March 2017

Anièle Lecoq to Lead Philanthropic Efforts at The Neuro

We are pleased to announce that philanthropic leader Anièle Lecoq will join The Neuro and oversee the advancement portfolio, effective May 23, 2017. Anièle will assume the overall management of fundraising operations of The Neuro, including the planning and implementation of strategies to secure major philanthropic gifts and the stewarding of special and major gift donors.

Since September 2015, Anièle has been working at the Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland, first as Head, Institutional Philanthropic Development, and then, as Director of the Fondation CHUV. Prior to that, she spent 10 years at the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, first as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, and then, as Special Advisor to the Major Fundraising Campaign. Under her leadership, the Foundation secured investments of more than $300 million for Hospital and Research Centre projects and priorities, increased Annual Giving to $33 million, and provided strategic management for two major campaigns, with targets of $100 million and $200 million.

Anièle is an active member of various professional and philanthropic boards and associations, and holds two post-graduate degrees, a Masters in Political Science from l’Institut d’études politiques de Grenoble, and a Masters in Urban Economy from l’Institut d’études politiques in Paris.

Anièle’s depth and breadth of experience in philanthropic leadership, and as an executive leader and senior consultant in the private sector, will be tremendous assets to McGill and The Neuro.

Molecule Shown to Repair Damaged Axons

A foray into plant biology led Andrew Kaplan, a PhD candidate from The Neuro, to discover that a natural molecule can repair axons, the thread-like projections that carry electrical signals between cells. Axonal damage is the major culprit underlying disability in conditions such as spinal cord injury and stroke.

Read more about this recent discovery.

Rebooting Brain Science

With new methods for combing through huge amounts of data, the growth of open science, and $84 million in funding for the Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives initiative, McGill is embarking on a new era of neuroscience.

Read the full story.

Recognizing Rare Diseases

February 28, 2017, was Rare Diseases Day, an opportunity to recognize a class of disease that is often overlooked. In the past five years, The Neuro has made the study and treatment of rare diseases a major priority, hiring new specialists and support staff and coordinating activity under a new research group.

Learn more.

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