Neuro News



Stigma Impairs Cognition in Men Living With HIV


A new study from The Neuro draws a direct link between the amount of stigma men with HIV report experiencing and their scores on cognitive tests, measuring abilities such as memory and attention.


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What is Open Science?


Listen to Annabel Seyller, Chief Operating Officer of The Neuro’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute, talk to CScience about the implications and progress that will be made possible by Open Science, an ambitious initiative in place at The Neuro.


Listen to the podcast en français (interview starts at 13:10 min)


Key Molecule For Learning and Memory Discovered


Unlike old dogs, old adults can indeed learn new tricks thanks to a protein molecule called netrin.  New research at The Neuro shows that netrin in the adult brain can make neural connections stronger, which is crucial not only for learning but also for maintaining a good memory.


Learn more!





Speech-Language Pathologist Kalyna Franko


The latest video in the NeuroXXceptional series features Kalyna Franko, speech-language pathologist for stroke and brain tumour surgery patients at The Neuro and gold medal rowing champion.


Watch Kalyna’s video (under 2:00 minutes)





NeuroXXceptional is the recipient of the 2018 McGill Principal’s Award for Team Projects.

Meet the team behind the video series


Patient Stories



Life After a Brain Tumour


One day last year, Marie-Lise Tremblay, 37, was feeling fine, walking to work at a Montreal engineering firm, joyfully thinking about the birthday of her two-year-old son. The next day, she was in the hospital, where within a week she learned that a potentially fatal tumour was growing in the back of her head.

“If not for Dr. Kevin Petrecca, my neurosurgeon at The Neuro” says Tremblay, “I would be dead.”


Read Marie-Lise’s story.


Do you have a patient story to share? Please share it with us. We appreciate hearing from you! Your story is important and can offer support or inspire other patients and their families.


Community Minded



Brain Cancer Research Fundraiser Raises Over $1M


A Brilliant Night raised over $1M for The Neuro’s Brain Tumour Program where researchers are developing personalized treatment programs, known as precision medicine. This approach allows doctors to tailor treatment to patients' biological characteristics. Thank you to everyone who supported A Brilliant Night. We hope to see you all again next year!

Watch how Neuro researchers are developing precision medicine




A Community Gives Back


The Église Missione dell’Annunziata had an inspiring and beautiful fundraiser where they raised $22,000 for research at The Neuro. Many of their parish members have been treated at The Neuro. The funds will go toward brain cancer and Multiple Sclerosis research.






A Taste for Whisky


On Thursday, February 21, warm up with an evening of whisky tasting! Guests of WhiskyFête 2019 can sample rare whiskies and taste fine food prepared by Chef Jean-Michel Baudenon. This is sure to be a whisky tasting experience like no other!

Buy your ticket(s) today! Proceeds will benefit The Neuro.


Neuro Noteworthy



Ringing in the Holidays


Faculty and staff will come together to celebrate the season at the annual Reitman Holiday Luncheon on December 7. This year marks the 71st anniversary of this special tradition, where the Reitman Family generously treats faculty and staff to a delicious buffet lunch. The festive atmosphere, the beautiful reception and a performance by The Neuro Cosgrove Choir make this an event not to be missed.




Take the Holiday Reitman Luncheon Quiz!


Can you guess what goes into preparing and presenting this annual tradition at The Neuro? Take this fun quiz to help you prepare for the next time that you invite a thousand people over for lunch! Answers to questions are at the end.


Get started on the quiz!





Emilie Antaya was appointed Patient Flow Coordinator, a new role for the Neuroscience Mission.




Jack Antel received the Premio Venezia – Science 2018, from the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada, for his contributions to BRAVEinMS.




Naomi Azrieli was awarded an honorary doctorate from McGill University. She is Chair and CEO of the Azrieli Foundation which donated $16 million to The Neuro in 2017 to establish the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR).




Sylvain Baillet received a 2018 Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neural Dynamics of Brain Systems.





Birgit Frauscher was awarded the Young Investigator Award 2018 from the International League against Epilepsy Commission on European Affairs.




Thomas Funck is the 2018 Ann and Richard Sievers Award in Neuroscience recipient. Watch a video about his research.




Angela Genge was awarded the 2018 Norris Forbes Award, which recognizes the exceptional contribution of a neurologist in the care of ALS.




Josée Lizotte was appointed Nursing Care Coordinator, Neurosciences Ambulatory Services (The Neuro and Montreal General Hospital) and Nursing Resource Centre (The Neuro).





MUHC CNCP Awards of Excellence recipients:

  • ICU Unit coordinators: Michelina Vincelli, Diana Pirajan Bohoquez: Jeanne Lamer, Zoe Yamani, Sanbo Yu, and Elizabeth Szeliga.
  • Denise Mongeau, Medical Secretary from the Brain Tumor Clinic; MNH Site
  • Sarah Zagury, Administrative Technician, Nursing: MNH Site


Pam and Rolando Del Maestro William Osler Medical Students' Essay Award recipients:

  • Aditi Kantipuly, The Faces of Lobotomy in Quebec: Past and Present
  • Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer, “Une médecine sans médecins”?: Objectivity in the Paris Clinic
  • Kacper Niburski, Imprinting Care: The Creation and Standardization of Medical Records



More Ways To Connect!


The Neuro is now on Instagram! We are looking forward to seeing your photos. You can also connect with the community and share your stories on The Neuro’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts.


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In Memoriam




Monique Ledermann


Monique Ledermann passed away at the age of 71 on November 21, 2018 following a courageous year-long battle with cancer. Monique worked at The Neuro for more than 25 years and was the coordinator for the Graduate Program in Neurological Sciences (now the IPN).


Read Monique Ledermann’s obituary


Global News


Here’s what else is new in the world of neuroscience:



The future of brain hacking

Watch the VICE video




Paralysed men can stand and walk after electrical stimulation

Read more in The Guardian




Cosmonaut brains show space travel causes lasting changes

Read the National Geographic article





Seeds of Parkinson’s disease may hide in the appendix

Read more in Science Mag


What's Your Guess 




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A: Do you give up? Learn the answer here!



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