Bell Let’s Talk funds lead to new centre for mood disorder and suicide research

Montreal, QC , Monday, August 24, 2015

Bell’s $2 million investment in one of the county’s premier mental health research institutions has created a new Montréal research centre focused on mood disorders and suicide.

The Centre for Translational Research on Mood Disorders and Suicide opened this week at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, incorporating the newly renovated and expanded Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank. The need for such a centre is clear, given that almost one in 10 adults will be affected by mood disorders that could lead to suicide.

Bell Let’s Talk has invested $2 million to modernize the brain bank and launch the new research centre, which was also partly funded by the Québec government. The opening of the Centre was announced by the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. The Bell Let’s Talk gift also is enabling the brain bank to upgrade to state-of-the-art laboratories and to recruit the highest quality researchers and staff to accelerate their worldwide collaborative work with other scientists probing neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.