Prof Xinyu Liu is one of 10 McGill researchers to receive a 2015 NSERC Strategic Project Grant. His proposal, entitled "Paper-based microfluidic devices intergrating inGaN/GaN semiconductor microtubes for ultrasensitive detection of disease markers," has been awarded $394,300 to investigate portable, ultrasensitive biosensors that can quickly detect disease markers.
The Great Lakes have been invaded by more non-native species than any other freshwater ecosystem in the world. In spite of increasing efforts to stem the tide of invasion threats, the lakes remain vulnerable, according to scientists from McGill University and colleagues in Canada and the United States.
Current government-mandated nutrition labeling is ineffective in improving nutrition, but there is a better system available, according to a study by McGill University researchers published in the December issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
A quiet time scheduled every afternoon could improve the health of newborns and mothers in maternity wards according to researchers at McGill University.
Professor Jeffrey Bergthorson in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been named the first Panda Faculty Scholar in Sustainable Engineering and Design at the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED). Also recently appointed Associate Director of TISED, Prof Bergthorson began a 3-year term in both roles on January 1, 2015.
Research led by Prof François Barthelat in the Department of Mechanical Engineering earned a spot on Quebec's list of top 10 scientific discoveries in 2014. Inspired by natural structures like seashells, Barthelat and his team developed a technique to strengthen glass. They were able to make glass 200 times more resistant to breakage by engraving micro-cracks in wavy configurations on its surface. The pattern of micro-cracks guided larger cracks and absorbed impact energy.
Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be there. A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University.
In 2007, a treasure hunting company found a 19th Century shipwreck in the Atlantic, off the coast of Portugal. The company, Odyssey Marine Exploration, claimed property of the shipwreck and its cargo, some 600,000 silver and gold coins.
I want to take this opportunity to honour and thank Ann C. Macaulay, CM MD FCFP, who was the founding Director of Participatory Research at McGill, for her decades of service and commitment to primary care and community health. I am delighted that Ann continues on in our Department as Professor of Family Medicine and that we will continue to benefit from her mentoring, expertise, and experience.
The Department of Family Medicine congratulates:
Title of award: McGill Faculty of Medicine MSc Internal Studentship
Title of research project: Investigating the Effect of Weight on Asthma Children in Quebec
Title of award: McCutcheon Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship
Title of research project: Engaging Terminally Ill Children in Research of Self-Reported Quality of Life Outcomes: a Review of Established Methods
The 2013 Isaac Tannenbaum Resident Research Day held on May 31st was a real success!! This day was an opportunity for our residents to present their scholarly work as well as to meet with other residents from the different McGill Family Medicine Units.
See Dr. Jeannie Haggerty's new editorial in the British Medical Journal based on this very interesting publication on Primary Care Systems published in the Health Affairs.
Haggerty, J., Lévesque J-F., Hogg W. & Wong S. The strength of primary care systems. Stronger systems improve population health but require higher levels of spending. BMJ, 2013; 346; f3777 doi: 10.1136/bmj.f3777.