Medicine Research

Researchers train brains to use different regions for same task

Practice might not always make perfect, but it’s essential for learning a sport or a musical instrument. It's also the basis of brain training, an approach that holds potential as a non-invasive therapy to overcome disabilities caused by neurological disease or trauma.

Research at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University (The Neuro) has shown just how adaptive the brain can be, knowledge that could one day be applied to recovery from conditions such as stroke.

Classified as: brain research, brain plasticity, Dave Liu, Christopher Pack, area MT
Published on: 19 Jul 2017

Dr. Kevin Lachapelle has been appointed Interim Director of the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective July 1, 2017.  He succeeds Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal, whose leadership was instrumental in propelling the Centre to new heights over the past three years, during which time he led the strategic rebranding and expansion of the Centre thanks to a generous gift from The Blema and Arnold Steinberg Family Foundation.  

Published on: 13 Jul 2017

“In the future, I want to become a nurse. I feel that going to this camp will help me develop my understanding of the field and prepare me for the future,” explains Kathleen Fab­ella, a student at École secondaire La Voie.  Kathleen is one of 44 high school students who participated in the 2017 edition of the Explore! Careers in Health camp held on June 26-28 at McGill University.

Published on: 11 Jul 2017

The Tenaquip Foundation donation will allow for faster drug development, better care for ALS patients

 

A generous donation by The Tenaquip Foundation will improve the quality of care available to ALS patients at The Neuro, and increase the rate at which researchers can evaluate new ALS drugs.

Classified as: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Reed Family, Tenaquip Foundation, clinical trial unit, drug development, Angela Genge, Guy Rouleau
Published on: 3 Jul 2017

Canadian researchers have invented an intraoperative probe that reliably detects multiple types of tumour cells 

Patients with common widespread forms of cancer will enjoy longer life expectancy and reduced risk of recurrence thanks to a multimodal optical spectroscopy probe developed by Canadian researchers. 

Classified as: brain cancer, Cancer, probe, Kevin Petrecca, Frederic Leblond, brain tumour
Published on: 28 Jun 2017

Different forms of memory exist in the same neuron and can be manipulated separately

 

Scientists have known for some time that a memory is stored in the brain through changes in the strength of particular synapses, the structures that pass signals between neurons. However, how the change in strength persisted remained a mystery. Solving this mystery has important implications for remedying neurological and psychological disorders.

Classified as: Wayne Sossin, memory, PKM, Columbia, Todd Sacktor, Samuel Schacher
Published on: 27 Jun 2017

World-renowned expert Dr. Tim Draycott inspires maternity teams with PROMPT training methods

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada provides support for a distinguished educator to visit a Royal-College accredited simulation centre in Canada each year via the John. G. Wade Visiting Professorship in Patient Safety and Simulation-Based Medical Education.

Published on: 21 Jun 2017

On May 19th, the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SCSIL) welcomed Indigenous youth leaders (First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and Native American) from the Eagle Spirit Camp for a half-day of hands-on workshops and activities organized by Dr. Kent Saylor of the McGill Faculty of Medicine.  During the morning lecture, a group of 25 students aged 13 to 17 years old attended a lecture by health care professionals to learn about careers in nursing and medicine.

Published on: 21 Jun 2017

Teaching Home Care in the Simulated Apartment

As the average age of the population rises, care is moving out of the hospitals and into the homes. Home care may be an option for patients who are recovering after a hospital stay, or for individuals who are dealing with an illness and want to remain at home for as long as safely possible to maintain their existing lifestyle and independence.

Classified as: news, Simulation Centre, medical simulation, Medical Simulation Centre, simnovate, Simnovators
Published on: 19 Jun 2017

Neuronavigation allows more accurate catheter placements, less surgical complications

Traumatic brain injury is a life-threatening condition that requires fast and accurate intervention. A protocol for a new tool developed by Medtronic Navigation with the help of researchers at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is allowing surgeons to deliver better care than ever.

Published on: 13 Jun 2017

Much work to be done to improve diagnosis and treatment

When NHL star player Sidney Crosby suffered a concussion during a game in May – the fourth concussion of his career – the news made nationwide headlines. A few years earlier, a concussion had kept the Pittsburgh Penguins star off the ice for ten months.

Concussions can have serious consequences, even in cases where the victim shows few symptoms immediately. Victims often shrug off a mild blow to the head, unaware that brain damage has occurred.

Classified as: mental health, MNI, Neuro, Neurology, medicine research, football, Sports, concussions
Published on: 7 Jun 2017

ALS takes away the patient’s motor functions one at a time, and the progress of finding effective drugs to counter its insidious effects has been slow. June is ALS Month, a good time to update the public on the latest developments in ALS research taking place at The Neuro.

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) is recognized as a leading Canadian centre for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) as well as for its care of ALS patients.

Classified as: Guy Rouleau, ALS, Peter McPherson, Angela Genge, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, C9ORF72, Heidi McBride, Eric Shoubridge, Hiroshi Tsuda, Rami Massie, Heather Durham, Gary Armstrong, zebrafish
Published on: 2 Jun 2017

The Neuro is an important centre for stroke care in Montreal

 

The Montreal Neurological Institute (The Neuro) is marking Stroke Month in June to increase public awareness about the dangers of this serious condition, and the importance of early intervention. A Canadian suffers a stroke every ten minutes. Each year, about 14,000 Canadians die of stroke, making stroke the third-leading cause of death in this country.

Classified as: Donatella Tampieri, stroke, stroke month, Jeanne Teitelbaum, Maria Del Pilar Cortes Nino
Published on: 1 Jun 2017

Microglia, critical to Alzheimer’s research, can now be produced artificially

The quest for better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has a powerful new tool at its disposal — the ability to artificially generate brain cells that have been shown to play an important role in the disease function.

Classified as: microglia, MS, stem cells, Alzheimer's disease, iPSC, Jack Antel, Luke Healy
Published on: 16 May 2017

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Published on: 1 May 2017

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