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

Naguib Mechawar

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.

Naguib Mechawar discusses new research on depression on radio and newspaper

Naguib Mechawar was featured in an interview at the Montreal radio station 98,5, in which he highlighted recent discoveries from his laboratory and the importance of the Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank for his work and that of many researchers across the world.

Listen to the interview online: Nouvelle approche pour le diagnostic et le traitement de la dépression.

Fabrice Jollant publishes «Le Suicide - Mieux comprendre pour aider l'individu vulnérable»

Fabrice Jollant publie un livre sur le suicide

Dr. Fabrice Jollant has written a book about suicide for the general public which has just been published by the Éditions Odile Jacob publishing house.  The book titled «Le suicide - Mieux comprendre pour aider l'individu vulnérable» is an overview of the current understanding of suicide and how this knowledge can be used to help vulnerable individuals.

It is available now in France and will be distributed in Québec at the end of April.     

RQSHA members contribute to "Protective factors of suicidal behaviour in child psychiatry"

Canadian Journal of PsychiatryMany members of the Network have contributed to the  Canadian Journal of Psychiatry special edition on "Protective factors of suicidal behaviour in child psychiatry" published in February 2015.  

Read contributions of Réal Labelle,  Jean-Jacques Breton, Martin Gignac, Jean-Marc Guilé, Valentin Mbekou and Johanne Renaud in this special edition, available online on the CPA website:

Brain Bank featured on Tele-Québec

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”.

Neuroscience for Mental Health Winter 2015 Seminar Schedule


The schedule for the winter Seminar series is out!  View it here: SeminarsWinter2015-Calendar.pdf

Congratulations to Andreea Adelina Artenie - Student research prize from the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention

Andreea Adelina Artenie receives prize from Johanne Renaud

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention recently announced they awarded the Student Research Prize to Andreea Adelina Artenie, who is supervised Dr. Dider Jutras-Aswad.  On the picture Adelina, on the left, receives her award from Professor Johanne Renaud.

This research, supported by the RQSHA network, was published in the journal  Drugs & Addictions, and is titled: "Associations of substance use patterns with attempted suicide among persons who inject drugs: Can distinct use patterns play a role?".

Link to original research article:

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