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Erasure of negative memories one step closer to reality

Different forms of memory exist in the same neuron and can be manipulated separately

 

Scientists have known for some time that a memory is stored in the brain through changes in the strength of particular synapses, the structures that pass signals between neurons. However, how the change in strength persisted remained a mystery. Solving this mystery has important implications for remedying neurological and psychological disorders.

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Published: 27 Jun 2017

Inspiring Indigenous youth leaders to pursue careers in health care

On May 19th, the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SCSIL) welcomed Indigenous youth leaders (First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and Native American) from the Eagle Spirit Camp for a half-day of hands-on workshops and activities organized by Dr. Kent Saylor of the McGill Faculty of Medicine.  During the morning lecture, a group of 25 students aged 13 to 17 years old attended a lecture by health care professionals to learn about careers in nursing and medicine....

Published: 21 Jun 2017

Teaching Home Care in the Simulated Apartment

Teaching Home Care in the Simulated Apartment

As the average age of the population rises, care is moving out of the hospitals and into the homes. Home care may be an option for patients who are recovering after a hospital stay, or for individuals who are dealing with an illness and want to remain at home for as long as safely possible to maintain their existing lifestyle and independence.

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Published: 19 Jun 2017

Better treatment for brain injury patients

Neuronavigation allows more accurate catheter placements, less surgical complications

Traumatic brain injury is a life-threatening condition that requires fast and accurate intervention. A protocol for a new tool developed by Medtronic Navigation with the help of researchers at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is allowing surgeons to deliver better care than ever.

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Published: 13 Jun 2017

Dr. Eric Latimer awarded 2017 Royal College - McLaughlin Gallie Visiting Professorship

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Latimer who was awarded the 2017 Royal College McLaughlin Gallie Visiting Professorship.

To read more, please visit (Profs from the UK & Montreal net 2017 visiting professorships) or (Des enseignants du R.-U. et de Montréal parmi les professeurs invités de 2017).

Published: 13 Jun 2017

Douglas Institute and McGill Psychiatry Student Research Day Award Winners

Douglas Institute Students

Oral Presentations:

1st (Prix d'excellence du FRQ-S): Scott Bell (Dr. Carl Ernst's lab)

2nd: Chloé Nobis (Dr. Nicolas Cermakian's lab)

3rd: Santiago Cuesta (Cecilia Flores' lab)

 

Poster Presentations:

1st: Abdelhalim Elsiekh (Dr. Natasha Rajah's lab)

2nd: Lauren Reynolds (Dr. Cecilia Flores' lab)

 

McGill Graduate Psychiatry Students:

Oral Presentations:

Published: 7 Jun 2017

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Much work to be done to improve diagnosis and treatment

When NHL star player Sidney Crosby suffered a concussion during a game in May – the fourth concussion of his career – the news made nationwide headlines. A few years earlier, a concussion had kept the Pittsburgh Penguins star off the ice for ten months.

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Published: 7 Jun 2017

ALS – Fostering awareness of a devastating disease

ALS takes away the patient’s motor functions one at a time, and the progress of finding effective drugs to counter its insidious effects has been slow. June is ALS Month, a good time to update the public on the latest developments in ALS research taking place at The Neuro.

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) is recognized as a leading Canadian centre for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) as well as for its care of ALS patients.

Published: 2 Jun 2017

June is Stroke Month

The Neuro is an important centre for stroke care in Montreal

 

The Montreal Neurological Institute (The Neuro) is marking Stroke Month in June to increase public awareness about the dangers of this serious condition, and the importance of early intervention. A Canadian suffers a stroke every ten minutes. Each year, about 14,000 Canadians die of stroke, making stroke the third-leading cause of death in this country.

Published: 1 Jun 2017

International Human Epigenome Consortium studies mark major step forward for epigenetics research

One of the great mysteries in biology is how the many different cell types that make up our bodies are derived from a single cell and from one DNA sequence, or genome. We have learned a lot from studying the human genome, but have only partially unveiled the processes underlying cell determination. The identity of each cell type is largely defined by an instructive layer of molecular annotations on top of the genome – the epigenome – which acts as a blueprint unique to each cell type and developmental stage.

Published: 17 Nov 2016

New hope for treatment of multiple sclerosis

A new study led by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the MUHC, gets closer to identifying the mechanisms responsible for multiple sclerosis and makes headway in the search for better treatments.

Published: 23 Oct 2015

Medical cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain

“This is the first and largest study of the long term safety of medical cannabis use by patients suffering from chronic pain ever conducted,” says lead author, Dr. Ware, pain specialist at the Montreal General Hospital of the MUHC and associate professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University. “We found that medical cannabis, when used by patients who are experienced users, and as part of a monitored treatment program for chronic pain over one year, appears to have a reasonable safety profile.”

Published: 29 Sep 2015

Rosalind Goodman loses battle with cancer

McGill University is mourning the passing of Rosalind Goodman, a devoted alumna, generous philanthropist, and tireless volunteer, who committed herself to energizing cancer research activities at McGill and to educating others about the disease. It is an illness she fought and survived in 2007, but one that ultimately took her life on Monday, Aug. 11.

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Published: 12 Aug 2014

An Anxious History of Valium

What a drag it is getting old—or is it? Valium's heyday is long past, but it lives on as a cultural icon

"Mother needs something today to calm her down," goes the 1966 Rolling Stones hit "Mother's Little Helper." "And though she's not really ill, there's a little yellow pill."

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Published: 19 Nov 2013

Prostate cancer: Québec injects $3.7 million into research

The Government of Québec awarded nearly $1.8 million to researchers at l'Université Laval for a study related to prostate cancer that will focus on the links between the environment and this form of cancer. Overall, $3.7 million will be invested into this work, taking into account other funding received....

Published: 6 Nov 2013

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