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Can suicides be prevented by providing better mental health services in Canada?

Lesage slide presentation

In the spring of 2014, Dr. Alain Lesage, co-director of the RQSHA, was invited by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to make a presentation to at the Library of the Canadian Parliament.  He presented a portrait of suicide in Canada, some elements of prevention and intervention strategies, and submitted recommendations to the study group of  Bill C-300 concerning the establishment of a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention.

To view this presentation, Click here.

Gustavo Turecki wins the Samarthji Lal award

Gustavo Turecki was recently awarded the 2014 Samarthji Lal award for mental health research from the Graham Boeckh Foundation.

"The Dr. Samarthji Lal Award recognizes a Canadian researcher who is mid-career and making an outstanding contribution to the field of psychiatry, with a focus on major mental disorders. The recipient is selected through an open, Canada-wide competition judged by an independent review panel of internationally renowned researchers. The panel was impressed by Dr. Turecki's innovative, out-of-the-box approach to research on suicide."

A tiny molecule may help combat depression

Pablo LopezJuan Pedro Lopez, from Gustavo Turecki's laboratory, is first author on a recent article in Nature Medicine which is getting a lot of press. The discovery of a small molecule whose level is lower in depressed individuals could help improve treatment of people suffering from depression.

Elmira Ismaylova wins the Frédéric Grundberg prize at ACFAS

Elmira IsmaylovaCongratulations to Elmira Ismaylova, who was awarded the Frédéric Grunberg prize by the RQSHA for best poster presentation.  The title of her presentation was:
Réponse Neurale aux Émotions chez les Adolescents en Santé à Risque pour la Dépression.
The committee highlighted the exceptional quality of her results, and of her oral presentation of the poster, its clarity and precision.  

RQSHA 2014 Symposium meeting at ACFAS

The RQSHA held a symposium on the subject of suicide, mood disorders and associated disorders, on May 15th 2014.  This meeting was held in conjunction with the 82nd meeting of the Association francophone pour le savoir - ACFAS.

Douglas Brain Bank featured in the Journal de Montréal

Journal de Montréal cover


The Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank was featured last week-end in the Journal de Montréal.  Journal de Montréal journalist Sarah-Maude Lefebvre visited the Brain Bank 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 (in French):

World Congress on Brain, Behavior and Emotions

The world Congress on Brain, Behavior and Emotions took place , April 7th - 9th 2014,  in Montreal.  View the meeting website here:  Many members of the RQSHA participated;  Here is the schedule of presentations by our members:


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