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Yves De Koninck wins 2014 Barbara Turnbull awards for spinal cord research

Yves De Koninck has been awarded the 2014 Barbara Turnbull awards for spinal cord research.  This prize is supported through a partnership between the Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research, Brain Canada, and the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction.  It is the top prize in spinal cord injury research awarded in Canada each year.

Discovery of a new means to erase pain

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

Francesco Ferrini wins one of the top 3 Brain Star awards of 2014

Francesco Ferrini, Post-Doctoral fellow Yves De Koninck's laboratory, was recognized as one of the top three Brain Star awardees of 2014 by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, for an article published in Nature Neuroscience (Ferrini, Trang et al.). This prize was shared with Tuan Trang, co-first author of the publication.

Marc Bergeron and Martin Gagnon receive Marlene Reimer Brain Star of the Year award at CAN2014

Yves De Koninck, Marc Bergeron and Sam David

Marc Bergeron received the Marlene Reimer Brain Star of the year award at the 8th Annual Canadian Association for Neuroscience meeting. This award is given to the highest ranking Brain Star Award of the year. Brain Star awards are given by the Institutes of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction of the CIHR and are designed to recognize the excellence of research done in Canada by students and trainees in all fields and disciplines covered by the Institute.

Images by Louis-Etienne Lorenzo, Feng Wang and Erik Bélanger finalists for the ACFAS 2014 image contest

image by L-E Lorenzo
image by Feng Wang and Erik Bélanger

Two images from the YDK lab are finalists for the ACFAS 2014 image contest:  "Un portrait de la douleur", by Louis-Étienne Lorenzo, and "Dans le vif du sujet" by Feng Wang and Erik Bélanger.

View all the images in the contest here: