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Awards & Distinctions

Francesco Ferrini / Tuan Trang 2013 Brain Star Awards from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)


2013 - Francesco Ferrini / Tuan Trang

Article in Nature Neuroscience: Morphine hyperalgesia gated through microglia-mediated disruption of neuronal Cl⁻ homeostasis.


Québec Science Top 10 discoveries of 2013 for discovery of mechanism explaining morphine induced hyperalgesia


Recent discoveries  explaining the mechanism of morphine induced hyperalgesia have been named one of the top 10 discoveries of 2013 by Québec Science.

Congratulations to co-first authors Francesco Ferrini & Tuan Trang and the rest of the team! 


Top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2013 - Le Soleil: Chronic Pain under siege


Research done in the YDK lab are recognized as one of the top ten scientific breakthroughs of 2013, according to Le Soleil newspaper: 

Identifying the part of the cell that causes a disease. Understanding where, exactly, the mechanism breaks.  Finding a drug to repair it.  In biomedical research, this is probably what approaches the definition of a »hat trick» And it is what the team of Yves De Koninck, neuroscientist at Université Laval, have just done in the fight against chronic pain.

Read the complete article in ...


Découverte de l'année Québec Science 2013: Le double jeu de la morphine


2013: Le double jeu de la morphine

For explaining why morphine can paradoxically cause pain, and showing that the mechanisms underlying pain hypersensitivity are distinct from those causing morphine tolerance. 

Original research article: Ferrini F, Trang T, Mattioli TA, Laffray S, Del'Guidice T, Lorenzo LE, Castonguay A, Doyon N, Zhang W, Godin AG, Mohr D, Beggs S, Vandal K, Beaulieu JM, Cahill CM, Salter MW, De Koninck Y. ...


Yves De Koninck named Scientific Director of the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec


Congratulations to Yves De Koninck, who was named the new Scientific Director of the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec.  Learn more about this nomination here:

Personality of the week La Presse Radio Canada: Yves De Koninck


Yves De Koninck personality of the week La Presse Radio-Canada for the week of October 21 2013, in recognition of his recent discoveries that could lead to the development of new pain relief drugs, and for receiving the Jacques Rousseau prize for multidisciplinarity.

Read this story in La Presse.

Yves De Koninck receives the Jacques-Rousseau prize for multidisciplinarity


ACFAS has awarded Yves De Koninck the Jacques-Rousseau prize, for multidisciplinarity.  This prize was created to highlight the work of a researchers whose accomplishments have gone beyond his area of expertise and has built bridges between disciplines.  This award recognizes the efforts made by Dr De Koninck over the last 10 years to link neurosciences and optics-photonics.  Since 2002, he has led many projects, including the creation of the Neurophotonics Centre, which have brought together researchers from the Québec Mental Health Institute and those from the Centre for optics,...


Yves De Koninck named Researcher of the month by Canadians for Health Research


Yves de Koninck was named researcher of the month of July by Canadians for Health Research.  Here is an excerpt from his profile on the CHR website:

A Pioneer in Understanding Pain

Dr. De Koninck’s scientific discoveries in the field of pain research are world-renowned and have spurred the development of newtreatmentsfor pain management. He has not only made key contributions to ourfundamental understanding of the neurochemistry of pain transmission, but to how pain transmission is specifically altered in chronic pain syndromes. By honing in on the chemical...


Cyril Bories Age Plus Prize Winner from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Article : Differential Balance of Prefrontal Synaptic Activity in Successful versus Unsuccessful Cognitive Aging

January 2013 – Age Plus Prize Winner: Cyril Bories
Université Laval

Differential Balance of Prefrontal Synaptic Activity in Successful versus Unsuccessful Cognitive Aging

Alterations of cognitive functions affect the life of many elderly people. These problems are particularly...


Lauréat Le Soleil: Yves De Koninck les deux pieds dans le savoir



Yves De Koninck is the personality of the week Le Soleil for the week of Februray 12, 2012, for the development of a microprobe.  This discovery was also named one of the ten discoveries of the year by Québec Science.  Read an interview by Jean-François Cliche with Yves De Koninck here (in French):


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