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New publication in Nature Medicine shows existing drugs can alleviate morphine withdrawal

2017-03-08

A recent publication in Nature Medicine co-authored by Robert Bonin and Yves De Koninck offers new hope for people addicted to morphine and fentanyl.  By  investigating the underlying causes of withdrawal symptoms, the researchers identified a protein located in immune cells of the spinal cord called pannexin-1 as a major player, which lead them to look for drugs that block pannexin-1 as a way to alleviate symptoms.  The team found a drug previously approved to treat gout, called probenecid, that worked in this way.  Importantly, the drug does not affect the ability of opioids to relieve...

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Sentinel North featured in Le Devoir newspaper

2015-11-16

Sentinel North, a research initiative led by Yves De Koninck and Marcel Babin from Université Laval, and funded through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, aims to better understand the Canadian North through the use of advanced optics technologies.  Its goal is to improve our understanding of humanity, its environment and the impact environmental changes are having on humans and their health in the North. Sentinel North was recently awarded $98 million over seven years, the largest subsidy in the history of Université Laval.

In an article in Le Devoir newspaper, Yves De...

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24h de sciences - interview with Yves De Koninck at Canal M

2015-05-11

The Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec participate in the  24 heures de sciences event by hosting an open house event on May 9 2015.  On this occasion, Marianne Paquette interviewed Yves De Koninck to talk about the workings of the brain.  Listen to the interview, in French, here:   Émission c’est bon pour la santé! | Comprendre son cerveau -Yves De Koninck avec Marianne Paquette

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New advances in chronic pain management show promise

2015-01-07

Yves De Koninck participate in a panel discussion about chronic pain on Minnesota Public Radio news 

Treating chronic pain, especially if you're trying to avoid opiates, can be difficult. But new research shows promise for improvement in treatment that avoids highly addictive drugs.

Dr. Stephani Sutherland a neuroscientist and freelance journalist, recently wrote about the latest developments in the field for Scientific American. Sutherland joins The Daily Circuit along with Dr. Yves De Koninck, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Laval University, also...

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Lighting the brain - Découverte features neurophotonics research

2014-12-15

The television show Découverte, on Radio-Canada, featured neurophotonics research.  

View this story on the Radio-Canada website (in French only)  Illuminer le cerveau

Scientific American World changing ideas 2014: Prospects for treating chronic pain are improving

2014-12-15

Recent discoveries from the De Koninck lab are cited in a article about new propects for treating pain in the 2014 end of year edition of Scientific American, devoted to world-changin ideas.

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/prospects-for-treating-chronic...

FRSQ support is essential to researchers | Yves De Koninck in Le Devoir

2014-09-13

Yves De Koninck was interviewed in Le Devoir newspaper about the importance of funding provided by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé for the vitality of research in Québec.  

Read the article in Le Devoir (in French): Le FRQS, un soutien essentiel pour les chercheurs

Teaching the Nervous System to Forget Chronic Pain

2014-08-18

Research recently published by the De Koninck lab showed that hyperalgesia could be reversed when reactivated, in a manner similar to memory reconsolidation.  This important discovery was recently featured on PBS's NovaNext website 

The original research was published in Nature Neuroscience

Yves De Koninck featured in Nature's neuropod podcast

2014-07-13

Listen to Yves De Koninck in conversation with Kerri Smith explain the recent publication by Bonin and De Koninck in Nature Neuroscience.
Go to the Nature website and select the third segment.

Discovery of a new means to erase pain

2014-07-10

A study published in the scientific journal Nature Neuroscience by Yves De Koninck and Robert Bonin reveals that it is possible to relieve pain hypersensitivity using a new method that involves rekindling pain so that it can subsequently be erased. This discovery could lead to novel means to alleviate chronic pain.

Université Laval published a press release about this important discovery

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