Medicine Research

A Brilliant Night has donated a total of $1.6 million since 2015

A night dedicated to the memory of those lost to brain cancer and in honour of those still fighting the disease will raise money for research that will lead to better treatments.

Classified as: a brilliant night, Kevin Petrecca, brain cancer, brain tumour
Published on: 10 Oct 2017

Research shows how the brain’s motor signals sharpen our ability to decipher complex sound flows

Whether it is dancing or just tapping one foot to the beat, we all experience how auditory signals like music can induce movement. Now new research suggests that motor signals in the brain actually sharpen sound perception, and this effect is increased when we move in rhythm with the sound.

Classified as: Motor signals, Sound perception, Benjamin Morillon, Sylvain Baillet
Published on: 5 Oct 2017

Discovery points to possible target for cancer drugs

McGill University researchers have discovered a mechanism through which mitochondria, the energy factory of our body’s cells, play a role in preventing cells from dying when the cells are deprived of nutrients – a finding that points to a potential target for next-generation cancer drugs.

The research, published in Molecular Cell, builds on previous work by McGill professor Nahum Sonenberg, one of the senior authors of the new study.

Classified as: Heidi McBride, mitochondria
Published on: 22 Sep 2017

Research symposium, public education event and ALS walk planned

Multiple events planned for this week will help educate the public about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a devastating disease that still has no cure.

Classified as: ALS research, ALS, ALS awareness, Research symposium, ALS walk, Neuro, Dr. Angela Genge, ALS Society of Quebec
Published on: 13 Sep 2017

Society recognizes scholarly, research and artistic excellence.

Congratulations to Dr. Edith Hamel and Dr. Robert Zatorre, who have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

Classified as: edith hamel, Robert Zatorre, royal society of canada, rsc
Published on: 7 Sep 2017

The Neuro to launch open research publishing platform with F1000

A new partnership between The Neuro and F1000 will create a publishing platform for researchers that will speed the progress of neuroscience discovery.

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University (The Neuro) is partnering with F1000, a provider of support services for researchers, institutes and funders, to create a new open research publishing platform called MNI Open Research (https://mniopenresearch.org).

Classified as: F1000, Research, open science, Publishing
Published on: 30 Aug 2017

Abnormalities shown to first appear in brain networks involved in sensory processing

The origins of autism remain mysterious. What areas of the brain are involved, and when do the first signs appear? New findings published in Biological Psychiatry brings us closer to understanding the pathology of autism, and the point at which it begins to take shape in the human brain. Such knowledge will allow earlier interventions in the future and better outcomes for autistic children.

Classified as: autism, IBIS, Alan Evans, John Lewis, Ludmer Centre, ASD
Published on: 29 Aug 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.  

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Published on: 17 Aug 2017

For people suffering from depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can take as long as six weeks to have an effect. The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster acting drugs.

Classified as: Antidepressants, depression, SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, cholecystokinin cells, CCK, hippocampus, Adrien Peyrache, Paul Greengard, Rockefeller University, McGill University
Published on: 3 Aug 2017

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

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