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‘Baby talk’ can help songbirds learn their tunes

McGill Newsroom The research has implications for understanding human developmental disorders such as autism Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light on speech learning and certain developmental disorders in humans, according to a study by McGill University researchers.

Published on : 31 May 2016

Impact of minimum wage on child health varies

McGill Newsroom Study of low-, middle-income countries shows increase in minimum wage not always linked to better health Raising the minimum wage in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) does not necessarily lead to better health for young children, according to a new study by McGill University researchers.

Published on : 30 May 2016

Dr. John Hanrahan on Cystic Fibrosis, CTV News Interview

Dr. John Hanrahan, of the Cystic Fibrosis Translational Research Centre (CFTRc) from McGill University, appeared on CTV news to explain that a new treatment for the genetic disease is derived from sea sponges.   View the whole interview HERE.

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Published on : 27 May 2016

Great Migration and African-American genomic diversity

McGill Newsroom Study examines genetic data to analyze regional differences in ancestry A new study of genomic diversity in the U.S. clarifies the role of pre-Civil War admixture and early 20th century transit routes in shaping the migration history and genomic diversity among African-American communities. The research by McGill University professor Simon Gravel and colleagues, was published May 27 in PLOS Genetics.

Published on : 27 May 2016

McGill installs inaugural Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology

McGill Newsroom McGill alumnus tagged to boost capacity and discovery in growing field Dr. Robert Platt, Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine was officially announced as the inaugural Albert Boehringer (1st) Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology during an event held May 26 at McGill.

Published on : 27 May 2016

Victor Phillip Dahdaleh supports neuroscience research

McGill Newsroom Gift expands scholarship program at McGill with $3.5 million gift $3.5 million gift from McGill alumnus and long-time university supporter, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh, will make a major contribution to the field of brain research at the University and provide expanded support to the Victor Dahdaleh-Clinton Foundation Scholarship program.  

Published on : 26 May 2016

Why is there no Labor Party in the United States?

McGill Newsroom McGill Sociologist uses historical data to provide a new take on an old question

Published on : 26 May 2016

Antidepressants: rise in off-label prescriptions

McGill Newsroom Antidepressant use in North America has increased over the last 2 decades. A suspected reason for this trend is that primary care physicians are increasingly prescribing antidepressants for nondepressive indications, including unapproved (off-label) indications that have not been evaluated by regulatory agencies.

Published on : 24 May 2016

Your friends have more friends than you do

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom Research uncovers the inherently hierarchical nature of social media

Published on : 18 May 2016

Converting cells to burn fat, not store it

McGill Newsroom McGill-led discovery could help fight obesity, metabolic disorders Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat – a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Published on : 16 May 2016

New global guidelines for stem cell research

McGill Newsroom Guidance addresses key scientific, ethical, social, and policy challenges raised by new technologies and emerging areas of stem cell discovery and application

Published on : 12 May 2016

Gene mutations shown to cause form of HSP

By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital Discovery will aid development of treatments for this debilitating disease Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) have identified novel gene mutations that cause hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a step forward in efforts to treat this debilitating disease.

Published on : 10 May 2016

Gene mutations shown to cause form of HSP

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) have identified novel gene mutations that cause hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a step forward in efforts to treat this debilitating disease. It is estimated that between two and 10 people per 100,000 in the general population have HSP, a disease characterized by weakness or spasticity in the lower limbs. HSP is caused by mutations inherited from one or both parents.

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Published on : 09 May 2016

In memoriam : Dr. Terry Tannenbaum

 It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Dr. Terry-Nan Tannenbaum passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 17, 2016 surrounded by her family.  Terry was as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine.   Donations may be made to the "Dr. Terry Nan Tannenbaum Memorial Fund for Education" c/o the Jewish General Hospital Foundation (514-340-8251). On behalf of the McGill Department of Family Medicine, we would like to express  our deepest sympathies.

Published on : 22 Apr 2016