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Blocking overactive receptor in Alzheimer’s recovers memory loss and more

A new study shows that memory pathology in older mice with Alzheimer’s disease can be reversed with treatment. The study by researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, at McGill University and at Université de Montréal found that blocking the activity of a specific receptor in the brain of mice with advanced Alzheimer’s disease (AD) recovers memory and cerebrovascular function.

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Published on : 17 Jun 2013

June is ALS Awareness Month

What is ALS?Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease in which progressive muscle weakness leads to paralysis. ALS is a result of the death of motor neurons (nerve cells) in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Most people survive less than five years following diagnosis, but a small percentage of patients live for ten years or even longer. So far, there is no cure.

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Published on : 13 Jun 2013

Dr. Frederick Andermann named Officer of the Order of Quebec

Dr. Frederick Andermann, neurologist and researcher at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University has been named an Officer of the Order of Quebec. Dr. Andermann is among 33 distinguished recipients who will be decorated by Premier of Quebec Pauline Marois at a ceremony on June 6, 2013 at the salle du Conseil législatif de l’hôtel du Parlement. Dr.

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Published on : 04 Jun 2013

New study explains cognitive ability differences among the elderly

Study compares data from hundreds of people in childhood and old age A new study shows compelling evidence that associations between cognitive ability and cortical grey matter in old age can largely be accounted for by cognitive ability in childhood.  The joint study by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, The Neuro, McGill University and the University of Edinburgh, UK was published today, June 4 in

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Published on : 04 Jun 2013

Let’s Talk Science’s All Science Challenge

Local students compete and put their science skills and knowledge to the test at Let’s Talk Science’s All Science Challenge MONTREAL, QC – Approximately 110 Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from 14 local schools are getting ready to compete in Let’s Talk Science’s All Science Challenge on May 31st at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University.

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Published on : 31 May 2013

Unleashing the watchdog protein

Research opens door to new drug therapies for Parkinson’s disease McGill University researchers have unlocked a new door to developing drugs to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Collaborating teams led by Dr. Edward A. Fon at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, and  Dr. Kalle Gehring  in the Department of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine, have discovered the three-dimensional structure of the protein Parkin.

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Published on : 09 May 2013

Navigating the brain’s blood vessels

Live 3D images of brain’s vasculature will improve patient diagnosis and treatment  The diagnosis and treatment of potentially life-threatening neurological conditions such as aneurysms and strokes will be significantly improved as a result of cutting-edge technology at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC.  The new angiosuite, inaugurated today, offers significant advantages to patients and physicians including most importantly, improved safety and outcomes. Creates a 3D “

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Published on : 02 May 2013

Why we buy music

New study shows what happens in the brain to make music rewarding A new study reveals what happens in our brain when we decide to purchase a piece of music when we hear it for the first time. The study, conducted at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University and published in the journal Science on April 12, pinpoints the specific brain activity that makes new music rewarding and predicts the decision to purchase music.

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Published on : 11 Apr 2013

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

What is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition related to the death of specific brain cells that produce dopamine, a chemical needed for brain cells to control muscular movement. In Parkinson’s disease, dopamine-producing cells stop functioning for reasons still unknown.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2013

Major advance in understanding risky but effective Multiple Sclerosis treatment

Powerful treatment improves patients’ lives and provides new insight into mechanisms of the disease A new study by Multiple Sclerosis researchers at three leading Canadian centres addresses why bone marrow transplantation (BMT) has positive results in patients with particularly aggressive forms of MS.  The transplantation treatment, which is performed as part of a clinical trial and carries potentially serious risks, virtually stops all new relapsing activity as observed upon clinical examination and brain MRI scans.  The study reveals how th

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Published on : 26 Mar 2013

Researchers identify a promising target for Multiple Sclerosis treatments

A team of basic and clinical scientists led by the University of Montreal Hospital* Research Centre’s (CRCHUM) Dr. Nathalie Arbour has opened the door to significantly improved treatments for the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

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Published on : 19 Mar 2013

What’s new in epilepsy research at The Neuro

March - National Epilepsy Awareness Month The Neuro has been at the forefront of epilepsy treatment and research for over half a century. The development of “The Montreal Procedure” by Dr.

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Published on : 07 Mar 2013

Teens test their smarts in the Brain Bee

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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Published on : 21 Feb 2013

Early music lessons boost brain development

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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Published on : 12 Feb 2013