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Celebrating Canadian leadership in brain research

Wilder Penfield (1891-1976) revolutionized our understanding of the human brain. He established the "Montreal procedure" for the surgical treatment of epilepsy, which allows patients to remain awake throughout surgery in order to describe what they feel when different areas of the brain are stimulated. This enabled surgeons to pinpoint the areas of the brain that were causing seizures, and also enabled Dr. Penfield to create functional maps of the brain. Dr. Penfield was also the founder and inaugural Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute, an internationally renowned research center that continues to be at the forefront of  brain research. 

To find out more about Dr. Penfield, visit the Montreal Neurological Institute's website and The Canadian Encyclopedia.