Finding could lead to better Alzheimer’s drugs
Canadian researchers have discovered a gene mutation that actually improves long-term memory and could eventually lead to a memory-enhancing pill. Working with mice, lead researcher Mauro Costa-Mattioli, a postgraduate fellow at McGill, and colleagues found that rodents that had a defective version of a gene that produces a memory-blocking protein could learn and remember tasks faster than normal mice.
Discovery could help target drugs to carriers of mutant gene
McGill welcomes "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" author Ishmael Beah, with an introduction by Sen. Roméo Dallaire
A 68-million-year-old T-Rex thigh bone find ties the King of Dinosaurs to modern-day species, with its soft tissue most closely matching that of chickens. "I'd call it a milestone," says paleontologist Hans Larsson of McGill. "Dinosaurs will enter the field of molecular biology and really slingshot paleontology into the modern world."
Conference to examine historic archetypes, current realities
Robert Lang, one of the world's top origami masters, comes to McGill next week, where he'll construct the model of a giant pteranodon. Lang's pteranodon should be ready for permanent installation alongside the dinosaur in the main gallery of the Redpath Museum by the end of the week. To benefit the museum, McGill hopes to sell a limited number of Lang's mini-pteranodons in a silent auction.
Harvard-McGill study confirms that sleep has a favourable effect on memory
International group to explore how universities can promote UN development goals
On April 20, McGill will host a gathering of international development experts and top academics who will look at the role of higher education in combating poverty and health care problems in developing nations.