RQSHA Annual Research Day 2016

Title of event: 
RQSHA Annual Research Day 2016
2016-11-22 09:00
Douglas Hall, Douglas Institute

Where: Douglas Hall, Douglas Mental Health University Institute

For more information:

Distinguished guests:

Myreille Bédard
Artist and communicator; Person with lived experience

Jane Foster, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience, McMaster University

David Klonsky, PhD
Associate professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia


Panel discussion on ethical issues in suicide research
Chaired by Éric Racine, PhD

Student presentations
Presentation of selected projects from the different strategic groups

Poster presentations
Prizes for best poster presentations in clinical sciences and basic sciences


Download the RQSHA research day agenda 

Abstracts and Photo gallery:

Read our thank you note - includes links to all presentation abstracts and our photo gallery


Poster (pdf): 

Neuroscience for Mental Health Seminars

Winter 2017 Calendar

Mondays, 11:00, Bowerman Room, Dobell Pavilion
Please join us for this seminar series of various topics in neuroscience.
January 9 :
Dr Uri Shalev, Ph.D. (Associate Professor; Dept. of Psychology, Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology (CSBN), Concordia University)“ The dark side of weight loss: chronic stress and drug seeking in “abstinent” rats“
January 16 :
Dr Massimo Avoli, Ph.D. (Professor Montreal Neurological Institute, and Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery and of Physiology, McGill University) “Involvement of inhibitory neuronal networks in focal seizure onset “
January 23 :
Dr. Karim Nader, Ph.D. (…)
" TBA“
January 30:
Dr. Mallar Chakravarty, Ph.D. (Researcher, Douglas Institute, Computational Neuroscientist, Brain Imaging Centre, Douglas Institute, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University)
“Environmental Regulation of the Hippocampal Epigenome”
February 6 :
Dr. Andrew Chapman, Ph.D. (Professor, Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, Dept. of Psychology, Concordia University)“ Modulatory effects of dopamine on synaptic responses within the entorhinal cortex “
February 20 :
Dr. Timothy Kennedy, Ph.D. (co-Director, McGill Program in Neuroengineering, Professor, Dept of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Dept of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University.) “Molecular Strategies for Remembering: Neuronal Netrin-1 Regulates Glutamatergic Synapse Function and Plasticity in the Adult Hippocampus”
February 27 :
Dr. Laurent Mottron, Ph.D. (…)
March 13 :
Dr.Sonia Lupien, Ph.D.( Director, Centre for Studies on Human Stress, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal –CIUSSS) “’The Mental Health Signature Biobank : Psychosocial Data and Human Biological Specimens Accessible to Scientists Across Canada”
March 20 :
Dr. Kevin Allen, Ph.D. (Junior Group Leader, Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University)
“Impact of visual landmarks on the spatial properties of neurons in the medial entorhinal cortex”
March 27 :
Dr. Étienne Vachon-Presseau, Ph.D. (Northwestern University)
“Anatomical and functional predispositions to chronic pain and placebo response”
April 3 :
Dr. Anthony Vernon, Ph.D. (Lecturer in Neurobiology of Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental disorders, Kings College London)
“Maternal immune activation, microglia and abnormal brain development: translational insights from rodent models.”
April 10 :
Dr. Martin Levesque, Ph.D. (Assistant professor, Department of psychiatry and neurosciences, Université Laval)
“Transcription factors as mediators of neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegeneration in Parkinson`s disease”  May 8 :
Dr. Lisa Topolnik, Ph.D. (…)
May 15 :
Dr. Sabatino Maione, Ph.D. (Professor of Pharmacology, the School of Medicine at the University of Campania, Naples)
“N-acylethanolamines modulate pain transmission and the associated maladaptive neuroplasticity”
May 29:
Dr. Jamie Near, Ph.D. (Assistant professor, Department of psychiatry, McGill University)
“Dynamic measures of neurochemistry and metabolism using in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy”

Research Day - General Information & Archives

We make an effort to unite the members of our research network annually, to allow them to discuss their work, exchange their ideas, and create new collaborations. Through these activities, we help to create a close-knit and multidisciplinary  community among Quebec’s researchers in suicide and mood disorders.

The 2016 Research Day will take place on November 22.  

Research Day archives

2015 - View the program, list of posters and our photo gallery here:

2014 - The 2014 RQSHA Research Day was held in conjunction with the meeting of the ACFAS.  Links:

2013 - The 2013 RQSHA Research Day was held with the World Congress on Suicide - IASR 2013, in Montreal


Public Event 

2015: Coping with Suicide: The Experiences of Persons and Families, held on August 27th, at 5:00 p.m. After the screening of the documentary “Le voyage d’une vie” by Maryse Chartrand, the public was invited to take part in a discussion, but also to hear comments on suicide, grieving and coming out of grieving from the panel led by Monique Séguin, PhD, researcher in the McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) at the Douglas Institute.