Brain Bank Team

In addition to the invaluable contribution of various collaborators, the Douglas – Bell Canada Brain Bank employs personnel who are qualified to handle human tissue samples, protect donor rights, and ensure that the Bank operations follow the highest possible standards.

The Bank director and co-director develop the operational and financial rules and procedures needed for specimen preservation, jointly with the Douglas institute, its Research Centre, and its Research Ethics Committee. Furthermore, the directors are accountable to the Research Board of the Réseau québécois sur le suicide, les troubles de l'humeur et les troubles associés (RQSHA).


Naguib Mechawar, PhD, director
Gustavo Turecki, MD, PhD, co-director (Suicide studies)

Danielle Cécyre, coordinator
Martine Lavoie-Morin, administrative agent
Josée Prud'homme, research assistant
Maâmar Bouchouka, research technician
Maria Antonietta Davoli, histology technician

Marie-Martine Beaulieu, clinical coordinator (suicide studies)
Krystle Vieira, liaison agent – recruitment (suicide studies)
Annie Baccichet, information coordinator (suicide studies)
Étienne Labrie-Dion, coordinator, microscopy platform