Welcome to the Villeneuve Lab

The Villeneuve Lab is interested in how the brain ages with a specific focus on the factors that modify the association between brain lesions and cognitive performances. Our research is motivated by the fact that more than 25% of older adults are considered cognitively normal despite the presence of beta-amyloid in their brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. This fact suggests that other factors interact with beta-amyloid to trigger the expression of cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease. It also suggests that actions can be taken to prevent or postpone the expression of disease-related symptoms. The main focus of The Villeneuve Lab’s research is therefore to examine the factors that protect (or worse) the development of cognitive deficits in age-related neurodegenerative diseases. We use a multi-tier approach that includes molecular PET imaging, MRI imaging, neuropsychological testing, and genetics.

Visit our research page to learn more about our ongoing projects.


Recent News


Farewell to Our First Graduating Master’s Student
01 Sept 2019

Villeneuve lab team bids farewell to Melissa McSweeney, our first graduating master’s student. Melissa joined our lab in August 2017 and has been a master’s student for the last 2 years. Melissa has contributed significantly to the lab and has helped manage the lab. The Villeneuve Lab wishes her all the best with her new career.


Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) Fellowship
15 Aug 2019

Congrats to Alexa, Hazal and Pierre on receiving Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) Fellowship for the upcoming year. 


A warm welcome to Frédéric and Jordana, our new lab members!
15 Aug 2019

We would like to give a warm welcome to two new lab members: Frédéric St-Onge and Jordana Remz. Frédéric joined us from Quebec City as our new doctoral student. Frédéric will aim to predict, as early as possible, cognitively healthy individuals who will develop cognitive impairment over time, using a combination of clinical and neuroimaging variables. Jordana is currently working on different modalities in neuroimaging and focuses her efforts on the automation of data processing. You can read more about Frédéric and Jordana, including their previous work and some of their interests, on our people page.  



The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC2019)
July 14th-18th, 2019

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019 conference took place in Los Angeles from July 14 –18. Dr. Villeneuve, along with Julie Gonneaud, Alexa Pichet Binette, Theresa Köbe, and Pierre-François Meyer attended to the AAIC to present some of their recent work. Alexa, Julie, and Theresa presented their posters at the conference and Pierre-Francois gave a talk about his work. [Photos





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