Yves De Koninck is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Laval University, Scientific Director of the CERVO Research Center of the University Institute in Mental Health of Quebec and Director of Research of the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of the Capital -National.
His research mainly focuses on persistent pain: these have led to the discovery of new potential drugs, with therapeutic perspectives beyond persistent pain, in particular for epilepsy, drug dependence, certain neurodegenerative diseases or even autism.
He founded the Quebec Pain Research Network, which he led for 12 years, and chaired the Canadian Association for Neuroscience. In 2003, together with researchers from the CERVO Center and COPL, he launched the neurophotonics initiative which aims to stimulate the development of new technologies to revolutionize the study and treatment of neurological and mental diseases.
In 2013, he received the Jacques-Rousseau Prize from Acfas for his efforts at transdisciplinarity.