Centre Axel enters into an academic partnership with IVADO to promote technological solutions in mental health

15 April 2019


As part of its ongoing efforts to create greater synergy in the development of mental health technologies, Centre Axel has entered into an academic partnership with IVADO to strengthen scientific collaboration and technological knowledge sharing in data science, artificial intelligence and mental health.

Under the agreement, Centre Axel and IVADO will benefit from the expertise of their members and industrial and academic partners to foster the reach of their research initiatives, broaden the pool of trained students in mental health data science and, above all, offer more workshops, conferences and specific training.

“Gaining access to data science experts and industrial partners provides us with the opportunity to further demonstrate the importance of big data development in mental health,” affirmed Isabelle Ouellet-Morin, codirector of Centre Axel.

“This strategic collaboration paves the way for innovative research projects in the field of mental health and enriching knowledge transfer activities with the general public and experts in the sector. We are delighted to count on the expertise of the Centre Axel to put data science at the service of our most precious asset, our well-being" said Gilles Savard, Executive Director of IVADO.

About Centre Axel

Centre Axel is one of the structuring projects of the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal (CR-IUSMM). Based on an ecosystem that brings together researchers, entrepreneurs, clinical users and patients, the Centre Axel is an accelerator of technological intelligence in mental health.  Its objective is to create synergy around the development of technologies that can help identify mental health disorders, support existing treatments and contribute to the development of new non-pharmacological treatments.


The Institute for data valorization (IVADO) is a joint initiative of HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal that brings together nearly 100 industrial, academic and government partners. With over 1 200 member researchers, IVADO is a multidisciplinary centre of advanced expertise in statistics, artificial intelligence and operations research.  IVADO’s mission is to 1) contribute to the development of an economic sector in big data processing for decision making; 2) create privileged partnerships between industry and the administrative, social and academic sectors; 3) contribute to the advancement of knowledge and train new generations of data scientists; and 4) foster exchange and knowledge sharing between experts, partners, researchers and students. IVADO provides a framework for six research centres: Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for Real-Time Decision Making, CIRRELT, CRM, GERAD, MILA and Tech3Lab.

Centre Axel contact

Richard Rioux

Research Director Assistant

514 251-4015


 IVADO contact

Sandra Estrela

Communications Coordinator

438 824-7244