$1 M gift from Mr. J. Sebastian van Berkom launches translational research into neurological disease
A patient’s very own skin cells may hold the key to new treatments and even cures for devastating neurological diseases. A generous $1 million donation from Mr. J. Sebastian van Berkom, and critical partnerships with Brain Canada, Laval University, Marigold Foundation and the FRQS-Réseau Parkinson Quebec are driving an innovative, iPSC (induced pluripotent stem cell) research platform that will transform research into Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases.
Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute
University of Oxford
Dr. Roger Nicoll
Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Michel Cayouette
Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal
Dr. Brigitte Kieffer
Dept. of Psychiatry, McGill University
Douglas Research Centre
Dr. Yong-hui Jiang
Dept. of Pediatrics and Neurobiology, Duke University School of Medicine
Twenty-two students from four Montreal area high schools will assemble at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University on April 2nd 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 Australia for the International Brain Bee.