The Courtois NeuroMod project originated from the laboratory for brain simulation and exploration (SIMEXP), and collaborators are located at the Centre de Recherche de l’Institut de Gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM), CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’île-de-Montréal, as well as the Psychology Departement of University of Montreal (UdeM). The team has grown to include individuals from various institutions, and in particular the Computer Science and Operational Research (DIRO) Department at UdeM and the MILA.


The Courtois NeuroMod project was made possible by a 6.3M CAD (2018-23, PI Bellec) donation from the Courtois foundation. These funds are administered by the Fondation Institut Gériatrie Montréal (FIGM), part of CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’île-de-Montréal, as well as University of Montreal. Courtois NeuroMod also includes support for two separate consortia, called CIMAQ (early identification of Alzheimer’s disease), and PRISME (looking for brain correlates of the evolution of symptoms in individuals with psychosis) based at the Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal (IUSMM).



  • Pierre Bellec, scientific director (CRIUGM, Psychology, UdeM).
  • Julie A Boyle, project manager (CRIUGM).
  • Basile Pinsard, data manager (CRIUGM).


  • Guillaume Lajoie, Principal Investigator (Mathematics, UdeM & MILA)
  • François Paugam, PhD student (CRIUGM & DIRO, UdeM).
  • Pravish Sainath, Master’s student (DIRO, UdeM & MILA)
  • Yu Zhang, Post-Doctoral Fellow (CRIUGM, IVADO & Psychology, UdeM)
  • Amal Boukhdir, PhD student (CRIUGM & DIRO, UdeM)


  • Sana Ahmadi, Student (CRIUGM & Concordia).
  • Norman Kong, Bachelor Student (McGill).


  • Sylvie Belleville, Principal Investigator (CRIUGM & Psychology, UdeM).
  • Samie-Jade Allard, Bachelor Student (Psychology, UdeM).
  • François Nadeau, Bachelor Student (Psychology, UdeM).


  • Pierre Rainville, Principal Investigator (CRIUGM & Stomatology, UdeM).
  • François Lespinasse, Master’s Student (Psychology, UdeM).


  • Simona Brambatti, Principal Investigator (CRIUGM & Psychology, UdeM).
  • Jonathan Armoza, Research Associate (CRIUGM & NYU).
  • James Martin Floreani, Summer Intern 2019 (École Polytechnique, France).


  • Adrian Fuente, Collaborator (CRIUGM & Audiology, UdeM).
  • Nicolas Farrugia, Collaborator (IMT Atlantique, France).
  • Maëlle Freteault, PhD student (IMT Atlantique, France & Psychology, UdeM).

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  • Paul-Henri Mignot, Research Associate 2018-19 (CRIUGM & IMT Atlantique, France).
  • Maximilien Le Clei, Master’s Student (CRIUGM & DIRO, UdeM & MILA).


  • Julien Cohen-Adad, Principal Investigator (CRIUGM & Polytechnique Montréal).
  • Eva Alonso, Post-Doctoral Fellow (Polytechnique Montréal).


  • Karim Jerbi, Principal Investigator (CRIUGM & Psychology, UdeM).
  • Yann Harel, PhD Student (Psychology, UdeM).


  • Tristan Glatard, Collaborator (Computer Science and Software Engineering, Concordia University).