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An exceptional donation to support autism research

Q1K: A collaborative undertaking involving 1,000 families to transform autism care

Published: 13 Nov 2019

How much do obesity and addictions overlap?

Food can trigger overconsumption similar to alcohol and drugs, but it is not the whole story

A large analysis of personality studies has found that people with obesity behave somewhat like people with addictions to alcohol or drugs. But obesity is also a complex condition that cannot be fully explained by the addiction model.

Published: 30 Oct 2019

Improving research with more effective antibodies

Scientists demonstrate flaws in protein detection tools, and outline a solution

A new study points to the need for better antibody validation, and outlines a process that other labs can use to make sure the antibodies they work with function properly.

Published: 15 Oct 2019

Surgery simulators are key to assessment of trainees

AI and virtual reality can determine neurosurgeon expertise with 90% accuracy

Machine learning-guided virtual reality simulators can help neurosurgeons develop the skills they need before they step in the operating room, according to a new study.

Published: 2 Aug 2019

Study finds Nunavik Inuit are genetically unique

Variants found in this population may predispose to brain aneurysm

A new study has found that an Inuit population in Canada’s Arctic are genetically distinct from any known group, and certain genetic variants are correlated with brain aneurysm.

Published: 23 Jul 2019

Inducing seizures to stop seizures

Cortical stimulation-induced seizures have the potential to guide epilepsy surgery, significantly reducing hospital stays

Surgery is the only way to stop seizures in 30 per cent of patients with focal drug-resistant epilepsy. A new study finds that inducing seizures before surgery may be a convenient and cost-effective way to determine the brain region where seizures are coming from.

Published: 11 Jun 2019

Neuro researchers receive early-career grants

Adrien Peyrache and Stuart Trenholm will study epilepsy and vision

Published: 11 Mar 2019

Using sleep disorder to predict Parkinson’s disease

Large international study will help select and categorize patients for better clinical trials

A large multi-centre study of more than 1,200 patients provides important predictors of Parkinson’s disease progression, which will allow better candidate selection for clinical trials and more effective therapy development.

Published: 4 Mar 2019

The unexpected creates reward when listening to music

Scientists prove difference between expected/actual outcomes cause reward response

If you love it when a musician strikes that unexpected but perfect chord, you are not alone. New research shows the musically unexpected activates the reward centre of our brains, and makes us learn about the music as we listen.

Published: 12 Feb 2019

The Neuro gets Canada’s first whole-body 7T MRI

Scanner will deliver clear images of the nervous system in exceptional detail

Scientists will see the human nervous system in microscopic detail thanks to the installation of Canada’s first 7-Tesla whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner on Feb. 5.

Published: 5 Feb 2019

Dopamine and reward responses to music causally linked

A new study published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, reveals a causal link between the neurotransmitter dopamine and the reward responses to music. The study was conducted by an international team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University, the University of Barcelona, and the Hospital de Sant Pau of Barcelona.

Published: 28 Jan 2019

Gut hormone increases response to food

Ghrelin promotes conditioning to food-related odours

Published: 12 Dec 2018

Stigma impairs cognition in men living with HIV

Reducing stigma may address cognitive impairment in this population

A new study has drawn a direct link between the amount of stigma men with HIV report experiencing and their scores on cognitive tests, measuring abilities such as memory and attention.

Published: 27 Nov 2018

ALS researcher receives important grant

Gary Armstrong will use fish models to understand nervous system signaling

A researcher from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) is one of eight scientists to receive a grant this year from the ALS Society of Canada.

Published: 16 Nov 2018

Brain tumour awareness week

Providing excellent care and the latest research to help patients

The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada estimates that 27 Canadians a day are diagnosed with a brain tumour and 55,000 are living with one. This Brain Tumour Awareness Week we recognize the toll this disease takes on patients and the work being done to improve their quality of life.

Published: 22 Oct 2018

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