The Daily Planet television show will featured the research from the Turecki laboratory on January 29th.
The segment is available on the Daily Planet website: http://www.discovery.ca/dailyplanet (The segment title is: “BrainBank 2015: Bell Let’s Talk”)
This episode features a profile on the Bell Douglas Brain Bank in Montréal, home to revolutionary brain research and a recipient of funds raised through the Bell Let’s Talk initiative. Here, Dr. Gustavo Turecki and his team of epigeneticists investigate depression and suicide to better understand the characteristics of affected individuals. Some of their recent findings include the discovery that when children suffer extraordinary trauma in childhood, scarring is left on certain genes, and those people have a higher risk of depression and suicide as adults, and that a tiny molecule in the blood could predict how well a person will respond to anti-depressants, which could one day lead to a blood test that pinpoints how well various anti-depressants will work on a particular individual.
You can also read the original research article here:
Juan P. Lopez, Raymond Lim, Cristiana Cruceanu, Liam Crapper, Caroline Fasano, Benoit Labonte, Gilles Maussion, Jennie P. Yang, Volodymyr Yerko, Erika Vigneault, Salah El Mestikawy, Naguib Mechawar, Paul Pavlidis, and Gustavo Turecki. miR-1202 is a primate-specific and brain-enriched microRNA involved in major depression and antidepressant treatment. Nature Medicine, June 2014.