About Early Drug Discovery Unit

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE EARLY DRUG DISCOVERY UNIT

2015

The iPSC/CRISPR Platform is launched at The Neuro with an initial focus on Parkinson’s disease, thanks to a  generous $1 million gift from Mr. J. Sebastian van Berkom, and partnerships with Brain Canada, Laval University, Marigold Foundation and the Quebec Parkinson Network.


2016

New industry partnerships and philanthropic gifts to The Neuro allow the iPSC/CRISPR Platform to expand its research focus to ALS and intellectual disabilities.


2017

The first hands-on iPSC workshop is hosted by the iPSC/CRISPR Platform for trainees at The Neuro and Douglas Research Centre, in partnership with STEMCELL Technologies.

A partnership was also launched between the iPSC/CRISPR Platform and the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), combining Open Science efforts.


2018

The work of the iPSC/CRISPR Platform is featured on The Neuro's Neuro XXceptional series and in the media, with coverage from Global News Morning Montreal, Radio Canada, and McGill Med e- News.


2019

The EDDU held its second iPSC training workshop, published 2 open-access review articles (bringing their total to 3), and launched a blog on Open Lab Notebooks to share protocols and expertise.

The iPSC/CRISPR Platform is now known as The Neuro's Early Drug Discovery Unit (EDDU) to encompass all the activities that are part of the group.


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We are part of Open Science at The Neuro

We believe in freely sharing data and materials to speed up drug discovery and engage in the following Open Science activities:

  1. Open data - Publishing in open-access journals
  2. Open access - Sharing protocols and providing training
  3. Open intellectual property - Promoting open partnerships with industry
  4. Open sharing - Making our reagents available

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Early Drug Discovery Unit
The Neuro
3801 University
North Wing B150
Montreal, QC H3A 2B4
514-398-7298 
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Interested in partnering with us? neuroeddu.mni [at] mcgill.ca (Email us) 

Join

Want to join our team? Visit Neuro Careers for available positions.

For undergraduate positions, please email neuroeddu.mni [at] mcgill.ca (Lenore Beitel).

Support

If you would like to support our work, visit Neuro Giving for more information.

Get involved

Want to get involved? neuroeddu.mni [at] mcgill.ca (Email us) to find out how you can: 

  • Develop your own Open Lab Notebook
  • Create your own iPSC protocol
  • Build new software for analyzing iPSCs and iPSC-derived neurons
  • Give a talk at our iPSC Seminar Series

 

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