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Neurovascular Team Recognized for Excellence by Profession Santé


Congratulations to the Neurovascular team who received the 2017 Inter-professional Team Prize from Profession Santé. The Profession Santé prize is awarded to a healthcare team that, thanks to its cohesion, facilitates the development and implementation of quality patient care and patient services.


Learn more about the Neurovascular team and their exemplary work!





Wilder Penfield Featured in a Google Doodle


A Google Doodle featured Wilder Penfield, founder of The Neuro, on January 26, 2018, the day that would have been Penfield’s 127th birthday. The Doodle entry introduced Penfield with this playful introduction: “You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to know why we’re celebrating Wilder Penfield’s 127th birthday today, but it doesn’t hurt!”


The Doodle was featured in Forbes, The Independent, Time and several other publications. View the Doodle or read more about Penfield on our website.








Vote Today! Neuro Researchers Featured in Two of Quebec Science’s Top-Ten Discoveries of 2017


Every year, Québec Science profiles the Top-10 scientific discoveries of the year, and the 2017 edition features two entries with Neuro connections!

  • Kevin Petrecca and colleague Frédéric Leblond’s (Polytechnique Montréal) pioneering collaborative discovery, entitled, Sonde anti-cancer.

Support the latest research at The Neuro by casting your vote in the Prix du public for the project(s) cited above.  


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A Non-invasive Method to Detect Alzheimer’s Disease May Be Near


Good news! New research has drawn a link between changes in the brain’s anatomy and biomarkers known to appear at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). These findings may provide a non-invasive test for AD even before cognitive symptoms appear.


Read about how researchers from The Neuro are working with this new research data, or watch a Global News interview with The Neuro’s Christine Tardif and and Mallar Chakravarty from The Douglas Institute.







Neuro Intensive Care Unit Four Years Without Central Venous Line Infection


Congratulations to The Neuro’s ICU team, who recently achieved an important milestone. They have succeeded in working four years without a central line infection,surpassing their own record from last year. The team celebrated with a cake on January 11, 2018.


Read more about how the team reached their impressive milestone (2017 article)!


Community Connections 


Whisky Fête – St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal Event to Benefit The Neuro


On Thursday, February 22, warm up with an evening of whisky tasting! Guests of Whisky Fête 2018 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!

Learn more, and buy your ticket(s) today!



Congratulations are in Order


Congratulations to Madeleine Paquin, past event chair and honorary committee member of A Brilliant Night, who has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for her role in leading innovation in supply chain practices and environmental protection!


In Memory 


Christopher Thompson (1942-2017)


The Neuro community was saddened by the passing of Dr. Christopher Thompson, on December 26, 2017. Flags at McGill University and at The Neuro flew at half-mast on January 19, 2018 in his memory. View his obituary.


Thompson was a Professor in the Medical Physics Unit of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.


"Dr. Christopher Thompson was an esteemed colleague, a brilliant inventor and a real giant in the field of biomedical imaging, particularly in the domain of positron emission tomography instrumentation. Together with Dr. William Feindel, Chris played a crucial role in building the foundations of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre that we know today. He will be truly and dearly missed, not only by all members of the BIC, but by a large group of ex-students and post-doctoral fellows, as well as friends and collaborators worldwide who had the good fortune to cross his path."


- Julien Doyon, Ph.D., FRSC, Director, McConnell Brain Imaging Centre


Neuro Notes 




At 99 Milner Makes Headlines


The Neuro’s Brenda Milner, whose work in neuroscience is recognized around the world, continues to be interviewed for her keen insights at the age of 99. Enjoy the latest Milner profiles:






Neuro Patient Richard Nolet Shares his Story


“There were times when I would completely blank out and lose all ability to speak or do anything for 10 or 20 seconds at a time.”


Every patient has a story, and Neuro patient Richard Nolet wanted to share his experiences. Read Nolet’s personal story.


If you would like to share your Neuro story, please drop us a line.






Neurosurgeon Featured in NFB Documentary that Explores Problem Gambling


In a new National Film Board of Canada (NFB) interactive documentary, The Neuro’s Alain Dagher illuminates the physiological aspects of gambling: how the rewards it generates bring us pleasure and act on the brain’s dopamine system.


Read more about this documentary and/or watch it online.



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