McGill engineering student Mustapha Kerouch and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut and McGill alumnus Dr. Dafydd (Dave) Williams shared the spotlight at a news conference March 2 as they proudly unveiled Mr. Kerouch’s winning submission to the Mission STS-118 Space Patch Design Contest.
McGill University researchers have identified a key two-part process in normal brain development that could shed new light on what causes some people to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Their findings appear in the March issue of Journal of Biological Chemistry.
“First step toward a revolutionary change in bone-grafting technology”
McGill University, Université de Montréal establish post-graduate fellowships
Inaugural Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar Lecture
Morbidly obese men tend to have more breathing difficulties than morbidly obese women, partly because they have much larger waistlines, a new study suggests. Dr Gerald S. Zavorsky from the McGill University Health Centre and colleagues led the study.
U.S. activist to deliver Roscoe Lecture
Haptics is the science of simulating pressure, texture, vibration and other sensations related to touch. Most of today's haptic devices rely on motors that either prod or vibrate the skin, but a new technology is emerging that is an even more flexible and effective means of stimulating the sense of touch: skin stretch. By laterally stretching the surface of the skin (without pushing or poking into it) it is possible to mimic the feeling of complex shapes and sensations. This is because the sense of touch seems to depend far more on the way in which the skin is deformed and stretched than it does on the degree of pressure applied. So it should be possible to recreate sensations purely by stretching skin, says Vincent Hayward, a researcher who first developed such a device at the Centre for Intelligent Machines at McGill University.
Jake E. Barralet of McGill's Faculty of Dentisty and colleagues have adapted a printer to produce synthetic, three-dimensional structures to make bone grafts. Tests indicate that such porous, tailor-made structures could one day be implanted into patients to serve as biodegradable scaffolds for regrowing missing or damaged bone.
"There's a mountain of clinical practice guidelines and recommendations out there, unfortunately, they're collecting dust on shelves." Dr. Eddy Lang, an emergency doc and assistant professor of medicine at McGill, should know. A longtime disciple of evidence-based medicine, Dr. Lang works in the fast-growing and relatively new area of medical research known as knowledge transfer, or KT for short. The holy grail of KT is getting medical research results to make the leap into clinical practice.