Dave Saint-Amour , Ph.D.
    Dave Saint-Amour
    Research Axis
    Brain and Child Development Axis
    Research Theme
    Neurodevelopmental diseases
    CHUSJ - Centre de Recherche

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    • Professor, Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 2009
    • Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Montreal, 2006
    • Member, Research Center in Neuropsychology and Cognition (CERNEC), 2006


    Neurovisual Electrophysiology Laboratory


    • Postdoctorate (Electrophysiology/Cognitive Neuroscience,), Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, 2005
    • Postdoctorate, Postdoctoral training, Electrophysiology, Hôpital Sainte Justine, 2003
    • Doctorate (Philosophia Doctor, Psychology (Experimental Neuropsychology option), Université de Montréal, 2003
    • Master's of Science - Masters, Psychology (Experimental Neuropsychology option),Université de Montréal, 1999
    • Bachelor's of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal, 1996
    • Diploma, License, Psychology, Université d'Aix-Marseille II, 1995

    Research Interests

    Disciplines Trained In: Neurosciences, Neuropsychology

    Research Disciplines: Neurosciences, Neurophysiology

    Areas of Research: Eye and Visual System Diseases, Nervous System Development, Neuronal and Synaptic Activity, Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration

    Fields of Application: Public Health, Biomedical Aspects of Human Health

    Research Specialization Keywords: Brain Imaging, Sensory systems, Perception, Electrophysiology

    Research Topics

    • Neuropsychology
    • Brain imaging
    • Visual perception
    • Developmental neurotoxicity
    • Environmental health

    Awards and Distinctions

    • Junior I Research Scholar, Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, 2007-2011.
    • Post-doctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Mental Health, 2003-2005.

    Major Funding

    • Research Chair in Environmental Neuropsychotoxicology, UQAM, 2015/1 - 2019/12
    • Effects of developmental exposure to environmental contaminants on brain organization in Inuit youths, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2011/10 - 2016/9


    • 2014/11: Neuropsychotoxicologie environnementale : une approche multidisciplinaire au service de la santé publique. Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
    • 2013/06: Binocular integration processing: From Integration to suppression. Dept. of ophtalmology, SickKids Hospital, Toronto.
    • 2012/10: Toward an understanding of the impact of prenatal exposure to environnemental contaminants on brain developpement. University of Southern California.
    • 2012/08: Le seuil visuel comme outil d’évaluation de dysfonctions neurologiques. Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec.
    • 2012/05: Vers une compréhension de l’impact des contaminants environnementaux sur le développement des fonctions cérébrales. INSERM, CHU Rennes (France).


    1. Lao, Y., Dion, L.A., Gilbert, G., et al. (2017). Mapping the basal ganglia alterations in children chronically exposed to manganese. Scientific Reports, 7(41804).
    2. Polevoy, C., Muckle, G., Seguin, J., Ouellet, E. et Saint-Amour, D. (2017). Similarities and differences between behavioral and electrophysiological visual acuity thresholds in healthy infants during the second half of the first year of life. Documenta Ophalmologica, 134(2), 99–110.
    3. Hébert-Lalonde, N., Major, P., Carmant, L., Roy, M.-S., Lassonde, M. et Saint-Amour, D. (2016). Electrophysiological evidences of visual field alterations in school-age children exposed to vigabatrin early in life. Pediatric Neurology, 59, 47–53.
    4. Dion, L.A., Bouchard, M., Sauvé, S., et al. (2016). MRI pallidal signal in children exposed to manganese in drinking water. NeuroToxicology, 53, 124–131.
    5. Cartier, C., Warembourg, C., Le Maner-Idrissi, G., et al. (2016). Organophosphate Insecticide Metabolites in Prenatal and Childhood Urine Samples and Intelligence Scores at 6 Years of Age: Results from the Mother-Child PELAGIE Cohort (France). Environmental Health Perspectives, 124(5), 674–680.
    6. Ethier, A.A., Muckle, G., Dewailly, E., et al. (2015). Assessing new dimensions of attentional functions in children prenatally exposed to environmental contaminants using an adapted Posner paradigm. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 51, 27–34.
    7. Lortie M, Proulx-Bégin L, Saint-Amour D, Cousineau D, Théoret H, Lepage JF. (2017). Brief Report: Biological Sound Processing in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 47(6), 1904-1909.
    8. Migneron-Foisy, V., Bouchard, M. et Saint-Amour, D. (2017). Myopia and exposure to organophosphate and pyrethroid pesticides in the general U.S. population. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 58(11), 4915-4924.
    9. Pageau, M., de Guise, D. et Saint-Amour, D. (2015). Random-dot Stereopsis in Microstrabismic Children : Stimulus Size Matters. Optometry and Vision Science, 92(2), 208–216.

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