A vibrant research centre at the forefront of discovery

McGill CRN has a strong tradition and continued excellence in neuroscience research.

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Research groups

Performing innovative and important research in basic and clinical neuroscience.

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Neuroscience education & training

Providing excellent opportunities for students and postdoctoral researchers.

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Seminars and events

We host weekly Seminar Series throughout the academic year, with talks by international and local experts.

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Funding the future

CRN research is supported by grants from international, national, provincial and local agencies.

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The cutting edge of research

See our latest achievements in high-impact research papers, success in funding, and accomplishments of our trainees.

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Centre for Research in Neuroscience


Welcome to the McGill Centre for Research in Neuroscience!

We are a vibrant and multidisciplinary research centre located at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

The research conducted by our highly interactive research groups has led to major advances in basic and medical neurosciences.

The CRN provides training to students toward an MSc or PhD, and to postdoctoral researchers and MDs for careers in research.


Recent CRN News

  • Congratulations to Sjöström Lab members Dr. Hovy Wong for winning The 2019 MRM Photo Contest (6 Feb 2020) and Dr. Aurore Thomazeau for being awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (4 Feb 2020).

  • Congratulations to Dr. Samuel David, who was awarded a CIHR Project Grant for a project titled Ferroptosis-mediated damage in Chronic EAE: implications for Progressive MS! (Jan 2020)

  • Congratulations to Dr. Charles Bourque, who was elected a new Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community! (19 Sept 2019)

  • Dr. Yong Rao's lab published a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience titled "The Conserved IgSF9 Protein Borderless Regulates Axonal Transport of Presynaptic Components and Color Vision in Drosophila." The wood piece displayed on the journal cover page was created by a collaboration between artist Paméla Simard and first author of the study Hunter S. Shaw from fluorescent microscopy images. Congratulations!

  • Dr. Aparna Suvrathan and Dr. Jesper Sjöström were awarded the Azrieli Center for Autism Research (ACAR) Award. Airi Watanabe and Amanda McFarlan (Sjöström lab) were awarded HBHL Graduate Student Fellowships. Congratulations! (Aug 2019)

  • Claire Gizowski, in the Bourque Lab, was awarded the CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined, ranked 1st of 626 applicants), the CIHR Banting-Best/Vanier Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined), as well as the HFSP Long Term Postdoctoral Fellowship (accepted). Nick Simpson, also in the Bourque Lab, got a CIHR Doctoral Research Award. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Alex Schober in the Murai Lab, who received a 2-year FRQS Postdoctoral Award. 

  • Christina Chou, in the Sjöström Lab, received both the 3-year NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral and the 4-year FRQNT Bourse de doctorat en recherche. Libin Zhou, in the Sjöström Lab, was awarded a scholarship for outstanding Chinese students abroad. Congratulations! (Apr 2019)

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