Celebrating The Neuro’s outstanding nursing staff



The Neuro’s ICU Nursing Team are the winners of the 2019 Evelyn Malowany Award for Clinical Practice


Despite a constant influx and high turnover of patients, the nursing team delivers exemplary, individualized, family-centered care and goes above and beyond to meet the needs of patients and families in crisis.

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Specialized skills and training for Neuro nurses


“Neuro nurses are a special group. They don’t focus on deficits. They focus on how they can help patients to have some quality of life and reach their goals as individuals.” - Georgia Niarchos, Associate Director of Neurosciences in charge of patient care and services.

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A Brilliant Run


2019 Scotia Bank Run raises more than $36,000 for The Neuro


Thank-you to the 98 runners who braved the rain and cold to raise more than $36,000 for The Neuro at the 2019 ScotiaBank Run (5k, 10k, half-marathon) on April 27 and 28.



Sébastien Jodoin, a patient at The Neuro, was one of the runners. “I ran a 5k race with Sarah & Camille to raise funds for The Neuro. The fact that I am even able to run at all is largely due to the excellent care for Multiple Sclerosis that I have received there. Thank you to the doctors & nurses who are helping me manage my MS.”



Read more Giving Stories at theneuro.ca


Patient Care



The Neuro partners with CareAxis to launch innovative spine program for seniors


"Spine surgeons have long wait lists, but the majority of these people don’t need to see us,” says Carlo Santaguida, a neurosurgeon who directs The Neuro’s Spine Program. “When a family doctor refers a patient to a spine surgeon because they believe that patient requires surgery, they’re right only 15% of the time.”


As a consequence, patients who do need spinal surgery are caught in a long waiting line, while those who don’t, undergo needless tests and could have their condition treated more quickly and efficiently. “We need to completely refocus how we care for these patients,” says Santaguida. “That’s why we created the CareAxis network.”


Read more at theneuro.ca




70 Years of MS care at The Neuro


The Neuro’s Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinic is critical to the care of some 4,000 patients in Montreal. A multidisciplinary team of neurologists, nurses and therapists treat patients with relapsing-remitting MS as well as with progressive MS. The clinic, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, focuses on treating patients with complex cases.


Read more at theneuro.ca




Patients at The Neuro benefit from access to the latest treatments


Gordon Kumson’s brain cancer treatment was part of a clinical trial, the first ever in Canada.


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Open Science at The Neuro



The Neuro collaborating to shape Open Science in Brazil


Brazilian intellectual property researcher Dr. Roberto Reis is collaborating with The Neuro's Tanenbaum Open Science Institute to learn about Open Science principles.


“The Neuro’s Open Science initiative is one of the most important and developed experiences in the world, so there is no better place for me and my colleagues back home to collaborate, share and learn,” said Reis.


Read more at theneuro.ca




Sharing data to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

An open science collection of data from persons at-risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) will help researchers study the pre-symptomatic phase of the disease and accelerate the develop of new therapies that could slow down the disease process. The project was performed at The Centre for Studies on Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal. It is part, along with The Neuro, of the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, a partnership of Canadian research institutions, that will store, analyze, and disseminate open neuroscience data and methods to the global research community.


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International visits to The Neuro


Montreal is 1 of 3 cities shortlisted for the 2023 World Congress of Neurology Meeting. Delegates from the World Federation of Neurology toured The Neuro facilities and the Palais des congrès de Montréal Convention Centre on May 10.



In the photo, L to R: Dr. Morris Freedman, Canadian Neurological Society; Dr. Kesh Reddy, President, Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation; Professor Ruyji Kaji, Vice President, World Federation of Neurology; Professor William Carroll, President, World Federation of Neurology; Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director, The Neuro.


Congratulations to...


David Rudko



Awarded a U.S. DoD Operating Grant of $1,051,000 for Multiple Sclerosis research. Dr. Rudko also received a Biomedical Research Operating Grant from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada for $291,600.



Birgit Frauscher, recipient of the 2019 Michael Award for epilepsy



This award, to be given at the biannual meeting of the International League Against Epilepsy in Bangkok in June, is an international award of Euro 10.000 for the best research in epilepsy of an investigator younger than 45 years old.


Read more about the award.



Stuart Trenholm, inaugural winner of the Bougie Family Young Investigator Award



This award provides $25,000 in seed funding for investigators conducting research at The Neuro who are in the early stages of their career. The funding provided through this award is to allow investigators to hire post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to support their research.



Professor Rémi Quirion, distinguished neuroscientist and Chief Scientist to the Quebec government, inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame




Rubin Gruber, BSc’65, DSc’14, recipient of the 2019 Alumni Student Engagement Award



Dr. Gruber, a member of the Leader’s Council of the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute at The Neuro, received this award in recognition of his significant efforts to support McGill students.



Neuro recipients of recent funding from the Fonds de recherche Santé Québec


Career Awards recipients



Mayada Elsabbagh




Christine Tardif




Yasser Iturria Medina


15 Neuro trainee awards


Congratulations: Isabelle Arseneau-Bruneau, Aurele Besse-Patin, Daryan Chitsaz, Vincent Gerard Francis, Luyang (Simon) Hua, Winnie Loïs Kamdem Motue, Michiel Krols, Kichang Kwak, Calwing Liao, Zhang Mingli, Junie Barbara Morquette, Casey Paquola, Matthew Pilgrim, Ricardo Pizarro, Akihiro Yamashita.




Quebec Parkinson Network (QPN) renewed by FRQS - $2.2 M


This funding, along with funds from the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN) by Brain Canada and Parkinson Canada and the renewal of our partnership with the Parkinson Foundation (US) means that the activities of the QPN will be enhanced over the next 4 years. This will allow the QPN to accelerate the recruitment of patients and make available the data collected while developing scientific activities, directly benefitting Parkinson's research and patients in Quebec.




EFFERVESCENCE recognizes Open Science work at The Neuro


Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Durcan, who was one of 10 young Québec researchers to have won the Effervescence Stars Award at the first edition of EFFERVESCENCE: The Future of Life Sciences on April 24, 2019. Dr. Durcan was recognized for his expertise and cutting-edge work on personalizing central nervous system therapies through stem cells - powered by Open Science at The Neuro!


Dr. Durcan is an assistant professor in the department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University and is a member of the Centre for Neurodegenerative disease group and Open Early Drug Discovery Unit at The Neuro.


Learn more about Tom’s work.





Autism festival brought together communities, arts and science in celebration of autism


The Transforming Autism Care Consortium’s Autism Festival  took place from April 30 to May 5 in Montreal. This unique festival brought together autism communities by showcasing local stories of inclusion, celebrating the arts and cutting-edge advances in autism research, including the latest from The Neuro.


The Montreal Gazette published an op-ed piece, Autism 'policy failure' has stark consequences for families. It was written by Antonia Maioni, dean of the Faculty of Arts and professor of political science at McGill University, as well as a member of the Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC).


Read more at montrealgazette.com




2019 Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Symposium at The Neuro


The Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Symposium sparked new ideas, collaboration and innovation, not only within McGill but across the Canadian and international neuroscience communities.


Read the symposium program


Upcoming Events


Rockin For ALS Cure, a free rock show on July 6


Show your support and help us find a cure for ALS! All donations made will go towards ALS research at The Neuro.


More info on Facebook




Triple Play Marathon will raise money for The Neuro’s NeuroPalliative Care program on July 13


The Triple Play Marathon is a Montreal-based charitable sports event consisting of back-to-back softball games over a 24-hour period. This family-friendly event aims to raise money for the NeuroPalliative Care program at The Neuro. This year's event will take place on Saturday July 13 at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park in Côte Saint-Luc.


More information


Save the Date



NeuroCaptions Contest




Winner from last month


Nat Sara, "Every move you make, every MRI you take, I’ll be watching you"


Thank-you to everyone who submitted a caption!


This month's image:



Artist Steven Spazuk is seen creating his art in the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre MEG scanner, for the Neuro-Portrait communication project.


Join our caption contest! To enter, go to The Neuro’s Facebook or Instagram profiles, and caption this photo using #NeuroCaptions. The funniest or most original caption wins a limited edition “Squishy Brain” (stress ball) from The Neuro!



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