Can big data help explain how our brains work?

Join us for a public lecture to learn how researchers at the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health  are shaping our understanding of the human brain, and how their work is impacting mental health and our society.


Brain disorders impact one in four people worldwide, but there’s hope. Innovative technologies, big-data approaches, new research avenues, and transdisciplinary collaborations championed by researchers at the Ludmer Centre have brought us to a tipping-point in our ability improve diagnosis and treatment for neurodegenerative illnesses, from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s, and mental illnesses, from depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar, autism spectrum, and attention deficit disorders. 


| Tuesday, November 13, 2018

| Cocktail           5:00 p.m.
| Symposium     6:00 p.m.


| Phi Centre
| 407 Saint-Pierre Street, Montreal


| By November 8, 2018


| $15 (general admission)

| $10 students

COCKTAIL: Come early to meet many of the  Ludmer Centre’s researchers in person during the cocktail.

PANEL: Five leading Ludmer Centre researchers will take five minutes each to share how their projects are shaping our understanding of our brains, and what important discoveries their work might yield. This will be followed by a short panel discussion delving deeper into the impact on mental health, and the implications for our society.

Towards a Global Brain Consortium

Dr Alan Evans is the Director of the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (MCIN), a 60-member research and informatics team at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro). He is a James McGill Professor in Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Scientific Director of three initiatives aimed at advancing innovative neuroinformatics research: the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, McGill’s Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives initiative, and the Ludmer Centre‘s Neuroinformatics and Neuroimaging pillars at McGill/The Neuro.

Transdisciplinary big-data researchers: tomorrow’s innovators

Dr Celia Greenwood is a Senior Scientist in the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology at the Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis Institute and a McGill Professor in the departments of Oncology, Human Genetics, and Epidemiology; Biostatistics & Occupational Health; and the Division of Cancer Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine. She is the inaugural Graduate Program Director of McGill’s new interdisciplinary Quantitative Life Sciences PhD Program and the Scientific Director of the Ludmer Centre‘s Genomics, Bioinformatics & Statistical Genetics pillar at the Lady Davis Institute.

Why maternal mental health matters

Dr Kieran O’Donnell is an Assistant Professor in Epigenetics and Epidemiology in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He is an Azrieli Global Scholar in Child & Brain Development and a Principal Investigator in the Sackler Program for Epigenetics & Psychobiology at McGill, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, and the Ludmer Centre‘s Genomic & Epigenetics Pillar. Dr O’Donnell is a leading expert in how perinatal influences  (pre- /post-natal depression) and early-childhood trauma shape our mental health. 

How stress shapes the brain

Dr Rosemary Bagot is an Assistant Professor in Behavioural Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology, an Associate member of the Department of Psychiatry and a William Dawson Scholar at McGill University. She is  a Principal Investigator at the Ludmer Centre‘s  Genomic & Epigenetics Pillar. She is an internationally recognized expert in behavioural neurogenomics, depression modeling, and the mechanics of how stress across the lifespan shapes our brain and behaviour.

IQ and the brain across our lifespan

Sherif Karama is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and an affiliated faculty member of the McConnell Brain Imaging Center at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro). He is a clinical psychiatrist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and a Principal Investigator in the Ludmer Centre‘s Neuroimaging pillars  .

The Ludmer Centre is an official McGill research centre and a collaboration between the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre, the Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro).

This event is part of The Road to 200 – celebrating 200 years of McGill University‘s acedemic and research excellence.