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Reading like a Bureaucrat

Excerpt from Merve Emre's new book, Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America. She is an assistant professor of English at McGill University.

Published: 4 Dec 2017

Birds, humans share communication link

John Sakata discusses his research on CTV News. 

Published: 4 Dec 2017

Montreal Police needs to do more to curb racial profiling

Dr. Myrna Lashley, assistant professor in psychiatry at McGill University discusses the report she authored and what efforts are being made to help fix the issues.

Watch the interview here: Global News

Published: 4 Dec 2017

The MNI forms promising Open Science partnership with Takeda

Industry and academia team up for the benefit of people suffering from ALS

A unique industry-academia partnership will increase the rate at which promising drug compounds can be tested as potential treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease with no known cure that affects 200,000 people worldwide.

Published: 4 Dec 2017

Champlain Bridge: 'Hoping for no winter and no wind' with one year to go

However, Richard Shearmur, a geography professor with McGill University School of Urban Planning, has doubts about the project and fears taxpayers will be left with a hefty bill for extras. “I don’t think anyone can tell if it will be finished on Dec. 1, but it seems that the deadline will probably be missed,” Shearmur said. He blamed the public-private partnership (PPP) model chosen for the bridge....

Published: 1 Dec 2017

Graduate Excellence Fellowship in Mental Health Research 2017 results

Congratulations to all the students who received a Graduate Excellence Fellowship in Mental Health Research.

Published: 1 Dec 2017

2017 Resident Awards Night Winners

Dear Residents and Faculty, 

On behalf of the Postgraduate Residency Training Program and the Department of Psychiatry, we would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2017 Annual Awards Night. 


Dr. Leon Tourian


Psychiatry Residency Program

Awards night 2017


Staff Prizes

Published: 1 Dec 2017

Now you like it, now you don’t

Brain stimulation can change how much we enjoy and value music

Enjoyment of music is considered a subjective experience; what one person finds gratifying, another may find irritating. Music theorists have long emphasized that although musical taste is relative, our enjoyment of music, be it classical or heavy metal, arises, among other aspects, from structural features of music, such as chord or rhythm patterns that generate anticipation and expectancy.

Published: 20 Nov 2017

Transformative donation of $16 million establishes new autism research centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute

The Azrieli Centre for Autism Research will foster innovations in therapy and a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

A new research centre in Montreal will help lift the shroud of mystery surrounding autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and lead to the development of better diagnostic tools and more effective therapies for people with autism.

Published: 23 Oct 2017

The Neuro’s top brain cancer fundraiser returns

A Brilliant Night has donated a total of $1.6 million since 2015

A night dedicated to the memory of those lost to brain cancer and in honour of those still fighting the disease will raise money for research that will lead to better treatments.

Published: 10 Oct 2017

Predicting when a sound will occur relies on the brain’s motor system

Research shows how the brain’s motor signals sharpen our ability to decipher complex sound flows

Whether it is dancing or just tapping one foot to the beat, we all experience how auditory signals like music can induce movement. Now new research suggests that motor signals in the brain actually sharpen sound perception, and this effect is increased when we move in rhythm with the sound.

Published: 5 Oct 2017

Dr. Gustavo Turecki et La Banque Douglas-Bell Canada mise en vedette sur Vice du Jour

Une des plus grandes banques de cerveaux humains au monde se trouve à Montréal. Des chercheurs des quatre coins de la planète ont recourt à ses services pour analyser des échantillons prélevés sur plus de 3000 spécimens. On est allés rencontrer le psychiatre Gustavo Turecki de la Banque Douglas-Bell Canada pour visiter les laboratoires et en apprendre plus sur ses études sur le suicide et la dépression.

Published: 4 Oct 2017

Mitochondria drive cell survival in times of need

Discovery points to possible target for cancer drugs

McGill University researchers have discovered a mechanism through which mitochondria, the energy factory of our body’s cells, play a role in preventing cells from dying when the cells are deprived of nutrients – a finding that points to a potential target for next-generation cancer drugs.

Published: 22 Sep 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