Cell morphology might relate to differences in maternal behaviour

New research provides insight into how a profound remodeling of cell morphology in a specific brain region —the medial preoptic area (MOPA)— might relate to individual differences in maternal behavior. Both pregnancy hormones and pup sensory stimuli increase neuronal activation leading to a remodeling of neuronal circuits within certain brain regions, including the MPOA, that […]

84M$ CFREF for Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives

McGill University will launch an ambitious effort to advance understanding of the human brain and ease the burden of neurological and mental-health disorders, thanks to an $84 million, seven-year grant announced today under the federal government’s Canada First Excellence Research Fund (CFREF). Totaling over $213 million across three institutions – Montreal will be one of […]

Effects of maternal childhood adversity & depression on socioeconomic status

Women who reported higher levels of childhood adversity combined with higher levels of self-reported depressive symptoms are significantly more likely to live in low socio-economic environments. A new collaborative study, which included Ludmer Centre researchers A. Bouvette-Turcot, E. Unternaehrer, H. Gaudreau and M. Meaney, suggest that Socio-economic status is influenced by a life-course-pathway that begins […]