Research & Discovery

Molecule Shown to Repair Damaged Axons

A foray into plant biology led McGill researchers to discover that a natural molecule can repair axons, the thread-like projections that carry electrical signals between cells.
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$6.1 million for MNI-led multiple sclerosis study

Dr. Douglas Arnold is principal investigator on one of the projects, leading a team of 16 investigators from The Netherlands, Switzerland, U.K., and U.S.
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McGill wins $84 million grant for neuroscience

Canada First Research Excellence Fund to support global hub for brain research.

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Don’t Scan So Close To Me
McGill's Daniel Levitin and Scott Grafton (UCLA) have undertaken a neuroscience study based on brain scans of the musician Sting.  The paper is entitled “Measuring the representational space of music with fMRI: a case study with Sting”.  Read More

“Big Data” study discovers earliest sign of Alzheimer’s

Led by Dr. Alan Evans, researchers analyzed more than 7,700 brain images from 1,171 people in various stages of Alzheimer’s progression using a variety of techniques
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Researchers in the lab of Dr. Christopher Pack have found that as visual stimuli size increases, so too does the neural “noise” produced. Understanding the noise suppression process could help researchers find ways to compensate for brain impairments and improve vision. Read more (Photo by Martine Doyon)

A new study led by Dr. David Stellwagen, from the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Sarah Konefal, a PhD student in the IPN, identified the brain cell microglia as a key player in reducing the effects of cocaine in the brain.
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A research team led by Keith Murai at the RI-MUHC has demonstrated that astrocytes can be adjusted by neurons in response to injury and disease, showing that the brain has a greater ability to adapt to change than previously believed.
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Want to rewire a neuron? You’ve got to take it slow.

A new technique offers potential to reconnect neurons of people with central nervous system damage.  Read More

Dr A. Claudio Cuello, former Chair of Brain@McGill, receives RAICES Award from Dr. Lino Baraňao, the Argentine Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation. This prestigious award recognizes Argentinian scientists who live abroad and have helped strengthen Argentina's networking, scientific & technological capabilities.

Julia Yu, 1st Place in the 2015 Brain@McGill Prize for Neuroscience Undergraduate Research.
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McGill gets $91.5 million in CIHR funding
Congratulations to our neuroscience researchers: Srividya Iyer, Howard Chertkow, Kathleen Cullen, Alain Dagher, Jean Gotman, Michael Petrides, Guy Rouleau, Edward Ruthazer, Robert Zatorre. 
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The neuroscience-related projects of Kathleen Cullen, Michael Meaney, Alain Ptito, Amir Shmuel and Marcelo Wanderley (from left to right) are amongst those chosen by the CFI providing over $100 M in research support to McGill.
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Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a new cancer-detection method developed by Dr. Kevin Petrecca at The Neuro and Dr. Frederic Leblond at Polytechnique Montréal.

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Professor Michael Meaney has been selected as the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize Laureate in recognition of his cutting edge research on how childhood experiences affect brain development.

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Three Brain Reads by McGill Professors:

Suspicious Minds by Joel and Ian Gold
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean
The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin

Dr. Judes Poirier and a promising new approach to Alzheimer's

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Dr. Brenda Milner is awarded the prestigious Kavli Prize in Neuroscience on 29 May 2014.

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So.  What’s on Your Mind?

Discovery has been one of the driving forces in making McGill the premier research academic institution in Canada and one of the Global Top 10 in Medicine and Life Sciences.

Neuroscience remains one of McGill’s top research priorities. Current priority areas span many Departments and Centres to advance knowledge transfer between clinicians, basic neuroscientists, neuropharmacologists, psychologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, and computer scientists.

Research in the community is guided by two beliefs:

  • The internationalization of our activities - a traditional trademark of McGill. Every year also sees an increase in our collaboration throughout Canada.
  • The absence of borders. Our research is not confined by disciplines. For example, thematic groups in psychopharmacology, bi-polar illness, schizophrenia, suicide research, sleep and eating disorders explore the neuroscientific basis of major psychiatric illnesses of modern society.