Transformative donation of $16 million establishes new autism research centre at MNI

News

A new research centre in Montreal will help lift the shroud of mystery surrounding autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and lead to the development of better diagnostic tools and more effective therapies for people with autism. Thanks to an extraordinary $16-million donation from the Azrieli Foundation, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is creating the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research.

Bell Let’s Talk to support mental health resources at The Neuro

Extra! Extra!

On Jan. 18, Bell Let’s Talk announced a donation of $250,000 the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital to fund the development of online mental health resources focused on the needs of multicultural communities.

Our sense of smell is influenced by culture

Research

When two people smell the same thing, they can have remarkably different reactions, depending on their cultural background. Researchers at The Neuro have found that even when two cultures share the same language and many traditions, their reactions to the same smells can be different.

FMSQ honours Dr. Donatella Tampieri

Kudos

The Quebec Federation of Medical Specialists has chosen Dr. Donatella Tampieri of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital as one of three recipients of its 2016 Prix d’excellence en innovations des soins de santé. The award recognizes Dr. Tampieri’s exceptional career in providing quality healthcare that is accessible, efficient, and safe.

Continuing the fight against brain cancer

Canada

According to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. It is estimated that 55,000 Canadians are surviving with a brain tumour. On Oct. 19, the Neuro is holding its second annual A Brilliant Night gala to raise money for brain cancer research.

“Big Data” study discovers earliest sign of Alzheimer’s

Research

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital have used a powerful tool to better understand the progression of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, identifying its first physiological signs. The research underlines importance of computational power in future neurological breakthroughs.

$4M boost for intellectual disabilities research

Other News

Sandra Bouchard, president of the Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation, discusses the motivation behind the Foundation’s recent $4M-gift to the Neuro for intellectual disabilities research.

Seeing what the eyes are telling us

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At the lab of Christopher Pack of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, the focus is on visual perception, specifically, how neurons communicate with one another to decipher what the eyes are seeing. Focusing on the visual cortex, the “Pack Lab” uses microelectrode recordings to listen to individual neurons as they talk to their neighbours.

Brighter prospects for chronic pain sufferers

Research

The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

Students show off neuron knowledge at Brain Bee

Around Campus

Fifty Montreal-area high school students put their neurons and synapses to work on March 15 answering questions on … neurons and synapses. The students were contestants in the Brain Bee, a day of neuroscience trivia and learning at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.