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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

$29 million from NSERC to support McGill researchers

Whether it is for research into clean energy sources, the future of wireless communication or a better understanding of the processes involved in language learning, over 160 established McGill researchers and more than 80 graduate students will benefit from support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) over the next five years.

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012

Toronto Star - Falling through the cracks: Media coverage of mental illness in Canada

For anyone to speak out openly and honestly about their struggle with mental illness is an act of bravery. According to a new study of Canadian media coverage of mental illness, journalists rarely quote individuals with mental illness. The study, "Together Against Stigma: Changing how we see mental illness," will be presented Monday at an international conference in Ottawa.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2012

Message from the Office of Sponsored Research and Research Financial Management Services to the McGill Research Community

This communiqué updates the McGill community of some important changes that the Office of Sponsored Research and Research Financial Management Services are undertaking in order to improve our collective services for researchers.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2012

Raptor Pharmaceutical licenses intellectual property related to malaria from McGill

Raptor Pharmaceutical recently announced that it has acquired exclusive rights to intellectual property related to cysteamine and related compounds in the potential treatment of parasitic diseases, including malaria, from McGill.

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Published on : 31 May 2012

Study provides new insights into structure of heart muscle fibres

Discovery could be used to help engineer artificial tissue

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Published on : 29 May 2012