Improving concussion diagnosis and treatment

Research

Concussions can have serious consequences, even in cases where the victim shows few symptoms immediately. Victims often shrug off a mild blow to the head, unaware that brain damage has occurred. Dr. Alain Ptito, a neuropsychologist at The Neuro, is seeking to improve the ways that brain trauma is diagnosed and treated.

Concussions are a top-of-mind issue in hockey

News

When Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty fell awkwardly into the boards in the first period of a 4-1 Canadiens win in Florida on April 5, Habs fans held their collective breath. Heading into the playoffs, the team could ill-afford to lose its top scorer for an extended period of time. But David Pearsall, a biomechanics expert, says building a better helmet to protect Pacioretty and his colleagues is a much more complex issue than just adding more padding.

Finding a new test for children with concussions

Research

Researchers at McGill, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), and the MUHC, are working to develop a much needed tool for helping diagnose concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries suffered by thousands of young Canadians – hockey and football players among them.