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Centre intégré universitaire de santé
et de services sociaux de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Gilbert Bernier

Bernier, Gilbert

Associate professor


Université de Montréal

Research Axes

Vision health

Contact information

Phone: 514-252-3400, poste4648


  • Andrea Barabino
  • Rimi Hamam
  • Roy Hanna
  • Benoît Jacques
  • Mahya Jamshidikia
  • Asmae Mourslé
  • Patrick Nkanza Makala
  • Alain Rheault
  • Simindokht Salavitabar
  • Boris Tripier

With a PhD in molecular biology, Gilbert Bernier is the director of the Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Aging Research Unit. His research focuses on brain aging and related diseases; vision and diseases such as macular degeneration; Alzheimer's; and brain cancer. Gilbert Bernier is also an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Université de Montréal.

Research Unit

Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Aging

Research interests

  • Molecular mechanisms for controlling neuronal aging in the brain and retina in humans and mice: implications in age-related neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Study of the differentiation and survival mechanisms of photoreceptors.
  • Use of human embryonic stem cells to produce and transplant photoreceptors to treat  retinal degenerative diseases.
  • Duparc, R.H., David, J., Abdouh, M., Lépine, M., Tétreault, N., and Bernier, G. (2007). "Pax6 Controls the Proliferation Rate of Neuroepithelial Progenitors from the Mouse Optic Vesicle". Developmental Biology. 301, 374-387.

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  • Duparc, R.H., Boutemmine, D., Champagne, M., Tétreault, N. and Bernier, G. (2006). "Pax6 is Required for Delta-Catenin/Neurojugin Expression During Retinal, Cerebellar and Cortical Development in Mice". Developmental Biology. 300, 647-655.
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  • Lord-Grignon, J., Abdouh, M. and Bernier, G. (2006). "Identification of Genes Expressed in Retinal Progenitor/Stem Cell Colonies Isolated from the Ocular Ciliary Body of Adult Mice". Gene Expression Patterns. 6, 992-998
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  • Abdouh M. and Bernier, G. (2006). "Reactivation of a Quiescent Cell Population Located in the Ocular Ciliary Body of Adult Mammals". Experimental Eye Research. 83, 153-164.

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  • Pool, M., Boudreau-Larivière, C., Bernier, G., Young, K.G., and Kothary, R. (2005). "Reduced transcript expression in dt alleles with distinct genetic alterations". Mammalian Genome. 16, 909-917.
  • Lord-Grignon, J., Tétreault, N., Mears, A. J., Swaroop, A., and Bernier, G. (2004). "Characterization of new transcripts enriched in the mouse retina and identification of candidate retinal disease genes". Invest. Ophthalmo. Vis. Sci. 45 (9), 3313-3319.
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  • Postdoctoral fellowship

    Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

  • PhD in molecular biology

    Université de Montréal


  • 2005 Junior 2 Research Scholar (FRQS)
  • 2002 Junior 1 Research Scholar (FRQS)
  • 2001 “Relève 2000” Bursary (Université de Montréal)
  • 1998 Long-term postdoctoral fellowship (European Molecular Biology Organization, EMBO)