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Don’t scan so close to me

What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazzolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”? Probably not much, to the casual listener. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two songs are highly similar. That’s one of the surprising findings of an unusual neuroscience study based on brain scans of the musician Sting.

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Published on : 15 Aug 2016

New path of discovery in Parkinson’s disease

McGill Newsroom Neuron cell death may be caused by overactive immune system  A team of scientists led by Dr. Michel Desjardins from the University of Montreal and Dr. Heidi McBride from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill University have discovered that two genes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease.

Published on : 28 Jun 2016

Decoding connectivity

McGill Newsroom It’s all math: How Professor Alan Evans is using cutting-edge statistics to unravel the complexity of brain disorders. When Alan Evans was starting out in the 1970s, researchers didn’t ask the boss to foot their bar tab. But that’s exactly what some of the coders in his Montreal Neurological Institute lab recently proposed: a 9-to-5 Saturday hackathon, held in an Irish pub a few blocks from the McGill University campus.

Published on : 20 Jun 2016

Creation of neuroscience research hub

McGill Newsroom EMC working with McGill to support data storage and visualization technologies to help with the NeuroHub project The Canadian research team that helped spearhead the international brain-mapping project known as BigBrain is about to get a major boost in its effort to produce sharply higher-resolution brain maps, thanks to technology from EMC Corporation.

Published on : 15 Jun 2016

ALS Awareness Month – June 2016

The Neuro is recognized as a major Canadian center for ALS research and patient care. During June, designated ALS Month, The Neuro redoubles its efforts to inform the public and the media about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and urges all to help support ALS research.

Published on : 13 Jun 2016

Podcast: Pedro Valdes-Sosa

By the Media Relations Office, McGill Newsroom Spotlight on neurosciences  Neuroinformatics stands at the intersection of neuroscience and information science. One of the world leaders in this discipline is Prof. Pedro Valdes-Sosa, General Vice-Director for Research of the Cuban Neuroscience Center (CNEURO) which he co-founded in 1990.

Published on : 02 Jun 2016

Victor Phillip Dahdaleh supports neuroscience research

McGill Newsroom Gift expands scholarship program at McGill with $3.5 million gift $3.5 million gift from McGill alumnus and long-time university supporter, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh, will make a major contribution to the field of brain research at the University and provide expanded support to the Victor Dahdaleh-Clinton Foundation Scholarship program.  

Published on : 26 May 2016

Brain cells that aid appetite control identified

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom ​Discovery opens door to development of new drugs to control weight gain and obesity It’s rare for scientists to get what they describe as “clean” results without spending a lot of time repeating the same experiment over and over again. But when researchers saw the mice they were working with doubling their weight within a month or two, they knew they were on to something.

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Published on : 11 May 2016

May 2016 - Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

May 2016 - Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month   Multiple sclerosis treatment and research has long been a focus at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, known simply as The Neuro, an illustrious member of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. Indeed, The Neuro introduced Canada’s first MS clinic. The clinic’s highly specialized staff employs the latest research data and treatment methods in a clinical atmosphere of innovation and progress.

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Published on : 02 May 2016

Un montréalais au secours des parisiens

Un expert québécois soignera les plaies des centaines de victimes des attentats de Paris aux prises avec un syndrome de stress post-traumatique. La méthode du Montréalais Alain Brunet, spécialiste en traumatismes, sera utilisée dans 14 hôpitaux parisiens auprès de plus de 400 patients. La Presse Partie 1 Partie 2

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Published on : 27 Apr 2016

Key mechanism identified in brain tumor growth

McGill Newsroom Discovery offers hope for more effective treatments of deadly glioblastomas A gene known as OSMR plays a key role in driving the growth of glioblastoma tumors, according to a new study led by a McGill University researcher and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Published on : 25 Apr 2016

Brighter prospects for chronic pain

The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

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Published on : 20 Apr 2016

Breakthrough in "marriage-broker" protein

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, have made a breakthrough in understanding an important protein that appears to act as a kind of cellular “marriage broker.” The protein called Netrin1 brings cells together and maintains their healthy relationships. Netrin1 plays an essential role in the growth of the human organism, directing cell migration and the formation of cell circuits both at the embryo stage and after birth.

Published on : 12 Aug 2015

Breakthrough in "marriage-broker" protein

Discovery provides new tool for understanding and treating neurodegenerative diseases

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Published on : 12 Aug 2015

Neuro awarded over $15 M in CIHR funding

Researchers get inaugural Foundation grants for high-impact, long-term programs Researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University have been awarded over $15 million in grants in the latest round of funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The grants are part of over $600 million in national funding, announced July 28 by Minister of Health Rona Ambrose.

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Published on : 28 Jul 2015