23rd Annual Brenda Milner Neuropsychology Day and Lecture


Montreal Neurological Institute Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

The 23rd Annual Neuropsychology Day and Brenda Milner Lecture honour the career and achievements of Professor Brenda Milner, an eminent cognitive neuroscientist and pioneer of the discipline of neuropsychology. The day begins at 12:15 p.m. with two poster sessions followed by trainee presentations. The keynote lecture starts at 4:30 p.m.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Marek-Marsel Mesulam as the 23rdAnnual Brenda Milner Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience who will deliver a lecture entitled "Behavioral Neurology of the Temporal Pole".

Keynote Speaker: Marek-Marsel Mesulam, MD
Director, Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease
Chief, Behavioral Neurology, Dept of Neurology
Ruth Dunbar Davee Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Neurology (Behavioral Neurology)
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, USA

Talk Abstract: Studies focusing on the temporal pole are relatively rare in the behavioural neurology literature. While the transformative work of Brenda Milner has clarified the functions of temporopolar limbic structures, the affiliations of the neocortex at the pole remained enigmatic. This state of affairs changed with the recognition of frontotemporal proteinopathies that cause extensive neurodegeneration in the temporopolar neocortex. Research in this area has led to a revision of the classic language network and to new insights regarding the role of this region in word comprehension, object recognition, face identification, and regulation of comportment. Tractography based on diffusion tensor imaging in humans and experiments based on axonally transported tracers in monkeys shows that the connectivity of the temporopolar cortex is in keeping with this spectrum of functional affiliations.

Registration - here

Call for Posters and Flash Talks

Sharing Science and Knowledge

Young scientists across Montreal have the opportunity to share their ideas and research during Neuropsychology Day. Trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral level are invited to present their work as posters or 5-minute flash talks. If possible, the poster session will take place in-person and talks will be delivered in a hybrid format.

Abstract submissions will be entered into a competition with prizes of $250 for first place and $100 for three runners-up! All presenters will also be entered into a raffle for the opportunity to meet Brenda Milner during a virtual Q&A discussion leading up to the event.

The scientific presentations are intended to ignite discussion, collaboration, and connection among the Montreal cognitive neuroscience community. We encourage you to share your most current project in any stage of development, including literature reviews, research questions, and pilot projects.

Please submit your abstract of less than 150 words hereThe deadline for submission is April 1, 2022.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific program committee. Authors will be notified whether their submission will be accepted or not by April 22, 2022.


The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is at 3801 University Street, north of Pine Avenue West, on the McGill University campus opposite the former Royal Victoria Hospital.

Montreal is served by highway Routes 10, 15, 20 and 40, and by Greyhound Bus, ViaRail and the P-E-Trudeau airport. In the city, bus and metro service is provided by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

Wheelchair access

A wheelchair accessible entrance is on University Street north of the main entrance. Another wheelchair accessible entrance is in the loading area behind the building: to enter the loading area, turn into the driveway south of the main entrance. Please note, there is no parking in the loading area.


Parking near the MNI is sometimes difficult. There are parking meters on University Street and a parking lot north of the main entrance. To enter the lot, turn right into the driveway toward Molson Stadium.

Information about parking fees

Taxi Stand

There is a taxi stand on University Street across from the main entrance. You may call a cab from the free taxi phone in the main lobby near the Security Desk.

Access by Public Transportation (STM website)


There are four bus stops within walking distance:

  • Bus 144 stops at Pine Avenue and University Street
  • Bus 356 stops at Sherbrooke Street and University Street (Nightbus)
  • Bus 107 stops at Pine Avenue and Docteur Penfield
  • Bus 24 stops at Sherbrooke Street and University Street


Take the Metro Green Line to the McGill station. Walk north on University Street and cross Pine Avenue. The main entrance is on the right, past the flags.

Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre

  • Enter main lobby turn left and go down the hallway to the end.
  • Turn right and go down the second hallway until you see another hallway on the left.
  • This hallway leads to the Jeanne Timmins Foyer.
  • On your right are the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre entrance doors.

Organizing Committee

Lesley Fellows

Gabriel Leonard

Denise Klein

Michael Petrides

Robert Zatorre

Nathan Spreng

Maiya Geddes

Debbie Rashcovsky

Sasha Kelly

Scientific Committee

Nathan Spreng

Maiya Geddes

Denise Klein

Caitlin Walker

Alfie Wearn

Dimitrios Palidis

Larissa Chiu

Contact Information

Debbie Rashcovsky
Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital
debbie.rashcovsky [at] mcgill.ca
Office Phone: 

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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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