The Sleep Lab

The Sleep Laboratory founded by Dr. Jacques Montplaisir is located on the 5th floor of the J wing of the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. The Lab shares the same installations (5 sleep recording rooms) and research staff of the CARSM clinic. Therefore, detailed informations about the Lab can be found in the section The Clinic.


The Pain, Sleep and Trauma Lab

The laboratory was founded and is directed by Dr. Gilles Lavigne. It is located on the first floor of the E wing of the hospital. It consists of 2 bedrooms fully equipped for polysomnography, 2 psychophysiology laboratories, as well as one office for analysis. Each space contains all the necessary materials needed to conduct the various research projects being carried out in collaboration with the students, postdocs, Mrs. Christiane Manzini, as well as Drs. Jacques Montplaisir, Jean-Marc Chauny, Raoul Daoust, Ronald Denis, Jean-François Giguère, Pierre Mayer, Guy Rouleau et Nelly Huynh. The lab’s vision is to understand the interaction between sleep and pain in patients with musculoskeletal pain, headaches, and either acute or chronic post traumatic pain.

Control room for sleep recordings of the Pain, Sleep and Trauma Lab.

Psychophysics laboratory.

Installations of a room for psychophysics measures in the Pain Lab.


The Dream and Nightmare Lab

The Dream and Nightmare Laboratory was founded in 1991 and is headed by Dr. Tore Nielsen. It is located also on the 5th floor of the J wing of the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. It has two rooms for recording sleep a virtual reality room and a bathroom.

The control room of the Dream and Nightmare Lab.

A typical bedroom of the Lab when unoccupied.


The Chronobiology Lab

The Chronobiology Laboratory founded by Dr. Marie Dumont is headed by Drs. Marie Dumont and Julie Carrier. It is located on the 5th floor of the J wing of the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. The three rooms are equipped with lab airlocks allowing temporal isolation of the subjects. The lab has been dedicated since its inception to the study of biological rhythms: research themes include sleep-wake cycles, sleep-related hormone secretion, the effects of night work, the effects of aging and light exposure, etc.

It is always busy in the chronobio lab, especially during the summer.

The chronobio rooms are all equipped with individual washroom including a shower.

The large room number 1 of the Lab has a programmable light ceiling.


The Molecular Sleep Physiology Lab

The laboratory of molecular physiology of sleep was founded in 2010 by Dr. Valérie Mongrain. It is located on the first floor of the Biomedical Center of the Hospital (K wing). It has the latest technology for recording sleep in rodents and is also equipped for telemetry. The laboratory allows continuous and simultaneous recording of EEG, locomotor activity and body temperature for 12 animals at once. The laboratory also includes a 'wetlab' with benches for molecular biology protocols.

Summer 2010, the lab is installed.

The main research subject of the lab.

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Enthusiasm predominates during technological development

SILENCE!! We are recording sleep!


The high resolution SPECT system

Since 2012, the novel high-resolution Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) system is available for all researchers in the center. This system located in the new E wing records brain perfusion with a resolution of 1-3mm, which allows an evaluation of brain functioning during the waking and sleeping states.