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Molecule Shown to Repair Damaged Axons

A foray into plant biology led McGill researchers to discover that a natural molecule can repair axons, the thread-like projections that carry electrical signals between cells.
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$6.1 million for MNI-led multiple sclerosis study

Dr. Douglas Arnold is principal investigator on one of the projects, leading a team of 16 investigators from The Netherlands, Switzerland, U.K., and U.S.
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McGill wins $84 million grant for neuroscience

Canada First Research Excellence Fund to support global hub for brain research.

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Don’t Scan So Close To Me
McGill's Daniel Levitin and Scott Grafton (UCLA) have undertaken a neuroscience study based on brain scans of the musician Sting.  The paper is entitled “Measuring the representational space of music with fMRI: a case study with Sting”.  Read More

“Big Data” study discovers earliest sign of Alzheimer’s

Led by Dr. Alan Evans, researchers analyzed more than 7,700 brain images from 1,171 people in various stages of Alzheimer’s progression using a variety of techniques
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Researchers in the lab of Dr. Christopher Pack have found that as visual stimuli size increases, so too does the neural “noise” produced. Understanding the noise suppression process could help researchers find ways to compensate for brain impairments and improve vision. Read more (Photo by Martine Doyon)

A new study led by Dr. David Stellwagen, from the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Sarah Konefal, a PhD student in the IPN, identified the brain cell microglia as a key player in reducing the effects of cocaine in the brain.
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A research team led by Keith Murai at the RI-MUHC has demonstrated that astrocytes can be adjusted by neurons in response to injury and disease, showing that the brain has a greater ability to adapt to change than previously believed.
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Want to rewire a neuron? You’ve got to take it slow.

A new technique offers potential to reconnect neurons of people with central nervous system damage.  Read More

Dr A. Claudio Cuello, former Chair of Brain@McGill, receives RAICES Award from Dr. Lino Baraňao, the Argentine Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation. This prestigious award recognizes Argentinian scientists who live abroad and have helped strengthen Argentina's networking, scientific & technological capabilities.

Julia Yu, 1st Place in the 2015 Brain@McGill Prize for Neuroscience Undergraduate Research.
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McGill gets $91.5 million in CIHR funding
Congratulations to our neuroscience researchers: Srividya Iyer, Howard Chertkow, Kathleen Cullen, Alain Dagher, Jean Gotman, Michael Petrides, Guy Rouleau, Edward Ruthazer, Robert Zatorre. 
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The neuroscience-related projects of Kathleen Cullen, Michael Meaney, Alain Ptito, Amir Shmuel and Marcelo Wanderley (from left to right) are amongst those chosen by the CFI providing over $100 M in research support to McGill.
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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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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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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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Dr. Brenda Milner is awarded the prestigious Kavli Prize in Neuroscience on 29 May 2014.

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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. 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.


McGill Institute takes open science to a new level (Guy Rouleau)
19 April (University Affairs)

Getting Parkin going again (Matthew Tang)
13 April (Med e-News)

When neuroscience meets the world of art
11 April (McGill Alumni Magazine)

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month
6 April (Med e-News)

Stirring the pot - a profile of McGill's Mark Ware 
3 April (Pain Pathways Magazine)

Opinion: Researchers can help boost autism services in Quebec (Mayada Elsabbagh)
2 April (Montreal Gazette)

Jill Barker: Exercise or rest after a concussion? (Scott Delaney)
2 April (Montreal Gazette)

How Tetris therapy could help patients (Robert Hess)
28 March (BBC)

Improving memory with magnets
27 March (Neuro News)

When neuroscience meets the world of art
26 March (McGill News)

Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer
23 March (Med e-News)

McGill researchers receive over $7M to fight brain diseases of aging
23 March (McGill Reporter)

Dr. Computer - Deep learning transforming neuroscience research
23 March (Med e-News)

Reaching out to instill a love of science
22 March (McGill Reporter)

Health Science Leaders Join Forces to Accelerate Development of Treatments for Neurological Diseases
17 March (Med e-News)

Molecule shown to repair damaged axons (Alyson Fournier)
8 March (Neuro News)

Whole genome sequencing resource identifies 18 new candidate genes for autism spectrum disorder (Mayada Elsabbagh)
6 March (Nature)

Nature Neuroscience Tackles Brain Mapping (Sylvain Baillet)
March 2017 Issue of Nature


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Mind & Brain
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Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience

The Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program announces their latest initiative, Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience. The project brings together neuroscientists at McGill and student artists at Concordia University to create pieces of art inspired by neuroscience projects. An exhibit is planned in May 2017 as part of the Annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.  Read More

The Oxford - Brain @McGill - ZNZ Partnership in the Neurosciences

Training opportunities for McGill students/postdoctoral fellows to visit ZNZ

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

Laszlo and Etelka Kollar Brain@McGill Graduate/Postdoctoral Travel Award
(Open Call)

Apply for the Zavalkoff Award (for McGill postdocs / graduate students to travel to Tel Aviv University):

Read more about the Zavalkoff Award  (Open Call)

The Brain@McGill 2017 Prize for Neuroscience Undergraduate Research

Deadline: May 19th, 2017

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

“Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives” Launches New Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

HBHL management, in conjunction with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, is proud to announce the launch of its Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Fellowships program for 2017.  This program aims to attract, train and retain top students at the graduate and post-doctoral level from across disciplines and around the world to participate in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research training opportunities related to brain and mental health research, knowledge translation/mobilization and innovation.  Read moreDeadline: April 18, 2017. Visit the HBHL website.

We are pleased to announce the results from the latest round of calls for the Tripartite Partnership (Oxford-Brain@McGill-ZNZ)

Oxford PI: Stuart Peirson
McGill PI: Nicolas Cermakian
Title: Chronopharmacology for circadian rhythm disruption: implications for psychiatric and neurological diseases
Type: Pilot

Oxford PI: Michael Kohl
McGill PI: Gil Bub
Title: Fast Multi-Planar Neuronal Imaging
Type: Pilot

Oxford PI: Martin Booth
McGill PI: Claire Brown
Title: McGill Oxford Neuroscience BioPhotonics Workshop
Type: Workshop

ZNZ PI: Paola Picotti
McGill PI: Thomas Durcan
Title: Understanding the molecular pathways of α-syn fibrils and mitochondrial quality control proteins in Parkinson’s disease using hiPSC-derived human neurons
Type: Pilot

ZNZ PI: Melody Ying-Yu Huang
McGill PI: Maurice Chacron
Title: Neuronal plasticity revealed by negative optokinetic afternystagmus after adaptation to the optokinetic stimulation
Type: Pilot

Dr. Hubert van Tol Travel Fellowship 2017

The Dr. Hubert van Tol travel fellowship has been created in memory of neuroscientist Dr. Hubert van Tol. The fellowship is open to all PhD students and postdoctoral fellows performing research as part of a Brain Canada grant. The grant is funded by the generous support of the Seger-van Tol family and Brain Canada (with financial support from Health Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund).  Application detailsDeadline May 1, 2017.

McGill University – Freie Universität Berlin:  Joint Research Workshops

Call for Proposals 2017

With the goal of facilitating cutting-edge research cooperation, McGill University and Freie Universität Berlin have established a joint seed funding scheme to support bi-annual joint research workshops.

More Information here (pdf)

Congratulations to Lauren Reynolds, winner of the NRSA F31 Fellowship

Lauren Reynolds, a Ph.D. Candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Cecilia Flores, was recently awarded the prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (NRSA F31) from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The award  will support Lauren as she completes her Ph.D. in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill. Lauren’s PhD project concerns mechanisms by which drugs of abuse in adolescence disrupt the development of the prefrontal cortex and impact on reward-relevant behaviors in adulthood.  This project is supported by NIH/NIDA-funded research in Dr. Flores’ laboratory.

Congratulations to our 2016 Osler Award Recipient!

Julia Nantes is this year's recipient of the Osler Travel Award supporting travel to Oxford to participate in a collaborative neuroscience research project. Read More

Arts & Culture

Je marche à côté de moi,
jane MAPPIN danse
25th and 26th November, 8:00 PM
Théâtre Rouge du Conservatoire, 4750, avenue Henri-Julien
Billeterie du Conservatoire 514.873.4031  poste 313  www.admission.com

With the trilogy Je marche à côté de moi, Jane Mappin has created a startlingly vivid gestural language, precise and compassionate, to convey the wordless anguish of mental illness. Her performance, infused simultaneously with intimacy and detachment, manifests the profound ambivalence of a world forever at odds with itself in the face of madness; while Daniel Firth is nothing short of astonishing in the subtlety and power he brings to the embodiment of a yearning, stricken man.
Arthur Holden, playwright


The Wounded Brain Healed
The Golden Age of the Montreal Neurological Institute, 1934-1984

Published May 2016

By William Feindel and Richard Leblanc
Published for the Montreal Neurological Institute


The Wounded Brain Healed  by William Feindel and Richard Leblanc, covers a period when EEG was developed as a useful clinical tool, mesial temporal sclerosis was described, and the role of the hippocampus and amygdala in temporal lobe epilepsy was discovered. It was a time when the structure-function relationship of the cerebral cortex was ascertained, the supplementary motor area was discov­ered, and the relationship of handedness to cerebral dominance was established. The hippocampus was found to be the site of short-term memory and the concept of the plurality of memory was formulated. Computed tomography scanning, magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and positron emission tomography were introduced to North America, among other technological advances.   Read more