Word from the Director - Laurent Bouyer
The Thematic Center for Research in Neuroscience (TCRN) was created following the desire of the Research Commission of Laval University to set up thematic university research centers in the health sciences sector.
It currently brings together more than 75 researchers working in neuroscience at Laval University, namely the CERVO Research Center, the Research Center of the University Hospital-Laval University, the Enfant-Jésus Hospital and the Center interdisciplinaire de Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS).
The research activities of CTRN members cover the main areas of the broad area of fundamental neuroscience (neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neurophotonics) and clinical neurology (neurology, neurosurgery, rehabilitation, neuropsychology, pharmacology and psychiatry). It is a place of interaction and active collaboration between these researchers in these different fields so that their high-level work leads to a better understanding of the normal or pathological functioning of the brain as well as the development of effective therapies to counter diseases that affect the nervous system. The international reputation of our researchers and the fact that they supervise more than 300 research trainees make the CTRN a unique training environment.
CTRN's main mission is to bring together the vital forces of the neurosciences in the Université Laval network and to coordinate and promote the development of neuroscience and mental health research, while promoting the training of the next generation in this vast field of research. know.
With an average of almost $ 20 million in recognized research funding per year, an additional $ 9.65 million per year in partnership funds, as well as more than $ 26 million in Canadian Foundation's infrastructure funding for innovation, CTRN researchers are currently very well funded. Our sources of funding are very diverse, and include the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Quebec Health Research Funds (FRQ-S) and in-kind and technologies (FRQ-NT), private foundations, international organizations such as NIH and Wings for Life. This demonstrates the ability of our researchers to obtain substantial research funds and to be competitive at the provincial, national and international levels.
Our Center currently has 13 research chairs, including 10 Canada Chairs, 2 Industrial Chairs and in partnership with the private sector, and a prestigious Canada Excellence Chair.
In addition, 35.5% of our graduate students have a nominal grant from external granting agencies, which demonstrates the competitiveness of our researchers and the quality of our students. In addition, the CTRN has 43% foreign students from several countries in Europe, America, Africa and Asia, which makes it a very rich culture.
Because of its nature as a thematic center, the CTRN has no single physical location. However, the various sites that make up the center provide our researchers with access to world-class platforms that have nothing to envy to other sites around the world. Examples such as the LOEX for the creation of neurological tissue, the Neurophotonics Center for in vivo neurophysiology, the CHUL pavilion of the Research Center of the CHU of Quebec for its many colonies of transgenic mice, CERVO Research Center for its bank of human brains, from CIRRIS for its motor control assessment laboratories, demonstrate the strength of our researchers at the international level. Indeed, their ability to obtain substantial funds from the FCI, MESI and other programs has made it possible to establish very high quality laboratories in recent years.