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“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” - Robert Frost 

Welcome to the Brain@McGill


As you read this, your brain is completing millions of necessary transactions to keep you alive and allow you to understand the world around you. If the workings of the brain fascinate you, there are few better places to be today than right here in Montreal.

You could say the brain is at home in McGill!!

The Brain@McGill brings a contemporary focus to decades of distinguished work in neuroscience.  It will consolidate the research and study opportunities among a dozen key institutes within the McGill University network and with our partners around the world.

In 2009, we were joined by the University of Oxford in a formal collaboration between the two Faculties of Medicine.  Since then, we have been delighted to welcome Imperial College London, and the Neuroscience Center of Zurich also as partners.

The brain is at the very core of human activity and these are exciting times in neuroscience. Just a few recent examples:

  • Our colleagues at the Montreal Neurological Institute are closing in on an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
  • The Douglas Institute is home to the McGill Group for Suicide Studies -- unique in Canada and one of the only programs of its kind in the world – which is helping us to understand what puts people at risk for suicide.
  • The Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill has created a world-leading hub, including one of the largest neuroscience graduate programs in North America.

The Brain@McGill is not confined to the lab. Our research finds many applications in the cultural and economic domains and we hope to reach out to the general public and raise awareness of our most fascinating discoveries.

Whether you are a researcher, a graduate or post-graduate student, a partner, or you just have a fierce curiosity about the human brain and nervous system, I welcome you and hope The Brain@McGill becomes a part of your life, as it is ours.

Dr. Claudio Cuello,
Chair of the Brain@McGill Committee,
McGill University