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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 a $675 million (CHECK) national funding announcement made July 28 by Minister of Health Rona Ambrose.

Published: 28 Jul 2015

McGill gets $91.5 Mln in CIHR funding

Researchers from McGill University and its hospital-affiliated research institutes have been awarded $91.5 million in grants in the latest round of funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Published: 28 Jul 2015

Practice doesn’t always make perfect

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain’s capacity to learn suggests there’s more to it than the adage that “practise makes perfect.” A music-training study by scientists at the  and colleagues in Germany found evidence to distinguish the parts of the brain that account for individual talent from the parts that are activated through training.

Published: 28 Jul 2015

Practice doesn’t always make perfect (depending on your brain)

Study fuels nature versus debate

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain’s capacity to learn suggests there’s more to it than the adage that “practise makes perfect.” A music-training study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and colleagues in Germany found evidence to distinguish the parts of the brain that account for individual talent from the parts that are activated through training.

Published: 28 Jul 2015

The BIC Cyclotron/PET Unit receives support from the L&A Edwards Foundation and key users

We are glad to announce that the Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation is now providing generous support to the BIC PET and Cyclotron Unit, through a grant obtained by long-time BIC user and affiliated member Dr. Petra Schweinhardt, Assistant Professor at McGill's Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain. This grant goes towards supporting the highly-qualified personnel of our Cyclotron/PET Unit.

Published: 27 Jul 2015

Course open for registration: Topics in Radionuclide Imaging

BIC Prof. Alexey Kostikov offers course on PET radiochemistry in the fall of 2015
Published: 23 Jul 2015

Are fish getting high on cocaine?

Published: 22 Jul 2015

Almost $10 million for salmonella research

It used to be that poultry was the usual suspect in cases of Salmonella poisoning. Today, however, most outbreaks of the illness come from fruit and vegetables, which become infected from the soil they grow in when that soil is polluted by animal waste or non-potable water. There currently is no method of reducing the growth of Salmonella on such produce.

Published: 21 Jul 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Annie Trepanier and Dr. Aris Hadjinicolaou!

Dear psychiatry residents and faculty members,

Please join me in applauding two of our residents who have assumed very important leadership roles.

On behalf of myself and our residency program I heartily congratulate Dr. Annie Trepanier, an R5 in our program, for taking on the role of president of the Federation of Medical Residents of Quebec and Dr. Aris Hadjinicolaou for stepping up as president of the Association of Residents of McGill.

Published: 21 Jul 2015

Dr. Dagher receives major Foundation grant from CIHR

BIC Principal investigator Dr. Alain Dagher receives $2.1M in Foundation grant from CIHR to study the brain's dopamine systems with brain imaging. Functional Neuroimaging of dopamine systems: application to Parkinson's Disease, addiction and obesity.

The main goal is to understand the function of brain systems involved in reward, motivation, learning and decision-making. 

Published: 16 Jul 2015

HIV uses the immune system’s own tools to suppress it

A Canadian research team at the IRCM in Montréal, led by molecular virologist Éric A. Cohen, PhD, made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body’s antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its own regulatory process to evade the host’s first line of defence. This breakthrough was published yesterday in the scientific journal PLoS Pathogens and will be presented at the upcoming IAS 2015 conference in Vancouver. The findings pave the way for future HIV prevention or cure strategies.

Published: 15 Jul 2015

Light can do more

Published: 13 Jul 2015

The BIC 'Colin27' brain makes history and enters museum in Europe

The Museum of Natural Sciences of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has just opened a new permanent exhibition in Brussels: 'The gallery of Humankind'. The Museum has asked Dr. D. Louis Collins whether they could produce a 3-D print of the historical Colin27 brain. This brain is that of a human volunteer scanned 27 times in an MRI, back in 1998.

Published: 10 Jul 2015

Big imaging data in action: large-scale analysis of 10,000 MRI volumes by Drs Arnold and Collins reveals fluctuations in brain size depending on time fo the day

Diurnal fluctuations in brain volume

The brain shrinks over the course of the day, ending up smaller in the evening – before returning to its full size the next morning. That’s according to a new study from BIC Principal Investigators Arnold and Collins and collaborators, based on an analysis of about 10,000 MRI scans.

Published: 9 Jul 2015

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