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Nearing the limits of life on Earth

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom Failure to find active microbes in coldest Antarctic soils has implications for search for life on Mars

Published on : 19 Jan 2016

Human sounds convey emotions better than words do

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom Brain uses “older” systems/structures to preferentially process emotion expressed through vocalizations

Published on : 18 Jan 2016

A ‘printing press’ for nanoparticles

Gold nanoparticles have unusual optical, electronic and chemical properties, which scientists are seeking to put to use in a range of new technologies, from nanoelectronics to cancer treatments.

Published on : 07 Jan 2016

Overcoming hurdles to Arctic climate change adaptation

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom Arctic peoples inherently able to adapt given changes to various non-climatic factors

Published on : 06 Jan 2016

Droughts hit cereal crops harder since 1980s

Drought and extreme heat events slashed cereal harvests in recent decades by 9% to 10% on average in affected countries – and the impact of these weather disasters was greatest in the developed nations of North America, Europe and Australasia, according to a new study led by researchers from McGill University and the University of British Columbia.

Published on : 06 Jan 2016

$5M for Malaria, Tuberculosis Drug-discovery Research

University of Toronto and McGill University scientists are leading an international partnership to discover new and improved drug treatments for tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases  -- thanks to a contribution from Merck Canada Inc., as well as an additional $5 million supplement to a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The new funding brings the total investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to nearly US $12 million since 2012.

Published on : 17 Dec 2015

Cleaning wounds: saline water trumps soap and water

Now, an international team of researchers led by McMaster University in collaboration with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre has found that soap and water is actually less effective than just using saline water. The findings, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, could lead to significant cost savings, particularly in developing countries where open fractures are particularly common.

Published on : 15 Dec 2015

Inside McGill Inside My Head

« La demande était pas mal corpo au début, » says Alain Farah with a laugh. He is anything but. Farah teaches in the department of French languages and literature at McGill. He’s also the author of a novel called Pourquoi Bologne that came out in French in 2013 and appeared in English in 2015 under the title Ravenscrag. The work tells a fractured, spinning kind of story about a writer called Alain Farah who works at McGill in 1962 and in 2012. In the novel, there are episodes, both in 1962 and 2012, where the character Alain Farah wanders around the McGill campus, clearly in bad shape.

Published on : 11 Dec 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Audrey Juras for her new position as Director of Faculty Development

Congratulations to Dr. Audrey Juras who is now officially taking on the position of Director of Faculty Development for the Department of Family Medicine! Please join us in welcoming her and wishing her the best!

Published on : 09 Dec 2015

Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play

Lottery tickets are fun-filled and exciting presents, but they are not suitable gifts for minors.  Studies suggest that gambling is a popular yet risky activity among youth. Additionally, researchers have reported a correlation between age of gambling onset and problem gambling later in life. Lottery play is sometimes an initial introduction to gambling activities for minors.

Published on : 08 Dec 2015

Treatment for dry eye disease based on McGill research

The discovery that tavilermide  induces the production of mucin, a crucial lubricant in tears, offers hope of relief to people who suffer from chronic dry eye disease. The invention and the development of a drug based on this small molecule was made by the team of Dr. H. Uri Saragovi, Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital and Professor of Pharmacology at McGill University.

Published on : 03 Dec 2015