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Researchers open new path of discovery in Parkinson’s disease

A team of scientists led by Dr. Michel Desjardins from the University of Montreal and Dr. Heidi McBride from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill University have discovered that two genes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease.

Using both cellular and mouse models, the team has shown that proteins produced by the two genes, known as PINK1 and Parkin, are required to prevent cells from being detected and attacked by the immune system.

Published: 27Jun2016

$4 million for research on intellectual disabilities

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Couche-Tard founder gives $4 million to McGill for groundbreaking research on intellectual disabilities

Published: 22Jun2016

Decoding connectivity

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It’s all math: How Professor Alan Evans is using cutting-edge statistics to unravel the complexity of brain disorders.

When Alan Evans was starting out in the 1970s, researchers didn’t ask the boss to foot their bar tab. But that’s exactly what some of the coders in his Montreal Neurological Institute lab recently proposed: a 9-to-5 Saturday hackathon, held in an Irish pub a few blocks from the McGill University campus.

Published: 20Jun2016

Creation of neuroscience research hub

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EMC working with McGill to support data storage and visualization technologies to help with the NeuroHub project

The Canadian research team that helped spearhead the international brain-mapping project known as BigBrain is about to get a major boost in its effort to produce sharply higher-resolution brain maps, thanks to technology from EMC Corporation.

Published: 15Jun2016

The impact of night work on our immune system

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Study reveals the impact of night work

You cross paths with him at the break of dawn in the corridors of the Metro. He looks bleary-eyed and pallid. This worker’s night shift just ended. His body clocks are out of sync with one another, and, imperceptibly, they’re also out of sync with his environment. In the long run, this night owl could be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular, autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer.

Published: 14Jun2016

ALS Awareness Month – June 2016

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.

Published: 13Jun2016

McGill expert: Brain injuries, concussions

 June is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44. Brain injuries are most often caused by motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, or simple falls on the playground, at work or in the home.

Published: 10Jun2016

New name for McGill Department of Oncology

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Newly named Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology recognizes family’s enduring support

In recognition of the Bronfman family’s enduring support for oncology programs and research at McGill University, the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Oncology has been named the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, in honour of one of the family’s major benefactors.

Published: 13Jun2016

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