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Peter Hadekel writes in the Gazette that the Charest government needs the resolve to move ahead with the necessary funding for the MUHC and CHUM projects. According to Hadekel, not only does the foot dragging add to the bills, it's encouraging opponents to step forward with claims that the heavily indebted province simply can't afford to finance two superhospitals at the same time. Hadekel points out the economic impact the projects would have on the city's knowledge economy, with two state-of-the-art teaching hospitals. They would allow Montreal to remain in the game of attracting some of the brightest medical minds in the world.
André Pratte writes in an editorial in La Presse on the need for construction of the new McGill hospital, contrary to what some groups are advocating. Pratte says that McGill is recognized around the world, attracts tens of millions more in research funds than other Quebec universities, and gives our health system unequalled access to the best international resources of knowledge.
Gérard Langevin, 65, has a new contraption installed in his chest cavity -- a mechanical heart that will drive rather than pump the blood through his veins. McGill researchers Dr. Renzo Cecere and Dr. Nadia Giannetti announced Canada's first successful implant of a long-term mechanical heart as an alternative to a transplant.
The ice sheet covering the North Pole and Arctic Ocean could recede and disappear completely in the summer months by 2040 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate. McGill's Bruno Tremblay worked on the study, to be published in the Dec. 12 issue of Geophysical Research Letters, with lead researcher Marika Holland of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research and Cecilia Bitz of the University of Washington.
McGill professor Bruce Trigger was one of Canada's great, yet uncelebrated, minds, writes Sandra Martin. Uninterested in self-promotion, he refused to rearrange history in order to make it agree with his theories.
Vassilios Papadopoulos has been named director of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. He believes the MUHC research institute, one of the country's largest, must forge strong links with industrial partners and government funding agencies if scientific ideas are to bear fruit, finding their way to patients as vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools. Papadopoulos was lured to McGill from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he spent 18 years, most recently as associate vice-president and director of biomedical graduate research.
Quebec needs a new strategy for research and development that will advance economic productivity through innovation as well as education. We must develop an industry strategy for the Montreal region in which universities, governments and industry harmonize efforts to attract talent and investment, increase economic growth and build our profile in sectors where we have distinctive advantages. Principal Heather Munroe-Blum's speech to the Montreal Board of Trade is reprinted in the Gazette.
Antonia Maioni, Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, writes that "nothing beats the privilege of exchanging ideas with the fascinating young adults who are part of an extraordinary student scene in Montreal."
Lorne Trottier, a 58-year-old engineer and inventor, is donating $12 million to McGill. The gift will allow the University to fund research chairs in two fields dear to Trottier's heart: astrophysics and cosmology in the science faculty, and aerospace engineering in the engineering faculty.
Marc Raboy and Darin Barney are among seven authors from across Canada who address this question in a six-article series published by the Toronto Star. The series will also be published by La Presse later in the month.
The November issue of Discover magazine includes a story on how "the new science of epigenetics rewrites the rules of disease, heredity and identity." McGill's Moshe Szyf, featured prominently in the article, is a pioneer in linking epigenetic changes to the development of disease.
The challenge for McGill is to keep its present as impressive as its past. Global competition and the battle for funding make that a tough bid, but as Ingrid Peritz reports, the university is finding ways to stay ahead.
In the first detailed study of the practice, McGill researchers have found that smoking and non-smoking teenage girls gain weight at exactly the same rate. Dr. Louise Pilote headed the study, whose findings were presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Vancouver.
Dr. Jacques Genest of the McGill University Health Centre says evolution has left humans ill-equipped to deal with modern diets full of sugars and fats. Genest, one of Canada's foremost cardiovascular experts, joins 3,500 delegates gathering in Vancouver for the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.
Five million Canadians are in chronic pain. A cure has long eluded scientists, but now researchers are starting to unravel the mystery -- and offer hope. McGill's Dr. Jeffrey Mogil, considered one of the world's leading experts on the genetics of pain, offers his views to the Globe and Mail.