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In Grateful Recognition of Our Valued Supporters


November 15 was National Philanthropy Day! The Neuro would like to take this opportunity to thank and celebrate you – our community of donors and supporters. You continue to have a positive impact on our research and compassionate patient care.


During our 2016-2017 fiscal year, 4276 donors raised $16.3 M for research and patient care at The Neuro!


Thank you for making a world of difference to our patients and their loved ones and for being an important part of The Neuro family!




Neuro Researchers Prove that Brain Stimulation Can Change How Much We Enjoy and Value Music


Researchers from The Neuro have proven it is possible to increase or decrease our enjoyment of music, and our craving for more of it, by enhancement or disruption of certain brain circuits.


Learn more!


Read Newsweek article.





The Neuro Welcomes Long-time Supporters Vigilant - a DRW Company


The Neuro was delighted to welcome representatives from Vigilant - a DRW Company on Monday, November 6, for an informative and interactive tour, and to unveil a plaque in their honour which was installed within the Cone Laboratory for Neurosurgical Research. As long-time friends and supporters of The Neuro, Vigilant has been instrumental to the creation of the world's first chemical brain atlas, being developed by Dr. Abbas Sadikot and his team at the Cone Lab. Many thanks to Vigilant for their continued support of The Neuro.



New Neuro Giving Website Launched!


Visit the new Neuro Giving website to learn about how The Neuro’s community of supporters enhances the lives of people living with a neurological condition, and how community funds help drive research into enhanced treatments – and even cures – for neurological disease.


We welcome your feedback and hope you will check the website often for news and information about The Neuro family, events, research successes and more!





Spin for the Brain


On Sunday, December 3, from 2-4 p.m., ride to your own rhythm at a 1980s theme spin class at Spin Énergie! The class is perfect for beginners and experienced riders. Proceeds will benefit the Fun for the Brain program, a music and dance program for acute stroke patients at The Neuro.


Minimum donation for class participation: $20 (A partial tax receipt will be issued) - cash, cheques and e-transfers are accepted. Please contact Angela Moore for tickets or donations at 514-803-6691, or at



A Fête with a Twist


Join us on Thursday, February 22, for an evening featuring unique and rare whiskies! Throughout the evening, guests of WhiskyFête 2018 will also enjoy fine food prepared by Chef Jean-Michel Baudenon to enhance the whisky tasting experience. Proceeds will support The Neuro.


Learn more and buy your tickets today!




Picture Perfect Memories of A Brilliant Night


Did you miss this year’s A Brilliant Night - A Neuro signature event that raised more than $1.2 million for brain cancer research at The Neuro on one brilliant evening in October? View the photo gallery and be sure to join us in 2018, for what is sure to be another awe-inspiring event!



We’ll Always Remember You, Susie-Q


With many thanks to Sue’s family and friends, this heartfelt event raised $75,000 to support The Neuro’s Palliative Care program designed to ease the suffering of seriously ill patients through specialized consultation and comprehensive care. The money raised will fund a full-time coordinator to manage the Neuro-Palliative Care program.


Sue’s memory lives on through the kindness of everyone who attended We’ll Always Remember You, Susie-Q.


See photos of the event.


Grip ‘n Rip Raises more than $60 000


The Topor family’s annual Grip ‘N Rip golf tournament, in honour of family matriarch Joanne Topor, raised a total of $61,211 this year for The Neuro’s MS Greatest Needs Fund. Congratulations to the Topor family and their supporters.



Charity Bootcamp Packs a Big Punch for Brain Cancer Research


Christina Cuffaro raised an impressive $40 000 on September 24, 2017 at Plaza Volare, through an energetic charity bootcamp class. Funds raised will support brain cancer research at The Neuro.


It Was a Night to Remember


A fundraising dinner on behalf of Stefano di Giovanni on November 4 at Le Châteaubriand raised $6000 to support Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) research at The Neuro, and at the Alzheimer’s Society. Attendees enjoyed a full-course dinner, open bar, door prizes, and entertainment.





Fearful Asymmetry Book Launched


Paul Broca made the most significant discovery in nineteenth-century human biology when he found that speech resides within the left frontal lobe of the human brain. In Fearful Asymmetry, Dr. Richard Leblanc recounts the story of this hard-won scientific discovery based on a new reading and translation of original records by Broca, Jean-Baptiste Bouillaud, and Gustave Dax. Making many of the debates about localization available for the first time in English, Fearful Asymmetry provides a detailed account of one critical scientific success and the long history behind it.


Purchase Fearful Asymmetry on Amazon Canada or through McGill-Queen’s University Press.





Dr. Julien Doyon, who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in September 2017. 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.  Dr. Doyon came to The Neuro from the Université de Montréal, and was appointed as the new Director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre on October 1, 2017. Learn more about his exemplary work.



Dr. Massimo Avoli, who won the Canadian League against Epilepsy’s Wilder Penfield Award! Dr. Avoli will be awarded the Prize in Washington DC in December 2017.



Marie-Claude Lacroix and Ivan Boulva, who were awarded the 2017 Award for Outstanding Volunteer by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Quebec Chapter. This award honours an individual or family who has demonstrated outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of charitable institutions. This is a well-deserved recognition for these dedicated volunteers!





Blood Inflammation Linked to an Increased Risk of Alzheimer's


People between the ages of 40 and 60, who show signs of inflammation in their blood, have an increased risk of shrinking brain size as they get older, especially in areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease, suggests a recent study.


Learn more. (in French)



Repeated Trauma to the Body or Head Shown to Increase Risk of ALS


Repeated severe trauma to the body or mild injuries to the head — especially at midlife — raise a person’s risk of ALS, a European case-control study shows.


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the most prevalent cause of nervous tissue damage in developed countries. Besides functional disability, TBI carries a significant economic burden, with the associated loss of work productivity.


Learn more.



A Form of Gene Therapy is Saving Infant Lives


Babies born with SMA1 can’t suck well or lift their heads because spinal motor neurons are missing, their muscles weaken, and at some point they can no longer breathe on their own and die as a result. Read about how a form of gene therapy can potentially save infant lives.



Five Ways to Reduce your Risk of Stroke


Learn five ways that you could help reduce your risk of stroke, and keep the related infographic handy. It’s all in Science et Avenir (in French).





Donate Now


The Neuro relies on our loyal community of donors in order to unlock the mysteries behind some of the most devastating neurological diseases and disorders of our time, and to help the patients and families affected by them. Your donation can make all the difference to the future of neurological care. Please give generously!



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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