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Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a new cancer-detection method developed by Dr. Kevin Petrecca at The Neuro and Dr. Frederic Leblond at Polytechnique Montréal.

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McGill alumnus John O’Keefe named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology. Cell research by O’Keefe and a pair of Norwegian scientists has led to the discovery of the brain’s GPS.

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Professor Michael Meaney has been selected as the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize Laureate in recognition of his cutting edge research on how childhood experiences affect brain development.

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Carolina Makowski and Daniel Zhou, second and third place winners of the 2014 Brain @McGill Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Prize.

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Three Brain Reads by McGill Professors:

Suspicious Minds by Joel and Ian Gold
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean
The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin

Dr. Judes Poirier and a promising new approach to Alzheimer's

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Brenda Milner awarded prestigious Kavli Prize in Neuroscience on
29 May 2014

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Wolf Prize awarded to Israeli-Canadian Nahum Sonenberg: Israeli award considered precursor to Nobel Prize.

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UK Minister Willetts champions policies that allow universities to drive local growth plans and support entrepreneurship and innovation.

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McGill-Oxford neuroscience collaboration wins international McCarthy Tetrault Award of Excellence for Partnership. 

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Brain @McGill showcases the vast amount of neuroscience knowledge within the McGill University network.  It brings together hundreds of very bright people, world-leading projects and the wisdom of almost a century of pioneering study in the neurosciences.

MCGILL IN THE NEWS                                                                               

June - ALS Awareness Month
2 June 2015 (Neuro News)

Over $100M in research infrastructure support to McGill
29 May (Med e-News)

Cutting-edge concussion research centre coming to McGill
29 May (The Gazette)

Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences
27 May (Med e-News)

Patterns of brain activity reorganize visual perception during eye movements (Christopher Pack)
27 May (Med e-News)

Cocaine addiction, craving and relapse (Moshe Szyf)
27 May (Med e-News)

Towards a better understanding of the mechanisms of depression (Naguib Mechawar)
21 May (Douglas Institute News)

Study sheds new light on the impact of video gaming on the brain (Véronique Bohbot)
20 May (Douglas Institute News)

McGill health sciences research stars honoured at Parliament Hill event
15 May (The Reporter)
The Douglas’s Scientific Director, Brigitte Kieffer, among four scientists honored on Parliament Hill for their work
15 May (Douglas News)

Memory and the hippocampus
13 May (Douglas News)

Quebec registry for users of medical cannabis (Mark Ware)
13 May (Med e-News)

Nahum Sonenberg elected to the National Academy of Sciences
7 May (Med e-News)

Rolando Del Maestro delivers John P. McGovern Award Lectureship for the American Osler Society
7 May (Med e-News)

Edward Fon inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)
7 May (Med e_news)

May – Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
7 May (Med e-News)

Child Prodigies and Autism: Is There a Genetic Link?
1 May (LiveScience)

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Announcing the appointment of Dr. Anne McKinney as Brain @McGill interim chair

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9th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting
May 24 -27 2015  Vancouver

Call for Abstracts for poster presentations. The submission deadline is January 30, 2015.
More information here

Integrated Program in Neuroscience and the Canada-Brazil Science without Borders Scholarship Program

Application: open time frame

The Brain @McGill Prize For Neuroscience Undergraduate Research

Deadline extended until June 1, 2015

The award recognizes the most outstanding neuroscience essay by an undergraduate student at McGill on research completed by him/her on campus, or an affiliated center, as part of a credited research course.  More information here

Alberto Aguayo Travel Award for Graduate Students

The award supports graduate students attending specialized courses to learn new techniques and/or visiting laboratories in other locations for collaborative projects.

Deadline: May 30th 2015 
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"Clocks, Sleep, and the Ageing Brain” receives Velux Grant

The groups of Prof. Nicolas Cermakian (McGill University), Prof. Steven Brown (UZH) and Prof. Russell Foster (Oxford University) have been awarded a 400’000 SFr grant by the Velux Foundation for their joint research project “Clocks, Sleep, and the Ageing Brain”. It is the first large project established by the McGill-Oxford-ZNZ Partnership in the Neurosciences 2014-2016.
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Announcing the Tel Aviv University and Brain @McGill Partnership - 1st Call Funding Decision

Neurodevelopmental, Neurodegenerative and Neuropsychiatric Diseases:  Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

Roni Hogri  (McGill Host: Prof. Nahum Sonenberg)
Title: Cerebellar involvement in autistic-like behavioral deficit elicited by disrupted mTOR signaling

Shlomo Sragovich (McGill Host lab: Prof. Kevin Petrecca),
Title: NAP in preventing brain cancer treatment induced neuro-toxicity.

Silvi Frenkel Toledo (McGill Host lab: Prof. Mindy Levin)
Title: Understanding sensorimotor recovery after stroke: Mechanisms underlying loss of hand dexterity

Rachel Posner (McGill Host lab: Dr. Michael Hendricks)
Title: The role of small RNA's in neuronal function and plasticity

Neomi Singer (McGill Host lab: Prof. Alan Dager amd Robert Zatorre)
Title:  Music to My Brain: Reward circuitry modulation via musical NeuroFeedback

We are proud to launch the 2nd round of calls for projects within the Oxford - Brain @McGill - ZNZ Partnership in the Neurosciences:

Application Deadline: 2 March 2015
Decision Expected by: 27 April 2015
Earliest Start Date: 11 May 2015

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Travel awards for McGill graduate and postdoctoral students:
Funding will enable students to go to laboratories of our partners in Oxford and ZNZ:

Osler Graduate/Postdoctoral Research travel award for McGill students/fellows to visit Oxford
New deadline: 30th April 2015

Training opportunities for McGill students/postdoctoral fellows to visit ZNZ

Funding will also support students travelling to McGill from ZNZ or Oxford:

Laszlo and Etelka Kollar Brain@McGill Graduate/Postdoctoral Travel Award for students from ZNZ or Oxford to visit McGill

Arts & Culture

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons
6 May 2014

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery by Sam Kean is an exploration through time of neurological curiosities (with many pages highlighting the career and discoveries of Wilder Penfield).

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Play it again, Sam
18 March 2014

Research from McGill reveals that the brain’s motor network helps people remember and recognize music that they have performed in the past better than music they have only heard. A recent study by Prof. Caroline Palmer of the Department of Psychology sheds new light on how humans perceive and produce sounds, and may pave the way for investigations into whether motor learning could improve or protect memory or reduce cognitive impairment in aging populations.

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The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

Neuroscience  and “self-help” meet in this book by McGill’s own Dr. Daniel Levitin from the Department of Psychology.  Through the latest cognitive neuroscience research, Dr. Levitin explains how the mind organizes,  allowing readers to gain mastery in managing various aspects of their lives: including time, the workplace and even the kitchen drawer at home.  Read more: Boston Globe Review Amazon.com


Suspicious Minds:
How Culture Shapes Madness

In this book, Joel and Ian Gold explore how mental illness is molded by culture. True stories, such as how one of Dr. Joel Gold's patients believes his life is broadcast around the world as in the movie The Truman Show, in conjunction with the latest research, shed light on the delusional brain. Ian Gold (of McGill's Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry) is the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy and Psychiatry. NY Magazine Review

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Today’s neuroscience research demands interdisciplinary collaborations and intense networking between leading institutions.  Brain@McGill, in partnership with other internationally renowned neuroscience institutes, offers such a framework to promote and sustain innovative research projects and to tackle unmet medical needs through a unique reservoir of world-class expertise.