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Awards & Distinctions

Dr. Sahara Khademullah receives $165,000 award for ALS research in YDKlab


The ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada), together with Brain Canada, announced a new trainee award to Dr. Sahara Khademullah, post-doctoral research in the lab.  ALS Canada was also pleased to partner with La Fondation Vincent Bourque who will be providing financial support for Dr. Khademullah's award. This grant has been awarded with the aim of sustaining high-quality Canadian ALS research by providing salary support for the next generation of ALS researchers currently pursuing PhDs or postdoctoral research positions.

Can restoring motor neuron inhibition prevent or stop ALS...


Yves De Koninck will receive the 2019 Emily Gray award from the Biophysical Society


The Biophysical Society (BPS) announced that Yves De Koninck will receive the Emily M Gray Award at the Society's annual meeting in Baltimore on March 4th, 2019. From the BPS press release:

De Koninck will be recognized for his work in the development of internationally renowned, transdisciplinary training initiatives in neurophysics and neurophotonics that have provided hands-on training for numerous students and postdoctoral fellows.

"It is vital that our community celebrates scientists who significantly contribute their time, expertise and enthusiasm in...


Yves De Koninck recevra le prix Emily Gray 2019 de la Société de Biophysique


La Biophysical Society a annoncé par communiqué de presse qu'Yves De Koninck se méritera le prix Emily Gray lors du prochain congrès de la Société, qui se tiendra le 4 mars 2019 à Baltimore. Le prix est décerné en reconnaissance des initiatives de formation transdisciplinaires en neurophysique et en neurophotonique, de renommée internationale, développée sous la direction du professeur De Koninck.

«Yves est un passionné de mentorat de la prochaine génération, et son impact se fera sentir pour de nombreuses années,» a dit la présidente de la BPS, Angela Gronenborn, de l'Université de...


Yves De Koninck wins the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering


Congratulations to Yves De Koninck, who has won, with a team of colleagues from the CERVO Brain Research Centre and the Centre d'optique, photonique et laser (COPL), a prestigious prize for interdisciplinary research, given by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Brockhouse prize.  The winning team includes Daniel Côté, Yves De Koninck, Michel Piché, Younès Messaddeq, Benoit Gosselin and Réal Vallée.  It is rewarded for its innovative to understanding brain function through the development of new technologies that leverage the expertise of...


Yves De Koninck and Rob Bonin honoured at the Canadian Pain Society Meeting


The Canadian Pain Society highlighted the research accomplishments of Yves De Koninck and Robert Bonin, a YDK lab alumnus and professor at University of Toronto, at their annual meeting, which took place May 23-26 in Halifax.  Congratulations to Professor De Koninck, who received the Distinguished Career Award, and to Professor Bonin, who received the Early Career Investigator Pain Research Grant. 

Congratulations to Isabel Plasencia who wins a prize at the Pain Talks!


Congratulations to Isabel Plasencia who won the second prize for presentation at the second edition of the Pain Talks organised by the Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators.  The event took place April 28 at McGill's Thomson House.  Isabel's presentation was titled " Painful disinhibition".

Knitting neurons - in the top 10 discoveries of 2016 for Québec Science


A discovery made in collaboration with Yves De Koninck of the Neurophotonics Centre has been listed as one of the top 10 discoveries of 2016 by Québec Science, and is a candidate for the magazine's people's choice award for discovery of the year. This discovery, a collaboration between neuroscientists and physicists, offers hope for repair of nerve connections, and even a way to create new ones.  

Learn more about this discovey in the Québec Science magazine, and vote for this discovery here: ...


Yves De Koninck will receive the Distinguished Career Award from the Canadian Pain Society


The director of the Neurophotonics Centre, Yves De Koninck, will receive the Canadian Pain Society's 2017 Distinguished Career Award. This award recognizes Dr. De Koninck's longstanding contributions to pain research.
The award will be given at the next Canadian Pain Society meeting, in May 2017 in Halifax.

Yves De Koninck recevra le prix de la carrière distinguée de la Société canadienne de la douleur


Bravo à Yves De Koninck, qui recevra le prix de la Carrière distinguée 2017 de la Société canadienne de la douleur. Ce prix reconnait les contributions de longue date du professeur De Koninck en recherche sur la douleur.
Le prix lui sera remis au Congrès de la Société canadienne de la douleur en mai à Halifax.

Yves De Koninck appointed to the Royal Society of Canada


Yves De Koninck was recently appointed to the Royal Society of Canada for "seminal contributions to understanding how neurons communicate at the cellular and molecular levels, in normal and pathological pain. Equally ground-breaking are his contributions to developing novel photonics technologies to push the frontiers of neuroscience".

View the Royal Society of Canada - Class of 2015 full listing.



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