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

May 16th, 2016

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… Read More

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

March 15th, 2016

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… Read More

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

February 8th, 2016

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… Read More

Choosing to end it all

August 28th, 2015

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.  … Read More

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

June 18th, 2015

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… Read More

Interview with Naguib Mechawar about new research that furthers our understanding of depression

April 2nd, 2015

Listen to Naguib Mechawar  on the Montreal radio station 98,5 in an in-depth interview about his research on suicide and the Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank. The full interview is available online (in French only):   Une nouvelle approche dans le diagnostic et le traitement de la dépression   Dr. Mechawar’s research was also featured… Read More

Fabrice Jollant publishes “Le suicide: comprendre pour aider l’individu vulnérable”

March 18th, 2015

Dr. Fabrice Jollant has recently published a book for the general public titled “Le suicide, comprendre pour aider l’individu vulnérable”. The book explores our current understanding of suicide, and how this knowledge can be used to help vulnerable individuals. It is published by the renowned publishing house Odile Jacob, and has been released in March 2015… Read More

Appointment of Dr. Gustavo Turecki as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill

February 12th, 2015

Dr. Gustavo Turecki has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, and will take office on March 1st 2015. Read more about Dr. Turecki and his appointment on the McGill Department of Psychiatry News website: Appointment of Dr. Gustavo Turecki as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill.… Read More

Brain Bank featured on Tele-Quebec

February 5th, 2015

Watch a feature about the Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank tonight, February 5 2015  at 7 PM on Télé-Québec.   The segment will air on the “Une pilule une petite granule” television show, and is titled : “Banque de cerveaux : pour étudier le suicide”.  Visit the television show website for more information:… Read More

Gustavo Turecki on Daily Planet – Discovery Channel January 29th 7PM

January 29th, 2015

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: (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… Read More

Johanne Renaud: Earlier detection and better coordination needed to prevent youth suicide

November 6th, 2014

A new study published in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry shows that youth suicides could be prevented through early detection and increased public awareness and information sharing among professionals. Read more in a recent Press release: Youth Suicide – More early detection and better coordination are needed Read the abstract: Service Use and Unmet Needs… Read More

The molecular bases of the suicidal brain – Review by Gustavo Turecki

November 6th, 2014

Read Dr. Gustavo Turecki’s recent review in Nature Reviews Neuroscience: The molecular bases of the suicidal brain, in which he reviews the key molecular changes associated with suicidality and explores promising avenues for future research.… Read More

IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research

November 3rd, 2014

SAVE THE DATES IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research October 11-14, 2015 • Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City Preventing Suicide: Progress through Research… Read More

Juan Pablo Lopez wins health student researcher star of the month prize

November 3rd, 2014

The Fonds de recherche du Québec has named Juan Pablo Lopez “Étudiant chercheur étoile” for the month of november, for his recent publication in Nature Medicine: miR-1202 is a primate-specific and brain-enriched microRNA involved in major depression and antidepressant treatment. Go to the Fonds de recherche du Québec to view Pablo’s page: Congratulations Pablo!… Read More

Daniel Zhou wins a Brain@McGill Prize for Neuroscience Undergraduate Research

August 18th, 2014

Congratulations to Daniel Zhou, who won third prize for the essay he submitted to The Brain@McGill Prize for Neuroscience Undergraduate Research 2014. The title of his essay was “Elucidating the role of endogenous opioids in the regulation of social pain”. Mr. Zhou will receive his prize at the IPN retreat, on September 18th, in front… Read More

Gustavo Turecki receives the 2014 Samarthji Lal award

July 10th, 2014

Gustavo Turecki was recently awarded the 2014 Samarthji Lal award for mental health research from the Graham Boeckh Foundation. More information about the award, and an interview with Dr. Turecki is available on the Graham Boeckh Foundation website.… Read More

New MGSS publication in Nature Medicine

June 11th, 2014

Congratulations to Juan Pablo Lopez, whose recent publication in Nature Medicine is getting a lot of press! Read: The paper: 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… Read More

Journal de Montréal feature on the Douglas Brain Bank

May 5th, 2014

Journal de Montréal journalist Sarah-Maude Lefebvre visited the Brain Bank last week for a feature interview. The article was published in the Saturday May 3 edition of the Journal. Read the article and view a video here:… Read More

The Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank featured in a video in La Presse

February 5th, 2014

The Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank was featured in a video in La Presse recently. View it here:… Read More

$ 9.8 million to the Douglas Institute for the creation of a centre specializing in research on depression and suicide

February 4th, 2014

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Réjean Hébert, M.D., Ph.D, along with Executive Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Lynne McVey, and the Head of the Institute’s Depressive Disorders Program and Director of the McGill Group for Suicide Studies, Gustavo Turecki, M.D., Ph.D., has announced the granting of $7.2 million for the… Read More

Naguib Mechawar featured in Recherche en santé

December 18th, 2013

Naguib Mechawar is featured in Recherche en santé, a publication of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, which highlights achievements by health science researchers. Dr. Mechawar is part of a international team of researchers who was awarded an ERA-NET Neuron II ( Read more in Recherche en santé. Dr. Mechawar is featured in… Read More

New paper

December 13th, 2013

Paper accepted for publication in Psychological Medicine F. Jollant, A. Malafosse, R. Docto, and C. Macdonald. A pocket of very high suicide rates in a non-violent, egalitarian and cooperative population of South-East Asia.… Read More

Reading suggestion

November 9th, 2013

A reading suggestion from Fabrice: An Editorial in Nature: Head start: Europe’s mega-project to simulate the human brain has much to offer neuroscience research — whether or not it delivers on its central promise.… Read More

Congratulations to Ian Mahar!

October 9th, 2013

Ian Mahar (Mechawar lab) won the Dr. Steven S. Zalcman Memorial Award. Congratulations!… Read More

Reading suggestion

September 11th, 2013

A reading suggestion by Fabrice Jollant: Neuroscience: Map the other brain, published in Nature by R. Douglas Fields… Read More