Yves De Koninck, Ph.D.
Studies nervous signal transmission using state of the art techniques with the aim of alleviating chronic pain
Director | Neurophotonics Center
Project Leader | Canadian Neurophotonics Platform
Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience - Université Laval
Scientific Director, Quebec Mental Health Institute (Institut Universitaire en santé mentale de Québec)
Director, Neurophotonics Centre
Founder - Quebec Pain Research Network
Yves de Koninck studies the the physiological, pharmacological and anatomical bases of the transmission of signals between neurons. His recent research interests include:
- The integration of sensory signals in the spinal cord and the brain, and in particular the cellular changes associated with the development of chronic pain and other pathological conditions of the central nervous system.
- Mathematical modeling of the functions of neurons.
- The development of new imaging techniques to study the neuronal function.
- Changes in synaptic physiology during aging.
His team uses a wide array of approaches, including electrophysiological recording in vivo (micro-optrodes) and in vitro (patch clamp in slices), multiphoton and other non-linear imaging techniques, time-resolved fluorescence microscopy, in vivo optogenetics, tissue-based biochemical analysis, neural tracing and immunocytochemistry, and computational approaches.
Learn more about Dr De Koninck's research interests on his research profile at IUSMQ.