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Montreal Neuro and Siemens create advanced tech hub

The Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) of McGill University, and Siemens Canada Ltd., have joined together to create a global research hub that will seek healthcare breakthroughs using functional magnetic resonance imaging and integrated communication technologies.

This partnership will enhance the understanding of brain function, and most importantly, dysfunctions caused by disease. The announcement was made at the Chateau Frontenac in Québec City.
Pictured from left to right: Tom Gevas, Associate Director Planning and Adminstration, Montreal Neurological Institute, Doug Morton, Senior Vice President, Siemens Building Technologies, Dr. Albert Maringer, President & CEO, Siemens Canada, Premier of Québec, Mr. Jean Charest, and Dr. David Colman, Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute.

The MNI will add 26,000 square feet of new research space in the next 2 years. This new space will be constructed with technical assistance from Siemens and will create office and laboratory space. The reputation and visibility of researchers at the MNI will be enhanced by advances in the application of medical imaging technology which would be expected from increased collaboration among scientists at the MNI, at Siemens and at research centres in Bavaria.

This outcome would position these researchers to be highly competitive for research grant dollars and highly attractive to those who want to invest in research.

Siemens will provide the MNI with integrated technologies and applications related to areas such as engineering support for design, construction, integration of system controls, and operations and maintenance for the development of the research infrastructure. The expertise available through Siemens will facilitate an efficient and cost effective approach to the development of research facilities at the MNI.

This expanded agreement brings together world leaders in brain imaging at the MNI with the industry-leading technologies of Siemens. Over the past decade, Siemens has been a major partner of the MNI in developing imaging technologies and the growth of the MNI’s Brain Imaging Centre. Siemens and the MNI are expanding their partnership, integrating science, technology and communication to bring together the best minds and the most sophisticated tools.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to build on our strong relationship with Siemens, which has been growing and evolving over the last decade,” said Dr. David Colman, Director of the MNI. “We are constantly striving to push our research to the highest levels and together with Siemens, we can do this.”

“In no other field of technology is the relationship with mankind as intimate as it is in healthcare, and our long-standing relationship with the MNI demonstrates the benefits of combining innovation through technology,” according to Dr. Albert Maringer, President & CEO of Siemens Canada. “But the real strength behind this partnership is the fact that we will see significant benefits beyond the healthcare industry.”

This partnership will also facilitate collaboration and interaction between the MNI and research centres in Bavaria to advance knowledge in neurosciences and to strengthen cultural ties between Bavaria and Quebec. Through Siemens diversity and rich heritage of developing technology in various market segments, the organization is well positioned to provide a wide spectrum of solutions, such as telecommunications, to facilitate the exchange of data and information.

Research collaboration with the MNI and universities and centres in Bavaria may lead to the exchange of scientific and technical personnel, thus fostering a range of technological developments and applications to the benefit of both regions.

Siemens and the MNI will jointly facilitate conferences dedicated to exploiting and developing relevant areas of technology. These technology-oriented conferences would bring international experts and advisors to Quebec and would bring the worldwide resources of the Siemens family of companies to bear on these activities.

About the Montreal Neurological Institute
The Montreal Neurological Institute is a McGill University research and teaching institute, dedicated to the study of the nervous system and neurological diseases. Founded in 1934 by the renowned Dr. Wilder Penfield, the MNI is one of the world’s largest institutes of its kind. MNI researchers are world leaders in cellular and molecular neuroscience, brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience and the study and treatment of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders. The MNI, with its clinical partner, the Montreal Neurological Hospital (MNH) continues to integrate research, patient care and training, and is recognized as one of the premier neuroscience centres in the world. Already well known for its McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, the MNI will expand its brain imaging research in the next several years through a $28 million award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, made in partnership with the government of Quebec. There will also be further development of MNI initiatives in multiple sclerosis, optical imaging and nano-neuroscience.

About Siemens in Canada
Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the world, providing innovations in areas such as health care, information & communication, energy & power, industry & automation, transportation and lighting. In Canada, Siemens is a multi-billion dollar company headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with more than 6,600 employees located in 73 offices and 8 manufacturing facilities.