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The MNI is a Killam Institution

The Montreal Neurological Institute is proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts. In 1966, the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Endowment Fund and Fund for Advanced Studies were established at the Montreal Neurological Institute through the bequest of Dorothy Johnston Killam. These funds support the academic and training mission of the Institute, and are invaluable to advancing our work in neuroscience. The MNI bestows on three faculty members the prestigious title of Killam professor:

  • George Karpati, MD, a world-renowned neurologist dedicated to understanding and treating neuromuscular diseases, was named to the Izaak Walton Killam Chair in 1986. He held the Chair until his death in 2009.
  • Brenda Milner, PhD, eminent researcher recognized as the founder of cognitive neuroscience, was named Dorothy J. Killam Professor in 1993.
  • Bruce Pike, PhD, coordinator of the MNI’s McConnell Brain Imaging Centre until September 2013, was named Killam Professor in 2004.

Recognizing the contribution of the Killam Trusts to our academic mission, the MNI selects junior and senior faculty members to be honored as Killam Scholars for a period of five years. See the current and past Killam Scholars.

In 2004, the MNI inaugurated the Dorothy J. Killam Lecture as an annual lecture to recognize the achievements of women in academia and science. Prominent women who have delivered the Dorothy J. Killam Lecture are:

Dr. Marianne Bronner-Fraser (September 2010)
Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
Gene regulatory network underlying neural crest formation

Dr. Marie Filbin (October 2007)
Department of Biological Science, Hunter College, CUNY, New York
Signaling axonal regeneration in the adult central nervous system

Dr. Linda Buck (October 2006)
Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2004
Gairdner Laureate 2003
Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute, Seattle, Washington
Odor and pheromone sensing in mammals

Dr. Naomi Halas (May 2006)
Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Chemistry, Rice University (Texas)
Designing optical nanotools for biomedical research and practice

Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum (October 2004)
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University
Leadership: McGill in a new century

The MNI’s Killam Seminar Series is a weekly series that hosts internationally recognized scientists at the MNI. This series brings the world’s most prominent and productive scientists into the lecture hall and labs with MNI scientists and young trainees. The MNI awards the Killam Fellow’s Prize annually to a trainee for outstanding research presented on Fellows Day.

Funding for the Killam Trusts came from eminent Canadian financier Izaak Walton Killam (1855-1955) and his wife Dorothy Johnston Killam (1900-1965). The fund is now valued at $400 million. Since 1965, the Killam Trusts have supported over 4500 fellowships and scholarships, and awarded more than 63 Killam Prizes, which are among Canada’s most prestigious awards for lifetime achievement in Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities. The other Killam Institutions are Dalhousie University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia and University of Calgary.

For more information on the Killam Trusts, see

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