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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

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

Professor Robert David and PhD Candidate, Saeed Akhlaghpour, Win 2012 Academy of Management Meeting Best Paper Proceedings

“Co-evolution in Management Fashion: Computational models of consultant-driven innovation" by Desautels Professor Robert David, PhD candidate, Saeed Akhlaghpour and David Strang (Cornell University) has been judged by reviewers of the 2012 Academy of Management Meeting to be one of the best accepted papers in the program.

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Published on : 02 Apr 2012

The impact of client choice on preventive healthcare facility network design

In contrast with sick people who need urgent medical attention, the clientele of preventive healthcare have a choice in whether to participate in the programs offered in their region. In order to maximize the total participation to a preventive care program, it is important to incorporate how potential clients choose the facilities to patronize.

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Published on : 27 Mar 2012

The cost and timing of financial distress

Assessments of the trade-off theory have typically compared the present value of tax benefits to the present value of bankruptcy costs. We verify that this comparison overwhelmingly favors tax benefits, suggesting that firms are under-leveraged.

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Published on : 27 Mar 2012

Conceptualizing the organizational IT artifact via the construct of organizational integration

Drawing on the concept of organizational integration, we developed a typology that allows us to classify organizational IT applications and better understand, explain, and potentially predict their impacts. As a preliminary test of the typology, the empirical evidence of past research on the impacts of IT on organizational performance was reviewed.

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Published on : 27 Mar 2012

Who are Canada’s research stars?

With intense competition for research funding and status, universities need an objective way to rank their departments’ research performance, say the creators of a new tool designed to do just that.

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Published on : 27 Mar 2012

Purple Day for Epilepsy

The Neuro gained international renown as a centre of advanced epilepsy research and treatment thanks to the work of Dr. Penfield and such colleagues as the surgeon, Theodore Rasmussen, and the pioneer in electroencephalography (EEG), Herbert Jasper. Their illustrious example has inspired groundbreaking epilepsy research and treatment at the Neuro for more than 70 years.

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Published on : 26 Mar 2012

Study suggests new way to treat chronic pain

Nearly one in five people suffers from the insidious and often devastating problem of chronic pain. That the problem persists, and is growing, is striking given the many breakthroughs in understanding the basic biology of pain over the past two decades. Research published online in Nature Medicine points to potential solutions.

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Published on : 26 Mar 2012

Collaboration rapidly connects fly gene discovery to human disease

A collaborative study by scientists at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University, and published March 20 in the online, open access journal PLoS Biology, has discovered that mutations in the same gene that encodes part of the vital machinery of the mitochondrion can cause neurodegenerative disorders in both fruit flies and humans.

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Published on : 22 Mar 2012

Rapidly-growing firms and their main characteristics: A longitudinal study from the USA

This paper explores the topic of high-growth phenomenon and its agents. High-growth enterprises are primarily small and medium-sized firms that attain very high-growth rates for at least five years.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2012

Nine McGill researchers appointed Canada Research Chairs

Nine McGill researchers were among the 132 newly awarded or renewed Canada Research Chairs just announced by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology. The McGill CRCs work in fields ranging from social statistics and family change to the cognitive neuroscience of attention and expectation.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2012

Fielding questions about climate change

In a study published in Nature, Alfonso Mucci, of the Department of Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences worked with colleagues from Concordia University to study the chemical makeup of sediment samples from oceans around the world to show how iron oxides can remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2012