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GLOBE AND MAIL | Studies overestimate prevalence of depression, article shows

"No one gains by coming up with inaccurate and exaggerated estimates," says lead author Dr. Brett Thombs, a professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University. "What we do need to understand is what the burden is out there, how many people [have depression], and then we need to really advocate strongly to make sure those people get better care."

Published: 19 Jan 2018

MOTHERBOARD | Fast radio bursts are a sci-fi dream with an astrophysical source

"We found something that is clearly in an extreme place and the extreme location may create a phenomenon that is one of the biggest astrophysical mysteries of recent times," offered study co-author Victoria Kaspi, a professor at McGill University and leading voice on pulsars and neutron stars, in a statement. 

Vice (Motherboard)

Published: 19 Jan 2018

APTN | McGill medical students get closer look at indigenous approach to healthcare

Some medical students at McGill University in Montreal are getting a firsthand look at what working in an Indigenous community is like. It’s through a new program that includes a grassroots approach to healthcare.


Published: 19 Jan 2018

Being bilingual may help autistic children study says

The study, published in Child Development, has found new reasons to believe that Autistic children who are bilingual have increased cognitive flexibility compared to children that are monolingual. According to Professor Aparna Nadig, the senior author of the paper, from McGill University, this research has been a long time coming…

Published: 19 Jan 2018

McGill Professor helped coin the term 'Bomb Cyclone'

McGill University meteorology professor John Gyakum, along with the revered late Massachusetts Institute of Technology meteorologist Fred Sanders, first coined the term in a paper they published in 1980. They used the phrase to describe powerful cyclones that get their energy from rapid drops in pressure caused by hot and cold temperatures colliding.

Published: 4 Jan 2018

How a Fictional Racist Plot Made the Headlines and Revealed an American Truth

Excerpt from Merve Emre's new book, Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America. She is an assistant professor of English at McGill.

Published: 4 Jan 2018

The Power of Suggestion - Mind Field, featuring Assistant Professor Samuel Veissière, PhD and Jay Olson, PhD Candidate

A new experiment on the healing power of suggestion and placebo neuroscience by Prof Samuel Veissière, PhD and Jay Olson, MSc (Department of Psychiatry) is featured in Season 2 of the popular science series Mind Field.

To watch the trailer, visit:

The full video can be purchased through the trailer.

Published: 21 Dec 2017

A non-invasive method to detect Alzheimer’s disease

Volume in brain region linked to physiological changes characteristic of AD

New research has drawn a link between changes in the brain’s anatomy and biomarkers that are known to appear at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), findings that could one day provide a sensitive but non-invasive test for AD before cognitive symptoms appear.

Published: 19 Dec 2017

Recording of 2017 Departmental Day - Cannabis in Canada: What do we know? What can we expect?

To watch this year's 2017 Departmental Day on Cannabis in Canada: What do we know? What can we expect? please visit:

Published: 6 Dec 2017

McGill Reporter on 2017 Departmental Day: Cannabis in Canada: What do we know? What can we expect?

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Published: 6 Dec 2017

New Open Science partnership will pave way for better treatments, faster

NeuroSGC created to increase volume and quality of cell assays for drug discovery

A new partnership between the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) will use a unique open science framework to help scientists discover new targets for drug development for neurological diseases.

Published: 6 Dec 2017

The MNI forms promising Open Science partnership with Takeda

Industry and academia team up for the benefit of people suffering from ALS

A unique industry-academia partnership will increase the rate at which promising drug compounds can be tested as potential treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease with no known cure that affects 200,000 people worldwide.

Published: 4 Dec 2017

Graduate Excellence Fellowship in Mental Health Research 2017 results

Congratulations to all the students who received a Graduate Excellence Fellowship in Mental Health Research.

Published: 1 Dec 2017

2017 Resident Awards Night Winners

Dear Residents and Faculty, 

On behalf of the Postgraduate Residency Training Program and the Department of Psychiatry, we would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2017 Annual Awards Night. 


Dr. Leon Tourian


Psychiatry Residency Program

Awards night 2017


Staff Prizes

Published: 1 Dec 2017

Now you like it, now you don’t

Brain stimulation can change how much we enjoy and value music

Enjoyment of music is considered a subjective experience; what one person finds gratifying, another may find irritating. Music theorists have long emphasized that although musical taste is relative, our enjoyment of music, be it classical or heavy metal, arises, among other aspects, from structural features of music, such as chord or rhythm patterns that generate anticipation and expectancy.

Published: 20 Nov 2017