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.



CRN Statement Condemning Racism, Discrimination, and Violence

The killing of George Floyd and many others is a sickening reflection of systemic racism, violence, and discriminatory practices against Black men, women, and children, which is unacceptable. The Centre for Research in Neuroscience (CRN) condemns all forms of racism, discrimination, and violence, and is committed to providing a safe, inclusive research environment where respect for all individuals is paramount. We at the CRN are committed to confronting these issues and we are working harder to improve education for all Centre faculty, staff, and trainees on racism, discrimination, and violence, and develop stronger training and outreach programs to achieve an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment. For example, we are collaborating with the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program to create a committee focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI). The mission of this committee will be to gather input from faculty, staff, and trainees on how the CRN and BRaIN Program can develop anti-racism and anti-discrimination policies that promote equity within our research environment and promote education and EDI training for all of our researchers. (18 June 2020)

Recent CRN News

  • Congratulations to Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang, who was awarded a career grant under the program Chercheurs-boursiers du Fonds de recherche du Québec en santé (FRQS) ! 

  • Congratulations to Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang, who was awarded the Sickkids New Investigators Research Grant from the Sickkids Foundation (2021-2024)!           
  • Hovy Wong et al. (Sjöström lab) published the review "NMDA receptors in axons: there's no coincidence" in the Journal of Physiology, see link. Congratulations! (15 Jan 2021)

  • Congratulations to Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang, who was awarded a research grant (Jan-Dec 2021) from SMS Research Foundation titled “Modulation of RAI1 stability and downstream targets to treat Smith-Magenis Syndrome”!

  • Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang was awarded a 3-year-long grant for young investigators from the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Claire Gizowski, former CRN PhD student in the Bourque Lab, for winning an Award for Research in Brain Diseases by the Foundation of the University of Zurich! (18 Sep 2020)

  • Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang was awarded the “NARSAD Young Investigator Grant” from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF). Congratulations! (Aug 2020)

  • Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang’s team published a paper titled “Dosage-Sensitive Genes in Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Neurobiology to Therapy” in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, see link. Congratulations to the first author PhD student Sehrish Javed! (Aug 2020)

  • Congratulations to Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang, who was awarded the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to dissect the mechanism and develop therapy for autism spectrum disorders associated with copy number variants, see link. (Aug 2020)

  • Dr. Wei-Hsiang Huang was awarded the “Back on Track from COVID19 Grant” from the Azrieli Foundation. He was also awarded a pilot grant titled “Neurotrophic factor therapy for Smith-Magenis Syndrome” from the Jerome LeJeune Foundation. Congratulations! (Aug 2020)

  • Congratulations to Claire Gizowski from Charles Bourque’s lab on publishing the last part of her PhD work in Nature! Also see press release. (16 July 2020)

  • Congratulations to Dr. Charles Bourque, who was appointed President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN)! (1 June 2020)

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