Research

A commonly used  plasticizer known as DINCH, which is found in products that come into close contact with humans, such as medical devices, children's toys and food packaging, was put under the microscope  by Montreal researchers.

Classified as: metabolism, McGill University, DINCH plasticizer, phthalate, Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal
Published on: 17 Jun 2015

Department of Mechanical Engineering alumnus Kieran Humphries is featured, along with electrical engineer Diego Mascarella, in the May 2015 edition of McGill's French-language publication McGill dans la ville. "Diego and Kieran are both young and bright McGill-trained research engineers," said Prof Benoit Boulet, who supervises their work on the e-drivetrain APC project, which engages industry partners such as Linamar, TM4, Infolytica and Purolator.

Classified as: engineering research
Published on: 3 Jun 2015

The brain is a privileged organ in the body. So vital to life, the brain is protected from alterations elsewhere in the body by a highly regulated gateway known as the blood-brain barrier, which allows only selected molecules to pass through.

Classified as: brain, Research, Multiple Sclerosis, MS, protein, mice, animal, BBB, blood-brain barrier, sclerosis
Published on: 22 Apr 2015

Dancing the Argentine tango could have potential benefits for people at certain stages in the development of Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to findings in a new study by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, Research, Neuro, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, tango, Parkinson's disease, mcgill faculty of medicine, reseach, Silvia Rios Romenets
Published on: 14 Apr 2015

Domestic violence takes many forms. The control of a woman’s reproductive choices by her partner is one of them. A major study published in PLOS One, led by McGill PhD student Lauren Maxwell, showed that women who are abused by their partner or ex-partner are much less likely to use contraception; this exposes them to sexually transmitted diseases and leads to more frequent unintended pregnancies and abortions. These findings could influence how physicians provide contraceptive counselling.

Classified as: Research, HIV, Condoms, abortion, contraception, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, IPV, Millenium Goals, violence
Published on: 31 Mar 2015

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.

Classified as: Research, funding, NSERC, Biosensor, Liu
Published on: 16 Feb 2015

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. 

Classified as: environment, Research, invasive species, Anthony Ricciardi, Faculty of Science, great lakes, McGill News, policies
Published on: 29 Jan 2015

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.

Classified as: Research, obesity, nutrition, nutrition labels
Published on: 20 Jan 2015

A quiet time scheduled every afternoon could improve the health of newborns and mothers in maternity wards according to researchers at McGill University.

Classified as: health, St. Mary's Hospital, babies, hospital, Maternity ward, mothers, silence, Susan Law
Published on: 19 Jan 2015

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.

Classified as: Sustainability, engineering research, TISED, sustainable engineering
Published on: 16 Jan 2015
Classified as: Geography, Research, map, rivers, inundation, wetlands
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Published on: 15 Jan 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.

Classified as: engineering research
Published on: 8 Jan 2015

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.

Classified as: news, Research, food, obesity, nutrition, prevention, Danielle Donnelly, diabetes, Luis Agellon, potato, stan kubow
Published on: 9 Dec 2014

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.

Classified as: Research, Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, trial, Yves Winter
Published on: 5 Dec 2014

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