Understanding embryonic development and the nervous system
Participating in ethical debates
Embryonic development is carefully controlled by cellular and molecular mechanisms that ensure the proper functioning of organs in adults. The disruption of these mechanisms often causes diseases, such as cancer, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases.
Researchers in this division study the basic mechanisms of development and provide new considerations for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, blindness, muscular dystrophies and hormone deficiencies.
In addition, research at the IRCM is conducted in the emerging field of neuroethics. Work in this area is designed to improve our knowledge of the ethical challenges that arise from neurosciences in terms of health care, public information and prevention in neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery.
Research unit directors:
* Director, Neurobiology and Development research division