EMC donation to the neuroinformatics component

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, […]

Ludmer Centre research: innovative & cutting edge

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 hampered by symptom-based diagnosis

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 […]

Mental illness, no one is untouched

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 […]