3,000 brains to help us better understand mental illness
McGill is home to the oldest and largest brain bank in Canada. Recently, the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank, housed at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, underwent a major renovation and expansion, thanks to a $2-million gift from Bell Canada and an injection of $7-million from the Quebec government. With this important upgrade, researchers at the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank are unlocking further mysteries of the human brain. They have already made important discoveries by examining the brains of people who suffered from severe depression and those who committed suicide.