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Taking it all in: revealing how we sense things

In a paper published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from McGill University have demonstrated for the first time that there are specific neurons that respond selectively to first and second order sensory attributes.

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Published on : 24 Apr 2012

Letting go can boost quality of life

A new study by Carsten Wrosch of Concordia University and Catherine Sabiston of McGill’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education found that breast cancer survivors who were able to let go of old exercise goals and set new ones increased their level of physical activity and showed an improved well-being overall.

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Published on : 23 Apr 2012

Visonary Innovators - World Intellectual Property Day - April 26, 2012

Visonary Innovators - World Intellectual Property Day - April 26, 2012

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Published on : 23 Apr 2012

How common is off-label drug prescription?

A new McGill University study evaluating off-label prescribing of medications by primary care physicians in Quebec suggests the practice is common, although it varies by medication, patient and physician characteristics. The paper was published online today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Published on : 16 Apr 2012

Mixing emotions: The use of humor in fear advertising

Authors: Mukherjee, Ashesh; Dube, Laurette

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Published on : 16 Apr 2012

Professor Henry Mintzberg wins 2012 BPS Irwin Outstanding Educator Award

Professor Henry Mintzberg has been chosen to receive the 2012 BPS Irwin Outstanding Educator Award by the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) division of the Academy of Management.

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Published on : 12 Apr 2012

Assembling jobs: a model of how tasks are bundled into and across jobs

How are tasks bundled into and across jobs within organizations? In this paper, I develop a model of this process of job design by drawing on a multisite qualitative study of task allocation following the installation of a DNA sequencer. The model that emerges is one of the assembly of tasks through multiple subassembly processes with multiple assemblers.

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Published on : 12 Apr 2012

Heightened sensitivity to cheap, high-calorie food is linked with obesity

Now, a new review of human brain imaging studies published by Cell Press in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that a major reason for the dramatic increase in obesity may be a heightened sensitivity to heavily advertised and easily accessible high-calorie foods.

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Published on : 05 Apr 2012

$7.6 million for the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre

The McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre is pleased to announce that they have been awarded funding totalling $7.6 million over a two-year period from Genome Canada’s 2010 Competition. This award, a record for Québec, will fund the operations of the Innovation Centre as well as the services offered to scientific communities in Québec, the rest of Canada and around the world.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2012

Cholesterol drug shows benefit in animal study of Alzheimer’s disease

A cholesterol drug commonly prescribed to reduce cardiovascular disease risk restores blood vessel function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study in the April 4 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2012

Dr. Mark Wainberg awarded 2012 Killam Prize in Health Sciences

The Lady Davis Institute (LDI) and McGill University are delighted to announce that Dr. Mark A. Wainberg has been awarded the 2012 Killam Prize in Health Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the past Director of the LDI and is currently head of its HIV/AIDS research axis and Director of the McGill AIDS Centre.

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Published on : 03 Apr 2012

Darwin in the genome

A current controversy raging in evolutionary biology is about whether adaptation to new environments is the result of many genes, each of relatively small effect, or just a few genes of large effect. A new study published in Molecular Ecology by McGill biologist Andrew Hendry and a colleague from Basel University strongly supports the first “many-small” hypothesis.

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Published on : 03 Apr 2012

Daring to Care: Scholarship that Supports the Courage of Our Convictions

Whatever we choose to do, the stakes are very high.David Whyte (1994, p. 298), poet. Researching questions that matter demands passionate conviction. Whether recognized as such or not, such conviction, combined with profound compassion, defines true scholarship. Daring to care requires courage-the courage to speak out and to act.

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Published on : 02 Apr 2012

Optimal procurement strategy under supply risk

With the rapid expansion of global business, newer suppliers with cheaper but possibly unreliable technologies have entered the marketplace to win orders from buyer firms by beating the price of their perfectly reliable (but expensive) competitors.

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Published on : 02 Apr 2012

Emergency department patient flow simulations using spreadsheets

Introduction: Patient flow computer simulations allow Emergency Department stakeholders to assess operational interventions, develop utilization and performance measures, and produce estimates for budgeting or planning purposes. Key challenges of traditional discrete-event computer simulation software are their inherent complexity for modeling, coding, or analyzing output.

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Published on : 02 Apr 2012