The Neuro: Open to the Future @ De Grandpré Communications Center, the Neuro
May 5 @ 7:30 pm

The Montreal Neurological Institute (The Neuro) is a world-leading brain research institute and hospital and part of both McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. The Neuro is a place where clinicians and scientists from different disciplines work side-by-side, creating a seamless continuum from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside and back again.
The Neuro is now transforming itself into a unique “open science” institution in order to accelerate the pace of discovery of new cures and more effective treatments for patients affected by neurological diseases.

Join us for a panel discussion to learn more about how open science will help tackle the most urgent brain disease challenges and serve patient communities in dire need of therapeutic solutions like those living with ALS, Parkinson’s, brain tumours, autism and other rare neurological diseases.

DR. EDWARD FON is a clinician-scientist specializing in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. He is the Director of the McGill National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence and of the FRQS Quebec Parkinson Network. Dr. Fon is the Scientific Director of The Neuro and Director of the Drug Discovery Platform. The Platform works with human induced stem cells (iPSCs) to understand the molecular basis of disease and identify potential treatments.

DR. ALAN EVANS is the co-director of the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health and researcher in the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre – a one-of-a-kind research centre and multimodal platform entirely dedicated to neuroimaging. Dr. Evans is a world-renowned authority on brain mapping through the use of imaging technologies. His work focuses on both the developing brain and disorders like autism, and the aging brain and diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementias. He will also discuss the recent acquisition of a multi-million dollar 7 Tesla imaging machine.

DR. ANGELA GENGE is the Director of the Clinical Research Unit. The CRU conducts clinical trials in order to evaluate the efficacy of new drugs and treatment regimens. Dr. Genge, in addition to being an attending neurologist at The Neuro, is an active clinical investigator involved with numerous trials and work groups. Dr. Genge has worked tirelessly to expand both the number and scope of clinical trials in neurological disease including Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, epilepsy, migraines, pain, brain tumour, and stroke.

Emergency Room: Chaotic or Heroic! @ Auditorium at St. Mary's Hospital
May 26 @ 7:30 pm

The McGill University Department of Family Medicine and the St. James Literary Society are pleased to present the Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld Annual Distinguished Lecture in Family Medicine.

Dr. Peter Nugus will explore the inner workings of emergency rooms (ERs) from his own unique perspective. His insights are drawn from thousands of hours of observations as an ethnographer in ERs in five different countries. The ER is a snapshot of the wicked problems and tragic choices of contemporary health care.
The presentation highlights the competing priorities, tensions and politics that embroil those who serve in the ER. The ethical dilemmas and trade-offs we witness belong not only to the ER, but reflect choices that emergency care poses for our wider society. For those who are interested in our current health care system, particularly its future, this lecture on an insider’s perspective of the workings of emergency services, will be both thought provoking and illuminating.

Refreshments will be served.

DR. PETER NUGUS (MA Hons, MEd, PhD) is a sociologist and ethnographer, Acting Director of the McGill University Practice- Based Research Network and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Institute for Health Sciences Education at McGill University. Peter has held a Fulbright Fellowship at UCLA and an Australiangovernment Endeavour Fellowship at Columbia University, as well as undertaking post-doctoral studies at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research. His research and teaching have focused on workplace and organizational learning, care coordination and culture and identity at work.