Montréal: City of neuroscience

published on April 28, 2022
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Montréal charms visitors with its old-world architecture, lush park spaces, handsome cafés, and a feisty sense of carpe diem all its own. But Montréal is more than just a pretty face. Montréal is the education and research capital of Canada.

Ranking first in Canada for financial investment in university research, Montréal is home to the largest number of research centres in the country. Neuroscience is an area of local expertise, marking Montréal as one of the world’s most active hubs in the scientific study of the human nervous system.

Leading the way in neurological education

Montréal’s universities offer highly respected programs in Neuroscience and behaviour studies, with degrees available at McGill UniversityUniversité de MontréalConcordia, and NeuroQAM at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Each offers extensive opportunities for international students and researchers, all contributing to the world’s Neuroscience communities.


McGill University


Université de Montréal


Concordia University



The neuro: a crown jewel of neuroscience

The Montréal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill — known across the globe as “the Neuro” — is a world leader in advanced patient care and brain research. Home to an internationally renowned group of researchers, the Neuro’s impact on neuroscience is inestimable.

Founded by Wilder Penfield in 1934, the Neuro has directly helped change humankind’s understanding of our brains and bodies. Some of the most celebrated figures in neuroscience (Brenda Milner and Nobel Prize winner David Hubel just two of a long list of Neuro luminaries) have added to the long list of achievements credited to the centre. These include:

  • The development of Dr. Penfield’s revolutionary “Montréal Procedure” in the treatment of epilepsy, and the first to map primary somatosensory cortex;
  • The pioneering development of the field of neuropsychology;
  • The formative use and development of neuroimaging technologies including CAT and MRI;
  • And the development of a comprehensive repository of brain imaging, including samples of neurological disorders from centre patients, and other genetic and clinical data.


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