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Edith Hamel and Robert Zatorre elected to Royal Society of Canada


Dr. Edith Hamel and Dr. Robert Zatorre have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour that a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences.


Learn more about how their exemplary work led to their recognition of excellence.



Researchers Find Biomarkers in Autism


By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brains of infants who have older siblings with autism, researchers from the University of Washington, in collaboration with The Neuro, the University of Alberta, and New York University, were able to correctly identify 80 percent of the babies who would be subsequently diagnosed with autism at two years of age.


Read more in Audiology Online or in a related article in TVA Nouvelles (in French).






The Neuro Launches Open Research Publishing Platform


The Neuro is partnering with F1000, a provider of support services for researchers, institutes, and funders, to create a new open research publishing platform called MNI Open Research.


Providing a quick and open publishing option is a pillar of the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at the MNI. The goal is greater collaboration between researchers, increased data sharing, and faster development of new therapies.


The partnership is the latest step in The Neuro’s transformation to an open science institution.


Learn more.



Open Science at The Neuro is in the News


As a global leader in open science, The Neuro continues to makes headlines with its innovative approach to democratizing scientific research. Read the latest articles in the National Post and in Le Devoir (in French).


“To say you’re the first is pretty ambitious, but for all the evidence we have, we are the first.”  --- Guy Rouleau, Director of the Neuro



Sharing Expertise with Medical Students from Cyprus


A delegation of 23 medical students from the University of Cyprus recently spent a week undergoing simulation training at McGill University’s Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning, and visited other simulation centres, including The Neuro’s Neurosurgical Simulation Research and Training Centre.


Learn more.


New Collaborative Initiatives


In late August 2017, The Neuro and The Shandong Center for Disease Control and Prevention signed an agreement that will see the exchange of faculty and/or staff, and explore a collaborative project in early stroke intervention and prevention based on the current Neuro model.





Charity Bootcamp


Join Julien Hattem and Re-charge Fitness and raise money for brain cancer research by participating in an energizing charity bootcamp class!

  • Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Plaza Volare, 6600 chemin de la Côte de Liesse, Saint-Laurent

*Minimum $20 donation to participate.


Check out the Facebook event page!



Today is the Perfect Day to Plan A Brilliant Night


A Brilliant Night –– a chic cocktail dinatoire developed to raise much-needed funds for brain cancer research at The Neuro is just around the corner! Buy your tickets today and don’t miss an unforgettable educational, emotional, and sensorial experience, which will take place on Wednesday, October 18 at Le Salon Richmond.


Attend and/or sponsor A Brilliant Night or simply make a donation. Learn more!





Make it A Night to Remember


You are invited to attend a fundraising dinner on November 4, at 6 p.m. at Le Châteaubriand on behalf of Stefano di Giovanni to support Alzheimer’s research at The Neuro and at the Alzheimer’s Society. The evening includes a full-course dinner, open bar, door prizes, and entertainment.


Tickets: $30 (children aged 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.



Cocktails for a Worthy Cause


Join us for cocktails from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the Montreal Racket Club, to raise a glass in support of the Susan Cameron Cook Neuro-Palliative Care Program at The Neuro, and in memory of Susan Cameron Cook.


If you cannot join us, please consider making a donation or sponsoring this important initiative.


Learn more and buy tickets here.




A Birthday Celebration


On August 15, 2017, staff at The Neuro gathered together to celebrate the birthdays of three distinguished figures in the history of The Neuro!


Dr. Brenda Milner turned 99 on July 15, Dr. Hanna Pappius turned 92 on July 26, and Dr. Gilles Bertrand turned 93 on August 5.


The life work of these three individuals covers all aspects of neuroscience: cognitive function (Dr. Milner), surgical anatomy (Dr. Bertrand), and brain chemistry (Dr. Pappius).


Watch attendees sing Happy Birthday to the trio!


Neuro Staff Appreciation Day


On September 13, staff at The Neuro participated in Neuro Staff Appreciation Day in large numbers. The event took place at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on a picture-perfect day! This annual event was developed to recognize and honour the dedication, compassion, and tireless work of all personnel. Attendees enjoyed free lunch from some of Montreal’s best food trucks, fantastic raffle prizes, athletic games, and even Latin dancing! The mood was positive as people took advantage of the rare opportunity to gather together as a community… and play.  See more photos on our Facebook page!





Mari Jo Pires and Nicole Savoie, who have been unanimously elected by the members of the Neuro's Users' Committee to be the new co-chairs. They are both extremely capable individuals who are wholeheartedly involved with the Neuro. 



Neuro researchers Dr. Louis Collins and Dr. Austen Milnerwood are among scientists to receive grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Collins will receive $183,432 from CFI to buy equipment for The Neuro Imaging and Surgical Technologies (NIST) laboratory, while Milnerwood will receive $140,000 to aid the optical and electrophysiological investigation of neuronal function.





Yet another Reason to Pick Up a Book


A new study by Yale University found that reading books was positively correlated with increased lifespan –– people who read books lived for approximately two years longer than those who did not read books.


Start by reading the complete article.



Artificial Intelligence Predicts Dementia before Onset of Symptoms


Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute’s Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory used artificial intelligence techniques and big data to develop an algorithm capable of recognizing the signatures of dementia two years before its onset, using a single amyloid PET scan of the brain of patients at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.


Read more.



This is Your Brain… on Nature


When we get closer to nature –– be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree –– we do our overstressed brains a favour.


Read more in National Geographic.


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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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