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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 was Director from 2004-2016. Dr. Richard Robitialle was nominated as the current Director of the GRSNC in 2016. 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 24 regular members of the Group and 11 associate members. The laboratories of 22 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 GRSNC has members from the Faculty of Medicine (18), Dentistry (5) 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.

Richard Robitaille
Director of the GRSNC




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