October 2016
The Neuro News is a monthly newsletter highlighting activities at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.




Dr. Douglas Arnold Wins a Collaborative Network Award for MS Research

A team led by Dr. Douglas Arnold, which includes 16 investigators from The Netherlands, the U.K., the U.S., and Switzerland, was awarded a  $6.1 million Collaborative Network Award from the International Progressive MS Alliance in the global effort to end progressive MS. Learn more about Dr. Arnold’s project, Identifying a Biomarker of Disability Progression for Use in Clinical Trials.



Community Connections


Tickets for A Brilliant Night are Going Fast!

Tickets for A Brilliant Night, a gala fundraiser to support life-saving brain cancer research, being held on October 19, 2016, at Windsor Station, are selling quickly!


Learn more about the event, and buy your tickets today!



Neuro-Palliative Care: Looking Into the Future

On October 17, 2016, from 4-6 p.m., we will host a public event about our new Palliative Care Program that will serve to provide information and bring together communities of support in palliative care. The evening will feature presentations from Neuro experts and a family testimonial.


For more information, please call 514-398-1958, or email giovanna.caraffa@mcgill.ca


The Israel Cancer Research Fund’s Annual Women of Action Luncheon

On November 20, 2016, The Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) will host its 11th Annual Women of Action Luncheon, where inspirational mother-daughter teams, including Neuro volunteers Jacynthe and Laurie Côté, will be honoured.


Money raised from this event will help fund an ICRF Fellow from Israel to work and train under the leadership of senior medical doctors at The Neuro. Learn more in the ICRF Newsletter or on the ICRF website, and purchase event tickets here.  


Get Ready to Sweat it Out For MS!

Coach J of Re-Charge Fitness will be hosting an extra-special bootcamp class at Le Rinque (5832 Cote de Liesse) on October 8, 2016 at 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit MS research and patient care at The Neuro. All ages and fitness levels are welcome to sweat it out for this great cause! Learn more, or register by contacting Julien at 450-419-0667.



Formes et images

Together with their friends and family, Mrs. Pearl and Mr. Mortimer Levy raised more than $13,000 for Dr. Angela Genge’s ALS research fund through their sculpture and photography vernissage in early September! Their incredible generosity and hard work means that Dr. Genge and The Neuro’s Clinical Research Unit can continue to search for more effective treatments for patients struggling with ALS – one of the most devastating diseases of our time. Thank you so very much to the Levys and to all of their wonderful supporters for making a difference for patients and families!



Tasting the City

A huge thanks to Nick De Palma, Vince Lacroce, and the entire Tasting the City organizing committee for putting together a spectacular evening to benefit Alzheimer’s research and care in Montreal! Not only were guests treated to seven delicious courses of food and wine, but they also heard moving testimonials about what it’s like to have loved ones fade away because of dementia. The inaugural event raised an unprecedented $90,000 for research into the disease that will affect one in five. Next year’s gala promises to be even bigger and better, so stay tuned to hear what Nick and Vince have planned!



Neuro Staff Appreciation Day

On September 21, 2016, staff and faculty from The Neuro were invited to participate in Staff Appreciation Day at Percival Molson Stadium. A beautiful sunny day set the perfect backdrop for an afternoon featuring lunch from some of Montreal's most celebrated food trucks, socializing, and fun games - all in the great outdoors!  Check out our Facebook page for more photos!



In Focus


The Neuro Welcomes Annabel Seyller to The Neuro

The Neuro is happy to introduce Mrs. Annabel Seyller, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for The Neuro’s Open Science Initiative. As COO, Mrs. Seyller will be responsible for internal operations and scientific coordination for Open Science.  A seasoned professional with a broad background, Mrs. Seyller has more than 15 years’ experience in innovation management, government relations, strategic planning, business development, and implementation of ground-breaking initiatives.



About Brenda Milner and the Famous Patient HM

Enjoy this unique essay by Montreal author, Louise Fabiani, which includes excerpts from an interview with Brenda Milner, as well as reviews of two books that feature the legacy of famous patient HM.



Faces of The Neuro


Did you catch the latest #NeuroProfiles on The Neuro’s Facebook page? Read all about the people who make The Neuro a special place, including:

  • Yvonne Yau, completing her PhD at The Neuro
  • Todd Byford, Carpenter
  • Philippe Séguéla, Associate Professor

Do you want to acknowledge a student or staff member through #NeuroProfiles?  Send us an email!



Fast Facts


Did you know that The Neuro recently celebrated a birthday? On September 27, 2016, The Neuro celebrated its 82nd Birthday!


It is estimated that almost 20% of Baby-Boomers will suffer from Alzheimer's disease and related disorders during their lifetimes. Montreal Alzheimer Research for a Cure (MARC) is dedicated to raising funds to support local research into treatment and a cure. Learn more and donate now!


Do you want to stay on top of all things Neuro? Our Facebook page is regularly updated with the latest news and information.


Brain Facts


Games That People Play

Have you been buying into the idea that playing specific games can train your brain to improve your memory and/or other cognitive functions? Read about how brain game claims just failed a big scientific test.


Credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR



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The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital — The Neuro, is a unique academic medical centre dedicated to neuroscience. Founded in 1934, The Neuro is recognized internationally for integrating research, compassionate patient care and advanced training, all key to advances in science and medicine. The Neuro is a research and teaching institute of McGill University and forms the basis for the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre.  For more information, visit theneuro.ca.


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