Neuro News



Focus on Brain Tumor Research and Care at The Neuro


An estimated 27 Canadians a day are diagnosed with a brain tumour. This Brain Tumour Awareness Week (Oct 20 – 27) we recognize the toll this disease takes on patients and the work being done to improve their quality of life.


Read patient Guillaume Marcoux’s story in Journal de Montreal (In French)


Targeting stem cells

Researchers at The Neuro have made an important discovery that brain cancer begins in stem cells, and that targeting them may prevent tumour growth. This ambitious project was made possible by support from brain cancer fundraiser A Brilliant Night.


First in Canada

Dr. Kevin Petrecca has just recently performed the first ever brain surgery of its kind in Canada, using intra-operative radiotherapy, part of an international clinical trial.


Watch the TVA report about the surgery (In French)

Read an interview with Kevin about being a physician-scientist

Learn more about brain cancer research and treatment at The Neuro







New ALS Drug


Health Canada has approved a new ALS drug that is showing potential to slow progress of the fatal disease. Generically known as Edaravone, its brand name is Radicava and it is the first promising ALS drug approved in Canada in almost 20 years.  "You will be able to walk longer, you will be able to take care of yourself longer, you'll be able to work longer, and you'll be able to play with your children or grandchildren longer," says Dr. Angela Genge.


Ottawa approves drug shown to slow down deadly neurological disease ALS – CBC






Open Science Aiding Child Literacy


Scientists yearn to have their work prove useful outside the lab. Open science is a tool to facilitate such a transfer. Brainstorm, a free, open science software application developed internationally in collaboration with Sylvain Baillet, was used in a study to examine the impact of child labour on literacy in Côte d'Ivoire. The study used Brainstorm in the field, reaching and collecting brain activity data from remote populations. Open science in action!

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Disease-causing Mutation in French-Canadians


This study has discovered the first French-Canadian founder mutation gene linked to synucleinopathies, a group of neurodegenerative diseases that includes Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy-Bodies and multiple system atrophy.

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Patient Stories



Living with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease


“My name is Manon Day and I am 34 years old. My first neurological symptoms appeared at age 17. I had neurogenic syncope very often, following vasovagal attack, burning sensation, trouble moving, stiffness, bladder issues and fatigue. Although I have stuttered since childhood, my disorder subsequently got worse to the point where I was slurring my words.”


Read Manon’s story.


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Cynthia Solek - Newest NeuroXXceptional


The latest video in the NeuroXXceptional series features Cynthia Solek, Research Associate in the lab of Ed Ruthazer, whose work on the early development of the nervous system has implications for autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia.

Watch Cynthia’s video (viewing time under 2:00 minutes)




Neuro Noteworthy



Neuro @ the World Economic Forum


Neuro researchers, Bratislav Misic and Etienne de Villers-Sidani presented their work at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China. It is the foremost global summit on innovation, science and technology, promoting entrepreneurship in the global public interest.

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The Neuro in Beijing


Representatives of The Neuro visited Beijing, China to sign an agreement with Xuanwu Hospital of Capital Medical University. The partners agreed to improve cooperation and exchanges, share quality education resources, and implement collaborative research projects. There is a historic connection between the partners. Xuanwu Hospital was founded by Dr. Yi-Cheng Zhao, who trained under Dr. Wilder Penfield and went on to pioneer neurosurgery in China.





Thai Physicians Visit The Neuro


A group of Thai physicians participated in a workshop to learn how The Neuro’s stroke team manage and provide care for stroke patients. The group was in Montreal to attend the World Stroke Congress.



Neuro Staff Appreciation Day


Staff came out to Neuro Staff Appreciation Day in large numbers, enjoying free lunch from some of Montreal’s best food trucks, great raffle prizes, fantastic live music and even zumba! This annual event recognizes the dedication, compassion, and tireless work of all personnel at The Neuro.





Resting State and Brain Connectivity, 2018


Neuroscientists from around the word gathered in Montreal for this major international conference, hosted for the first time in a Canadian city. The conference featured presentations by Neuro researchers as well as an educational workshop hosted by The Neuro on Basic and Advanced Brain Connectivity.

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FORCE11 Conference


More than 350 international stakeholders came together to forge new ways to communicate, share and use scientific information, in order to maximize efficiency and accessibility. The ways we communicate data are extremely important, in order to ensure that everyone can benefit from the latest results.

Learn more!


Upcoming Events




Autism Conference


Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC) aims to mobilize Quebec’s strengths in autism research to improve quality of life of autistic individuals and their family as well as to integrate knowledge in practice and policy. The 2nd TACC annual scientific conference will bring together leading scientists and clinicians in the field on October 23 – 24.

For more information: website,





Alouettes vs. Argonauts for Epilepsy


Epilepsy Canada has partnered with the Montreal Alouettes to offer $30 tickets for the football game against the Toronto Argonauts on October 28. Proceeds from each ticket will be donated to Epilepsy research at The Neuro. Put the fun in FUNdraise with the Alouettes!






Can Big Data Help Explain How Our Brains Work?


On November 13, five researchers from the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health will share how their projects are shaping our understanding of our brains, and what important discoveries their work might yield. This will be followed by a short panel discussion delving deeper into the impact on mental health, and the implications for our society.

To register, click here.



Community Engagement






Golf Tournament raises 86k


The Topor family's annual Grip 'N' Rip golf tournament, in honour of matriarch Joanne Topor, raised a total of $86,000 this year for The Neuro's Multiple Sclerosis Greatest Needs Fund. Now in its 5th year the supporters of the tournament have contributed significantly to the purchase of equipment dedicated to MS research. Congratulations to Jordan, the Topor family and their many supporters.





Alan Evans has been awarded the Le Prix du mentor scientifique 2018 by the Club de Recherches Cliniques du Quebec. The award is given annually to a professor-researcher who has made exemplary contributions to the training of the next generation of scientists. Alan was presented the award at a banquet of honour at the Château Bromont Hotel.




Gian-Luca McLelland, PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Edward Fon, has won the 2018 Best PhD thesis in neuroscience award from McGill University. Thesis: Parkinson’s disease genes orchestrate mechanisms of mitochondrial quality control.

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Heather Durham, is a recipient of a 2018 Safety Ambassador Award from McGill University. The award is given to those who have been instrumental in ensuring the safety of their unit or of the occupants of the building where they work.

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Heidi McBride is the winner of the YWCA Woman of Distinction 2018 Award for Innovation and Research. The Women of Distinction awards highlight women who, through their commitment and achievements in their respective fields, have had a positive and lasting impact on society. Heidi was presented the award at a gala at Le Windsor in the presence of Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante.

Learn more!


Global News




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What's Your Guess 




Q: What does Brenda Milner have in common with a bat?


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



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