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

  • 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)

  • Congratulations to Dr Aparna Suvrathan for receiving an FRQS Chercheurs-Boursiers award. (Apr 2019)

  • Dr. Jesper Sjöström's team created a novel model of epilepsy relying on laser light, see paper in Scientific Reports titled "An Optogenetic Kindling Model of Neocortical Epilepsy." For press release, click here. (Mar 2019)

  • Congratulations to Dr. Aparna Suvrathan for being awarded a CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund. (Mar 2019)

  • Congratulations to Dr. David Stellwagen for being awarded a CIHR Project Grant. (Jan 2019)

  • Congratulations Dr. Aparna Suvrathan for publishing "Depressed by Learning-Heterogeneity of the Plasticity Rules at Parallel Fiber Synapses onto Purkinje Cells" in the journal Cerebellum. (Dec 2018)

  • Congratulations to The Brian Chen lab, which received $1.45M for the development of a drug-screening platform for protein expression levels. (Nov 2018)

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