A Brillant Night - Raising awareness and funds for brain tumor research

Published: 13 October 2015

Join us for the first edition of A Brilliant Night at the spectacular new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in Montreal for a unique event on October 21st to support the latest in brain tumor research at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.


Ten years ago, the average survival rate for patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive form of brain cancer - was less than one year. Thanks to recent advances, it is now approximately eighteen months, with some patients living beyond the three- and five-year marks. The inaugural A BRILLIANT NIGHT will raise much-needed funds for the Next Generation of Brain Cancer Treatment and TARGiT, two ground-breaking brain tumor research programs at The Neuro. With your help, precision medicine and new therapeutics that prevent brain cancer invasion will provide patients with more effective treatments and a reduced risk of relapse.


This first edition of A BRILLIANT NIGHT will blend the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium’s stunning projection technologies with immersive entertainment and music. Guests will share in an educational, emotional and sensorial experience finding inspiration in The Neuro’s cutting edge research. Top culinary delights will be provided by the city’s leading restaurants with dancing, silent auction, and more to educate and entertain.

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What: The first edition of a unique landmark event to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor research, Cocktail dinatoire


Jacynthe Côté, Event Honorary Chair,  former President and CEO of Rio Tinto Alcan

Michael Pecho, Executive Director, External Affairs at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

Kevin Petrecca, Neurosurgeon, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

Charles Tisseyre, Journalist, Animator, Radio-Canada Découverte

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:30 PM

Where: Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, 4801 avenue Pierre De Coubertin

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro is a world-leading destination for brain research and advanced patient care. Since its founding in 1934 by renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Wilder Penfield, The Neuro has grown to be the largest specialized neuroscience research and clinical centre in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. The seamless integration of research, patient care, and training of the world’s top minds make The Neuro uniquely positioned to have a significant impact on the understanding and treatment of nervous system disorders. The Montreal Neurological Institute is a McGill University research and teaching institute. The Montreal Neurological Hospital is part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. For more information, please visit

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