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Welcome to the GRSNC website

Le Groupe de Recherche sur le Système Nerveux Central (GRSNC) was originally formed on the initiative of Dr. Yves Lamarre who became the first Director of the Group from 1991 to 1996. Dr. Serge Rossignol succeeded Dr. Lamarre and directed the GRSNC from 1996 to 2003. Dr. Richard Robitaille was Director from 2003-2004 and Dr. Trevor Drew has been Director since 2004. From its beginnings, the Group has grown appreciably and is now recognised as one of the main pillars of Neuroscience research on the Campus of the Université de Montréal.

Ever since its beginnings in 1991, the GRSNC has been multi-disciplinary and trans-departmental and has always included researchers from several different Faculties. The GRSNC's research activities are funded on an annual basis by the Rectorat of the University (CÉDAR) and the provincial government (FCAR and FRSQ). Originally formed as a FCAR Centre in 1991, the GRSNC became a FRSQ Group in 2002 following a reorganisation of the provincial funding programs. The GRSNC has received funding in 2002, 2004, 2008 and was renewed in 2012 for a further 4 years (until 2016).

There are currently 29 regular members of the Group and 6 associate members. The laboratories of 25 regular members are located on the campus of the Université de Montréal, most of which (17) have their laboratories in the Paul-G.-Desmarais building; the laboratories of the other 4 regular members are located at the CRCHUM. The GRSNC has members from the Faculty of Medicine (22), Dentistry (6) and Pharmacy (1). Three members of the GRSNC (Drapeau, Lacaille, Rossignol) are recipients of Senior Canada Research Chairs, one member (Fernandes) is a recipient of a Junior Canada Research Chair, and one member (Dancause) is the recipient of the Powercorp Chair.

The mission of the GRSNC is to promote multi-disciplinary research in the Neurosciences, in particular as it concerns the structure and function of the central nervous system. The annual grants from the University and the FRQS allow the GRSNC to provide the infrastructure that is necessary to maintain the excellence of its research activities and the training of masters, doctoral and postdoctoral trainees. The GRSNC will continue to develop as one of the major forces in the promotion of fundamental research in Neuroscience on the campus. It will use its influence to help recruit new faculty with an interest in the Neurosciences and thus develop new avenues of research in this high priority sector.

I am sure that the future will be an extremely active and invigorating period for the GRSNC.

Trevor Drew
Director of the GRSNC




Seminars and colloquia
Friday October 2nd at 12h00
Dr. Alison Barth
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Work in progress
Tuesday October 6th at 16h00
Dr Pierre J. Blanchet and
Dr Serge Rossignol
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Neuroscience Open House - 5 à 7 for students registered in the biomedical sciences and neurosciences B.Sc. programs, Thursday November 5th 2015 at 17h00.
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Student Seminars
Tuesday November 17th at 16h00
Christéva Montanède and
Houssam Darabid
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Herbert H. Jasper
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

2016-2017 Competition
Deadline: January 28th 2016
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Groupe du FRQS

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