Neuro Spotlight



Exciting New National Neuroscience Data Sharing Platform


The Neuro is a leading partner in The Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP), a new data sharing partnership that will facilitate collaboration and access to scientific data across the Canadian neuroscience community and beyond. CONP was established thanks to a $10 million grant from Brain Canada.


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Partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific will Help Fight Neurodegenerative Disease


The new academia/industry partnership of The Neuro and Thermo Fisher Scientific will work to accelerate the understanding of neurological disease by focusing on proteins that are associated with devastating brain diseases including Parkinson’s and ALS.


Learn more about this partnership!








CFI Innovation Fund Awarded to Neuro Researcher


Abbas F. Sadikot will receive more than $2 million from the CFI Innovation Fund to support the development of MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) technology for the modulation of brain structure and function. This is part of a $67 million CFI fund to support research infrastructure in Quebec.


Read more!





Family History Important Factor in Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease


A Canadian study, involving researchers at the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre at The Neuro, published in JAMA Neurology shows that the closer a person gets to the age at which their parent exhibited the first signs of Alzheimer’s, the more likely they are to have amyloid plaques, the cause of the cognitive decline associated with the disease.


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March is Epilepsy Awareness Month


Epilepsy Awareness Month (1) raises public awareness about epilepsy (2) challenges myths, and (3) helps dismantle the stigma associated with epilepsy. March 26 is Purple Day – an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy. Wear purple and get involved to show your support. Learn more about epilepsy.


Neuro Notes 



Celebrating Exceptional Women


Women scientists and clinicians are changemakers expanding the boundaries of human knowledge.  The Neuro launched an exciting new year-long video series featuring women who share what drove them to become scientists and clinicians, and what they love about their work.


Watch the first two videos featuring Dr. Lesley Fellows and Dr. Heidi McBride, and read their profiles here.






24 Hours of Giving with McGill24


The Neuro is one of McGill’s gems, and on March 14, during McGill24, we invite you to support The Neuro by making a gift. McGill24 is a 24-hour, digital fundraising campaign when alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty, and staff come together to show their pride in McGill through philanthropy.


How can you show your Neuro pride? Watch this video, spread the word, and/or donate to The Neuro on March 14!






First Minister of Wales Visits The Neuro


On March 2, The Neuro and McGill University hosted Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque, British High Commissioner to Canada, Gareth Morgan, Head of North America, Welsh Government, Andrew Wagstaff, Head of Canada, Welsh Government and Nick Baker, British Consul General. The Welsh Government now has a permanent presence in Montreal at the British Consulate General. To launch this first presence in Canada and celebrate the cultural/commercial and scientific linkages between Quebec/Canada and Wales, the delegation was given a tour of the Big Brain Atlas by Alan Evans.


Upcoming Events 



Concert to Raise Awareness for Parkinson’s Disease


On April 8, come and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of beautiful music featuring the sounds of Mozart and Schubert, as performed by I Medici di McGill Orchestra, under the musical leadership of Maestro Gilles Auger, as well as an informative TED Talk by The Neuro’s Ted Fon. This special event will help raise awareness about movement disorders.


April 8 at 4 p.m., St. Andrew and St. Paul Church
3415 Rue Redpath, Montréal, H3G 2G2, Map

Tickets: $25 or $10 (student rate). Buy online or at the door (cash or cheque).






Franco Di Giovanni 14th Annual Fundraiser


Help raise funds for brain tumour research at The Neuro while enjoying a memorable evening at the Franco Di Giovanni’s 14th Annual Social Night Fundraiser. The event will feature cocktails, dinner, open bar, midnight buffet, dancing, prizes, raffles, and auctions.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Prima Luna Reception Hall. Cocktails at 5 p.m. / Dinner at 6 p.m.
Learn more on our Facebook event page.

To purchase tickets ($125) or for more information, please call Lina Di Giovanni at 514-494-6831.






A Course in Understanding the Brain


If you have always wanted to know more about the brain, you could attend a 4-module course led by The Neuro’s Dr. David Ragsdale, as he demystifies brain myths from brain facts.


Registration is now open for this fascinating look at the brain offered through McGill’s School of Continuing Studies in April 2018.






2018 Scotiabank Charity Challenge


Help make a difference in the lives of people suffering from devastating neurological diseases by participating in the 2018 Scotiabank Charity Challenge!


This lively challenge will take place April 21-22, 2018 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Select from a 5K, 10K, or 21K course. Bring the kids, who can have fun in the 1K race!


Register today (registration is free for participants who raise more than $250)! Thank you for helping us to meet our goal of $25,000!

Call us at 514-398-5795, or email us for more information.




New at the Neuro 




Alexis Gaiptman Appointed Associate Director - Major Gifts, Development


Alexis will develop, plan and implement strategies for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, closing and stewarding special and major gifts for The Neuro. Alexis has over 11 years of healthcare fundraising experience and joined The Neuro team in February. She previously served as Director of Legacy Giving and Director of Special Events at the Jewish General Hospital Foundation. 





Congratulations to the A Brilliant Night Honorary and Organizing Committee 2016, supported by Wendy Sculnick, Partnerships and Special Events Officer at The Neuro, for winning silver in the CASE District I Awards in the Special Events category. The annual awards honour individuals and schools for producing innovative work in the area of fundraising.





Congratulations to Dr. Alexander Winkler-Schwartz for his 2018 Royal College Fellowship! Dr. Winkler-Schwartz is a fourth-year neurosurgical resident and a PhD candidate in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University. Read more!



Brain Waves 


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