Neuroscience goes national, $10M grant

A $10M grant from the Canada Brain Research Fund in support of a new partnership to link Canada’s neuroscience researchers through a shared, interoperable neuroinformatics platform was announced today by Health Canada and Brain Canada. The inaugural meeting of the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP) collaboration also began its first meeting. A long-time proponent of […]

Opening: Canada Research Chair in Pain Genomics

The Faculty of Medicine is seeking applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Pain Genomics, from candidates with expertise in statistical genetics and/or bioinformatics working in complex human traits and with an interest in their application to pain research. The position is linked with McGill’s Alan Edwards […]

Meet Dr Celia Greenwood

Women researchers remain significantly underrepresented in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and math. The lack of women across the STEM pipeline—from undergraduate and graduate students to postdocs and tenure-track professors—make it unlikely that gender parity among tenured STEM professors will be achievable in the next decade. In the USA and Canada, mathematics is the exception, […]

Women in Science @ the Ludmer Centre

It’s no secret; globally sexism continues to prevail within business, academia and research, particularly, in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. The theme of the 2018 United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th is ‘Equality and Parity in Science’. On March 8th, International Women’s Day builds on this with […]

How mathematical modeling helps decipher the brain’s ‘black box’

Mathematical modeling is key to understanding the complex processes underpinning protein misfolding and neurological diseases. Correctly folded, proteins play a central role in the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs, including the brain. Abnormal or misfolded proteins, in multiple studies, are increasingly associated with conditions such as Prion diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, […]

Eczema, an early warning sign for potential mental illness

Eczema may be an early warning sign for potential mental health problems. According to Dr Patricia P Silveira, “When treating young girls for childhood cutaneous allergies, such as eczema, healthcare professionals should be aware of the increased potential for vulnerability for mental health problems. Understanding and investigating these types of associated risks is crucial to […]

Canada-Cuba-China partnership gets $1M to study Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and dementia research just got a significant boost from a tripartite Canada-Cuba-China research collaboration. Ludmer Centre Scientific Director Dr Alan Evans is part of an international team that just received $1 M in financial support over three years to initiate the first scientific collaboration on brain imaging and neuroinformatics among leading neuroscience researchers in Canada, […]

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Research @ the Ludmer Centre

Big-data in Dementia Research Dementias affect millions of people across Canada (right) and 46.8 million people worldwide – a number set to double every 20 years (WHO, 2015). The most common cause of dementia, late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, is not caused by a single neurological mechanism but is the product of several associated brain mechanisms influenced […]

Molecular proof – Teen brain impacted by environment

A new study in mice provides molecular-level proof that the environment we are raised in continues to exert significant influence on brain development beyond childhood into adolescence. The study, published in Nature Communications, demonstrated that the environment in which an adolescent is raised causes measurable epigenetic modifications that influence which genes are activated or muted […]

Childhood experiences gets under the skin: for better and worse

A new study shows that childhood adversity can get ‘under the skin’ and influence epigenetic markers in our blood. Interestingly, the study also suggests for the first time, that perinatal interventions, that tackle early adversity, might have similar effects. The findings are based on a 30-year trial of the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), which has shown […]