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Impact of video gaming on the brain

Wed, 2015-05-20 12:10

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B by the teams of Dr. Gregory West (Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal) and Dr. Véronique Bohbot (Douglas Institute researcher and associate Professor at McGill University and the Douglas Research Institute of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal) shows that while video game players (VGPs) exhibit more efficient visual attention abilities, they are also much more likely to use navigation strategies that rely on the brain’s reward system (the caudate nucleus) and not the brain’s spatial memory system (the hippocampus). Past research has shown that people who use caudate nucleus-dependent navigation strategies have decreased grey matter and lower functional brain activity in the hippocampus. 

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Contact: Florence Meney
Organization: Douglas Mental Health University Institute
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Office Phone: 514-761-6131 ext. 2769

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: McGill University
Office Phone: 514-398-6754
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Gay pay for straight work

Wages in Canadian labour market stratified by sexual orientation
Tue, 2015-05-19 10:45

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-6754
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Book Launch!

Tue, 2015-05-12 17:30
Price: FRE

Joe Schwarcz’s new book, “Monkeys, Myths and Molecules” is to be launched at the McGill University bookstore on May 12 at 5:30. Everyone is invited to hear some fun stories and even experience a little magic!

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HPV vaccine shows early benefits in young girls

Ontario data examined by Queen’s, McGill researchers
Mon, 2015-04-27 11:12

Data from Ontario show early benefits from the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in young girls, according to a new study by researchers at Queen’s University and McGill.

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-6754

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Contact: Anne Craig
Organization: Queen's University
Office Phone: 613-533-2877
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Trivia and Smoked Meat Night with Prof. David Harpp

Thu, 2015-04-16 18:00 - 21:00
Gruman's Delicatessen : 230 - 11th Ave SE, Calgary, AB , T2G 0X8
Price: 25$

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Description:  What is the name of the musical based on a world-famous Montreal smoked meat delicatessen?
Who is the longest serving prime-minister in Canadian history?

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What the “fecal prints” of microbes can tell us about E

Making the most of a shitty situation
Tue, 2014-12-23 10:29

The distinctive “fecal prints” of microbes potentially provide a record of how Earth and life have co-evolved over the past 3.5 billion years as the planet’s temperature, oxygen levels, and greenhouse gases have changed. But, despite more than 60 years of study, it has proved difficult, until now, to “read” much of the information contained in this record. Research from McGill University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), sheds light on the mysterious digestive processes of microbes, opening the way towards a better understanding of how life and the planet have changed over time.

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Contact: Katherine Gombay
Organization: Media Relations Office
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Office Phone: 514-398-2189
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Modern Greek Studies receives new gift of $1.2-million

New gift of $1.2-million from community leaders will endow Chair in perpetuity while supporting vital research and scholarship
Fri, 2014-12-12 10:36

A $1.2-million gift to McGill University from leaders of Canada’s Greek community will strengthen Modern Greek research and scholarship at McGill and endow the University’s Phrixos B. Papachristidis Chair in Modern Greek and Greek-Canadian Studies in perpetuity.

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-6754
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World AIDS Day, December 1: McGill/MUHC experts

World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year, reminding us that the fight against the AIDS pandemic is far from over. More than 36 million people have died since it emerged in the early 1980s. Today, 35.3 million people around the world are living with the virus, including 71,000 in Canada. Every day, 6,800 people are infected.
Thu, 2014-11-27 14:05

Here is a list of experts from McGill, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital available for comment on your stories for World AIDS Day:

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-6754

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Contact: Julie Robert
Organization: MUHC
Office Phone: 514-934-1934, poste 71381
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Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

Drug reverses behavioural symptoms in mice with a version of autism
Thu, 2014-11-27 13:46

People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh and McGill University.

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-6754

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Contact: Jen Middleton
Organization: University of Edinburgh
Office Phone: +44 131 650 6514
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