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Professional biography:

Yves Joanette is Professor in Cognitive Neurosciences of Aging at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal. He is currently the Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); he was the Executive Director of the CIHR International Collaborative Research Strategy on Alzheimer’s Disease and is currently the Lead of the CIHR Dementia Research Strategy. Dr. Joanette is also the Chair of the World Dementia Council.

From 1997 to 2009, he was Director of the Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. From 2009 to 2011, he was President & CEO, as well as the Chair of the Board, of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRQ-S).
Professor Joanette’s research interests relate to the aging process of the cognitive brain and cognitive deficits in the elderly. Using combined cognitive and neuroimaging approaches, he and his team contribute to our understanding of (a) the neurofunctional reorganization that allows for the preservation of cognitive abilities in aging, and (b) cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease. Since the beginning of his career in research, Dr. Joanette and his team have published extensively in respected journals and have trained numerous scholars and clinicians. Dr. Joanette and his team have also engaged in knowledge transfer and the introduction of best clinical practices.

Yves Joanette has been a Scholar and then Scientist of the Canadian Medical Research Council (now CIHR) and has received many distinctions, including the André-Dupont Award from the Club de recherches cliniques du Québec, in 1990, and the Eve-Kassirer Award, in 1995, for exceptional professional accomplishment. Yves Joanette is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Science. In 2007, the Université Lumière de Lyon in France presented him with an Honorary Doctorate, and in 2016 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa (Canada). After having been Chair of the Board of Governors of the prestigious Academy of Aphasia, he was Chair of the Board of the Sociedad latinoamericana de neuropsicologia. He is currently Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Science and Editor-in chief of Neurospicologia latinoamericana.

On August, 2017 Dr. Joanette was presented with the TUMS Distinguished Visiting Professor Title for the duration of 2017-2020 by Head of Speech Therapy Department.


Research Interests:

  • Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging 

  • Communication Disorders


Top Selected publications:

  • Methqal, I., Provost J.-S., Wilson, M. A., Monchi, O., Amiri, M., Pinsard, B., Ansado, J., & Joanette, Y. (2017). Age-Related Shift in Neuro-Activation during a Word-Matching Task. Frontiers in Aging Neurosciences.| https://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2017.00265

  • Deslauriers, J., Ansado, J., Marrelec, G., Provost, J.-S., & Joanette, Y. (2017). Increase of posterior connectivity in aging within the ventral attention network: a functional connectivity analysis using independent component analysis. Brain Research. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2016.12.017, 1657, pp. 288-296.

  • Tannenbaum, C., Voss, P., El-Gabalawy, H., & Joanette, Y. (2016). Canadian Institutes of Health Research–Institute of Aging: Profile Gender, Work, and Aging. Canadian Journal on Aging. 35(3), 405-411. doi :10.1017/S0714980816000416

  • Abbassi, E., Blanchette, I., Ansaldo, A. I., Ghassemzadeh, H., & Joanette, Y. (2015). Emotional words can be embodied or disembodied: the role of superficial vs. deep types of processing. Frontiers in Psychology. Language Sciences. July 2015 | Volume 6 | Article 975. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00975

  • Martins, R., Joanette, Y., & Monchi, O. (2015). The implications of age-related neurofunctional compensatory mechanisms in executive function and language processing including the new Temporal Hypothesis for Compensation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience April 2015 | Volume 9 | Article 221. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00221

  • Marsolais, Y., Methqal, I., & Joanette, Y. (2015). Marginal neurofunctional changes in high-performing older adults in a verbal fluency task. Brain and Language, 140, 13-23. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2014.10.010 - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0093934X14001552

  • Marsolais, Y., Perlbarg, V., Benali, H., & Joanette, Y. (2014). Age-Related Changes in Functional Network Connectivity Associated With High Levels of Verbal Fluency Performance. Cortex, 58, 123–138. doi :10.1016/j.cortex.2014.05.007

  • Ansado, J., Collins, L., Joubert, S., Fonov, V., Monchi, O., Brambati, S.M., Tomaiuolo, F., Petrides, M., Faure, S., & Joanette, Y. (2013). Interhemispheric Coupling Improves the Brain’s Ability to Perform Low-Cognitive-Demand Tasks in Alzheimer’s Disease and High Cognitive Demand Tasks in Normal Aging. Neuropsychology, 27, 4, 464-480. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0032854

  • Ansado, J., Monchi, O., Ennabil, N., Deslauriers, J., Jubault, T., Faure, S., & Joanette Y. (2013). Coping with task demand in aging using neural compensation and neural reserve triggers primarily intra-hemispheric-based neurofunctional reorganization. Neuroscience Research. 75(4), 295-304. doi: 10.1016/j.neures.2013.01.012

  • Ansado, J., Marsolais, Y., Methqal, I., Alary, F., & Joanette, Y. (2013). The adaptive aging brain: Evidence from the preservation of communication abilities with age. European Journal of Neuroscience. 37(12), 1887-1895. PMID: 23773057 doi: 10.1111/ejn.12252.


During his presence at TUMS, he has visited the School of Rehabilitation.