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Attack! Silent watchmen charge to defend the nervous system

In many pathologies of the nervous system, there is a common event - cells called microglia are activated from surveillant watchmen into fighters.  Microglia are the immune cells of the nervous system, ingesting and destroying pathogens and damaged nerve cells. Until now little was known about the molecular mechanisms of microglia activation despite this being a critical process in the body.

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Published on : 15 Oct 2012

Scientists discover gene behind rare disorders

International study with researchers at The Neuro reveals links with other neurodegenerative diseases MONTREAL, October 9, 2012  - Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro,  McGill University working with a team at Oxford University have uncovered the genetic defect underlying a group of rare genetic disorders.  Using a new technique that has revolutionized genetic studies, the teams determined that mutations in the RMND1 gene were responsible for severe neurodegenerative disorders, in two infants, ultimately leading to thei

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Published on : 09 Oct 2012

How genetics shape our addictions

Genes predict the brain’s reaction to smoking  Have you ever wondered why some people find it so much easier to stop smoking than others? New research shows that vulnerability to smoking addiction is shaped by our genes. A study from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, McGill University shows that people with genetically fast nicotine metabolism have a significantly greater brain response to smoking cues than those with slow nicotine metabolism.

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Published on : 20 Sep 2012

How genetics shape our addictions

Have you ever wondered why some people find it so much easier to stop smoking than others? New research shows that vulnerability to smoking addiction is shaped by our genes. A study from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, McGill University shows that people with genetically fast nicotine metabolism have a significantly greater brain response to smoking cues than those with slow nicotine metabolism. Previous research shows that greater reactivity to smoking cues predicts decreased success at smoking cessation and that environmental cues promote increased nicotine intake in animals and humans.   This new finding that nicotine metabolism rates affect the brain’s response to smoking may lead the way for tailoring smoking cessation programs based on individual genetics.<!--break-->

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Published on : 11 Sep 2012

Donald Baxter (1926 - 2012)

Died on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Montreal General Hospital after a protracted illness.

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Published on : 26 Jul 2012

Brain scans detect early signs of autism

A new study shows significant differences in brain development in high-risk infants who develop autism starting as early as age 6 months.

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Published on : 27 Jun 2012

CREATE grant helps build on leadership in medical imaging

Two projects led by McGill professors are among the 17 that will receive a total of $28 million over six years to help science and engineering graduates add job skills to their academic achievements, thanks to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) CREATE program.

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Published on : 26 Jun 2012

Michael Petrides elected to the Royal Society of London

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Petrides, who has been elected to the prestigious Royal Society of London.

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Published on : 13 Jun 2012

June – ALS Awareness Month

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or more commonly, Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease in which progressive muscle weakness leads to paralysis.

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012

All Science Challenge 2012!

Creativity, teamwork, determination (possibly accompanied by blood, sweat and tears) are some of the skills honed by grade 6 – 8 students participating in the All Science Challenge, a unique, one-day, highly charged competition hosted by Let’s Talk Science on May 25 at The Neuro- the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

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Published on : 25 May 2012

Celebrating Science, Vision, Passion

“Don’t be safe, be brilliant” a saying by philosopher George Santayana was a favourite of world-renowned scientist Dr. David Colman, late director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University and McGill University Health Centre.

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Published on : 16 May 2012

May is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

More than 50 members of The Neuro's staff are conducting laboratory and clinical studies related to MS. They employ the finest scientific equipment--from brain imaging scanners to the latest cell biology tools-to study the disease in all its aspects and at every stage. The Neuro's basic scientists and clinical physicians cooperate closely to translate research into patient therapies.

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Published on : 10 May 2012

Heightened sensitivity to cheap, high-calorie food is linked with obesity

Now, a new review of human brain imaging studies published by Cell Press in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that a major reason for the dramatic increase in obesity may be a heightened sensitivity to heavily advertised and easily accessible high-calorie foods.

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Published on : 05 Apr 2012

Cholesterol drug shows benefit in animal study of Alzheimer’s disease

A cholesterol drug commonly prescribed to reduce cardiovascular disease risk restores blood vessel function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study in the April 4 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2012

Purple Day for Epilepsy

The Neuro gained international renown as a centre of advanced epilepsy research and treatment thanks to the work of Dr. Penfield and such colleagues as the surgeon, Theodore Rasmussen, and the pioneer in electroencephalography (EEG), Herbert Jasper. Their illustrious example has inspired groundbreaking epilepsy research and treatment at the Neuro for more than 70 years.

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Published on : 26 Mar 2012