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Lawyers representing both sides in concussion lawsuits against sports leagues may eventually have a new tool at their disposal: a diagnostic signature that uses artificial intelligence to detect brain trauma years after it has occurred. 

Classified as: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), MNI, Research News, Athletics, concussion in athletics, External, faculty, MRI, staff, students, Sports, concussions
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Published on: 12 Jul 2017

Zebra finches brought up without their fathers don’t react to the singing of potential suitors in the same way that female birds usually do, hinting that the environment in which the birds are raised can have a determining effect on their behaviour.

The finding, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by McGill researchers, highlights how learning and experience, including developmental auditory experience, can shape how the brain perceives vocal signals.

Classified as: Zebra finches, Sarah Woolley, courtship
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Published on: 10 Jul 2017

Canada’s extensive malting and brewing industry could get a further boost from new insight into the science of malting.

Classified as: beer, malting, barley, Jaswinder Singh, TLP8, β-glucan, society and culture
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Published on: 6 Jul 2017

A new research letter published by JAMA Pediatrics examined trends in overall and cause-specific infant mortality rates between non-Hispanic black and white infants because infant mortality is an important indicator of population health.

Corinne A. Riddell, Ph.D., of McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and coauthors analyzed data from the U.S. National Vital Statistics System from 2005 to 2015. The infant mortality rate was calculated as the number of deaths divided by the number of births. Rates for the top four causes of death also were calculated.

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Published on: 5 Jul 2017

Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) may have cracked the code to understanding the function of special cells called regulatory T Cells. Treg cells, as they are often known, control and regulate our immune system to prevent excessive reactions. The findings, published in Science Immunology, could have a major impact in our understanding and treatment of all autoimmune diseases and most chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s disease as well as broader conditions such as asthma, allergies and cancer. 

Classified as: Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)
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Published on: 5 Jul 2017

Cancer scientists overestimate the extent to which high-profile preclinical studies can be successfully replicated, new research from McGill University suggests.

Classified as: reproducibility, preclinical studies, Cancer, Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, Jonathan Kimmelman
Published on: 29 Jun 2017

Emma Morano passed away last April. At 117 years old, the Italian woman was the oldest known living human being.

Super- centenarians, such as Morano and Jeanne Calment of France, who famously lived to be 122 years old, continue to fascinate scientists and have led them to wonder just how long humans can live. A study published in Nature last October concluded that the upper limit of human age is peaking at around 115 years.

Classified as: aging, Siegfried Hekimi, maximum lifespan, average lifespan
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Published on: 28 Jun 2017

Scientists have known for some time that a memory is stored in the brain through changes in the strength of particular synapses, the structures that pass signals between neurons. However, how the change in strength persisted remained a mystery. Solving this mystery has important implications for remedying neurological and psychological disorders.

Classified as: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), neuron, memory
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Published on: 27 Jun 2017

Canadian scientists take a step forward in the fight against microbial armour‎.
Read more here.

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Published on: 26 Jun 2017

Two McGill University research projects aimed at helping farmers mitigate greenhouse gas emissions will receive nearly $3 million in funding from the Government of Canada, federal officials announced. 

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Jean-Claude Poissant, and Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, made the announcement today at McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Que.

Classified as: food and sustainability
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Published on: 13 Jun 2017
A team of chemists in Canada has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques, could greatly shrink the environmental impact of producing metals from raw materials or from post-consumer electronics.
 
Classified as: chemistry, Metals, Green Chemistry, refinement, recycling, Lumb, Friščić, mechanochemistry, science and technology
Published on: 7 Jun 2017

Even among non-dependent cocaine users, cues associated with consumption of the drug lead to dopamine release in an area of the brain thought to promote compulsive use, according to researchers at McGill University.

The findings, published in Scientific Reports, suggest that people who consider themselves recreational users could be further along the road to addiction than they might have realized.

Classified as: Marco Leyton, cocaine, Recreational cocaine use, dopamine
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Published on: 23 May 2017

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