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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

National Post - Researchers strive for early detection of 'silent killer'

Ovarian cancer, called a “silent killer” because symptoms are often vague and similar to more benign conditions in the early stages, is often not diagnosed until it is at an advanced stage. Researchers say about 77% of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed at this point.

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Published on : 30 Mar 2012

New York Times, Toronto Star, et al. - Diagnoses of autism on the rise, report says

The likelihood of a child’s being given a diagnosis of autism, Asperger syndrome or a related disorder increased more than 20 percent from 2006 to 2008, according to a report released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Published on : 29 Mar 2012

McGill and AMURE meet for 2nd time

The University and AMURE, the bargaining teams representing research associates and research assistants, met for the second time on March 21.

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Published on : 28 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

Provincial budget: McGill welcomes essential funding for restoration of historical academic building

McGill University welcomed today the injection of $35 million dollars toward the restoration of Wilson Hall, one of McGill’s many historical academic buildings in urgent need of rehabilitation. The funding was announced as part of the Quebec budget tabled today.

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Published on : 20 Mar 2012

AMURE research associates and research assistants start negotiating

March 14 triggered the start of the bargaining process between the University and the bargaining teams representing research associates and research assistants.

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Published on : 19 Mar 2012

Media advisory: Ouch! The science of pain from onset to relief

Mini-Science examines the chemistry of pain and pain science

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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

“Two steps” ahead in cystic fibrosis research

A recent study led by Gergely Lukacs, a professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Physiology, and published in the January issue of Cell, has shown that restoring normal function to the mutant gene product responsible for cystic fibrosis requires correcting two distinct structural defects. This finding could point to more effective therapeutic strategies for CF in the future.

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Published on : 12 Mar 2012

It’s brain time!

This week, learning becomes more exciting as Montreal neuroscientists join forces to reveal the wonders of the human brain during the 15th annual Brain Awareness Week (March 12 – 16).

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Published on : 12 Mar 2012

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