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Wednesday, June 6 2012
Press release

Dr. Guy Rouleau is Awarded Margolese National Brain Prize

Montreal, QC, June 6, 2012 – Dr. Guy Rouleau, of University of Montreal and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center’s Research Center, has been awarded the second annual Margolese National Brain Prize.

The $50,000 prize is awarded to outstanding researchers focused on improving the lives of individuals with brain disease. Dr. Rouleau was chosen by an international panel of experts and a UBC committee chaired by Dr. Gavin Stuart, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and UBC’s Vice Provost, Health.

Dr. Rouleau is Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal, and director of the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center’s Research Center, of the Centre for Excellence in Neuroscience at the University of Montreal (CENUM), as well as of the Réseau de la médecine appliquée du Québec (RMGA). He holds a Canada Research Chair in Genetics of the Nervous System. He has focused on identifying the genes and mutations that play a role in neurological and psychiatric diseases, and understanding the molecular mechanisms that lead to these diseases.

More specifically, Dr. Rouleau has helped identify 20 disease-causing genes, including those that result in certain brain tumors, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, forms of muscular dystrophy and juvenile epilepsy. He has proven that genetic mutations play a role in autism, schizophrenia, restless leg syndrome and Tourette syndrome (of which he is among the world’s most cited authorities).

His work led to the development of diagnostic tests for several of these conditions, and laid the groundwork for future treatments. He has received $50 million in research grants over the past two decades, and his work, published in such prestigious journals as Nature, Nature Genetics, The Lancet, Cell, The New England Journal of Medicine and Science, has been cited over 28,000 times. Dr. Rouleau was awarded numerous prizes for his contribution to science and society as a whole. In 2007, he was named Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec, the highest distinction offered by the Quebec government.

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