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Peroxisomes: the hybrid organelle

A Q and A with Heidi McBride Like the human body itself, cells have structures within them that perform special tasks. These cellular structures are called organelles, and discovering more about organelles is key to unlocking the reasons why certain cells misbehave, causing diseases such as Parkinson’s, for example.

Published on : 09 Feb 2017

BIC deep-learning educational workshop

The BIC hosted a series of Deep Learning workshops organized by Santiago Paiva (Hoge lab) and Dr. Robert Brown (Arnold lab) on January 19th and 26th.  

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Published on : 06 Feb 2017

Dr. Stephan Binder and Mr. Chris Hsiao join the BIC PET Unit

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Stephan Blinder as the new BIC PET physicist on staff.  Stephan completed his PhD in Astrophysics (U de Bordeaux I, France) and later shifted his interest towards biomedical imaging research. He worked for 4 years with the MIRG group led by Dr. Anna Celler (U of British Columbia, Vancouver) on SPECT imaging, focusing on 3D and 4D image reconstruction techniques. 

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Published on : 06 Feb 2017

MNI scientist receives $1.5M grant for Parkinson's/ALS research

CQDM and Brain Canada join forces again in the funding of two new research projects to address unmet needs in brain research CQDM and Brain Canada are proud to announce the funding of two new multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research projects under the second edition of their Focus on Brain strategic initiative. The partners will award a total of $3M to two research teams to develop cutting-edge tools, technologies and platforms designed to accelerate the discovery of new drugs for brain and nervous system disorders.

Published on : 02 Feb 2017

Bell Let’s Talk supports mental health with The Neuro

Project will enhance mental health access for multicultural communities On Jan. 18, 2017, Bell Let’s Talk announced a donation of $250,000 to McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – known as The Neuro – to fund the development of online mental health resources focused on the needs of multicultural communities.

Published on : 18 Jan 2017

HEADS UP On The Concussion Issue to raise awareness of head injury

An all-star lineup of experts in the fields of sports and neurology will share a stage on Jan. 27 to discuss concussions, a serious injury that has only recently been getting the attention it deserves.

Published on : 11 Jan 2017

Lack of joy from music linked to brain disconnection

Have you ever met someone who just wasn’t into music? They may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population. Researchers at the University of Barcelona and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University have discovered that people with this condition showed reduced functional connectivity between cortical regions responsible for processing sound and subcortical regions related to reward.

Published on : 04 Jan 2017

Breakthrough in MS treatment

Drug shown to reduce new attacks/symptom progression in some patients In separate clinical trials, a drug called ocrelizumab has been shown to reduce new attacks in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), and new symptom progression in primary progressive MS.

Published on : 22 Dec 2016

Ted Strauss joins BIC staff as Manager, Data Resources

Truly happy to see Ted join our core staff as Manager, Data Resources. Ted has 12+ years experience as a programmer, database administrator and technology generalist in the industry and academia. He will assist in creating a strategy and enabling the tools for short- and long-term data management over all modalities used at our Centre, all in coordination with the developments of the MNI's open-science infrastructure.  Ted will draw from several years supporting open source, open data, and open science through policy and organizing. 

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Published on : 13 Dec 2016

The Neuro holds annual Reitman Holiday Luncheon

Each December for over 60 years, the Reitman family has invited all members of The Neuro to a splendid luncheon that has become an enjoyable annual tradition. This gathering shows a wonderful holiday spirit of generosity and thankfulness. Reitman family members, Joel (President of Jillcy Investments Ltd.), Jill and Dorothy were present for the 69th Reitman Holiday Luncheon on December 9th to greet staff and to help staff volunteers serve a tasty meal to some 1,200 members of The Neuro.

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Published on : 09 Dec 2016

How HIV affects the brain

Study tracks patients to better understand effects and possible treatments December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness about a disease that has afflicted 70 million people worldwide, 35 million of whom have died as a result.

Published on : 01 Dec 2016

Epileptic encephalopathy linked to protein trafficking gene

Researchers have linked a debilitating neurological disease in children to mutations in a gene that regulates neuronal development through control of protein movement within neuronal cells.

Published on : 28 Nov 2016

MNI researchers receive funding to study ARSACS

Two researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) of McGill University have received funding to study a devastating neurodegenerative disease that first appears in toddlers just as they are beginning to walk.

Published on : 24 Nov 2016

Major ALS Research Funding Announced

MNI scientists will study stem cells, genetic mutations to develop new treatments Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University who are playing key roles in uncovering the mechanisms underlying ALS will share in $3.9 million in research funding, part of $4.5 million announced on Nov. 23 by the ALS Society of Canada in partnership with Brain Canada.

Published on : 23 Nov 2016

Olfactory perception influenced by background and semantic information

When two people smell the same thing, they can have remarkably different reactions, depending on their cultural background. Researchers at the Neuro have found that even when two cultures share the same language and many traditions, their reactions to the same smells can be different.

Published on : 21 Nov 2016