A selection of firsts at The Neuro leading neuroscience in Quebec, Canada, and the world
- First to map primary somatosensory cortex (Penfield Homunculus).
- First to develop a comprehensive repository of brain imaging, cellular, clinical, demographic, genetic and clinical data and samples from patients with neurological disorders.
- First to offer a Neuroscience Nursing program
- Electroencephalography (EEG) was largely introduced and developed in Canada by Neuro scientist Herbert Jasper.
- Major neuroimaging technologies, including computer axial tomography (CAT), positron emission tomography (PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were first used in Canada at The Neuro.
- K.A.C. Elliott identified Y-aminobutyric acid (GABA) as the first inhibitory neurotransmitter.
- Brenda Milner revealed new aspects of brain function and through her ground-breaking studies, pioneered the field of neuropsychology.
- Wilder Penfield's revolutionary technique for epilepsy neurosurgery became known as the Montreal Procedure.