Douglas – Bell Canada Brain Bank Platform

The Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank (DBCBB), based at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University affiliate), has become one of the most important brain banks in the world. Founded in 1980, it currently houses and manages over 3,000 brains, as well as a large relational database containing demographic, clinical and developmental histories from the donors.

Québec Suicide Social Regulation Analysis Platform (QSSRAP)

Investigating the social and ethno-cultural factors that affect suicide rates

Social and ethno-cultural factors have important impact on temporal variation of suicide rates. Québec experienced radical changes in suicide rates from the lowest in Canada in early ‘60s to the highest in the ‘80s. With respect to its non-aboriginal population, social researchers attributed these changes in suicide rates to the rapid secularization and changing gender roles.

Services Analysis Platform

From a public health perspective, there are 4 determinants of health problems: genetics, environment, behaviors/lifestyles and services. Are current Québec polices on health services appropriate to intervene in mood and substance disorders and suicidal behaviour? Our Réseau is tackling this question by developing a comprehensive database on health service utilization comprising two sections: one focusing on suicide completers and the other one on attempters. 

Web-Based Central Data Bank of Suicide Research References

The RQSHA has developed open/public access databases for use by the scientific community. Beginning with the wealth of publications on suicide gathered by the Observatoire des sciences et technologies (OST) (Université du Québec à Montréal) through a Pubmed search for the years 1980-2010, the Réseau created a web tool to manage data analysis of the bibliographic data of more than 18,000 references. Authorization is required before gaining access to the main dataset and this is offered to all researchers interested in the analysis of these data.