August 2017

The Neuro a Major Force with Three CIHR Foundation Grants

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced the results of the 2016-2017 Foundation Grant Competition. Across the country, 76 research grants were approved for a total investment of $199,659,488. The Neuro is well represented with three grant recipients: Boris Bernhardt, Edward Fon and Peter McPherson. Collectively, the trio represents an impressive 20% of the 14 recipients in Québec.

Congratulations to the trio!

See complete competition results.

Brains are More Plastic than We Thought

Practice might not always make perfect, but it’s essential for learning a sport or a musical instrument. It’s also the basis of brain training, an approach that holds potential as a non-invasive therapy to overcome disabilities caused by neurological disease or trauma. Dr. Christopher Pack and his colleagues have demonstrated that practice can change the way that the brain uses sensory information. Demonstrating how adaptive the brain can be, could one day be applied to aid recovery from conditions like stroke.

Read more or watch an interview on CTV.

A Fresh New Look

Just in time for fall, The Neuro News has a fresh new look! We hope that our new layout adds to your reading pleasure and ease. The Neuro News is also more mobile-friendly for readers who are on the go.

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New Research Offers Hope for Faster Acting Antidepressants

For people with depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including Prozac and Zoloft, can take as long as six weeks to take effect. Paul Greengard’s lab at Rockefeller University in New York teamed up with Adrien Peyrache, a researcher at The Neuro, to better understand SSRIs and their effect on the brain. The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster acting drugs.

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Detecting Long-Term Concussion in Athletes

A research team from Université de Montreal, The Neuro, and the Ludmer Center for NeuroInformatics, recruited former university athletes who played contact sports such as ice hockey and American football, to learn the differences between the brains of a healthy athletes and the brains of previously concussed athletes. The researchers’ work could have implications for current and future concussion lawsuits that are complicated by the fact that there is no objective way to determine if the neurological symptoms experienced by former athletes are caused by the concussions they received.

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