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In the News - highlights

David Colman
-The Daily Planet features a report on his research on artificial nerve synapses
-Pierre Duhamel’s blog features David Colman article (English Translation) about how to advance science and science education in Quebec

Alain Dagher
-Le Code Chastenay report about addiction

Brenda Milner interviewed about her work with famous amnesia patient HM that led to fundamental discoveries about memory. Articles in The Guardian and Esquire Magazine

Alain Ptito
- research on brain plasticity featured in documentary The Fantastic Plastic Brain that premiered on iChannel
-interviewed about the brain and financial impulses in Les Affaires

Robert Zatorre
-interviewed about music and creativity in The Philadelphia Inquirer
-study about how the brain can register the shape of an object using sound alone received media coverage nationally and internationally including: Radio Canada, (India), and (France).

Brenda Milner
The Globe and Mail: Named one of 25 Transformational Canadians
Radio-Canada: Bons baisers de France
BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Health Check: Interview
Jobboom Magazine: Article

Inauguration of The Neuro’s Neurosurgical Simulation Centre
CTV News: News clip
The Gazette: Article
Journal de Metro: Article
Le Droit: Article
Other coverage: Global TV News (national and regional), Radio-Canada Radio, CBC Radio, The Ottawa Citizen and wide coverage on the web.

Prime Minister Jean Charest cites The Neuro as an example of how Quebec shines in an Open letter to Macleans magazine posted on various media outlets including

Robert Zatorre interviewed about the phenomenon of I –dosing
La Presse: Article
Other coverage: CBC Radio, The Chronicle Herald, La Presse Canadienne, Le Nouvelliste, Le Soir.

Reader's Digest Top Docs
Brenda Milner and Wayne Sossin
RD January 2010 [.pdf]


November 2009- The Neuro Celebrates 75 years
Program, Photo Gallery

View Lectures and Panel Discussion online


April 2008- A PASSAGE TO NEUROSCIENCE INDIA: The Neuro's long-time ties with India's scientific community have been further extended. Several members of the Neuro's staff presented their research and explored new collaborative opportunities during talks with high-ranking Indian government officials and visits to India's most prominent health-care institutions, the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience in Bangalore. Those in the Neuro's delegation were Associate Director Beth Kofron, principal investigators Ted Fon, Edith Hamel and Ed Ruthazer, and post-doctoral fellow Ajit Dhaunchak. Joining the group was a researcher at McGill University's Centre for Research in Neuroscience, Sam David. Accompanied by a member of the Neuro's Advisory Board, Viji Ravindranath, Director of India's National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), the group made several proposals for joint brain-imaging studies to M. K. Bahn, government secretary responsible for biotechnology. At the time, the first NBRC student at the Neuro's McConnell Brain Imaging Centre was just completing his program. The McGill delegation also discussed the possibility of basic and clinical research projects at other Indian scientific centres. An Indian delegation was due to visit the Neuro later in the year. India has greatly benefitted from its long association with the Neuro. India's first neurosurgeon, Jakob Chandy, trained at the Neuro as did his son, Matthew, and another illustrious figure in India's medical history, Prakesh Tandon. These pioneers returned to India to found major neurosurgical and neuroscience centres whose activity resonates across the entire country.

March 2008- NEURO RESEARCHER TO LEAD CIHR: Alain Beaudet, a principal investigator at the Neuro, was appointed by Canada's minister of health, Tony Clement, as President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The CIHR is Canada's largest scientific funding agency, providing grants to over eleven thousand researchers. In announcing the appointment, Mr. Clement said that Dr. Beaudet's "proven track record as a leader in brokering partnerships between federal and provincial health research organizations and funding agencies makes him well-suited for his responsibilities as President…" At the time, Dr. Beaudet was President and CEO of the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec, the main provincial funding agency for scientists in Quebec. Dr. Beaudet holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal. His post-doctoral training was conducted in France and Switzerland. McGill University appointed him to its faculty in 1980.


July 26, 2007 - Learning a second language: Is it all in the head?
(Northwestern University)

June 23, 2007 - Dr. Jacob Chandy, distinguished alumnus of the Montreal Neurological Institute, was a leading figure in Indian medical education for over forty years and was known as India’s first neurosurgeon.
(Read article)

June 18, 2007 - A Tribute to Dr. Christopher J. Thompson
After a pioneering career during which he was a major contributor to the development of PET imaging world wide, and to the development of neuro-imaging at the Montreal Neurological Institute in particular, Dr. Christopher J. Thompson will be retiring at the end of June, 2007. (Symposium program)

June 8, 2007 - Canada Foundation for Innovation recognizes McGill researchers
(McGill Newroom)

April 19, 2007 - Entre nous with Dr. David Colman
(McGill Reporter, April 19 2007)

March 29, 2007 - RESEARCH FUNDING: Canadian Institutes Get Windfall Without the Bother of Competition
News articles featuring interview with David Colman.
(Science - News of the week)

March 21, 2007 - Montreal Neurological Institute receives $15 million in federal support
(The Gazette March 2007)

March 12 - 16, 2007 - Brain Awareness Week
(press release)

March 1, 2007 - Research Funding Postcard Campaign
The CIHR postcard campaign was a success! We ran through all of our cards on day one! It is expected that by the end of the day we will have shipped out the entire lot of 4000 postcards had printed been printed for McGill. Thanks to all.

February 9, 2007 - Study of Music and the Mind Hits a High Note in Montreal
After battling to have their field taken seriously, two musician-scientists have founded an interdisciplinary center to understand how—and perhaps why—humans make music.
(link to story)

News article on BRAMS featuring interviews with Robert Zatorre and Isabelle Peretz.

February 7, 2007 - Cuts cripple research : We lure top minds here with promises of funding, then fail to deliver
by David R. Colman
(The Gazette February 2007)

February 2, 2007 - Slim budgets blunt cutting-edge research
by André Picard
(The Globe and Mail February 2007)


November 27, 2006 - Partners in Neuroscience - across the globe MNI partners with India's National Brain Research Centre
(press release)

November 09, 2006 - Dr. George Karpati honoured with a Prix du Québec
(press release)

September 29, 2006 - Study Identifies Part of Brain Responsible for Tone Deafness
(press release)

July 25, 2006 - The 100-year breakthrough
by David Colman
As director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University, I spend much of my time discussing our research efforts with the public, and I am often struck by their perceptions about how breakthroughs are made in medical research. In this regard, not much has changed over the past 40 years.
(The Globe and Mail June 2006)

March 30, 2006 - Size doesn't matter
The brains of highly intelligent children appear to develop in a distinctive way that distinguishes them from less intelligent children, according to a study from the NIH and the MNI's McConnell Brain Imaging Centre.
(The Washington Post Thursday, March 30, 2006)
(The National Post)

March 25, 2006 - AIDS-stricken Africa
Terry Mosher (a.k.a. Aislin) describes a visit to Tanzania with a team of medical experts from the MNI, McGill and the MUHC.
(The Gazette Saturday, March 25, 2006

January 26, 2006 - Health ministry to streamline the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
David Colman
(McGill Reporter)

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