Principal Investigator

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Dr. Sylvia Villeneuve
Dr. Villeneuve is an Assistant Professor at McGill University in the department of Psychiatry, and a member of the Integrated Program in Neuroscience. She is also an Associate Member of the Neurology and Neurosurgery department, within the Faculty of Medicine. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Early Detection of Alzheimer’s disease. She is co-director of the StoP-AD Centre and its PREVENT-AD program at the Research Centre of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She is also an Associate Member of the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging. Read More

Dr. Villeneuve did a first postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Professor William Jagust at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California Berkeley. A central focus of her research was to examine the interplay between beta-amyloid deposition, vascular diseases, and cognition in the preclinical phase of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Villeneuve did a second postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University under the supervision of Professor Todd Parrish and in collaboration with the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. This second training involved the proposing of a multimodal MR-based imaging battery to determine the predictive value of neurovascular insults, such as deterioration of the blood-brain barrier or reduced cerebral vascular reactivity, to detect early changes associated with amyloid pathology. Dr. Villeneuve received her PhD at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Professor Sylvie Belleville and has been a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec since 2009.

Dr. Villeneuve’s work is currently supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Contact: villeneuve.sylvia(/at/)gmail.com
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Postdoctoral Researchers


Cherie Strikwerda-Brown
Cherie is a qualified Clinical Neuropsychologist, completing her clinical Master’s training at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She worked clinically for 2 years before commencing her PhD at the University of Sydney, where she studied the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of self-referential processing in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, using MRI and psychological tasks. Her postdoctoral project in the Villeneuve lab will focus on the relationship between personality traits, functional connectivity, and Alzheimer’s disease pathology in preclinical AD. Outside of the lab, she loves to travel, run, and try new restaurants.
 
Contact: cherie.strikwerda-brown(/at/)mail.mcgill.ca
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Marianne Chapleau
Marianne holds a PhD in clinical neuropsychology (Research/Intervention) from the University of Montreal. She completed her residencies in geriatric settings (gerontopsychiatry at the Hôpital de Sacré-Coeur and at the memory clinic of Douglas Mental Health Institute). During her graduate studies, she conducted various research projects on neurodegenerative diseases. Her research interests include cognition and neuroimaging in pathological aging. Outside of the lab, you can find her running/cycling, petting her dog and exploring new places!
 

Doctoral Students

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Alexa Pichet Binette
Alexa is a PhD candidate in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University since September 2015. She did her master’s in medical neurosciences at the Charité, Berlin. Employing multimodal neuroimaging, her project aims to examine links between Alzheimer’s disease risk and protective factors, brain integrity and cognition. When not in the lab, she likes cooking, discovering new places in the city, and trying to keep learning German!
 
Contact: apichetbinette(/at/)gmail.com
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Frédéric St-Onge
Frédéric completed a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Neurosciences at Université Laval, in Québec City, Canada. During his master’s program, he studied brain imaging biomarkers (MRI and FDG-PET) in asymptomatic carriers of genetic mutations causing frontotemporal dementia. Now in the Villeneuve Lab for his PhD, 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. When he’s not working, he likes to geek out over TV series, movies and video games. He also likes to read, cook and travel.
 
Contact: frederic.st-onge(/at/)mail.mcgill.ca
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Jonathan Gallego Rudolf
Jonathan completed his BA in Psychology and MSc in Neurobiology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, in Mexico. He joined the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill in January 2020, co-supervised by Dr. Villeneuve and Dr. Sylvain Baillet. His project aims to investigate the association between aberrant electrophysiological activity (assessed by MEG) and the accumulation of Aβ and tau proteins (as measured by PET imaging) in asymptomatic older adults from the PREVENT-AD cohort. Outside the lab, Jonathan likes to travel, play sports, and watch TV series/documentaries.
 
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Pierre-François Meyer
Pierre has been a Ph.D. student in McGill’s Integrated Program in Neuroscience since September 2015 under the supervision of Dr. John Breitner, co-supervised by Dr. Villeneuve. After getting his BSc in Biology from UJF Grenoble in France, he received an MSc degree focused on Clinical Neuroscience from University College London. His project aims to understand the role of inflammatory mechanisms in the pathogenesis of AD. By combining CSF and multimodal brain imaging measures, he wishes to investigate whether different inflammatory profiles may lead to subsequent differences in cognitive decline and symptom onset. In his spare time, he likes to travel, explore new places but also play and watch as much soccer as possible.
 
Contact: pierre-francois.meyer(/at/)mail.mcgill.ca
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Master’s Students

Hazal Ozlen
Hazal received her B.A. in Psychology from McGill University in 2017. Following graduation, she worked as a laboratory manager in Dr. Villeneuve’s laboratory at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute for two years, where she worked on neuropsychological evaluations with study participants and administrative tasks. Now for her master’s degree, she will be investigating associations between sleep disturbance, amyloid-beta deposition and memory decline in individuals with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. Outside of the lab, Hazal practices yoga, plays music and enjoys spending time with her cats.
 
Contact: ozlenhazal(/at/)gmail.com

Yara Yakoub
Yara is a recent graduate from the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. As a master’s student, Yara will be working on identifying and validating blood plasma Aβ biomarkers in asymptomatic individuals at high-risk of AD. In her free time, Yara enjoys reading, watching football, and exploring new recipes.
 

Staff

Jordana Remz
Jordana works as a research assistant handling data management and data processing automation. When not learning something new at the lab, she’s learning something new outside the lab.
 
Contact: jordana.remz.comtl(/at/)ssss.gouv.qc.ca

Louise Hudon
Retired from the University of Sherbrooke, Louise works as a research assistant, performing neuropsychological tests.
 
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StoP-AD Centre Clinical Coordinator

Jennifer Tremblay-Mercier
Jennifer did her studies at Sherbrooke University in Pharmacology (baccalaureate) and Physiology (Master). She is the research coordinator of the PREVENT-AD program since 2013 and also involved in open science initiatives at McGill University. Besides McGill and the Douglas, Jennifer is keeping up the beat playing with her little Gustave and spending time outside working around the house!
 
Contact: Jennifer.Tremblay-Mercier(/at/)douglas.mcgill.ca

Volunteers

Callaghan Garland
Callaghan is an undergraduate student at McGill. He is at the lab to gain valuable experience in a research environment and is working on a project examining the effect of perceived age on Alzheimer’s progression. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and biking.
 
Contact: callaghan.garland(/at/)mail.mcgill.ca

Alana Dunlop
Alana is an undergraduate student at McGill University, majoring in cognitive science and minoring in English literature. In the lab, she is investigating the effect of cardiovascular risk factors on cognition as well as assisting with data collection (MRI) and data entry. In her spare time, she writes poetry and short stories, plays the ukulele, goes to concerts and art shows, and explores Montreal.
 
Contact: alana.dunlop(/at/)mail.mcgill.ca