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Decoding the secrets of balance

We’ve known for a while that the vestibular system in the inner ear is responsible for helping us keep our balance. And while researchers have already developed a basic understanding of how the brain constructs our perceptions of ourselves in motion, until now no one has understood the crucial step by which the neurons in the brain select the information needed to do so.

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Published on : 24 Jul 2012

Significant progress in talks with AMURE

The bargaining session of July 11 between the University and AMURE led to signed agreements on grievance procedure (Art. 12), arbitration (Art. 13) and disciplinary measures (Art. 14).

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Published on : 11 Jul 2012

Time, Winnipeg Free Press, et al. - Uncircumcised boys at greater risk for urinary tract infections: study

A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal finds that uncircumcised boys have a higher risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) than circumcised boys, a condition that could lead to kidney damage and scarring if left untreated. The risk of infection was higher in uncircumcised boys regardless of how much of their urethral opening was visible.

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Published on : 09 Jul 2012

More progress in talks with AMURE

The next bargaining session is set for July 11, after which talks will resume in August.

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Published on : 05 Jul 2012

Brain scans detect early signs of autism

A new study shows significant differences in brain development in high-risk infants who develop autism starting as early as age 6 months.

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Published on : 27 Jun 2012

Illegal marijuana used by 10 per cent of fibromyalgia patients

A new study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, led by Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a rheumatologist at the McGill University Health Centre, reveals that 13 per cent of FM patients use cannabinoids for relief from symptoms such as widespread pain, fatigue, and insomnia.

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Published on : 22 Jun 2012

McGill researchers discover the cause of an inherited form of epilepsy

McGill researchers have discovered the cause of an inherited form of epilepsy. The disease, known as double-cortex syndrome, primarily affects females and arises from mutations on a gene located on the X chromosome. Drs. Susanne Bechstedt and Gary Brouhard of the Dept of Biology have used a highly advanced microscope to discover how these mutations cause a malformation of the human brain.

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Published on : 21 Jun 2012

Swiss delegation lends high-profile support to Brain@McGill partnership

Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, Swiss Secretary of State for Education and Research, and Ulrich Lehner, Ambassador of Switzerland to Canada and the Bahamas, recently paid a high-profile visit to McGill University. One of their primary goals was to show support for and learn more about the innovative partnership that exists between the Brain@McGill and the Neuroscience Center Zurich.

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Published on : 19 Jun 2012

Progress on negotiations with AMURE

The parties met on June 13 and discussed in full detail the articles relating to posting, appointments/reappointments and probationary period.

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Published on : 15 Jun 2012

Ethics framework urged to manage conflicts of interest in medicine

Ethics framework urged to manage conflicts of interest in medicine

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Published on : 13 Jun 2012

Michael Petrides elected to the Royal Society of London

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Petrides, who has been elected to the prestigious Royal Society of London.

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Published on : 13 Jun 2012

Promising tool to combat cachexia-induced muscle wasting discovered

Cachexia, a syndrome characterized by rapid weight loss and muscle deterioration, is a major cause of death among patients suffering from diseases like cancer, AIDS and chronic infection. Now, a newly published study by McGill University researchers shows that a low dose of Pateamine A is effective at preventing cancer-induced muscle wasting, which may lead to cachexia-fighting drugs.

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Published on : 12 Jun 2012

Talks with AMURE carry on

At the bargaining session of June 6 the parties firmed up three negotiation dates for meetings to be carried out until July 11.

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Published on : 08 Jun 2012

McGill discovery: Alzheimer’s drugs make bones stronger

New use for old drugs may prevent bone fractures

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Published on : 07 Jun 2012

June – ALS Awareness Month

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or more commonly, Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease in which progressive muscle weakness leads to paralysis.

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012