The Neuro is recognized as a major Canadian center for ALS research and patient care. During June, designated ALS Month, The Neuro redoubles its efforts to inform the public and the media about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and urges all to help support ALS research.

Classified as: neuroscience, Neurology, ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Published on: 13 Jun 2016

Raising awareness about stroke


Every ten minutes, someone in Canada suffers a stroke. Strokes kill 14,000 Canadians each year, making stroke the third leading cause of death in this country.

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) hopes to increase public awareness about the dangers of stroke by marking Stroke Month. People who learn about the causes of stroke can take measures to reduce their chances of having a stroke.


What is a stroke?


Classified as: Montreal Neurological Institute, stroke, stroke month
Published on: 6 Jun 2016

Congratulation to teenage sensation Raphael Hotter for winning the Montreal Neurological Institute Award, the Order of Chemistry Award, and the Highest Distinction Award at a Montreal regional science fair, with a PET-Radiochemistry project mentored with Dr. Gassan Massarweh, Head of Cyclotron at the BIC. This was one of fifteen projects chosen to represent Montreal at the upcoming provincial fair this Spring.

Classified as: BIC
Published on: 9 May 2016

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) have identified novel gene mutations that cause hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a step forward in efforts to treat this debilitating disease.

It is estimated that between two and 10 people per 100,000 in the general population have HSP, a disease characterized by weakness or spasticity in the lower limbs. HSP is caused by mutations inherited from one or both parents.

Classified as: genetics, Research, HSP, hereditary spastic paraplegia
Published on: 9 May 2016

''The Wounded Brain Healed - The Golden Age of the Montreal Neurological Institute, 1934-1984" by William Feindel and Richard Leblanc is now available for purchase from McGill-Queen's University Press.

Classified as: books
Published on: 3 May 2016

May 2016 - Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month


Multiple sclerosis treatment and research has long been a focus at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, known simply as The Neuro, an illustrious member of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. Indeed, The Neuro introduced Canada’s first MS clinic. The clinic’s highly specialized staff employs the latest research data and treatment methods in a clinical atmosphere of innovation and progress.

Classified as: neuroscience, Research, Multiple Sclerosis, MS
Published on: 2 May 2016

The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Unit of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI, McGill University) is looking to fill the position of a full‐time Research Assistant. We are seeking to hire a PET specialist to make a difference in an outstanding scientific environment, at the crossroads between cellular and molecular biology, radiochemistry, brain imaging physics, biophysical modelling and neuroscience.

Classified as: BIC
Published on: 29 Apr 2016

Researchers use optogenetics to produce pain relief by shutting off neurons with light

The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

Classified as: Research, MNI, Neurology, chronic pain, analgesia, optogenetics, pain relief
Published on: 20 Apr 2016

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University have made an important discovery about the human auditory system and how to study it, findings that could lead to better testing and diagnosis of hearing-related disorders.

The researchers detected frequency-following responses (FFR) coming from a part of the brain not previously known to emit them. FFRs are neural signals generated in the brain when people hear sounds.

Classified as: Research, MNI, Robert Zatorre, MEG, Emily Coffey, auditory response, sound processing
Published on: 6 Apr 2016

Saturday, March 26 is Purple Day, a time to recognize the effect epilepsy has on millions of people around the world. It is estimated that 1 in a 100 people worldwide have epilepsy. Of those, one in three require surgery to prevent a lifetime of seizures.  Purple Day was created in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a girl from Nova Scotia, to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone.

Classified as: epilepsy, neurosurgery
Published on: 24 Mar 2016

Announcing the 1st edition of the "PET from A to Z" Comprehensive Training Workshop, which will take place at the MNI’s McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, May 30 – June 2, 2016. The program features four very distinctive days: two days of lectures, and two more interactive days, which include tours of PET/Cyclotron facilities and hands-on training opportunities.

Classified as: BIC
Published on: 21 Mar 2016

We have the greatest pleasure to announce that as of March 1st 2016, Dr. Bratislav Misic has joined ‪our Centre as Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery, and new core BIC Principal Investigator.  

Classified as: BIC
Published on: 15 Mar 2016

Fifty students from nine Montreal area high schools will assemble at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University on March 15th to be quizzed about synapses, axons and other cerebral facts in the international contest known as the Brain Bee. The winner will go on to the Canadian National Brain Bee at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. The national winner travels to Denmark for the International Brain Bee.

Classified as: Brain Bee
Published on: 9 Mar 2016


On Sunday, April 24, 2016, The Neuro will be participating once again in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge! This annual fundraising event, held in conjunction with the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k, allows participants to raise funds in support The Neuro. Over 6,000 runners and representatives from over 60 charities will be in attendance for the 2016 installment of one of the biggest races in Quebec.

Published on: 4 Mar 2016