Daniel Guitton awarded UdeM honorary degree

Guitton’s research focuses on understanding the link between the visual and gaze movement systems

Daniel Guitton, PhD (AeroEng), PhD (NeuroSci), Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Université de Montréal in recognition of his research into the link between the visual and gaze movement systems.

A scientist at The Neuro since 1977, Prof. Guitton’s work has focused on how the neural circuits that generate eye and head movements bring the fovea onto salient features of the visual world. Prof. Guitton analyzes neural activity obtained by recording simultaneously from neurons in different visual and oculomotor areas of the brain. Another important component of his research is the study of visuo-motor deficits in neurological patients.

“I am indebted to l’Université de Montréal for this honour and also for playing a critical role in actualizing my early interests in neuroscience,” says Prof. Guitton. “My work has been made possible by a remarkable tradition at The Neuro – pioneered by Wilder Penfield, Brenda Milner, William Feindel, and their successors – whose organizational structure recognizes fundamental research, clinical research and clinical care as interactive disciplines whose overall goal is advancing our understanding of neurological diseases and enhancing clinical care.”

Université de Montréal awarded Prof. Guitton its highest distinction on Aug. 21, 2022 at the Palais des congrès.

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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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