Research at The Neuro

Patients at The Neuro benefit from clinical trials

Gordon Kumson’s brain cancer treatment was first ever in Canada


Scientist Brenda Milner, born in 1918, pioneered memory research at The Neuro


Dr. Edward Fon identifies Open Science as a motor for accelerating drug discoveries

He  is the Scientific Director of The Neuro and a clinician-scientist 


Dr. Lan Xiong's main research objective is to discover the genes that influence the development of disorders such as schizophrenia and autism


Yasser Iturria-Medina applies mathematical models to the study of neurological disorders


Maryse Thomas studies auditory neuroplasticity, which is how the sounds we hear shape our brains throughout our lives


Over the last several years, The Neuro has focused more attention on research into rare diseases



Clinical Research Unit: Sign up for a clinical trial

The Neuro’s Clinical Research Unit (CRU) evaluates the efficacy of new drugs and treatment regimens. Many patients come to The Neuro because they want to have access to the newest medications and diagnostic procedures.

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Research Groups

Neuro faculty members lead international research teams that generate fundamental information that spans the full spectrum of neuroscience from cell and molecular biology to brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience.

Interdisciplinary Teams

The Neuro’s multidisciplinary teams, including an additional 220 academic staff, generate fundamental information that spans the full spectrum of neuroscience from cell and molecular biology to brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience.

The programs listed below, offered in partnership with The Neuro, provide scientists and researchers with opportunities to engage in novel cross-disciplinary research, integrating neuroscience with principles of engineering and the physical sciences.

The Neuro Engineering Program and the Rio Tinto Laboratory of Neuro Engineering

The Neuro Engineering Program is a merger of physical and biological sciences. Together, physicists, chemists, materials scientists, computer engineers and neuroscientists tackle the challenges of creating interfaces between neurons and artificial substrates to restore the function of a damaged nervous system.
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Canadian Neurophotonics Platform

The Neurophotonics Centre is a unique, state-of-the-art national facility for advanced Biophotonics approaches dedicated toward the understanding of the brain, the development of diagnostics for brain disorders and phototherapy. The centre brings together a team of researchers, scientists and staff who develop and use the most innovative methods integrating neuroscience and physics.
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GBA-Quebec Study Group (G-QUEST) – Parkinson’s Disease

G-QUEST is the first group of scientists and clinicians who are dedicated to solving the numerous challenges in GBA-PD research. Together, we aim to facilitate the development of GBA-targeting drugs into phase I clinical trials by:

  1. Using different approaches than that typically used for drug development; and
  2. Testing new hypotheses
  3. Engaging the power of the Open Science collaborative approach

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Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind Seminar at The Neuro: Mapping neuropsychiatric mutation effects on functional brain connectivity to delineate dimensions contributing to autism and schizophrenia

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Maiya Geddes

“As a clinician scientist, I deeply value the opportunity to impact the lives of patients, to work in a multidisciplinary environment and to train the next generation of experts.”


Yang Zhou

"The Neuro is an amazing place because it’s a very good mixture of basic neuroscience research and clinical neuroscience."


Xiaoqian Chai

"What excites me about The Neuro is the stimulating environment and its long tradition of excellence in brain research."


Blake Richards

"We want to use what we learn from the brain to inform new AI systems that have capabilities that machines lack."


Jo Anne Stratton

“I first became interested in becoming a scientist during my undergraduate studies after seeing my father’s disease progress to a point where he was living in a wheelchair”


Jean-Francois Poulin

"As soon as we identify the neurons that are involved in dysfunctional circuits that cause disease, we can determine the molecular signature."


Joshua Sonnen

"I enjoy knowledge for its own sake, but what gets me out of bed is that what we learn is going to help people fight some really difficult diseases."


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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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