Maurice Ptito, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, School of Optometry, Université de Montréal;
Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery,McGill University / Montreal Neurological Institute;
Holder of the Hartland-Sanders Research Chair for Vision Health;
Researcher, CRIR- Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre

Phone: 514 343-6052

Fax: 514 343-2382




  • B.Sc., Psychology, Université de Montréal, 1970
  • M.A., Psychology, Université de Montréal, 1971
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Université de Montréal, 1974
  • Postdoctorate, Neurophysiology, Stanford University, Stanford CA, 1974-1976
  • M.D. University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Danemark, 2001

Research interests

Development and plasticity of the visual system in animal (hamsters, monkeys) and human (congenital blindness, cortical blindness) models; neural mechanisms of motion and depth perception; fetal alcohol syndrome in monkeys

Techniques involved: neuroanatomical tracers, psychophysics, electrophysiology, molecular biology, fMRI, PET, MEG

Selected publications

Sarubbo, S., Petit, L., De Benedictis, A., Chioffi, F., Ptito, M. & Dyrby, T.B. (2019). Uncovering the inferior fronto-occipital fascicle and its topological organization in non-human primates: The missing connection for language evolution. Brain Structure & Function, 224(4), 1553-1567. [doi]

Kucera, R., Bouskila, J., Elkrief, L., Fink-Jensen, A., Palmour, R., Bouchard, J.F. & Ptito, M. (2018). Expression and localization of CB1R, NAPE-PLD, and FAAH in the vervet monkey nucleus accumbens. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 470-485. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Burke, M.W., Ptito, M., Ervin, F.R. & Palmour, R.M. (2015). Hippocampal neuron populations are reduced in vervet monkeys with fetal alcohol exposure. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(4), 470-485. [doi] OPEN ACCESS



Research orientation

Axis 1: Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Functions and Activities

Research topic

Thème 1 : The person, their entourage and the community

Research Site

CRIR – Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre

University Affiliation