February 2016

Personality of the Year 2015

Dr. Kevin Petrecca and his colleague Dr. Frederic Leblond (Polytechnique Montréal) were named personality of the year 2015 in the science category by the Montréal newspaper La Presse. Learn more

Learning a Second Language May Depend on How your Brain Talks to Itself

Denise Klein and colleagues at the Montreal Neurological Institute explore why learning a second language is easier for some people. Learn more

Montreal institute going ‘open’ to accelerate science

In a news article in the scientific journal, Science, MNI Director Guy Rouleau talks about the importance of the “open science movement’ and how the MNI hopes to become the first scientific institute to be completely open with scientific data with the goal of accelerating discovery and the application of neuroscience. Learn more

Retirement of Dr. Aubé

After a distinguished career of four decades in neurology, Dr. Michel Aubé retired at the end of 2015. Dr. Aubé is both internationally recognized as an expert in migraine and widely admired for his caring treatment of patients. A great many students, patients and colleagues have benefited over the years from Dr. Aubé’s skills and knowledge. His legacy at The Neuro is truly valuable.

Dr. Aubé showed excellence from his earliest days at the Université de Montréal, where he received his BA and MD degrees summa cum laude and earned the medical school’s highest honour, the Hingston Gold Medal. After training in neurology at McGill, he joined the faculty in 1977.

Over the years, he trained a host of medical residents, earning the McGill Neurology Teaching Award four times. As a neurologist, he has specialized in Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and, above all, in migraine, becoming the country’s pre-eminent expert in migraine research and treatment. In a large body of published papers, he has described important genetic and neuropsychological aspects of migraine. His clinical expertise has made him one of Montreal’s most praised and prized neurologists.

Dr. Aubé has also been active as a member of several advisory boards and university and hospital committees, and has served as a consultant for the Quebec College of Physicians. He largely contributed to the creation of the Canadian Headache Outpatient Registry and Database.

His outstanding contributions have gained his peers’ recognition. The Quebec Association of Neurologists awarded him its Prix Reconnaissance in 2009, and in the same year he received The Neuro’s Life Achievement Award.

Register Now! Public Lecture on March 16 at 6:30 pm

Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health Public Lecture: Brain Imaging in the Information Age

Dr. Alan Evans will provide an overview of the past, present and future of brain imaging as a research tool and demonstrate how combining brain-scanning technologies with sophisticated computational modelling can provide hitherto inaccessible information about what is normal brain development and how this changes in the presences of ageing diseases and mental illness. Presentations will be in English. Question & answer (Q&A) sessions will be in French and English. Learn more

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