Neuro News



The Neuro gets Canada's first whole-body 7T MRI


Scientists will see the human nervous system in microscopic detail thanks to the installation of Canada’s first 7-Tesla whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner at The Neuro. The 7T MRI will give researchers an unprecedented window into the effects of neurological disease not just on the brain, but the entire human nervous system.


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The Neuro stands at the centre of a genetic revolution related to rare diseases


According to Health Canada, 1 in 12 Canadians has a rare disease, and two-thirds of them are children. On Rare Disease Day, Feb. 28, The Neuro looked back at the progress that its researchers and clinical staff have made toward understanding rare neurological diseases and looked forward to a future that gives hope of finding new, effective treatments.


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Study shows dopamine plays a role in musical pleasure


A new study by an international team of researchers from The Neuro, the University of Barcelona, and the Hospital de Sant Pau of Barcelona, reveals a causal link between the neurotransmitter dopamine and the reward responses to music.

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Open Science at The Neuro




Spreading Open Science


A new Grassroots Committee, chaired by Dr. Sylvain Baillet, has been established to grow and promote The Neuro’s Open Science initiatives. Taking our work to the next level, it aims to actively engage groups on practical solutions and resources for adopting and adhering to open research and education at McGill and beyond.


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The Neuro talks Open Science with Stanford University


Open Science works – and we’re letting people know. On February 14, The Neuro’s Director Guy Rouleau and Annabel Seyller, COO of the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI), met with Stanford University’s Marc Tessier-Lavigne and representatives from the School of Medicine to talk about how we’re successfully building a fully Open Science environment at The Neuro.





Dr. Thomas Durcan is the first researcher from The Neuro to share Open Science lab notes online


A growing team of groundbreaking scientists from around the world are now sharing their lab notebooks online. This includes The Neuro's Dr. Thomas M. Durcan, who published his first SGC Open Lab Notebooks blog in the spirit of Open Science on February 28. 'I will make all our standard operating procedures available... All our tips and tricks will be posted, from how to grow an iPSC to how to make a mini-brain.'
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Congratulations to...




Jean Gotman, PhD, recipient of the prestigious Herbert H. Jasper Award from the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society


Congratulations to Jean Gotman, PhD, recipient of the 2019 Herbert H. Jasper Award from the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society for lifetime achievement.  He previously won the Pierre Gloor award “for outstanding contributions” in 2000. 

This society was founded by Dr H. Jasper who played a leading role at The Neuro in the exploration of the brain's operation in both health and disease. The fact that these two awards of an American society are named after people from The Neuro is remarkable and emphasizes the legacy of The Neuro in Clinical Neurophysiology. The award is described here.




Lucia Fabijan, Associate Director of Nursing, Neurosciences Mission, and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at McGill University, who retired after 28 years of service at The Neuro


Lucia was dedicated to recruiting and retaining the best nurses, implementing the highest standards of nursing practice, operations. activities, and continually striving to enhance the quality of patient care. 





Marcus Arts, Director of Neuro Media Services, who has retired after 42 years of service at The Neuro


Marcus innovated and implemented advancements in biomedical photography, audio-visual equipment and video-conferencing systems, illustration software, as well as a digital archives database – significantly improving services.





Neuro XXceptional for winning 2 gold awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education


The NeuroXXceptional series has won two gold CASE District 1 Excellence Awards for the Video category, and tied for Gold for Digital Communications in the Platinum category. Congratulations to the team!


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In Memoriam




The Neuro community marks with sadness the passing of Mrs Thérèse Hahnemann in Montréal, on February 6, 2019, at the age of 66. She is survived by her sister Nicole, her cousins, and friends and family. Thérèse, who began working at The Neuro in 1978 as the first respiratory therapist, witnessed and experienced all the major technology changes in the operating room, but especially in radiology.





The Intrepids


On February 10, The Neuro partnered with the Montreal Science Centre for The Intrepids – an exciting event to support girls’ interest in science and technology, and to mark the United International Day of Women and Girls in Science. From learning how to be a brain surgeon to molecular gastronomy to video game programming, the event inspired the next generation of leaders in science and medicine!


Upcoming Events



Effervescence: The future of life sciences


Effervescence is a major event in the life sciences and health technologies sector in Montreal. Taking place April 24 and 25, it is organized by a group of 14 partners including The Neuro and HBHL (Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives). Annabel Seyller, Chief Operating Officer of TOSI and Dr. Sylvain Baillet are on the Open Science panel and Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of The Neuro, on the panel “Funding from Private or Charitable Sources.”
Effervescence aims to provide researchers, companies and stakeholders in the life sciences sector with a unique opportunity to build business relationships, participate in inspiring conferences and discover new developments in the industry, all in an experiential and stimulating environment. The  program will have a focus on B2B (Business to Business). 




Effervescence Stars Contest


Effervescence Stars aims to recognize 10 young Québec researchers who have been performing research for less than 10 years in a university, an institution or a Québec research centre and who offer services to the life sciences industry such as analytical models, validation tests, a technical platform, specialized tests, etc. The 10 recipients will have the opportunity to present, for 3 minutes, the line of services that they offer as well as their areas of expertise.


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Scotiabank Charity Challenge: The Amazing (Neuro) Race is on!


On April 27-28 The Neuro will once again participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, an annual fundraising event held in conjunction with the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal. Come run, walk, or roll for The Neuro in a 5K, 10K or 21K race. Help us reach our goal of $40,000 and continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. FREE registration to all participants who raise $250 or more!
Contact or 514-398-5795 to learn more!


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#NeuroCaptions Contest


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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