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The impact of night work on our immune system

McGill Newsroom Study reveals the impact of night work You cross paths with him at the break of dawn in the corridors of the Metro. He looks bleary-eyed and pallid. This worker’s night shift just ended. His body clocks are out of sync with one another, and, imperceptibly, they’re also out of sync with his environment. In the long run, this night owl could be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular, autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer.

Published on : 14 Jun 2016

New name for McGill Department of Oncology

McGill Newsroom Newly named Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology recognizes family’s enduring support In recognition of the Bronfman family’s enduring support for oncology programs and research at McGill University, the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Oncology has been named the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, in honour of one of the family’s major benefactors.

Published on : 13 Jun 2016

A molecular on/off switch for antibiotic resistance

McGill Newsroom Antibiotic resistance represents a major challenge in treating pathogenic bacterial infections. Now, researchers at McGill University have discovered a possible target for fighting back against resistant bacteria.

Published on : 09 Jun 2016

Goodman Cancer Research Gala raises $2.1 million

McGill Newsroom Pioneering research at McGill’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre gets boost The 4th Goodman Cancer Research Gala has raised more than $2.1 million to fund foundational research, more effective diagnostic tools and the development of new treatments and therapies for cancer patients.  The Gala was held on Sunday, June 5 in Montreal, bringing together more than 800 guests in support of McGill University’s Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre.

Published on : 06 Jun 2016

Marking Stroke Month - June 2016

Raising awareness about stroke   Every ten minutes, someone in Canada suffers a stroke. Strokes kill 14,000 Canadians each year, making stroke the third leading cause of death in this country. The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) hopes to increase public awareness about the dangers of stroke by marking Stroke Month. People who learn about the causes of stroke can take measures to reduce their chances of having a stroke.   What is a stroke?  

Published on : 06 Jun 2016

Are EEG neurofeedback benefits due to placebo effects?

Neurofeedback using electroencephalograpy boasts thousands of practitioners and appears to both improve normal brain function and alleviate a wide variety of mental disorders – from anxiety to alcoholism. But after examining the scientific literature and consulting experts in Europe and the U.S., McGill University researchers Robert Thibault and Amir Raz conclude that clinical improvements from this increasingly popular alternative therapy are due to placebo effects.

Published on : 02 Jun 2016

McGill installs inaugural Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology

McGill Newsroom McGill alumnus tagged to boost capacity and discovery in growing field Dr. Robert Platt, Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine was officially announced as the inaugural Albert Boehringer (1st) Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology during an event held May 26 at McGill.

Published on : 27 May 2016

Antidepressants: rise in off-label prescriptions

McGill Newsroom Antidepressant use in North America has increased over the last 2 decades. A suspected reason for this trend is that primary care physicians are increasingly prescribing antidepressants for nondepressive indications, including unapproved (off-label) indications that have not been evaluated by regulatory agencies.

Published on : 24 May 2016

Gene mutations shown to cause form of HSP

By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital Discovery will aid development of treatments for this debilitating disease Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) have identified novel gene mutations that cause hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a step forward in efforts to treat this debilitating disease.

Published on : 10 May 2016

Key mechanism identified in brain tumor growth

McGill Newsroom Discovery offers hope for more effective treatments of deadly glioblastomas A gene known as OSMR plays a key role in driving the growth of glioblastoma tumors, according to a new study led by a McGill University researcher and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Published on : 25 Apr 2016

McGill gets $1.65 M from NSERC for training project

McGill Newsroom CREATE project to prepare graduates for high-skills work in surgical-devices industry A team led by McGill University professor Jake Barralet will receive $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to provide nearly 90 students with cross-disciplinary training to prepare them for high-skill jobs in the surgical devices industry.

Published on : 14 Apr 2016

How depression may compound risk of type 2 diabetes

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom Depression, metabolic factors combine to boost risk of developing diabetes, study finds  Depression may compound the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people with early warning signs of metabolic disease, according to researchers from McGill University, l'Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the University of Calgary.

Published on : 12 Apr 2016