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Using Open Science, computer modeling, and machine learning to understand autism

ACAR Stories Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 15:36
Latest research by ACAR member Boris Bernhardt and colleagues reveals interactions between the subcortical and cortical regions of the brain differ between autistic and non-autistic people

Advances in music-based interventions for autistic children

ACAR Stories Feed - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 10:00
ACAR member Aparna Nadig and colleagues determine the "active ingredients" in music-based interventions for producing positive outcomes for school-aged autistic children in a recent study.

Thin insulation may explain atypical cortical thickness seen in autism

ACAR Stories Feed - Mon, 05/03/2021 - 11:45
A dearth of insulation around neuronal projections may explain why some parts of the cerebral cortex can appear thicker in brain scans of autistic people, according to a new study by ACAR member Mallar Chakravarty and colleagues.

New projects focused on autism

ACAR Stories Feed - Mon, 01/25/2021 - 09:32
Research will study role of hormones, genetics and immune response in the disorder

The Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR) – taking the lead

ACAR Stories Feed - Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:40
What ACAR means for people with autism: opportunities to participate in studies, access to clinical specialists, and hope for new interventions through innovative research models

Café Vienne – Take out only

Research Ramp Up Feed - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 09:09
<p>As of today Café Vienne is no longer taking orders by phone. Researchers and lab staff may go to Café Vienne for take-out only.</p> <p>To access Café Vienne you must wear a mask and take the Rockefeller elevator or stairs.</p> <p>Please note no eating shall take place in the hallways, instead consider one of the following options:</p> <p>1. The following conference rooms are approved to be used <b><u>as lunch rooms only</u></b> for research staff and students:</p> <p style="margin-left:40px">1. Chippindale Room (BT102)</p>

ACAR Appoints Associate Director (Fundamental Research)

ACAR Stories Feed - Thu, 09/03/2020 - 09:06
<p>Dr. Stefano Stifani has been appointed as Associate Director (Fundamental Research) of the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR), which was established at The Neuro in 2017. By integrating research, training and care, ACAR seeks to advance knowledge, engage in clinical collaborations and respond effectively to the needs of people with autism and their families.</p> <p>“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join such an exciting program as ACAR, which brings fundamental and clinical research together with gold-standard clinical care for patients with autism,” says Dr. Stifani.</p>

Neuro Procedure: Supervisor Guidelines and Responsibilities During COVID

Research Ramp Up Feed - Thu, 07/16/2020 - 18:04
<p><strong>July 16, 2020</strong></p> <p><strong>Neuro Procedure</strong></p> <p><strong>Supervisor Guidelines and Responsibilities During COVID</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Reminder, all Principal Investigators and their research personnel must follow approved directives in case someone develops symptoms and/or comes in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.</p> <p>Step by step directives and responsibilities are indicated below.</p>

Neuro Procedure: Updated Directives Research Ramp-up Phase 3

Research Ramp Up Feed - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:30
<p><strong>July 4, 2020</strong></p> <p><strong>Neuro Procedure</strong></p> <p><strong>Updated Directives Research Ramp-up Phase 3</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>As of July 8, 2020, <strong>all researchers</strong> who cannot perform their tasks remotely will be allowed to return to work, in compliance with all safety protocols.</p> <p>As a consequence, the restriction of a maximum of 75% of staff whose tasks require presence at work is lifted.</p>

Neuro Procedure: Research with Human Subjects - application and guideline reminders

Research Ramp Up Feed - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 11:19
<p><strong>June 27, 2020 </strong></p> <p><strong>Neuro Procedure </strong></p> <p><strong>Research with Human Subjects</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>On this page: <strong><a href="#PROCESS FOR RESUMING RESEARCH WITH HUMAN SUBJECTS">PROCESS FOR RESUMING RESEARCH WITH HUMAN SUBJECTS</a> | <a href="#APPLY TO START YOUR RESEARCH">APPLY TO RESTART YOUR RESEARCH</a></strong></p> <p>Research activities at The Neuro with patient populations and healthy subjects are scheduled to resume on July 6, 2020.  </p> <p>Note the following individuals will be excluded from participating in studies:</p> <ul><li>those with immune-compromised conditions</li> <li>those with COVID-19 symptoms</li> <li>those aged 70 and older</li> </ul><p>This plan follows the directives received from Mr. Pierre Lafleur, sous-ministre adjoint, MSSS and recommendations from the MUHC Research Ethics Board (REB) and Dr. Ewa Rajda, Infectious Diseases, Infection Prevention and Control, Division of Medical Microbiology, MUHC.</p> <p>

Café Vienne delivery service for research staff

Research Ramp Up Feed - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 17:11
<blockquote> <p>In order to serve Neuro researchers, Café Vienne will now take orders by phone and will deliver food orders at specific times to two designated drop-off locations from Monday to Friday only. Pick-up location schedule will not run during the weekend but research staff can make arrangements directly with Café Vienne, provided there is a large order.</p> </blockquote> <h2>Order Pickup Locations</h2> <p>NW L1: In front of the Elevators. Drop-off schedule: 11:45 am, 1:30 pm, 3 pm</p> <p>BTRC: Helen Penfield Atrium. Drop-off schedule: 12 noon, 1:45 pm, 3:15 pm</p>

PPE (mask and glove) supplier - discount

Research Ramp Up Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 18:55
<p>Facilities has identified a vendor in MMP that has 1.5 million civil masks in stock at a price that is almost 50% less than other masks offered through the MMP PPE Store.</p> <p>See attached flyer.</p> <p>To request a quote, contact representative, Megan McCallum at <span class="spamspan"><span class="u">megan.maccallum</span> [at] <span class="d">aquestdesign.ca</span><span class="e"><!--target="_blank"--></span></span>.</p> <p>Note that they will waive the transport fee of 5% if the accumulated orders from all the labs is $5,000 or more.</p> <p>To take advantage of this offer:</p>

Research Ramp-up Reminders and Updates

Research Ramp Up Feed - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 11:49
<ul><li>EXTERNAL VENDORS</li> <li>MAIL ROOM (Internal mail)</li> <li>GENERAL STORES OPERATIONS</li> </ul><p> </p> <h2>REQUEST ACCESS FOR EXTERNAL VENDORS<br /> Deliveries, Servicing of Equipment and other Services &amp; Maintenance visits</h2> <p>Please fill out your request using the following link:<br /><a href="https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/fdfa5c541277492da5d96310e124eb37" target="_blank">https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/fdfa5c541277492da5d96310e124eb37</a></p>

Transmission Prevention Guidelines for McGill Staff and Students returning home after being denied access to The Neuro

Research Ramp Up Feed - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 16:10
<h2>What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?</h2> <ol class="enhance"><li>Immediately wear a mask to prevent the spread of the virus.</li> <li>Isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible.</li> <li>Call Montreal’s coronavirus hotline at <a href="tel:+15146444545">514-644-4545</a> or <a href="tel:+18776444545">1-877-644-4545</a><br /> ► If recommended by health professionals, go for testing asap.<br /></li></ol>

Neuro Research Ramp-up Process and Application form

Research Ramp Up Feed - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 09:10
<h2><b>Directives for Research Ramp-up at The Neuro</b></h2> <p>Restart of research activities at The Neuro will follow the McGill University on-campus research phase-in <a href="https://mcgill.ca/coronavirus/resources/directives-principles-and-procedures-research-campus" target="_blank">directives</a> and the <a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/coronavirus/resources/directives-preventing-spread-covid-19-campus" target="_blank">guidelines</a> on preventing spread of COVID-19.</p>

Elevators - Restricted Access and Reprogramming

Research Ramp Up Feed - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 08:50
<p>As The Neuro moves into a transition phase, which includes the gradual resumption of research activities, please note that <b>use of elevators will be restricted as of Friday May 15.</b></p> <p>Please see table below.</p> <p><b>REMINDER</b></p> <ul><li>Elevator <b>maximum occupancy is 3 people</b>.</li> <li>Please respect social distancing guidelines inside the elevator and in the hallway.</li> <li>Please take the stairs when possible.</li> </ul><p> </p>

Update: Research Ramp-up Process

Research Ramp Up Feed - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 17:40
<p>We have drafted a Neuro plan and guidelines for the phased in resumption of research activities, complying with both McGill and MUHC protocols.</p> <p>The Neuro plan is currently being reviewed by the University. While this process takes its due course, please note that the first phase of research resumption at The Neuro is tentatively planned to start on May 19. </p> <p>As a reminder, each PI will have to submit a plan/apply for re-entry detailing how they will phase in lab personnel and adhere to safety guidelines. </p>

Gairdner Foundation recognizes Dr. Guy Rouleau with prestigious award

ACAR Stories Feed - Fri, 05/01/2020 - 13:45
The Neuro’s director has been a driving force in neurological disease research and Open Science leadership

Autism Awareness Month

ACAR Stories Feed - Tue, 04/14/2020 - 17:03
International collaboration and open data help bridge the knowledge gap for autism

LOG OF VISITS BY AUTHORIZED RESEARCH PERSONNEL

Research Ramp Up Feed - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:21
<p>We are committed to ensure that all Neuro investigators follow the updated directives on further restrictions on research activities, as communicated on 24 March 2020 by the Faculty of Medicine.</p> <p>By now, those of you who requested authorization to continue to perform research services after 11:00 pm this evening have received further information on what constitutes essential research services, as well as the list of your lab personnel who have been authorized to conduct essential research services.</p>

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