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HEALTHY BRAINS FOR HEALTHY LIVES

Why does memory fail us? What can big data tell us about the human brain?

Ever since Dr. Wilder Penfield founded the Montreal Neurological Institute in 1934, McGill has occupied the front ranks in neuroscience. Today, McGill Neuroscience brings together 270 scientists and clinicians, 350 graduate students and 255 post-doctoral fellows who are working to unlock the mysteries of the brain and reduce the burden of neurological disease and mental illness through fields like genetics and epigenetics, brain imaging, neuroinformatics and cultural psychiatry. And through groundbreaking open-science initiatives that share all research data with the world, they hope to accelerate our understanding of the most complex organ in the human body and the source of our selves.

CAN OUR UPBRINGING CHANGE OUR GENES?

Michael Meaney is the Director of the Sackler Program for Epigenetics & Psychobiology at McGill.

BIG DATA STUDY DISCOVERS EARLIEST SIGN OF ALZHEIMER’S

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital have used a powerful tool to better understand the progression of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD), identifying its first physiological signs.

DEVELOPING NEW THERAPIES TO FIGHT BRAIN CANCER

Compelling evidence suggests that stem cells lie at the origin of brain cancer. Understanding how a normal stem cell in the brain transforms to a cancer cell may be the key to creating new treatments. Two McGill donor-supported initiatives are on the case.

REVOLUTIONIZING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE BRAIN

McGill researchers leading a ground-breaking collaboration through the Ludmer Center for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health are modelling the human brain in all its dimensions, using a tsunami of data from neuroscience, epigenetics and statistical genetics.

THE NEW FRONTIER OF NEUROINFORMATICS

The Ludmer Center is a new global hub for big-data sharing and analytics in neuroscience at McGill and it’s leading the research revolution in neuroinformatics and mental health.