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

Mon, 2016-07-11 10:57

McGill Newsroom

Research underlines importance of computational power in future neurological breakthrough

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital have used a powerful tool to better understand the progression of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD), identifying its first physiological signs.

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Brain cells that aid appetite control identified

Wed, 2016-05-11 19:02

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

​Discovery opens door to development of new drugs to control weight gain and obesity

It’s rare for scientists to get what they describe as “clean” results without spending a lot of time repeating the same experiment over and over again. But when researchers saw the mice they were working with doubling their weight within a month or two, they knew they were on to something.

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Key mechanism identified in brain tumor growth

Mon, 2016-04-25 11:47

McGill Newsroom

Discovery offers hope for more effective treatments of deadly glioblastomas

A gene known as OSMR plays a key role in driving the growth of glioblastoma tumors, according to a new study led by a McGill University researcher and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

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Brighter prospects for chronic pain

Researchers use optogenetics to produce pain relief by shutting off neurons with light
Wed, 2016-04-20 11:16

The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

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Organization: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
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What makes the brain tick so fast?

New study sheds light on the workings of brain neurotransmitter receptors
Thu, 2016-02-25 12:11

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Surprisingly complex interactions between neurotransmitter receptors and other key proteins help explain the brain’s ability to process information with lightning speed, according to a new study.

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The brain gives up more secrets

Montreal scientists unveil a key mechanism that could improve brain function
Thu, 2016-02-18 14:00

By Julie Robert, McGill University Health Centre

A research team, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, has broken new ground in our understanding of the complex functioning of the brain.

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Office Phone: 514 934-1934 ext. 71381
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Human sounds convey emotions better than words do

Mon, 2016-01-18 10:08

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

Brain uses “older” systems/structures to preferentially process emotion expressed through vocalizations

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Contact: Prof. Marc Pell
Organization: School of Communication Sciences and Disorders - McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-2189
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Simultaneous PET/MR Imaging for Brain, Cardiac and Cancer Research

Wed, 2016-01-20 13:30 - 15:30
Montreal Neurological Institute : DeGrandpré Communication Centre, 3801 rue University Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 2B4

The future of in vivo imaging is not only in new and improved scanner technology – with constantly augmenting sensitivity, spatial and temporal resolution – but also in our capacity, in health and disease, to target the largest choice of metabolic

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Organization: McConnell Brain Imaging Centre
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What is your memory style?

New research shows that the tendency to remember episodic details versus facts is reflected in intrinsic brain patterns
Tue, 2015-12-15 16:29

Why is it that some people have richly detailed recollection of past experiences (episodic memory), while others tend to remember just the facts without details (semantic memory)?

A research team from the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences has shown for the first time that these different ways of experiencing the past are associated with distinct brain connectivity patterns that may be inherent to the individual and suggest a life-long “memory trait”.  

The study was recently published online in the journal Cortex.

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Organization: Baycrest Health Sciences
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Office Phone: 416-785-2432
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There’s More Than Meets the Eye When Making Choices

Scientists at the Montreal Neuro shed light on little-studied part of the brain
Mon, 2015-12-14 12:51

If you’re pondering whether to buy a Galaxy smartphone or an iPhone this holiday season, a part of the brain called the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (PFC) might ultimately determine your choice. Results of a new study by Avinash Vaidya and Dr. Lesley Fellows, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), suggest that this region of the brain plays a critical role in making choices.

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Contact: Maya-Olivia Eyssen
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