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The making of Antarctica

New explanation links competing theories of the origin of Antarctic glaciation and highlights complexity of climate change
Tue, 2017-01-31 13:12

One of the big mysteries in the scientific world is how the ice sheets of Antarctica formed so rapidly about 34 million years ago, at the boundary between the Eocene and Oligocene epochs.

There are 2 competing theories:

The first explanation is based on global climate change: Scientists have shown that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels declined steadily since the beginning of the Cenozoic Era, 66 million years ago. Once CO2 dropped below a critical threshold, cooler global temperatures allowed the ice sheets of Antarctica to form.

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Contact: Galen Halverson
Organization: Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University
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Contact: Katherine Gombay
Organization: Media Relations, McGill University
Office Phone: 514-398-2189
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A surprise advance in the treatment of adult cancers

Researchers at the RI-MUHC have made a discovery that could improve care for about 15% of patients with head and neck cancer linked to alcohol and tobacco use
Wed, 2017-01-11 12:50

A team of researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has found an epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat linked to alcohol and tobacco use. This is a first in the field of epigenetics and the researchers are hopeful that the discovery can blaze a path in the development of new, targeted, more effective treatments that could arise over the next few years.

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Contact: Valérie Harvey
Organization: Communications - Research, McGill University Health Center
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Office Phone: 514 934-1934 poste. 71381
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Gene discovered to cause rare, severe neurological disease

Epileptic encephalopathy linked to protein trafficking gene
Mon, 2016-11-28 13:10

Researchers have linked a debilitating neurological disease in children to mutations in a gene that regulates neuronal development through control of protein movement within neuronal cells. 

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Contact: Shawn Hayward
Organization: Communications Officer - Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
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Office Phone: 514-398-3376
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Major ALS Research Funding Announced

MNI scientists will study stem cells, genetic mutations to develop new treatments
Thu, 2016-11-24 11:21

By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neurological Institute

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University are playing key roles in uncovering the mechanisms underlying ALS and will share in $3.9 million, part of $4.5 million in research funding announced on Nov. 23 by the ALS Society of Canada in partnership with Brain Canada. 

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Contact: Shawn Hayward
Organization: Communications Officer - Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
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Office Phone: 514-398-3376
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Olfactory perception influenced by background and semantic information

Wed, 2016-11-23 14:26

When two people smell the same thing, they can have remarkably different reactions, depending on their cultural background. Researchers at the Neuro have found that even when two cultures share the same language and many traditions, their reactions to the same smells can be different.

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Contact: Shawn Hayward
Organization: Montreal Neurological Institute
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Office Phone: 514 893 3376
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Men have a lot to learn about their own fertility

Men generally have limited awareness of those factors that may contribute to their infertility, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the Lady Davis Institute
Tue, 2016-11-22 12:06

The first large-scale study of its kind has revealed that Canadian men generally lack knowledge about the risk factors contributing to male infertility. Research led by Dr. Phyllis Zelkowitz, head of psychosocial research at the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital, found that men could only identify about 50% of the potential risks and medical conditions that are detrimental to their sperm count and, thus, their prospects to father children.

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: Media Relations Office
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Office Phone: 514-398-6754
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It’s what's underneath that counts

Long-standing recycling of ancient sulfur in billion-year-old rocks supports unique ecosystems in terrestrial deep subsurface and sheds insights into search for life on Mars
Thu, 2016-10-27 13:31

To the naked eye, ancient rocks may look completely inhospitable, but in reality, they can sustain an entire ecosystem of microbial communities in their fracture waters isolated from sunlight for millions, if not billions, of years. New scientific findings discovered the essential energy source to sustain the life kilometres below Earth’s surface with implications for life not only on our planet but also on Mars. 

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Contact: Katherine Gombay
Organization: Media Relations Office, McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-2189
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David Thomas Interview: Tackling Genetic Diseases on Futures in Biotech

Fri, 2016-05-27 16:46

David Thomas, professor and chair in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University addresses progress in molecular biology and the latest strategies for tackling genetic disease. 

 

Watch the whole episode HERE.

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Carstar Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History

Sun, 2016-05-29 (All day)
Price: Visit www.cysticfibrosis.ca for more details

Gather your friends, family members, co-workers and neighbours into your network to help raise funds for research to end cystic fibrosis.

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