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Smoking thins vital part of brain

Years ago, children were warned that smoking could stunt their growth, but now a major study by an international team including the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and the University of Edinburgh shows new evidence that long-term smoking could cause thinning of the brain’s cortex. The cortex is the outer layer of the brain in which critical cognitive functions such as memory, language and perception take place. Interestingly, the findings also suggest that stopping smoking helps to restore at least part of the cortex’s thickness.

Published: 10 Feb 2015

Late Dr. Ted Sourkes's in the Globe and Mail

To read about Dr. Ted Sourkes's pioneering work on Parkinson's treatment, follow the link below: 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/scientist-ted-sourkes-pioneered-parkinsons-treatment/article22855005/?cmpid=rss1&click=dlvr.it

Published: 9 Feb 2015

A unique album: 30 years of imaging the brain

The Neuro’s McConnell Brain Imaging Centre reaches a milestone

How does the brain grow and develop in childhood and aging? How does brain activity shape and unfold within milliseconds? How does our brain respond to objects, faces, food, and music? How is the brain affected in drug abuse, multiple sclerosis, depression? How can we better prepare for neurosurgeries?

Published: 9 Feb 2015

Pick a card, any card

Magicians have astonished audiences for centuries by subtly, yet powerfully, influencing their decisions. But there has been little systematic study of the psychological factors that make magic tricks work.

Published: 9 Feb 2015

Tattooing drugs to fight a skin disease

Tattooing drugs is an experimental method developped by Dr Martin Olivier's team to cure a specific skin disease.

Published: 6 Feb 2015

Spotlight on Dr. Jaswant Guzder and Dr. Jens Pruessner

In this edition of Spotlight, we would like to congratulate Dr. Jaswant Guzder and Dr. Jens Pruessner for their promotion to the rank of full professor.

Published: 6 Feb 2015

Socioeconomic differences in adolescent health widens

Health inequalities in young people have grown alongside socioeconomic disparities between the rich and poor.

Published: 4 Feb 2015

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