Community Connections

April 2016

Scotiabank Charity Challenge

On Sunday, April 24, 2016, The Neuro will, once again, participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge! This annual fundraising event, held in conjunction with the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k, allows participants to raise funds in support of The Neuro.

We invite all our faculty, staff and supporters to run, walk, or roll for The Neuro by registering in the 2016 Scotiabank Charity Challenge! Help us reach our goal of $35,000 and sign up today!

Elementary school students raise over $4,000 to support brain tumour research

March is Brain Tumour Awareness Month, and elementary students at Leonardo Da Vinci Academy marked the occasion during the school’s annual Brain Awareness Week, which took place from March 7 to 11. Through week-long dress down days and popcorn sales, an exceptional $4,089 was collected by staff and students to benefit brain tumour research at The Neuro! Leonardo Da Vinci Academy has been a loyal supporter of The Neuro for over a decade, donating proceeds from their annual dress down days to help advance this important cause. Thanks to the dedication of their staff and students, this year’s fundraiser was their most successful yet. Congratulations!

To complement Brain Awareness Week, several classrooms at Leonardo Da Vinci Academy will be visited by volunteer presenters from McGill’s BrainReach program, so that they can learn more about the brain’s functions, its role in overall health, and its relationship to emotion, memory, and the five senses.

International Collaborations and Partnerships

Groupe Yellow – enabling international collaboration and Brain Repair Research

Thanks to the generosity of Groupe Yellow, the MNI and Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge Brain Repair Collaboration now have four collaborative projects that promote research and training exchanges.

  • Rgm-Neogenin signaling in the control of oligodendrocyte differentiation and myelination, Jean-Francois Cloutier (MNI)/Robin Franklin (Cambridge)
  • Intrinsic regulators of neuronal trafficking and axon regeneration, James Fawcett (Cambridge)/Alyson Fournier (MNI)
  • Investigate the contribution of netrin-1 to proteoglycan and perineuronal net function in the adult CNS, Tim Kennedy (MNI)/Jessica Kwok (Cambridge/Leeds)
  • Derivation of respiratory motor neurons from human induced pluripotent stem cells for the study of motor neuron diseases, Stefano Pluchino (Cambridge)/Stefano Stifani (MNI)

MEG joins international initiative

The MNI’s Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Unit recently joined the Brain Imaging Data Structure International Initiative (Stanford, UCL, UC Berkeley, Cambridge, etc). The goal is to harmonize the organization of shareable data repositories across labs, users and databases. This partnership will aid in preparation for the imaging aspects of the MNI Biobank.

Recent visits to the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

  • Dr Takahisa Taguchi, Vice-Director, Center for Information and Neural Networks (Osaka) – March 17
  • Visit to the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre
  • Marie Lemay, Deputy Minister and President, Economic Development Agency (Canada), Québec Region – February 4, 2016
  • Marc Miller, MP Ville-Marie, Le Sud Ouest, Ile-des-Soeurs – March 16

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