The work of MCSA scientists is recognized by their peers internationally.
MCSA discoveries frequently make headlines and the covers of prominent publications.

The 2019 MCSA Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Dr. Dolly Dastoor for her work in Dementia Care since 1973 when she joined the Douglas Hospital Geriatric Services as a clinical psychologist. She became involved with Alzheimer Research and was one of the founders of the Alzheimer Society of Montreal and then its President and later the Vice – President of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. She developed with Dr. Martin Cole, the Hierarchic Dementia Scale (HDS), and her 1998 Ph.D thesis was on Rate and Predictors of Decline in Dementia of the Alzheimer Type as measured by the HDS.

She was instrumental in developing at Douglas Hospital, the first in Quebec, The Program in Dementia with Psychiatric Co-morbidity which provided a continuum of care model with a Day Centre, Memory Clinic and an 18 bed unit. Dolly was the Clinical Administrator of this program from 1998 until her retirement in 2013.

At present she is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University and is the chair of the Education Committee of the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging.

Tamar Tatigian

Mrs. Tatigian is the Medical Secretary at the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging (MCSA) for the past 28 years. During the awards ceremony, she received the 2019 MCSA Service Award. Awarded by Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto, Dr. Serge Gauthier, and Dr. Paolo Vitali, this award recognized Tamar’s decades- long devoted service to the growth and success of MCSA. Tamar considers it a high privilege to work with the outstanding and diverse MCSA staff.

MCSA Achievement Award

Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto, MD, PhD, Dr. Howard Chertkow, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Dr. Serge Gauthier, C.M., C.Q., MD, FRCPC – 1st award was presented to Dr. Howard Chertkow, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS in recognition of his leadership of the Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and his contributions to the field of cognitive decline with aging as a whole

2nd & 3rd Award:

Rick Hiatt, President and CEO of Cerveau Technologies, Inc. and CEO of Enigma Biomedical Group, Inc. and Lee Gibbs, President of Enigma Biomedical Group, Inc. for the establishment of the Dr. Serge Gauthier Fellowship Award and for their generous contributions to MCSA’s research infrastructure on aging

The last award was given to Silvana Aguzzi, Administrative Assistant of the MCSA, for her outstanding contributions to MCSA’s outreach program.

Laura Chalk Rowles Lectureship in Dementia Award

Dr. William E. Klunk, MD, PhD is Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Neuropharmacology and Co-Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Pittsburgh University. Professor Klunk is one of the world’s leading experts in the early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease and is a pioneer in the field of in vivo amyloid imaging in humans.

Dr. S. Gauthier presented the 1st Laura Chalk Rowles Lectureship in Dementia Award, to Dr. William E. Klunk on October 15, 2018, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of imaging dementias

Here is a partial list of honors conferred upon core scientists at the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging:

  • Order of Quebec
    2017 – Dr. S. Gauthier
  • Membre de l’Ordre du Canada (C.M.)
    2014 – Dr. S. Gauthier
  • Médaille du Jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II
    2013 – Dr. S. Gauthier
  • Prix Hubert Reeves
    de l’Association des communicateurs scientifiques du Quebec pour la valorization d’ouvrages scientifiques grand public, avec Dr. J. Poirier
    2012 – Dr. S. Gauthier
    The McGill Center for Studies in Aging was awarded membership.
    2012 – Dr. S. Gauthier
  • Chercheur Nationaux,
    Fonds de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec (FRSQ)
    2011 – Dr. J. Pruessner
  • Young Investigator Award,
    Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP)
    2009 – Dr. J. Pruessner
  • Irma Parhad Award,
    Consortium of Canadian Centers for Clinical Cognitive Research
    2009 – Dr. S. Gauthier
  • Prix d’excellence,
    Collège Royal des Médecins et Chirurgiens du Canada
    2009 – Dr. S. Gauthier
  • Curt Richter Young Investigator Award,
    International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE)
    2008 – Dr. J. Pruessner
  • Young Investigator Award,
    Alzheimer’s Association US
    2008 – Dr. P. Rosa-Neto
  • Elected member of « Best Doctors »,
    North America
    2007 – Dr. S. Gauthier
  • Life Ambassadeur,
    Palais des Congrès de Montréale
    2006 – Dr. S. Gauthier
  • Life Achievement Award,
    Association des Médecins de Langue Francaise
    2005 – Dr. S. Gauthier
  • Wilder Penfield Award, Province of Québec
    Minister of Education
    2004 – Dr. Remi Quirion
  • Knight, Order of Merit, Province of Québec
    Premier of Québec
    2004 – Dr. Judes Poirier
  • CIHR Senior Scientist Career Award
    Canadian Institute of Health Research / Institute on Aging
    2003 – Dr. Judes Poirier
  • CIHR Senior Scientist Career Award
    Canadian Institute of Health Research / Institute on Aging
    2002 – Dr. S. Gauthier
  • AstraZeneca Research Award
    AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
    2001 – Dr. Judes Poirier