In the first comprehensive study of its kind, Yasser Iturria-Medina – one of the LudmerCentre’s promising researchers – and a team of researchers took brain images, blood samples and small amounts of cerebro-spinal fluid from almost 1200 people and crunched the data to find out which patterns were typical of healthy ageing and which were […]
EMC Corp provides major boost to the Ludmer Centre’s neuroinformatics component – the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (MCIN) led by Dr Alan Evans. The $1M in state-of-the-art visualization and data-storage technology will allow researchers worldwide to store, protect, share and analyze their most valuable asset: information. According to Mike Sharun, EMC Canada country manager, […]
The emotional and physical environment in which we raise our children matters and early childhood experiences can impact the risk of developing a mental illness across our lifespan, from attention deficit disorders (ADD) to depression to Alzheimer’s.
Vision: The Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health, based on the promising potentials of big-data research, envisages a future where mental illnesses, cognitive disorders, and learning disabilities are significantly reduced through preventive strategies and their diagnoses, based on biological metrics, lead to more effective, individually-tailored treatment approaches. Diagnosing and classifying mental disorders –from […]
Revolutionizing mental health research Until recently, we lacked the technology to adequately study the living brain in all its complexities; however, new research and technologies, pioneer by Ludmer Centre researchers, have resulted in significant advancements in the fields of genetic mapping, brain imaging and epigenetics, among others. The next decade will be marked by an […]
Progress remains limited Everything we know about mental illness, from diagnosis to treatment, begins with a symptom-based checklist. Imagine being diagnosed with cancer based on an interview examination, then being told there is no test to confirm the diagnosis nor to determine which treatment approach is optimal for you. Despite the magnitude and growing recognition of […]
There are over 400 mental disorders —from depression to Alzheimer’s to attention deficit disorders— yet there are no biological tests to confirm a diagnosis, only subjective behavioral-based tests and, in a few cases, post-mortem confirmation through brain tissue analyses. Imagine if we could diagnose those at risk of developing a mental illness before symptoms started, if we could prevent […]
The Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health, based on the promising potentials of big-data research, envisages a future where mental illnesses, cognitive disorders, and learning disabilities are significantly reduced through preventive strategies and their diagnoses, based on biological metrics, lead to more effective, individually-tailored treatment approaches. Our mission is to establish the Ludmer Centre […]
Imaging technologies (MRI, PET, etc.) have revolutionized our ability to understand the brain, providing clearer structural and functional imaging. Dr Alan Evans and a panel of experts discuss the past, present and future of brain imaging as a research tool.
Dr Michael Meaney and Dr Sonia Lupien discuss the impact and programs aimed at diminishing childhood stress. The brain, especially the circuitry governing emotion, attention, self-control and stress, is shaped by a complex interplay of genes and early-childhood experiences.