Firsts at The Neuro

A selection of firsts at The Neuro leading neuroscience in Quebec, Canada, and the world 

  1. First to map primary somatosensory cortex (Penfield Homunculus).
  2. First to develop a comprehensive repository of brain imaging, cellular, clinical, demographic, genetic and clinical data and samples from patients with neurological disorders.
  3. First to offer a Neuroscience Nursing program
  4. Electroencephalography (EEG) was largely introduced and developed in Canada by Neuro scientist Herbert Jasper.
  5. 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.
  6. K.A.C. Elliott identified Y-aminobutyric acid (GABA) as the first inhibitory neurotransmitter.
  7. Brenda Milner revealed new aspects of brain function and through her ground-breaking studies, pioneered the field of neuropsychology.
  8. Wilder Penfield's revolutionary technique for epilepsy neurosurgery became known as the Montreal Procedure.

Notable figures

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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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