Lab Statement

Our overall research program focuses on predicting and enhancing motor and cognitive function in the context of neurological disorders, with a particular focus on geriatrics. Methods include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), magnetic resonance imaging, neuropsychological testing, behavioural performance evaluation, and rehabilitative therapies.




January 2017
NEW PROJECT INVESTIGATING TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC BRAIN STIMULATION FOR ALZHEIMER'S DEMENTIA! We are one of 3 sites recently funded to conduct a randomized clinical trial of rTMS for treatment of cognitive impairment in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. The project is currently under review by the Centre for Applied Ethics and we hope to have good news about beginning recruitment within the next month or so. Stay tuned for more information. We welcome Christine Dery, Research Assistant to Lesley Fellows at the MNI, who will be taking on new part-time responsibilities here in the lab. Christine will be responsible for administering rTMS interventions for the new clinical trial. Julia has recently returned from a highly productive 4-month stage at Oxford, where she learned updated neuroimaging techniques and wrote up the results of a small study on brain abnormalities associated with clinical severity in a form of autoimmune epilepsy. We welcome two new undergraduate students, Jane Zhou and Madeline Gregory, who will begin research projects in the lab this Winter.

September 2016
Lisa Koski, Scott Holmes and Julia Nantes present work on multiple sclerosis project at ECTRIMS meeting in London, UK

August 2016
Julia Nantes receives Osler Travel Award to undertake collaborative research at Oxford University as part of her doctoral studies.

July 2016
Notification of award from the Weston Brain Foundation for a new project investigating non-invasive brain stimulation for treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

February 2016
Scott attended the ACTRIMS meeting held in New Orleans, he was awarded a travel award from the conference. He presented work featuring results from a functional connectivity study on regions of the brain implicated in cuing adaptive cortical circuitry and their relationship to cognitive performance in patients with MS. This project was a part of Scott’s dissertation at McGill University.

June 2014
Mei presented her work entitled 'The pitfalls of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15) revealed! A Rasch perspective of the GDS-15' at the MUHC's CORE Research Day that was held at the Montreal General Hospital. Mei also won a prize for having the best oral presentation. Congratulations Mei!

May 2014
Mei presented her work entitled 'The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15): Is cognitive ability associated with how geriatric patients respond to self-reported depressive symptoms?' at the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) Knowledge Exchange Conference in Toronto, Canada. Mei's poster can be downloaded here.

April 2014
Mei was awarded a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship and Julia was awarded the Vanier Award. Congratulations to you both!

April 2014
Mei presented her work entitled 'Is Depression Appropriately Measured in Geriatric Outpatient Clinics? Rasch Analysis of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15)' at the Canadian Geriatrics Society Conference in Edmonton, Canada. Mei's poster can be downloaded here.

February 2014
Scott presented his work entitled 'Evaluating the efficacy of a short duration rTMS protocol to improve motor performance in patients with multiple sclerosis: a pilot study' at the endMS Neuroinflammation Symposium in Toronto, Canada. Scott was sponsored by the Quebec-Ottawa endMS regional research and training centre. Scott's poster can be downloaded here.

December 2013
The first edition of the TransMagMS Newsletter is now available and can be downloaded here. Le premier numéro de bulletin du TransMagMS est maintenant disponible et peut être téléchargé ici.

November 2013
Jidan and Julia both presented their research at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego. Jidan's poster can be downloaded here, while Julia's can be downloaded here.

September 2013
Mei Huang joins the Koski Lab as a graduate student.

July 2013
Elena Lebedeva leaves the Koski Lab team to go on maternity leave.

June 2013
A Pilot Study of Training and Compensation Interventions for Mild Cognitive Impairment was published in Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra

May 2013
Julia Nantes was awarded 1st prize in the ‘Structural and Functional Brain Analysis’ category at the GSAN Symposium in Neuroscience for her oral presentation entitled “White matter damage predicts intracortical inhibition during multiple sclerosis remission”.

March 2013
Julia Nantes presented her project entitled “Intracortical inhibition changes in multiple sclerosis: Damage or compesation?" at the Baycrest Research Conference in Toronto, Ontario.

Contact information

Dr. Lisa Koski
The Allan Memorial Institute, P2.142
McGill University Health Centre
1025 Pine Avenue West
Montréal, Quebec, H3A 1A1
Phone: (514) 934-1934, ext. 42612

The Neurorehabilitation Centre
835 Pine Avenue West
Montréal, Quebec, H3A 1A1
Phone: (514) 934-1934, ext. 34439

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