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McGill and Freie Universität Berlin team up

McGill University and Freie Universität Berlin have formally moved to enhance their research collaboration through a cooperation agreement that includes the exchange of faculty, staff and students, as well as joint research activities and publications.

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Published on : 09 Mar 2012

McGill researchers crack degeneration process that leads to Alzheimer’s

A research group led by Dr. A. Claudio Cuello of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, has uncovered a critical process in understanding the degeneration of brain cells sensitive to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that this discovery could help develop alternative AD therapies.

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Published on : 08 Mar 2012

Open your eyes and smell the roses

A new study reveals for the first time that activating the brain’s visual cortex with a small amount of electrical stimulation actually improves our sense of smell.

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Published on : 29 Feb 2012

Healthcare professionals' adoption and use of a clinical information system (CIS) in primary care: Insights from the Da Vinci study

Given the increasing prevalence of multimorbidity in primary care (PC), interdisciplinary PC teams supported by appropriate clinical information systems (CIS) are needed in order to deal with the complexity of multimorbid patients' care. Our team has developed such a system, called the Da Vinci system.

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Published on : 28 Feb 2012

Multi-period reverse logistics network design

The configuration of the reverse logistics network is a complex problem comprising the determination of the optimal sites and capacities of collection centers, inspection centers, remanufacturing facilities, and/or recycling plants. In this paper, we propose a profit maximization modeling framework for reverse logistics network design problems.

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Published on : 28 Feb 2012

How accurate are rapid flu tests?

A new study conducted by researchers from McGill University, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC), and Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre, has put the accuracy of rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs) under the microscope. The meta-analysis of 159 studies showed three key findings.

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Published on : 27 Feb 2012

Brain Bee

Twenty-nine students from seven Montreal area high schools will assemble at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University on February 23 to be quizzed about synapses, axons and other cerebral facts in the international contest known as the Brain Bee.

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Published on : 23 Feb 2012

Hold the salt: coastal drinking water more vulnerable to water use than climate change

Human activity is likely a greater threat to coastal groundwater used for drinking water supplies than rising sea levels from climate change, according to a study conducted by geoscientists from the University of Saskatchewan and McGill University in Montreal.

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Published on : 21 Feb 2012

The beat goes on: the geometry that makes music pleasing

A research team led by neuroscientists Drs. Daniel Levitin and Vinod Menon, from McGill and Stanford Universities, analyzed the scores of close to 2,000 musical compositions written by more than 40 composers over the last 400 years in a large variety of Western musical genres. They discovered a mathematical formula governing the rhythmic patterns to which every single piece of music conformed.

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Published on : 20 Feb 2012

Neuron memory key to taming chronic pain

A team of researchers led by McGill neuroscientist Terence Coderre, who is also affiliated with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, has found the key to understanding how memories of pain are stored in the brain. More importantly, the researchers are also able to suggest how these memories can be erased, making it possible to ease chronic pain.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2012

Why looks can be deceiving

Neuropsychology researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University, have found that two areas of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) are critical for either detecting or distinguishing emotions from facial expressions.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2012

Professor Vihang Errunza wins Best Paper Award at the Inaugural India Finance Conference 2011

Professor Vihang Errunza has won the Best Paper Award at the Inaugural India Finance Conference 2011, hosted at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, for his paper entitled, “The Impact of Investability on Asset Valuation,” co-authored with Hai Ta, PhD’11.

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Published on : 10 Feb 2012

Desautels Faculty among top in the world for research productivity

According to a recent ranking of research productivity in the field of Information Systems, the Desautels Faculty of Management is among the best in the world when it comes to publishing in top IS journals. The Desautels Faculty ranked 6th globally for the number of papers published in MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research (ISR) in the last 3 years.

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Published on : 10 Feb 2012

Warning! Collision imminent!

Researchers at The Neuro and the University of Maryland have figured out the mathematical calculations that specific neurons employ in order to inform us of our distance from an object and the 3D velocities of moving objects and surfaces relative to ourselves.

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Published on : 07 Feb 2012