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Teens test their smarts in the Brain Bee

Thu, 2013-02-21 10:10

Thirty-two students from six Montreal area high schools will assemble at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University on February 21st to be quizzed about synapses, axons and other cerebral facts in the international contest known as the Brain Bee.

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Contact: Sandra McPherson
Organization: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
Office Phone: 514 398-1902
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POSTPONED: Special Lecture: Explaining the “X” in Stanford’s Bio-X

Tue, 2013-04-30 12:00 - 13:00
McIntyre Medical Building : Room 522, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler Montreal Quebec Canada , H3G 1Y6
Price: no cost

The Bio-X talk will be delivered by Dr. Carla Shatz, Sapp Family Provostial Professor of Biology and Neurobiology and Director of Bio-X, Stanford's pioneering biosciences program. Her lecture, "Explaining the “X” in Stanford’s Bio-X” will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm at the McIntyre Medical Building (room 522).  Refreshments will follow.

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Contact: Debbie Rashcovsky
Organization: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-6047

POSTPONED: The Dorothy J. Killam Lecture

Mon, 2013-04-29 16:00 - 17:30
Montreal Neurological Institute : Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, 3801 rue University Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 2B4
Price: no cost

The Dorothy J. Killam Lecture was established at The Neuro in 2004 to recognize women of influence in business, science, politics or the humanities, and is named after an extraordinary woman who, together with her husband, made immense contributions to Canadian education and science.

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Contact: Debbie Rashcovsky
Organization: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
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Office Phone: 514-398-6047

Neuro Film Series: Hilary and Jackie

Wed, 2013-04-17 18:30 - 21:00
Montreal Neurological Institute : Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, 3801 rue University Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 2B4
Price: no cost

Hilary and Jackie is the tragic story of world renowned classic cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finz. Based on Hilary du Pré’s book “A Genius in the Family”, the movie chronicles the rise to fame and physical decline of Jacqueline du Pré. Jackie is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which first manifests as dementia, and later results in complete paralysis.

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Contact: Debbie Rashcovsky
Organization: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
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Office Phone: 514-398-6047
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Early music lessons boost brain development

Tue, 2013-02-12 09:45

Montreal researchers find that music lessons before age seven create stronger connections in the brain

If you started piano lessons in grade one, or played the recorder in kindergarten, thank your parents and teachers. Those lessons you dreaded – or loved – helped develop your brain.

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Contact: Anita Kar
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Finding the way to memory

Tue, 2013-02-05 17:14

Guidance proteins regulate brain plasticity

February 4, 2013 - Our ability to learn and form new memories is fully dependent on the brain’s ability to be plastic – that is to change and adapt according to new experiences and environments. A new study from the Montreal Neurological Institute – The Neuro, McGill University, reveals that DCC, the receptor for a crucial protein in the nervous system known as netrin, plays a key role in regulating the plasticity of nerve cell connections in the brain.

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Addiction: abnormal communication in the brain

Tue, 2013-02-05 17:09

January 29, 2013 - Addiction to cigarettes, drugs and other stimulants has been linked in the past to the brain’s frontal lobes, but now there is scientific evidence that indicates where in the frontal cortex addiction takes hold and how.  Addiction could be a result of abnormal communication between two areas of the frontal lobes linked to decision-making.  The discovery will undoubtedly stimulate clinical work on new therapies for millions of people who suffer from addiction.

The research by lead authors Dr.

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The Human Brain Project: winner of the of the largest European scientific funding competition

Tue, 2013-02-05 17:04

January 28, 2013 - The European Commission has officially announced the selection of the Human Brain Project (HBP) as one of its two FET Flagship projects.

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Technology has unprecedented ability to detect and diagnose Alzheimer’s

Tue, 2013-02-05 16:53

January 28, 2013 - A revolutionary technology has the ability to detect and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with unprecedented accuracy. The computerized technique known as SNIPE analyzes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to capture patterns of atrophy specific to the disease in brain structures, specifically the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is still an inexact science, relying mainly on the patient's symptoms and performance on memory tests.

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Clinician-scientists at The Neuro receive funding for Parkinson’s and HIV research

Tue, 2013-02-05 16:44

November 27, 2012 - Clinician-scientists take a unique, integrated approach that is essential to advancing science and medicine. Problems encountered in the clinic inspire research and new findings from the labs are directly applied to patients’ needs. The integrated model is a hallmark of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC and is now being replicated worldwide.

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