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Stopping tumours in their path

New study sheds light on most common and deadly form of brain cancer

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Published on : 08 Jan 2014

Medical giants stride pages of new book

Images of The Neuro is literary eyewitness to medical history In a new collection of insightful essays and selected photos, one of Canada’s most eminent medical figures, Dr. William Feindel, shines a personal light on the world-famous institution that he headed for 12 years, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University, as well as on some giants of medicine like Osler, Willis, Gilbert and Penfield.

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Published on : 16 Dec 2013

To live and learn: making memories has to be a speedy business

The brain is plastic - adapting to the hundreds of experiences in our daily lives by reorganizing pathways and making new connections between nerve cells. This plasticity requires that memories of new information and experiences are formed fast. So fast that the body has a special mechanism, unique to nerve cells, that enables memories to be made rapidly.

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Published on : 15 Oct 2013

Ambitious, innovative programs advance research and patient care

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University has raised more than $49 million, with an additional $7 million in planned gift expectancies, in the largest ever campaign of its 79 year history. The ‘Thinking Ahead’ Campaign, a $40 million initiative, has enabled The Neuro to implement ambitious and innovative research, training, and patient care programs aimed at tackling the most pressing neurological problems - strengthening The Neuro’s global leadership in understanding and repairing the brain.  

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Published on : 10 Oct 2013

Everything in moderation: excessive nerve cell pruning leads to disease

Mechanism meant to maintain efficiency of brain network involved in neurodegenerative disease

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Published on : 08 Oct 2013

Desjardins Group and The Neuro – training the next generation of neuroscientists

As part of The Neuro’s Thinking Ahead Campaign, a $240,000 donation from Desjardins Group, the largest financial cooperative group in Canada, to The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University has enabled the creation of the Desjardins Outstanding Student Award. Twelve awards of 20 000 $ each will support top-rated graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are advancing research to better understand the nervous system and neurological disorders and aid in developing new therapies.

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Published on : 04 Sep 2013

Learning a new language alters brain development

Scientists at The Neuro find important time factor in second-language acquisition The age at which children learn a second language can have a significant bearing on the structure of their adult brain, according to a new joint study by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro at McGill University and Oxford University. The majority of people in the world learn to speak more than one language during their lifetime. Many do so with great proficiency particularly if the languages are learned simultaneously or from early in development.

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Published on : 29 Aug 2013

NEURO PORTRAIT: inspiring art and science

Photo exhibit dives into the heart of creativity and the human brain   WATCH the video clip (30sec): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LuKKTdgFzw   (English transcript below)  

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Published on : 21 Aug 2013

A revolutionary new 3D digital brain atlas

Imagine being able to zoom into the brain to see various cells the way we zoom into Google maps of the world and can see houses on a street.  And keep in mind that the brain is considered the most complex structure in the universe with 86 billion neurons.  Zooming in is now possible thanks to a new brain atlas with unprecedented resolution.  BigBrain is the first 3D  microstructural model of the entire human brain, and is free and publicly available to researchers world-wide.

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Published on : 20 Jun 2013

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