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Prestigious Sloan Fellowship awarded to McGill astrophysicist

McGill University Astrophysicist Matt Dobbs has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. Dobbs, a Canada Research Chair in Astro-particle Physics, investigates a big subject: the origins and evolution of the universe.

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Published on : 01 Mar 2010

Nanotech discovery may green chemical manufacturing

A new nanotech catalyst developed by McGill University Chemists Chao-Jun Li, Audrey Moores and their colleagues offers industry an opportunity to reduce the use of expensive and toxic heavy metals.

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Published on : 16 Feb 2010

Media advisory: McGill launches Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science

The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, a celebration of life on Earth and of the value of biodiversity for all. McGill University is proud to launch the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, bringing together eight academic institutions, in collaboration with the Montreal Botanical Garden and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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Published on : 12 Feb 2010

CRCs, New and Renewed

On September 23, 2009, Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced that 19 McGill researchers were among the 181 newly appointed or renewed Canada Research Chairs. McGill received nine Tier 1 and 10 Tier 2 Chairs worth a total of $17,600,000.

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Published on : 11 Feb 2010

McGill discovery offers hope in diabetes

Another step on the road to a cure for diabetes may give hope to the world’s 171 million diabetes sufferers, thanks to collaboration between teams from McGill University and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).

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Published on : 10 Feb 2010

McGill agreement in India places Quebec at heart of climate-change research

Principal Heather Munroe-Blum signed a research memorandum of understanding with Dr. P.P. Bhojvaid, Vice-Chancellor of TERI University in India, placing Quebec at the heart of climate-change research. The signing was also attended by Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chancellor of TERI University, Premier of Quebec Jean Charest and Quebec Minister for International Relations Pierre Arcand.

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Published on : 05 Feb 2010

Research Strength in Numbers

Complex problems require complex solutions. That’s why the Green Crop Network brings together a variety of research expertise from McGill and 13 other Canadian universities.

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Published on : 04 Feb 2010

Missing DNA tied to obesity

McGill University study could lead to personalized medicine to treat morbid obesity with genetic cause.

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Published on : 04 Feb 2010

Some morbidly obese people are missing genes, new research shows

A small but significant proportion of morbidly obese people are missing a section of their DNA, according to research published today in Nature.

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Published on : 03 Feb 2010

Parkinson’s disease research uncovers social barrier

People with Parkinson’s disease suffer social difficulties simply because of the way they talk, a McGill University researcher has discovered. Marc Pell, at McGill’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has learned that many people develop negative impressions about individuals with Parkinson’s disease, based solely on how they communicate.

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Published on : 03 Feb 2010

Good Ethics for Good Science

The accelerated world of medical research promises new diagnostic tools and treatments for Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. These advances, however, raise a daunting array of ethical issues. Enter Bartha Maria Knoppers, the recently appointed director of McGill’s new Centre of Genomics and Policy.

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Published on : 02 Feb 2010

Balzan for Milner

Brenda Milner needs a bigger mantelpiece. On November 20, 2009, in a ceremony held in Berne, Switzerland, the legendary Montreal Neurological Institute researcher received the International Balzan Prize, yet another entry on her long list of prestigious accolades.

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Published on : 02 Feb 2010

Home of the Cosmic Rays

Scientists long tried to figure out why some spots on Earth had more radioactive air than others. It wasn’t until 1912, when Victor Hess took an electrometer skyward in a balloon, that it became clear the extra radiation was coming, not from inside the Earth, but from above it. Way above it. But where exactly did these “cosmic rays,” as physicist Robert Millikan dubbed them, come from?

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Published on : 02 Feb 2010

Royal Society Honours

At ceremonies held in Ottawa on November 28 and 29, 2009, the Royal Society of Canada recognized the achievements of four McGill researchers.

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Published on : 02 Feb 2010