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Elderly women with irregular heartbeat at higher risk for stroke

According to a new study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC), older women who have been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat are at higher risk of stroke than men.

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Published on : 09 May 2012

Biologists turn back the clock to understand evolution of sex differences

Prof. Ehab Abouheif, Dept. of Biology and a research team investigated which genes were being expressed during the development of antennae in male water striders. The antennae are used to grasp the females during mating. They then modified gene expression to see how this would be expressed in antennae development and success in mating. By doing so they were able to watch evolution in action.

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Published on : 03 May 2012

Rethinking Research Ethics: Researchers Challenge Post-marketing Trial Practices

Current research ethics focuses on protecting study participants, but according to bioethicists from McGill University and Carnegie Mellon University, these efforts fail to prevent harms that undermine the social value of research.

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Published on : 03 May 2012

McGill strengthens academic ties with Brazil

McGill University is building on longstanding research collaborations with Brazil by announcing four partnership agreements with Brazilian universities. These agreements are being signed this week by Prof. Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.

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Published on : 27 Apr 2012

Taking it all in: revealing how we sense things

In a paper published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from McGill University have demonstrated for the first time that there are specific neurons that respond selectively to first and second order sensory attributes.

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Published on : 24 Apr 2012

Letting go can boost quality of life

A new study by Carsten Wrosch of Concordia University and Catherine Sabiston of McGill’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education found that breast cancer survivors who were able to let go of old exercise goals and set new ones increased their level of physical activity and showed an improved well-being overall.

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Published on : 23 Apr 2012

Visonary Innovators - World Intellectual Property Day - April 26, 2012

Visonary Innovators - World Intellectual Property Day - April 26, 2012

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Published on : 23 Apr 2012

How common is off-label drug prescription?

A new McGill University study evaluating off-label prescribing of medications by primary care physicians in Quebec suggests the practice is common, although it varies by medication, patient and physician characteristics. The paper was published online today in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Published on : 16 Apr 2012

$7.6 million for the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre

The McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre is pleased to announce that they have been awarded funding totalling $7.6 million over a two-year period from Genome Canada’s 2010 Competition. This award, a record for Québec, will fund the operations of the Innovation Centre as well as the services offered to scientific communities in Québec, the rest of Canada and around the world.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2012

Darwin in the genome

A current controversy raging in evolutionary biology is about whether adaptation to new environments is the result of many genes, each of relatively small effect, or just a few genes of large effect. A new study published in Molecular Ecology by McGill biologist Andrew Hendry and a colleague from Basel University strongly supports the first “many-small” hypothesis.

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Published on : 03 Apr 2012

Dr. Mark Wainberg awarded 2012 Killam Prize in Health Sciences

The Lady Davis Institute (LDI) and McGill University are delighted to announce that Dr. Mark A. Wainberg has been awarded the 2012 Killam Prize in Health Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the past Director of the LDI and is currently head of its HIV/AIDS research axis and Director of the McGill AIDS Centre.

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Published on : 03 Apr 2012

Study suggests new way to treat chronic pain

Nearly one in five people suffers from the insidious and often devastating problem of chronic pain. That the problem persists, and is growing, is striking given the many breakthroughs in understanding the basic biology of pain over the past two decades. Research published online in Nature Medicine points to potential solutions.

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Published on : 26 Mar 2012

Nine McGill researchers appointed Canada Research Chairs

Nine McGill researchers were among the 132 newly awarded or renewed Canada Research Chairs just announced by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology. The McGill CRCs work in fields ranging from social statistics and family change to the cognitive neuroscience of attention and expectation.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2012

Fielding questions about climate change

In a study published in Nature, Alfonso Mucci, of the Department of Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences worked with colleagues from Concordia University to study the chemical makeup of sediment samples from oceans around the world to show how iron oxides can remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2012

The shape of things to come

For those involved in managing the fallout from environmental disasters such as oil spills, it is essential to have tools that predict how the oil will move. McGill Engineering professor George Haller has worked with Prof. Josefina Olascoaga,from the University of Miami to develop a method that does not simply track: it actually forecasts major changes in the way that oil spills will move.

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Published on : 12 Mar 2012