epilepsy

March 26 is Purple Day for Epilepsy, a day to support epilepsy awareness worldwide

The Neuro has been a world leader in epilepsy treatment and research for more than 60 years. Indeed, the “Montreal Procedure” developed by The Neuro’s founder, Dr. Wilder Penfield, and his colleagues has become the standard operating procedure for the surgical treatment of epilepsy. The Neuro was also a pioneering institute in exploiting electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study and treat epilepsy.

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, epilepsy, Neuro, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, mcgill faculty of medicine research
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Published on: 26 Mar 2017

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.

Classified as: genetics, epilepsy, Peter McPherson, Epileptic encephalopathy, Chanshuai Han, DENND5A
Published on: 28 Nov 2016

Saturday, March 26 is Purple Day, a time to recognize the effect epilepsy has on millions of people around the world. It is estimated that 1 in a 100 people worldwide have epilepsy. Of those, one in three require surgery to prevent a lifetime of seizures.  Purple Day was created in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a girl from Nova Scotia, to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone.

Classified as: epilepsy, neurosurgery
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Published on: 24 Mar 2016

Insulin has long been known as the hormone which controls the body’s sugar levels: humans who lack or are insensitive to insulin develop diabetes. Although insulin is also made and released in the brain, its effects there have remained unclear.

Classified as: brain, epilepsy, chronic pain, anxiety, insulin, anesthesia, benzodiazepines, valium, psychoactive drugs
Published on: 30 Jun 2015

The Neuro has been at the forefront of epilepsy treatment and research for over half a century. The “Montreal Procedure” developed by Dr. Wilder Penfield and colleagues revolutionized the surgical treatment for epilepsy, allowing thousands of patients to start new lives free of seizures. The use of electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the study and treatment of epilepsy was pioneered at The Neuro.

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, epilepsy, neurological disease, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, mcgill faculty of medicine research
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Published on: 26 Mar 2015

An international team of researchers has discovered a significant genetic component of Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy (IGE), the most common form of epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by sudden, uncontrolled electrical discharges in the brain expressed as a seizure. The new research, published in this week’s issue of EMBO Reports, implicates a mutation in the gene for a protein, known as cotransporter KCC2. 

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, epilepsy, neurological disease, Guy Rouleau, mcgill faculty of medicine research
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Published on: 16 Jun 2014

The Neuro has been at the forefront of epilepsy treatment and research for over half a century. The “Montreal Procedure” developed by Dr. Wilder Penfield and colleagues revolutionized the surgical treatment for epilepsy, allowing thousands of patients to start new lives free of seizures. The use of electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the study and treatment of epilepsy was pioneered at The Neuro. 

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, epilepsy, Neurology
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Published on: 26 Mar 2014

A new brain-imaging technique for a true brain workout

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, epilepsy, Neurology, brain training, MEG, Sylvain Baillet
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Published on: 20 Jan 2014

William Feindel, O.C., G.O.Q., MDCM, D. Phil

1918 – 2014

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre regret to announce the death of William Feindel, O.C., G.O.Q., MDCM, D. Phil., one of Canada's most distinguished neurosurgeons and The Neuro’s third director.  Dr. Feindel passed away quietly at The Neuro on Sunday night following a brief illness.   Our deepest sympathies go out to Dr. Feindel’s family.

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, epilepsy, Neurology, william feindel, brain imaging, surgery
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Published on: 15 Jan 2014

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
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Published on: 7 Mar 2013
Microglia

In many pathologies of the nervous system, there is a common event - cells called microglia are activated from surveillant watchmen into fighters.  Microglia are the immune cells of the nervous system, ingesting and destroying pathogens and damaged nerve cells. Until now little was known about the molecular mechanisms of microglia activation despite this being a critical process in the body.

Classified as: brain, Development, Gene, neurological, immune response, microglia, epilepsy, injury, neurological disease, pathology, trauma
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Published on: 15 Oct 2012