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Open Science, to accelerate discovery and deliver cures

In 1934, Dr. Wilder Penfield had the unique vision to advance medicine through patient-centred science. Today, The Neuro continues to lead scientific innovation as the first academic institute to develop and adopt Open Science.

Open Science is the concept of openly sharing data, information, tools and research results, and eliminating barriers to collaboration around the world.

The Neuro’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) establishes us as a leader and living lab for Open Science, with the goals of:

  1. Establishing best practices and developing tools and infrastructure to support sharing
  2. Expanding and measuring our impact

  3. Encouraging the global scientific community to embrace this new way of doing science.

Our People

Teams and ambassadors collaborating on Open Science
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Impact Stories

The latest on Open Science in practice at The Neuro and beyond
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The open principles and values that inspire and guide our work
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We aim to transform many brain disorders into treatable or curable conditions. Our open platforms and collaborations are helping reduce this burden and improve people's quality of life around the world. 

Clinical Biological Imaging and Genetic Repository

A one-of-a-kind open repository, primed to become the world's largest library of:

  • brain imaging
  • clinical, demographic, genetic and cellular data
  • samples from patients with neurological disorders.

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Early Drug Discovery Unit

Working in open collaboration with academia and industry partners, the unit aims to accelerate drug discovery in neuroscience and improve access to novel and next-generation treatments for people living with neurological diseases.

The unit uses patient samples to develop human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that can then be differentiated into any type of cell found within the human brain.

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Open Neuro Informatics

Open Neuro Informatics platforms make data and innovative mathematical and statistical approaches freely available to researchers interested in developing, advancing and using multimodal brain imaging methods and computational techniques to advance science.

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Open Research Platform

The platform offers rapid publication and open peer review of research by The Neuro's researchers. It includes all supporting data, as well as null results, to help facilitate reanalyses, replication and reuse. 

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The Neuro is 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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