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.
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
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
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
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
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.