Hitting the road? Turn off the GPS, it’s bad for your brain
“We did spatial memory tests and found that degradation was correlated to GPS frequency,” said Véronique Bohbot, a scientist at the Douglas Research Centre and a professor of psychiatry at McGill University. “There was a difference between people who use GPS every day for every trip and the people who didn’t use GPS at all or just occasionally, say, once a month.”
What if you learn your father is not your father?
Rob Whitley, an associate professor in McGill University’s department of psychiatry, was at a conference in Brussels a few years ago when the subject came up in a talk about the social aspects of DNA testing given by Belgian biologist and geneticist Maarten Larmuseau. “And I was thinking, ‘This will have huge mental-health impacts,'” recalled Whitley, a research scientist at the Douglas Research Centre.
Congratulations to Dr. Leon Tourian, recipient of the McGill Undergraduate Psychiatry Teaching Award for the 2020-2021 academic year! This award is presented to the individual that the graduating class felt had the greatest impact on their psychiatric education during medical school.
This award is given by McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing in recognition of Dr. Carmella Roy’s contributions to nursing education. It is in appreciation of her part to act as a positive role model, demonstrate excellence in teaching, provide students with a supportive learning environment, and encourage students to achieve their personal best.
The Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé has announced the recipients of salary awards on June 2. Congratulations to Drs. Carl Ernst, Srividya Iyer, Massimiliano Orri, Lena Palaniyappan, Pedro Rosa-Neto and Yashar Zeighami, recipients of the FRQS Chercheurs-Boursiers awards! The full list of results can be found here
The awardees and their respective projects are:
The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program announced the most recent recipients of Tier 1 and Tier 2 CRCs. Among them were Dr. Gabriella Gobbi's new Tier 1 CRC in Therapeutics for Mental Health and Dr. Cécile Rousseau's new Tier 1 CRC in Preventing Violent Radicalization. Congratulations to both! McGill Reporter
It is with great pleasure that we announce this year’s winners of the annual Leyton Addiction Research Prize.
Dr. Nicolas Cermakian received the 2022 Society for Research on Biological Rhythms (SRBR) Directors' Award for Service, which is given to honor and thank members for their broad contributions to the field of Chronobiology. Congratulations Dr. Cermakian!
The 5th Annual McGill Clinical Innovation Competition and Awards Ceremony took place virtually on May 10. This Competition aims to inspire members of our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences community to conceive and develop promising ideas that will have a direct and positive impact on Canadian or global health care. Congratulations to Dr. Simon Ducharme and the AFX Medical team!
Dr. Bruno Giros was awarded the 2022 Canadian College of Neuropsycho-pharmacology (CCNP) Heinz Lehmann Award, which is given out in recognition of outstanding contributions by a single individual in neuropsychopharmacology research in Canada. Congratulations Dr. Giros! Read more
Dr. Natasha Rajah was appointed to the new position of Assistant Dean, Academic Career Development, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) effective April 1, 2022. Congratulations Dr. Rajah! Read more
Opinion: Helping people suffering from mental illness return to work
(Co-authored by Rob Whitley) The first week of May is Mental Health Week in Canada. One of the legacies of the COVID-19 pandemic will be the lasting impact it has on the mental health of our society.
Dr. Simon Ducharme was elected a a Fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association (ANPA). This is in recognition of his significant contributions to the fields of neuropsychiatry, behavioral neurology, neuropsychology, or the clinical neurosciences, and to the ANPA organization. Congratulations Dr. Ducharme!
This award is given by AMI-Québec in recognition of Dr. Tourian’s work with vulnerable members of society and increasing sensitivity to their needs to improve collaborations and enhance care. It is in appreciation of his part in changing the landscape in the attitude of practitioners and families recognizing that mental illness and mental health challenges are a ‘family affair. The award will be officially presented at AMI-Québec’s Annual General Meeting.
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