptsRead More »Congratulations to Massimiliano Orri, winner of the February 2019 Relève étoile Jacques-Genest prize

In conversation with Dr. Gustavo Turecki – McGill News

Read a recent interview with Dr. Gustavo Turecki in McGill News, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Department of Psychiatry, celebrated November 29th: https://mcgill.ca/channels/channels/news/conversation-dr-gustavo-turecki-291506

Gustavo Turecki named Canada Research Chair in Major Depressive Disorder and Suicide (Tier 1)

Congratulations to Gustavo Turecki, recently named Canada Research Chair in Major Depressive Disorder and Suicide (Tier 1). CRCs are granted to outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. The CRC program was created to enable Canadian universities to attract and retain established and emerging world-class researchers. View the full list of new and renewed CRC on the Canada Research Chairs website.

Naguib Mechawar receives a research grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Congratulations to Naguib Mechawar, who received a $100,000 research grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  This research grant aims to determine if early life adversity affects white matter development in the brain in a way that increases suicide risk.  This research could lead to the identification of potential brain targets for suicide prevention. Read the news here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nations-largest-suicide-prevention-organization-awards-over-4-million-in-research-grants-300356357.html

Gustavo Turecki wins the Léo-Pariseau prize from ACFAS

Gustavo Turecki was recently awarded the Léo-Pariseau prize for biological and health sciences by the Association francophone pour le savoir, ACFAS. This prize is awarded yearly to a researcher to highlight the excellence and impact of his work and actions in the area of biological or health sciences. The Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas is a not-for-profit organisation that contributes to the advancement of science in Quebec and in the French-speaking Canada. Learn more about the winners of the 2016 ACFAS prizes (including Dr. Turecki) on the ACFAS website : http://www.acfas.ca/prix-concours/prix-acfas/laureats/2016

Gustavo Turecki – new Chair of the CIHR Advisory Board on Research Excellence, Policy and Ethics

Gustavo Turecki is one of five chairs of the CIHR new Institutes Advisory Boards recently nominated by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The CIHR Nominating and Governance Committee followed a transparent, fair and merit-based process to duly review the profiles of 453 applicants for the 5 positions and identified the candidates who embodied the highest standards of excellence across biomedical sciences, clinical research, health services and policy, and population and public health, and who had the necessary experience and leadership skills to chair these new advisory bodies. Congratulation to Gustavo on this nomination!

New research by Marie-Claude Geoffroy shows victimized teens are more at risk of suicide

A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry(JAACAP) by the team of Dr Marie-Claude Geoffroy, researcher at the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (Douglas mental health university institute, McGill group for suicide studies) and the Sainte-Justine hospital research centre, reports that adolescents chronically victimized during two school years at least, are about five times more at risk of thinking about suicide and six times more at risk of attempting suicide at age 15 compared to those who were never victimized.Read More »New research by Marie-Claude Geoffroy shows victimized teens are more at risk of suicide

Gustavo Turecki wins the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Joel Elkes Research Award

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presented the Joel Elkes Research Award to Gustavo Turecki, December 8th 2015 in Hollywood, Florida.  This award recognizes a young scientist for outstanding clinical contribution to neuropsychopharmacology. The contribution may be based on a single discovery or a cumulative body of work. Of particular interest are contributions that further our understanding of self-regulatory processes as they affect mental function and behavior in disease and well-being. View the list of Elkes award winners on the ACNP website

Choosing to end it all

Fabrice Jollant

Dr. Fabrice Jollant

The latest study by Dr. Fabrice Jollant, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, demonstrates how difficulty making effective decisions can predispose an individual to suicide, a discovery that could lead to potential solutions for prevention. The study was recently published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.  

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Gaining a better understanding of depression and suicide through the study of cerebral astrocytes

A new study by Naguib Mechawar and his team, published in Molecular Psychiatry, sheds light on the role of a class of cells called astrocytes in depression and suicide. This research provides evidence that networks of astrocytes are altered specifically in areas of the brain associated with mood regulation. In addition, in describing the existence of new subtypes of astrocyte, this study reveals features specific to the human brain. Read more about this story in a press release by the Douglas Mental Health Institute, or read the original research publication in the Journal Molecular Psychiatry: Torres-Platas SG, Nagy C, Wakid… Read More »Gaining a better understanding of depression and suicide through the study of cerebral astrocytes