Research

Neurofeedback using electroencephalograpy boasts thousands of practitioners and appears to both improve normal brain function and alleviate a wide variety of mental disorders – from anxiety to alcoholism. But after examining the scientific literature and consulting experts in Europe and the U.S., McGill University researchers Robert Thibault and Amir Raz conclude that clinical improvements from this increasingly popular alternative therapy are due to placebo effects.

Classified as: Psychiatry, health and lifestyle, neuroproject, neuroprojects, neurofeedback, electroencephalograpy, placebo effects, psychological influences, social influences
Published on: 2 Jun 2016

By the Media Relations Office, McGill Newsroom

Spotlight on neurosciences 

Neuroinformatics stands at the intersection of neuroscience and information science. One of the world leaders in this discipline is Prof. Pedro Valdes-Sosa, General Vice-Director for Research of the Cuban Neuroscience Center (CNEURO) which he co-founded in 1990.

Classified as: neuroscience, Montreal Neurological Institute, MNI, information science, science and technology, neuroproject, neuroprojects, podcast, Pedro Valdes-Sosa, neuroinformatics, Cuban Neuroscience Center, Havana
Published on: 2 Jun 2016

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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.

Classified as: autism, songbirds, birds, science and technology, developmental disorders, neurobiology, jon sakata
Published on: 31 May 2016

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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.

Classified as: health, income, Child Health, legislation, society and culture, minimum wage, social science & medicine, Maternal and Child Health Equity Project, McGill University's Institute for Health and Social Policy
Published on: 30 May 2016

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.

Classified as: Research, cystic fibrosis, interview, Cystic Fibrosis Translational Research Centre
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Published on: 27 May 2016

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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.

Classified as: genetics, United States, genomics, society and culture, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, simon gravel, african-americans, heritage, Canada Research Chair program, ancestry
Published on: 27 May 2016

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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.

Classified as: Pharmacology, epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, health and lifestyle, growing, Albert Boehringer, David Eidelman
Published on: 27 May 2016

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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.  

Classified as: Scholarships, neuroscience, gift, university advancement, science and technology, neuroproject, neuroprojects, victor dahdaleh, brain research, Victor Dahdaleh-Clinton Foundation Scholarship program
Published on: 26 May 2016

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

Classified as: sociology, Election, Politics, society and culture, bernie sanders, labor party, Eidlin
Published on: 26 May 2016

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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.

Classified as: depression, pain, health and lifestyle, antidepressant, Jenna Wong, manoamine oxidase inhibitors, insomnia, panic disorders
Published on: 24 May 2016

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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.

Classified as: metabolism, obesity, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Fat, science and technology, body fat, metabolic disorders, folliculin, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Fonds de Recherche du Québec–Santé
Published on: 16 May 2016

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

Classified as: ethics, International Society for Stem Cell Research, Stem cell, social implications, ethical implication
Published on: 12 May 2016

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.

Classified as: Guy Rouleau, MNI, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, HSP, hereditary spastic paraplegia, gene mutation, debilitating disease, weakness, spasticity, CanHSP, Canadian Institutes for Health Research
Published on: 10 May 2016

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