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The Neuro a Major Force with Three CIHR Foundation Grants


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced the results of the 2016-2017 Foundation Grant Competition.  Across the country, 76 research grants were approved for a total investment of $199,659,488.  The Neuro is well represented with three grant recipients: Boris Bernhardt, Edward Fon and Peter McPherson.  Collectively, the trio represents an impressive 20% of the 14 recipients in Québec.


Congratulations to the trio!


See complete competition results.




Brains are More Plastic than We Thought


Practice might not always make perfect, but it’s essential for learning a sport or a musical instrument. It's also the basis of brain training, an approach that holds potential as a non-invasive therapy to overcome disabilities caused by neurological disease or trauma. Dr. Christopher Pack and his colleagues have demonstrated that practice can change the way that the brain uses sensory information. Demonstrating how adaptive the brain can be, could one day be applied to aid recovery from conditions like stroke.


Read more or watch an interview on CTV.






A Fresh New Look


Just in time for fall, The Neuro News has a fresh new look! We hope that our new layout adds to your reading pleasure and ease. The Neuro News is also more mobile-friendly for readers who are on the go.


Your feedback is valuable! Please do not hesitate to send us your comments and suggestions.


New Research Offers Hope for Faster Acting Antidepressants


For people with depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including Prozac and Zoloft, can take as long as six weeks to take effect. Paul Greengard’s lab at Rockefeller University in New York teamed up with Adrien Peyrache, a researcher at The Neuro, to better understand SSRIs and their effect on the brain.  The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster acting drugs.


Read more.



Detecting Long-Term Concussion in Athletes


A research team from Université de Montreal, The Neuro, and the Ludmer Center for NeuroInformatics, recruited former university athletes who played contact sports such as ice hockey and American football, to learn the differences between the brains of a healthy athletes and the brains of previously concussed athletes. The researchers’ work could have implications for current and future concussion lawsuits that are complicated by the fact that there is no objective way to determine if the neurological symptoms experienced by former athletes are caused by the concussions they received.


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Grip'N'Rip for MS


Jordan Topor and his team of volunteers look forward to seeing you on September 17th at the beautiful Hillside Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Québec, for another fun-filled tournament benefiting the MS Greatest Needs Fund at The Neuro. This crucial fund allows our researchers and physicians to help people living with Multiple Sclerosis in so many ways – from filling special equipment needs, to recruiting the next generation of scientists and clinicians, to improving front-line patient care, to financing avant-garde research projects with the potential to revolutionize treatment options. Over the past three years, the tournament has raised nearly $175,000, and this year promises to be another great success!

Be a part of the action and contact or call 514-779-7687 today!



Buy your Tickets for A Brilliant Night


Through an educational, emotional and sensorial experience, A Brilliant Night raises much- needed funds for brain cancer research at The Neuro. Buy you tickets for this epic event, which will take place on Wednesday, October 18 at Le Salon Richmond.


This chic cocktail dinatoire is the “don’t miss” philanthropic event of the year, and you can play a critical role in A Brilliant Night’s success by buying tickets or simply making a donation.


For more information, please visit our website.






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Every single day, 365 days a year, professionals at The Neuro are busy working on behalf of our loved ones. They won't rest until they find better treatments for people suffering from some of the most debilitating diseases and disorders of our time, but they need our help!


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A Fun Night for a Great Cause


Nearly $8,000 was raised for brain tumour research at The Neuro this past April by the devoted family and friends of Franco Di Giovanni at the 13th annual fundraiser in his memory!


Thank you most sincerely to all of the guests, donors, and sponsors who participated.




The Most Famous Brain in Science


Colin Holmes, a former graduate student at The Neuro, has the most notable brain in science. Also known as “Average Colin,” it has appeared in over 800 scientific papers — and more citations come in almost every week. It has been featured in studies of stroke, HIV, Alzheimer’s, and even the brain benefits of eating fish. Holmes also noted that over 1,000 labs around the world use his brain in some way.


Watch a video featuring the man behind the brain and read more here.


Holmes, in reference to his brain: “I’ve seen it all across the United States. I’ve seen it in Japan, Korea, all over Europe.”


Meet the Singing Orderly


Masmian Joseph has been a patient attendant for many years, working at the Montreal General, The Neuro, and the new McGill University Health Centre Glen Campus. He’s most famous for his unique ability to calm patients with a song.


Read more.


Joseph, in reference to patient reaction: “Just the look on their face,” he beams, “is payback enough. And they just can’t stop saying thanks.”





Zhen-Yi Andy Ou, (mentored by Dr. Madeleine Sharp) recipient of a $60,000 Parkinson’s Foundation APDA Summer Student Fellowship, for his paper, Effect of Levodopa on the Consolidation of Learning in People with PD.


Read more.



Dr. Fraser Moore, winner of McGill University’s prestigious Osler Award, for his outstanding contributions to medical education. Selected by the 2017 medical school graduates, Dr. Moore received the award at this year’s convocation ceremony on May 30, 2017. The Osler Award is a most fitting recognition of Dr. Moore’s exemplary teaching and leadership, and of his impact on all his undergraduate and post-graduate students.


Dr. Ziv Gan-Or, for receiving the 2017 Movement Disorder Society Junior Award for his research on RBD genetics and conversion to synucleinopathies. Upon accepting this distinction, Dr. Gan-Or gave a lecture at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Vancouver from June 4 to 8, 2017.





Micheline Cardinal Tremblay 1938-2017


Micheline (Cardinal) Tremblay passed away on July 28, 2017. 


With her vibrant red hair and infectious smile, Micheline was a welcoming presence at The Neuro for over 25 years.  She dedicated many volunteer hours to the patients and families of the Montreal Neurological Hospital. Her claim to fame - a mini-store program on wheels, and The Friends of The Neuro Boutique.


“I had a stroke in 1984 and I was taken care of at The Neuro,” said Tremblay. “I said to myself, when I’m ready I am going to come back to this hospital and volunteer. Five years later I returned. I love it because it is all dedicated to the patients.”


Read her complete obituary. (French)





Stroke Survivors at Higher Risk for Another Stroke or Heart Attack for Years Longer than Commonly Thought


Doctors and researchers have tended to focus on complications in stroke or mini-stroke survivors for 90 days after the incident, while new study reveals a better time range is 5 years. The finding is inciting healthcare professionals to encompass the notion of chronic disease in the medical condition’s conception.


Read the full article on CBC.



Hereditary Gene Mutations Can Be Corrected, with Implications for MS


For the first time, scientists have shown they can correct gene mutations in human embryos - a breakthrough with implications for multiple sclerosis (MS) and several other diseases.


Read the full article in Multiple Sclerosis News Today.



NFL Player Brains show Hallmarks of Neurodegenerative Disease

In the largest study of its kind, post-mortem analysis of 202 former football players’ brain reveals that 87% showed the diagnostic signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head trauma, urging leaders to protect their players.


Read the full article in Science.


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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



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