Alumni dinner in Hong Kong
On the first day of the trip, Guy Rouleau, director of The Neuro, and Ted Fon, The Neuro's scientific director attended a McGill Alumni dinner in Hong Kong where Rouleau gave a talk about research at The Neuro.
Signing of agreement in Chengdu
On April 20 The Neuro strengthened an existing partnership with the signing of a memorandum of understanding in Chengdu.
Partners in the agreement include The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) of McGill University, The Cuban Neuroscience Center, The University of Electronic Sciences and Technology of China, The West China Hospital, and The Tianfu New Area of Chengdu (TFNA).
Under the MOU, the partners agree to exchange faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, conduct joint research activities and publications, and exchange academic and scientific materials. They also agree to establish integrated neuroinformatics platforms to make sharing of neurological data easier, powered by the CBRAIN/LORIS software developed at McGill University.
To achieve the goals outlined in the MOU, the partner organizations will form a steering committee tasked with writing a plan to integrate the neuroinformatics platforms and to create an International Project for Precision Medicine in Aging.
This agreement is a continuation of previous collaborations between the partners, including The Trinational Axis in Normal and Pathological Cognitive Aging, a collaboration to uncover the basic mechanisms of dementia, to identify biomarkers for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, to accelerate the translation of research findings into clinical use, and to assess the connections between dementia and differing lifestyles.