Located at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital (CHU Sainte-Justine) in Montreal, the Neurodevelopmental Optical Imaging Laboratory (LION) was founded in 2013 and is directed by Dr. Anne Gallagher, Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Psychology of Université de Montréal. Research in the lab focuses on cerebral and cognitive development from birth to adulthood.

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We are interested in the development and reorganization of language functions in the healthy brain, but also in children and adolescents with various clinical conditions, such as premature birth, epilepsy or congenital heart disease.

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In the news

June 2019


We would like to welcome four new interns and research assistants to our lab: Laurie Décarie-Labbé, Clémence Noiseux, Mathieu Bissonnette and Yara Maalouf! They will work on various ongoing projects in the lab.

May 2019


Congratulations to Kassandra Roger, a doctoral student in our lab, for receiving a scholarship from the International internship program Quebec-Cuba of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) !

April 2019


Congratulations to Janie Damien, a doctoral student in our lab, for receiving a scholarship for Doctoral Training from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

April 2019


Congratulations to Sarah Provost, a doctoral student in our lab, for receiving the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s Program) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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We are currently looking for healthy children whose mother tongue is French to participate in some of our projects.

Target ages:

  • From 0 to 4 months of age
  • From 6 to 18 years of age
  • Healthy adults

We are also looking for pregnant women who wish to participate in one of our studies after the birth of their child.

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