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Deep learning transforming neuroscience research In an article published in Nature on Feb. 15, 2017, researchers, including principal investigators from the Montreal Neurological Institute’s McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC), used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the development of autism in babies.

Published on : 20 Mar 2017

Health Science Leaders Join Forces to Accelerate Development of Treatments for Neurological Diseases

Montreal, Quebec and Vancouver, British Columbia – Working together to accelerate research into neurological diseases, three leading players in Canada’s health sciences sector are joining forces in a unique multi-million dollar partnership to create a novel drug development platform that will help advance new therapeutics for some of the most debilitating conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

Published on : 16 Mar 2017

BIC Director Sylvain Baillet reviews MEG in Nature Neuroscience.

The latest issue of Nature Neuroscience presents a special issue focused on the state of the art of human brain imaging. 

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Published on : 15 Mar 2017

Molecule shown to repair damaged axons

Discovery could be key to treating brain and spinal cord injury A foray into plant biology led one researcher to discover that a natural molecule can repair axons, the thread-like projections that carry electrical signals between cells. Axonal damage is the major culprit underlying disability in conditions such as spinal cord injury and stroke.

Published on : 08 Mar 2017

Recognizing rare diseases

Research and clinical care complement each other at The Neuro February 28th was Rare Diseases Day, an opportunity to recognize a class of disease that is often overlooked. In the past five years, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) has made the study and treatment of rare diseases a major priority, hiring new specialists and support staff and coordinating activity under a new research group.

Published on : 28 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