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Impact of video gaming on the brain

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B by the teams of Dr. Gregory West (Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal) and Dr. Véronique Bohbot (Douglas Institute researcher and associate Professor at McGill University and the Douglas Research Institute of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal) shows that while video game players (VGPs) exhibit more efficient visual attention abilities, they are also much more likely to use navigation strategies that rely on the brain’s reward system (the caudate nucleus) and not the brain’s spatial memory system (the hippocampus). Past research has shown that people who use caudate nucleus-dependent navigation strategies have decreased grey matter and lower functional brain activity in the hippocampus. 

Published: 20 May 2015

Gay pay for straight work

Published: 19 May 2015

Quantum physics on tap

Published: 15 May 2015

Educating the immune system to prevent allergies

With the arrival of spring, millions of Canadians have begun their annual ritual of sneezing and wheezing due to seasonal allergies.

Published: 14 May 2015

Baby talk: babies prefer listening to their own kind

Everyone likes to look at young babies. But who wants to listen? Well…it turns out that other babies do.

Published: 12 May 2015

Quebec registry for users of medical cannabis

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) have launched a registry for users of medical cannabis in Quebec that will allow physicians to better manage its use and monitor patient safety. This innovative project represents the world’s first research database on the use of cannabis for medical purposes and places the province at the forefront of research in the field of medical cannabis. The registry was launched in response to a call by the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) for guidelines on the use of medical cannabis in accordance with new government regulations. As of April 1, 2014, cannabis can only be prescribed “within a research framework,” as it is not a medically recognized treatment.

Published: 11 May 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: BILINGUALISM AND THE BRAIN

Public lecture: Perspectives on bilingualism: From birth to aging

Living in a city with many languages, we are often confronted with personal debates about what are the best decisions to make for our children and for ourselves. Have you wondered when is the optimal time and in what way to introduce a second language to your child, or whether raising a child in a bilingual environment can create confusion? Have you heard that being bilingual might slow down cognitive decline in aging and provide a buffer against neurodegenerative disease?

Published: 11 May 2015

New Academic Leadership Position

Dear Colleagues,

Published: 7 May 2015

May - Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University and the MUHC has Canada’s oldest MS clinic but is always innovating - striving for progress and better treatments for patients.

What’s new in MS at The Neuro

Published: 7 May 2015

A better way to build DNA scaffolds

Imagine taking strands of DNA – the material in our cells that determines how we look and function – and using it to build tiny structures that can deliver drugs to targets within the body or take electronic miniaturization to a whole new level.

Published: 6 May 2015

Associate Chair of Education

Dear Colleagues, Please join me in expressing our appreciation to Dr. Dara Charney for her hard work and outstanding service as Associate Chair of Education and Chair of the Departmental Promotions Committee. Her term ended on April 30, 2015. As Associate Chair, Dr. Charney was responsible for the department’s educational mission and supervision of Undergraduate, Graduate and Post-Graduate Medical Education/Residency Programs. Her organization, insight, and commitment have played a large role in our department’s thriving educational mission.

Published: 6 May 2015

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