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Dual approach gives a more accurate picture of the autistic brain

A new study, the first of its kind, combines two complementary analytical brain imaging techniques, to provide a more comprehensive and accurate picture of the neuroanatomy of the autistic brain.

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Published on : 13 Apr 2010

MUHC’s Glen Yards project finally a go

Premier, ministers, mayor join in ceremony By McGill Reporter Staff A key step toward the construction of a new McGill University Health Centre at the Glen Yards was taken April 1, as Premier Jean Charest, flanked by cabinet ministers and MUHC and McGill leaders and Mayor Gérald Tremblay, announced to a crowded room the selection of McGill [...]

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Published on : 04 Apr 2010

April - Parkinson’s Month

Parkinson’s is a disease that attacks certain nerve cells in the brain which play a role in movement. Approximately 100, 000 Canadians have Parkinson’s disease.

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Published on : 01 Apr 2010

Purple Day for Epilepsy

A project to automate lesion detection in drug resistant therapy may lead to improved treatment for people with epilepsy. Approximately one-third of epilepsy patients suffer from seizures that do not respond to drug treatments, making surgery the only effective treatment for these individuals.

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Published on : 26 Mar 2010

Getting turned on

Scientists have identified a mechanism that switches on an extremely important process for the proper functioning and survival of our body’s cells. Specifically, the fast-track transportation pathway of ‘cargo’ to and from the surface of the cell.

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Published on : 17 Mar 2010

Know Your Brain: Montreal universities, institutes and research centres team up for Brain Awareness Week (BAW)

Explore your brain with the experts. Montreal neuroscientists join forces to shed light on the greyest of matters -our grey matter- during the upcoming Brain Awareness Week (March 15-21).

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Published on : 04 Mar 2010

$300,000 CIHR grant awarded to Medicago, the Research Institute of the MUHC and McGill University

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research have awarded a $300,000 grant for research focusing on the nature of the immune response induced by the action mechanisms of plant-made Virus-Like Particles to Dr. Louis Vezina, Chief Scientific Officer of Medicago and to Dr. Brian Ward and Dr. Ciriaco Piccirillo of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and McGill University.

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Published on : 01 Mar 2010

Neuro Movie Nights: a different take on a night at the movies

A new free movie series, Neuro Movie Nights, starting February 18 provides Montrealers with a unique opportunity to enjoy an alternative cinematic experience and to gain new perspectives on the mysteries and workings of the brain.

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Published on : 17 Feb 2010

2010 Brain Bee – Montreal gets brainier

Montreal’s collective IQ will surge tomorrow (February 12, 2010) as high-school students from across the city meet to compete in the 2010 Montreal regional Brain Bee competition. This exciting challenge tests for knowledge of the brain and neuroscience. The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University hosts the competition and graduate students from the institute ha

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Published on : 11 Feb 2010

McGill discovery offers hope in diabetes

Another step on the road to a cure for diabetes may give hope to the world’s 171 million diabetes sufferers, thanks to collaboration between teams from McGill University and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).

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Published on : 10 Feb 2010

Communication breakdown: what happens to nerve cells in Parkinson’s disease

A new study from The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro - at McGill University is the first to discover a molecular link between Parkinson’s disease and defects in the ability of nerve cells to communicate. The study, published in the prestigious journal Molecular Cell and selected as Editor’s Choice in the prominent journal Science, provides new insight into the mechanisms u

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Published on : 09 Feb 2010

Parkinson’s disease research uncovers social barrier

People with Parkinson’s disease suffer social difficulties simply because of the way they talk, a McGill University researcher has discovered. Marc Pell, at McGill’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has learned that many people develop negative impressions about individuals with Parkinson’s disease, based solely on how they communicate.

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Published on : 03 Feb 2010

Double agent: glial cells can protect or kill neurons, vision

Scientists have identified a double agent in the eye that, once triggered, can morph from neuron protector to neuron killer. The discovery has significant health implications since the neurons killed through this process results in vision loss and blindness.

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Published on : 01 Feb 2010

Vitamin D supplements could fight Crohn's disease

A new study has found that Vitamin D, readily available in supplements or cod liver oil, can counter the effects of Crohn’s disease. John White, an endocrinologist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, led a team of scientists who present their findings about the inflammatory bowel disease in the latest Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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Published on : 27 Jan 2010

Young Adults and the H1N1 Flu Vaccine

Young Adults and the H1N1 Flu Vaccine - Vaccine Myths and Facts

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Published on : 11 Jan 2010