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Transformative Donation of $16 Million Establishes New Autism Research Centre at The Neuro


Thanks to an extraordinary $16-million donation from the Azrieli Foundation, The Neuro is creating the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR). This will make The Neuro the first institute in Canada to develop a comprehensive program for autism that tightly integrates the full spectrum of research with drug discovery and the training of autism specialists, thus creating a framework for scientific advances with enormous potential for a meaningful impact on people living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and their families.


The donation was announced at a special event on October 23, attended by members of the Azrieli family, directors of the Azrieli Foundation board, Dr. Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, as well as senior leaders from McGill and The Neuro.


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A Brilliant Night Raises $1.223 Million for Brain Cancer Research at The Neuro


More than 850 people gathered for A Brilliant Night on October 18 at Le Salon Richmond for the third edition of this chic cocktail dinatoire. Attendees were touched and dazzled by mesmerizing dance numbers and innovative multi-media presentations, while they sipped on champagne and enjoyed gastronomic delights donated by some of Montreal’s finest dining establishments. It was a brilliant effort that surpassed all expectations, and when all was tallied, the total raised was an incredible $1.223 million! Costs for the event were kept extremely low thanks to those who generously donated time, goods and services and we are proud that 90% of the proceeds will be donated directly to brain cancer research at The Neuro!  In three years, A Brilliant Night has raised a grand total of $2,998,000. Congratulations to the dedicated Honorary committee who shone on this most brilliant night! 


Watch the touching video that was featured at A Brilliant Night.





At Least 99 Reasons to Focus on Brenda Milner


Brilliant trail-blazing MNI researcher Brenda Milner has been the focus of a number of feature articles in the media. You’ll know why when you read:



Happy Birthday to the Neuro!


On September 27, 1934, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital officially opened its doors! The Neuro has been at the forefront of neuroscience since then, and continues to pave the way in research, training, and compassionate patient care.

Watch this fascinating video about Wilder Penfield’s founding of The Neuro!



Research into Rare Genetic Disorder Gets a Boost from La Fondation des Jumelles Coudé


The Neuro is thankful to La Fondation des Jumelles Coudé, for their generous and loyal support of Dr. Guy Rouleau’s research into sensorimotor polyneuropathy. Their latest $300,000 donation to create Le Fonds dédié des jumelles Alexandra et Valérie Coudé, will allow The Neuro to establish an endowment fund to support in perpetuity the work of a graduate student researching a neurodevelopmental or neurodegenerative disease that appears during infancy (particularly sensorimotor polyneuropathy with or without agenesis of the corpus callosum). Many thanks to the Coudé family and their Foundation for their unwavering support of The Neuro.



Discovery Points to Possible Target for Cancer Drugs


McGill University researchers have discovered a mechanism through which mitochondria, the energy factory of our body’s cells, play a role in preventing cells from dying when the cells are deprived of nutrients – a finding that points to a potential target for next-generation cancer drugs.


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The Effect of the Motor System on Auditory Input


In a recent study, The Neuro’s Benjamin Morillon and Sylvain Baillet took a look at the surprising relationship between the auditory system and the motor cortex of the brain. Both of these systems are just different ways to describe how the brain takes an input—like a compression of the eardrum from sound—and transfers it to the region of the brain where it can be deciphered and interpreted.


Learn more in The McGill Tribune or read the related press release.



The Edge of Musical Thinking: Capturing the Spirit of Tango and Vibrato


There's a purity to music. It takes us into its own world, far removed from frustrations and challenges of daily life. But hidden within those innocent-sounding musical flourishes, there often lies a history of passionate disagreement.


Listen to what The Neuro’s Dr. Robert Zatorre has to say about the topic on CBC Radio.





A Night to Remember


Join us November 4, at 6 p.m. at Le Châteaubriand for a fundraising dinner on behalf of Stefano di Giovanni to support Alzheimer’s research at The Neuro and at the Alzheimer’s Society. Enjoy a full-course dinner, open bar, door prizes, and entertainment.


Tickets: $30 (children ages 3 to 12), and $95 (adults).


For tickets and additional information, please call Maria at 514-710-4450, Sonia at 514-984-8424, or Frank at 514-237-0583.  Donations can be made here.



Cocktail Event in Support of the Susan Cameron Cook Neuro-Palliative Care Program


Come and enjoy cocktails from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the Montreal Racket Club, in support of the Susan Cameron Cook Neuro-Palliative Care Program at The Neuro in memory of Susan Cameron Cook. You may also support this important program by making a donation.


Tickets and additional information can be found here.



High Tea with Women of Action – Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF)


Join us for the Israel Cancer Research Fund’s 12th Annual “High Tea” Luncheon on Sunday, November 26 at noon at Le Windsor Ballroom.


Keynote speaker: Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, an internal medicine physician and faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine, is the widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air. A book signing will follow the event.


Buy your tickets: $180 | Table of 10: $1,800 (valet parking included) or sponsor the event.


Proceeds from the event will fund an Israeli Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the MNI in brain cancer research, as well as ICRF’s additional cancer research commitments.





William Howard Feindel to be Honoured


On November 23, 2017, William Howard Feindel (1918-2014) will be recognized posthumously for his contributions to neurosurgical research and development of medical diagnostic equipment at the Discovery Centre’s Annual Awards Gala. The Gala is Nova Scotia’s most prestigious event celebrating the best and brightest in science and technology.


Revisiting a Heritage Minute


Rebecca Bartlett and Jim Ellwood are visiting all 87 sites featured on CBC Heritage Minute as part of a cross-Canada tour. The Neuro, as the site of the famous Burnt Toast Heritage Minute, about one of Dr. Wilder Penfield’s famous path-breaking advances in the treatment of seizure disorders, was one of their stops. The pair visited The Neuro on October 6, and were treated to a tour by Dr. Richard Leblanc.




Ambitious Neuroscience Project to Probe How the Brain Makes Decisions


World-leading neuroscientists have launched an ambitious project to answer one of the greatest mysteries of all time: how the brain decides what to do.


The international effort will draw on expertise from 21 labs in the US and Europe to uncover for the first time where, when, and how neurons in the brain take information from the outside world, make sense of it, and work out how to respond.


Read the complete article in The Guardian.



Exercise and Parkinson's


Research is focusing on the role that specific forms of exercise might play in befitting Parkinson’s patients.


Learn more!



Why Asia is Fast Becoming a Global Leader In Neuroscience


The world is on the cusp of redefining brain aging. Asia Pacific, known for countries with rapidly aging populations, has unimaginable potential to lead the charge in research and innovation for better, younger, healthier brains.


Read the complete article in Forbes.


Multiple Sclerosis: What if it All Begins in Our Intestines?


A recent article in Science & Vie discussed different research studies conducted on mice that all suggest that Multiple Sclerosis may originate in our intestines with the occurrence of specific intestinal flora.


Learn more (in French).


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