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Groups and Labs

Douglas Institute research groups and laboratories bring together researchers and their teams to study specific research topics. The different on-going research projects are presented and outlined below.

Addiction Research Studies and Laboratory
Directed by Thomas Brown, PhD, and Christine Gianoulakis, PhD, the laboratory is researching the genetic etiology an...
Analytical Biochemistry Laboratory
Directed by N.M.K. Ng Ying Kin, PhD, the laboratory measures putative biological markers for various psychiatric conditions...
At home Project Research Group
The objective of the At Home Project is to find ways to help the growing number of homeless people who live with a mental illness.
Attention, Behaviour and Sleep (ABS) Laboratory
Directed by Reut Gruber, PhD, this multidisciplinary unit studies the interplay between sleep and the cognitiv...
Bipolar Disorders Program Research Group
The research team led by Serge Beaulieu, MD, PhD, FRCPC is interested in the biological and environmental factors of ...
Bruno Giros Laboratory
The laboratory directed by Bruno Giros, PhD, studies the molecular networks of dopamine and glutamate receptors and transporters, two n...
Cecilia Flores Laboratory
Directed by Cécilia Flores, PhD, the laboratory investigates brain abnormalities at the cellular and molecular level contributing to...
Centre for Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms
Directed by Diane B. Boivin, MD, PhD, the Centre for Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms conducts mul...
CIHR Team in Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Directed by Jean Caron, PhD, the team is studying the determinants of psychological distress in 258,000 resid...
CIHR team in transdisciplinary studies on driving while intoxicated
Studies the etiology of driving while intoxicated and recidivism.
Claire-Dominique Walker Laboratory
Basic and clinical researches are oriented towards understanding the long-term physiological and behavioral consequences f...
Cognitive and Social Neurosciences Laboratory
Directed by J. Bruno Debruille, MD, PhD, the laboratory attempts to discover the neurocognitive mechanisms of ps...
Eating Disorders Program Research Group
Directed by Howard Steiger, PhD, the Eating Disorders Program (EDP) research activities focus on the causes, personal ...
Jens Pruessner Laboratory
The interests in the lab are concerned mostly around the effects of Stress. Endocrinological aspects of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary A...
Jorge Armony Laboratory
The lab's current research programme focuses on the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the neural bases of h...
Martin Lepage Laboratory
The laboratory of  Martin Lepage, PhD, uses brain imaging to decipher episodic memory and understand its dysfunction in schizophrenics.
McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS)
Directed by Gustavo Turecki, PhD, the group is interested in the risk factors – genetic, biological, clinical or socia...
Memory and Motion Lab
Directed by Véronique Bohbot, PhD, the laboratory focuses on the multiple brain areas involved in processing episodic memories (spatio-t...
Mental Health and Law Lab
Anne Crocker, PhD, and her team are exploring how the judicial process deals with people suffering from mental disorders, and are he...
Mental Health and Society Research Group
The group wants to better document and understand the environmental factors that shape the onset, course and remissio...
Molecular Chronobiology Laboratory
Directed by Nicolas Cermakian, PhD, the lab's researchers seek to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the regula...
Molecular Genetic Laboratory
Directed by Natalie Grizenko, MD, and Ridha Joober, MD, PhD, the laboratory studies the genetic and pharmacogenetic aspects of ps...
Natasha Rajah Laboratory
The lab's research is focused on using functional neuroimaging techniques to examine the neural substrates of learning and memory in ...
Neuroimmunology Laboratory
Directed by Giamal Luheshi, PhD, the lab investigates the interactions between the peripheral immune system and the brain during in...
Norbert Schmitz Laboratory
Norbert Schmitz laboratory studies the relationship between mental disorders and somatic chronic conditions in the general population.
N.P. Vasavan Nair Laboratory
The laboratory evaluates the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug aimed at slowing the progression of Alzheimer's ...
Patricia Boksa Laboratory
The laboratory of Patricia Boksa, PhD, has shown that birth complications can change the way in which the brain’s dopamine systems r...
PEPP-Montreal Research Group
Directed by Ashok Malla, MD, the PEPP research activities lead to the development of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment me...
PREVENT-Alzheimer
The goal of this program is to study memory and brain changes in healthy people over the age of 60.
Rémi Quirion Lab
Four major themes cover the research activities in the laboratory. The funding is mostly from the three CIHR grants and the additional supp...
Research Group on Treatment Accessibility for Anxiety Disorders
Michel Perreault, Ph.D., leads this research group on the accessbility of treatment for anxiet...
Research Laboratory on Psychological Trauma
Directed by Alain Brunet, PhD, the lab studies the impact of traumatic events, their risk factors and treatments.
Research Team on the Organisation and Adequacy of Services
The team, directed by Marie-Josée Fleury, PhD, is developing service models in order to improve the...
Ridha Joober Laboratory
Directed by Ridha Joober, PhD, the lab's current research program is focusing on the identification of genes that modulate the risk fo...
Salah El Mestikawy Laboratory
Directed by Salah El Mestikawy, PhD, the laboratory’s focus is on the neurons that use glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter...
Standard Life Centre for Breakthroughs in Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention
The Centre evaluates the efficacy of different treatments for depression and ...
Suzanne King Laboratory
The lab team studies the effect of prenatal stress on childhood development and the different risk factors associated with schizophrenia.
Team VISEV
VISEV stands for Vulnerability, Social Integration and Violence; Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The resear...
The Hippocampal Rhythm Lab
Directed by Sylvain Williams, PhD, the lab is interested in two brain structures – the hippocampus and the septum – which interact ...
The Tidis Lab
The lab aims at understanding the dynamics of neural circuits that control the sleep-wake cycle in the mammalian brain.
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