April was Parkinson's Disease Month



Movement Disorder Clinic delivers outstanding patient care


The Neuro has created an outstanding multi-disciplinary team to deal with all aspects of Parkinson’s disease research, treatment and patient care.

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Dr. Anne Louise Lafontaine: NeuroXXceptional clinical pioneer and patient advocate


Dr. Anne Louise Lafontaine is Head of Neurology at the MUHC and Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at The Neuro. Dr. Lafontaine founded the clinic because she saw a crucial need for people with Parkinson’s disease to have the care and support of allied health professionals.

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Listening to the patient


Ben Stecher, a Parkinson’s advocate says patients have a greater role to play in research.

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Open Science at The Neuro



Accelerating drug discovery with Open Science


In the past 40 years, the model of drug discovery used by the pharmaceutical industry, while proving successful for some applications, has produced very little for neurodegenerative diseases. The Neuro's Open Science drug discovery initiative supports research by developing assays that investigate different aspects of target cells and sharing these assays with colleagues around the world.

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The Neuro and Meta collaborating on real-time custom feeds


Greg Tananbaum from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Meta visited The Neuro on April 1. Meta is an open-source and free tool that offers real-time access to papers and updates on scientific advances using Artificial Intelligence. As a pioneer and living lab on Open Science practice, The Neuro has been selected by CZI along with several other research hubs, including Stanford, UCSF and University of Michigan, to beta test feeds, share feedback and contribute to the overall improvement of the Meta platform.

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NeuroHub unlocks data for brain research


NeuroHub will provide researchers with powerful open source tools and software to explore multi-dimensional brain and health data.



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International visits to The Neuro


Delegations from Switzerland and Bavaria recently visited The Neuro to learn more about our work and explore new partnerships.




On April 4 The Neuro welcomed a delegation from the Swiss Embassy. The visit included a tour of various facilities at The Neuro: the Penfield Viewing Room, the Intensive Care Unit, the Clinical Research Unit, the Open Early Drug Discovery Platform, and the Healing Garden.



In the photo, L to R: Dr. Anne McKinney, Brain@McGill; Dr. Guy Rouleau, The Neuro; Salome Meyer, Swiss Ambassador; Elisabeth Bösch Malinen, Consul General; Dr. Urs Obrist, Senior Science and Technology Counselor.





On April 15 The Neuro welcomed members of the Bavarian Delegation who were in Montreal to learn about Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Universities.  The visitors toured the BigBrain, part of Alan Evan’s lab, The Neuro’s Open Biobank and Early Drug Discovery Platform, the new 7T MRI, and the Network Neuroscience lab of Bratislav Misic.



In the photo, L to R: Prof. Dr. Godehard Ruppert, University of Bamberg, Prof. Dr. Johannes Wallacher, Munich School of Philosophy, Dr. Florence Gauzy Krieger, WKS Bavaria – Québec / Alberta / International, Dr. Alan Evans, The Neuro, Dr. Lindsay Lewis (seated), The Neuro, Dr. Meike Zwingenberger, Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations Amerikahaus Munich, Prof. Dr. Christiane Fritze, Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dr. Stefano Stifani, The Neuro, Prof. Dr. Juliane Winkelmann, Technical University of Munich, Prof. Dr. Klaus Stüwe, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.


Congratulations to...


Dr. Sylvain Baillet appointed Associate Dean, Research



We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sylvain Baillet to the position of Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Baillet takes over from Dr. Shari Baum, who was recently appointed Vice-Dean, Life Sciences.



The Neuro and the University of Edinburgh sign partnership agreement


On March 13, at the University of Edinburgh’s Neuroscience Day, representatives of the University of Edinburgh, McGill University and The Neuro signed a memorandum of agreement to launch a new joint funding agreement.


This initiative will focus on three main areas of neuroscience research in which both Edinburgh and McGill have considerable strengths:

  • autism/neurodevelopmental disorders
  • neurodegenerative disorders
  • intellectual disabilities (studies using human induced pluripotent stem cells)

The hope is that this collaboration will lead to a long-standing partnership between the two institutions. Initial funding for this project was made available through Whisky fête – an annual fundraiser run by the St Andrews Society of Montreal.



In the photo, L to R: Dr Stefano Stifani, The Neuro; Peter Mathieson, University of Edinburgh; Dr Ted Fon, The Neuro; Siddarthan Chandran, University of Edinburgh; Dr. Derek Bowie, McGill University; David Wyllie, University of Edinburgh.



Whiskyfete 2019 raises $40,000 in support of neuroscience research


Members of The Saint Andrew’s Society in Montreal visited The Neuro on April 5 to deliver a cheque for $40,000 in support of The Neuro’s research collaboration with Edinburgh University. The funds were raised at Whiskyfete 2019 that was held in February of this year.


Visitors viewed the labs of Dr. Stefano Stifani and learned how their philanthropy will support researchers from Montreal and Scotland in their collaborations. They also took time to visit the Preston Robb Day Centre to see the new equipment purchased with funds raised at Whiskyfete 2018.



In the photo, L to R: Greg Doyle, Scott MacKenzie, Aniele Lecoq, Marilyn Meikle, Ross Aitken, Jason MacCallum, Dr Stefano Stifani, Dr. Derek Bowie.





Networking with the next generation


Sixty female high school students from across Montreal met with women leaders in science and medicine at the NeuroXXceptional Speed Networking event, held in the Bronfman Building, Desautels Faculty of Management.


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2019 Dorothy J. Killam Lecture



Cornelia I. Bargmann of The Rockefeller University delivered the 2019 Dorothy J. Killam Lecture, which recognizes the achievements of women in academia and science. Dr. Bargmann's lecture was entitled Genes, neurons and circuits: Organizing behaviour across timescales.


This lecture series is named in honour of Dorothy Killam, a major philanthropist who left her estate for the benefit of many Canadian educational and research institutions, including The Neuro.




Intel at The Neuro


The Neuro hosted an Intel training workshop on how to accelerate computational science through the use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays on April 3 and 4.  Over the two days experts from Intel gave scientists training on how to use new programming tools to improve the performance of scientific applications, including neuroimaging pipelines, machine learning, and other mathematical algorithms. Scientists from The Neuro, McGill, Concordia, Université de Montreal, and MILA Research Institute benefitted from this workshop sponsored by Dell/EMC, Intel and the Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Neurohub Project.


Upcoming Events



New festival to bring together communities, arts and science in celebration of autism


The Transforming Autism Care Consortium’s Autism Festival  will take place from April 30 to May 5 in Montreal. This unique festival aims to bring 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. 


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2019 Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Symposium, Thursday, May 2


The Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Symposium is designed to showcase the vision, goals and priorities of McGill's most ambitious interdisciplinary brain and mental health research initiative. Join us for a day of thoughtful exchange on our four research themes that will spark new ideas, collaboration and innovation, not only within McGill but across the Canadian and international neuroscience communities.






Sir William Osler's Leonardo da Vinci collection: Flight, anatomy and art exhibition


The exhibition, curated by Dr. Rolando F. Del Maestro, Osler Library of the History of Medicine runs from April 15 to June 28 on the 4th Floor of the McLennan Library Building.


A vernissage will be held on May 2, 2019 at 5:30 at McLennan Library and Dr. Del Maestro will give a presentation entitled Osler and Leonardo: Enlightenment and Libraries.


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NeuroCaptions Contest




Winner from last month


Sarah Zagury, "Pivot!"


Thank-you to everyone who submitted a caption!


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!


This month's contest:



Caveat: You can't use the caption 'Don't scan so close to me', as it was used already in a 2016 McGill website article.



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