Local students compete and put their science skills and knowledge to the test at Let’s Talk Science’s All Science Challenge

MONTREAL, QC – Approximately 110 Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from 14 local schools are getting ready to compete in Let’s Talk Science’s All Science Challenge on May 31st at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University. This event is one of 23 All Science Challenge competitions happening at Let’s Talk Science Outreach locations across the country in April and May.

Published on: 31 May 2013

Research opens door to new drug therapies for Parkinson’s disease

Classified as: brain, genetic, mitochondria, Parkinson's, neurological disease, McGill, drugs, Ted Fon, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, Kalle Gehring, protein
Published on: 9 May 2013

Live 3D images of brain’s vasculature will improve patient diagnosis and treatment 

The diagnosis and treatment of potentially life-threatening neurological conditions such as aneurysms and strokes will be significantly improved as a result of cutting-edge technology at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC.  The new angiosuite, inaugurated today, offers significant advantages to patients and physicians including most importantly, improved safety and outcomes.

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, neurological, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, aneurysm, CT, Donatella Tampieri, stroke
Published on: 2 May 2013

New study shows what happens in the brain to make music rewarding

A new study reveals what happens in our brain when we decide to purchase a piece of music when we hear it for the first time. The study, conducted at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University and published in the journal Science on April 12, pinpoints the specific brain activity that makes new music rewarding and predicts the decision to purchase music.

Classified as: music, neuroscience, brain, accumbens, auditory cortex, Dr. Robert Zatorre, Dr. Valorie Salimpoor
Published on: 11 Apr 2013

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, treatment, Research, Parkinson's
Published on: 4 Apr 2013

Powerful treatment improves patients’ lives and provides new insight into mechanisms of the disease

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, treatment, neurological, Multiple Sclerosis, Amit Bar-Or, bone marrow, MS, stem cells, transplant
Published on: 26 Mar 2013

A team of basic and clinical scientists led by the University of Montreal Hospital* Research Centre’s (CRCHUM) Dr. Nathalie Arbour has opened the door to significantly improved treatments for the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In a study selected as among the top 10% most interesting articles published in the Journal of Immunology, the team identifies the elevated presence in MS patients of a type of white blood cell (CD4 T cell) that expresses NKG2C, a highly-toxic molecule harmful to brain tissues.

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, Neuro, immunology, Multiple Sclerosis
Published on: 19 Mar 2013

March - National Epilepsy Awareness Month

The Neuro has been at the forefront of epilepsy treatment and research for over half a century. The development of “The Montreal Procedure” by Dr. Wilder Penfield and his colleagues revolutionized the surgical treatment for epilepsy allowing thousands of patients to start new lives – free of seizures.

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, Research, epilepsy, Neurology, Francois Dubeau, Jean Gotman
Published on: 7 Mar 2013

Thirty-two students from six Montreal area high schools will assemble at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University on February 21st to be quizzed about synapses, axons and other cerebral facts in the international contest known as the Brain Bee. The winner will go on to the Canadian National Brain Bee at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON.  The national winner travels to Vienna or Hawaii for the International Brain Bee.

Classified as: neuroscience, Brain Bee, Education Outreach
Published on: 21 Feb 2013

Montreal researchers find that music lessons before age seven create stronger connections in the brain

If you started piano lessons in grade one, or played the recorder in kindergarten, thank your parents and teachers. Those lessons you dreaded – or loved – helped develop your brain. The younger you started music lessons, the stronger the connections in your brain.

Classified as: music, collaboration, neuroscience, brain, Development, Neurology, creativity, Robert Zatorre
Published on: 12 Feb 2013

Guidance proteins regulate brain plasticity

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, learning, Tim Kennedy, Neuro, Brenda Milner, HM, memory, netrins, neurological disorder, synaptic plasticity
Published on: 5 Feb 2013

January 29, 2013 - Addiction to cigarettes, drugs and other stimulants has been linked in the past to the brain’s frontal lobes, but now there is scientific evidence that indicates where in the frontal cortex addiction takes hold and how.  Addiction could be a result of abnormal communication between two areas of the frontal lobes linked to decision-making.  The discovery will undoubtedly stimulate clinical work on new therapies for millions of people who suffer from addiction.

Classified as: neuroscience, addiction, brain, smoking, neurological disease, drugs, Neuro, Alan Evans, decision-making, TMS
Published on: 5 Feb 2013

January 28, 2013 - The European Commission has officially announced the selection of the Human Brain Project (HBP) as one of its two FET Flagship projects. The new project will federate European efforts to address one of the greatest challenges of modern science: understanding the human brain.

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, international, neurological disorders, Neuro, Alan Evans, CBRAIN, global, the Human Brain Project
Published on: 5 Feb 2013

January 28, 2013 - A revolutionary technology has the ability to detect and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with unprecedented accuracy. The computerized technique known as SNIPE analyzes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to capture patterns of atrophy specific to the disease in brain structures, specifically the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is still an inexact science, relying mainly on the patient's symptoms and performance on memory tests. Detecting pre-clinical AD, before symptoms appear, is extremely difficult.

Classified as: neuroscience, Alzheimer's, neurological disease, technology, Neuro, detect, diagnosis, Louis Collins
Published on: 5 Feb 2013