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Antoine Adamantidis, PhD

Researcher, Douglas Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Canada Research Chair in Neural Circuits and Optogenetics

Areas of expertise
Neural circuits of arousal, optogenetics, sleep-wake cycle, goal-oriented behaviour

Antoine Adamantidis, PhD, is investigating the functional wiring and dynamics of neural circuits controlling sleep and wake states. He is using a combination of state-of-the-art molecular, cellular and behavioural technologies, which include genetic mouse engineering, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, behavioural paradigms and the emerging field of optogenetics. Optogenetics combines optical and genetic methodologies to modulate the activity of neural circuitry at very high speed, in order to understand how information is processed in the brain.

His research findings may lead to a better understanding of how the brain controls sleep, attention and cognition. This may open new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of sleep disorders and neuropsychiatric illnesses associated with sleep disturbances.


Contact information
Douglas Institute
Perry Pavilion
Room E-2109
6875, boulevard LaSalle
Montreal (Quebec)
H4H 1R3
Phone :
514 761-6131
ext.: 6168

Fax :
514 762-3034
Research division :
  • - Neurosciences
Research groups :
Awards and distinctions :
  • - Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigators' Grant
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