In Focus

April 2016


Dr. Lesley Fellows was recently appointed to the newly created position of Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. This appointment, reporting to the Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs, was effective as of March 1, 2016.
As Assistant Dean, Dr. Fellows will be responsible for developing and implementing a Faculty-wide mentoring program for basic scientists, clinician-scientists and clinician-educators. She will establish programs and networks to support faculty wellness. Additionally, she will assist the VP-Dean and Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs, in ensuring the highest standards of professionalism and conduct are maintained in both campus and clinical teaching settings.
Dr. Fellows’ research at the MNI focuses on understanding the basis of complex human behaviour, with a particular emphasis on the brain’s frontal-executive functions and decision-making. She also studies the loss of control over behaviour that contributes to drug addiction and obesity, as well as cognitive impairment in medical and neurological disorders. She established a novel research resource, the McGill Cognitive Neuroscience Research Registry, a database of individuals with focal brain injury that supports research on the neural substrates of human cognition. She has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, reviews and abstracts. Learn more.

Dr. Anne Louise Lafontaine was recently appointed Associate Chair – Neurology, Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill University. Dr. Lafontaine is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and Director and co-founder of the McGill Movement Disorder Clinic, which is a designated centre of excellence by the National Parkinson Foundation. Dr. Lafontaine obtained her MSc in biostatistics and epidemiology from McGill and her MD at McMaster University. She then did her residency in neurology at McGill before completing a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Kevin Petrecca was recently appointed Associate Chair – Neurosurgery, Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill University. Dr. Petrecca has been Chief, Department of Neurosurgery at the MUHC since November 2014, and holds an FRQS clinician-scientist salary award. He is a member of the Neuroscience Executive Team and the Cedars Cancer Institute Advisory Board, and is also Director of the Neuro-Oncology Clinical Trials Program at McGill University. In addition, Dr. Petrecca leads an active research program at The Neuro’s Brain Tumour Research Centre. His lab focuses on discovering mechanisms that regulate brain cancer development, differentiation, invasion and resistance to treatment. His surgical research aims to develop and validate novel technologies to optimize glioma surgery.

Dr. Andrea Bernasconi was recently appointed Group Leader, Epilepsy, succeeding Dr. Jean Gotman. Dr. Bernasconi is a native of Switzerland, where he earned his medical degree and undertook training in neurology and electrophysiology. He has been at the MNI for two decades and directs the Neuroimaging of Epilepsy Lab in the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre. He is an attending neurologist on the Epilepsy Service. Andrea’s research is devoted to the investigation of causes and consequences of drug-resistant epilepsy using novel MR acquisition and processing techniques. Methods developed in his lab allow unveiling brain lesions undetected by conventional MRI, thus leading to major improvements in the management and quality of care of patients who undergo epilepsy surgery.


Marc Lemieux (Manager Clinical Research Unit) – Jewish General Hospital Clinical Research Program (February 2016)

Miriam Kovasevic retired after 19 years as Research Technician (Cyclotron Unit) on March 1, 2016.

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