Research

A team of scientists led by Dr. Michel Desjardins from the University of Montreal and Dr. Heidi McBride from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill University have discovered that two genes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease.

Using both cellular and mouse models, the team has shown that proteins produced by the two genes, known as PINK1 and Parkin, are required to prevent cells from being detected and attacked by the immune system.

Classified as: genetics, mitochondria, Parkinson's, Parkinson's disease, autoimmune disease, PINK1, Parkin
Published on: 27 Jun 2016

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Couche-Tard founder gives $4 million to McGill for groundbreaking research on intellectual disabilities

Classified as: Montreal Neurological Institute, MNI, couche-tard, intellectual disabilities, ID, Sandra Bouchard, Alain Bouchard, Sainte-Justine
Published on: 22 Jun 2016

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It’s all math: How Professor Alan Evans is using cutting-edge statistics to unravel the complexity of brain disorders.

When Alan Evans was starting out in the 1970s, researchers didn’t ask the boss to foot their bar tab. But that’s exactly what some of the coders in his Montreal Neurological Institute lab recently proposed: a 9-to-5 Saturday hackathon, held in an Irish pub a few blocks from the McGill University campus.

Classified as: neuroscience, Montreal Neurological Institute, MNI, Alan Evans, Simulation, neuroproject, neuroprojects, brain disorder, disorder
Published on: 20 Jun 2016

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EMC working with McGill to support data storage and visualization technologies to help with the NeuroHub project

The Canadian research team that helped spearhead the international brain-mapping project known as BigBrain is about to get a major boost in its effort to produce sharply higher-resolution brain maps, thanks to technology from EMC Corporation.

Classified as: neuroscience, CBRAIN, BigBrain, Natural Sciences, Rosie Goldstein, neuroproject, neuroprojects, EMC, NeuroHub, NeuroHub project, EMC Corporation, visualization technology
Published on: 15 Jun 2016

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Study reveals the impact of night work

You cross paths with him at the break of dawn in the corridors of the Metro. He looks bleary-eyed and pallid. This worker’s night shift just ended. His body clocks are out of sync with one another, and, imperceptibly, they’re also out of sync with his environment. In the long run, this night owl could be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular, autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer.

Classified as: Cancer, immune system, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, shift workers, body clock, internal clock, clock, Marc Cuesta, Nicolas Cermakian, Diane B. Biovin, Journal of Immunology
Published on: 14 Jun 2016

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Newly named Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology recognizes family’s enduring support

In recognition of the Bronfman family’s enduring support for oncology programs and research at McGill University, the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Oncology has been named the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, in honour of one of the family’s major benefactors.

Classified as: Cancer, Oncology, Gerald Bronfman, Bronfman family
Published on: 13 Jun 2016

The Neuro is recognized as a major Canadian center for ALS research and patient care. During June, designated ALS Month, The Neuro redoubles its efforts to inform the public and the media about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and urges all to help support ALS research.

Classified as: neuroscience, Neurology, ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Published on: 13 Jun 2016

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Antibiotic resistance represents a major challenge in treating pathogenic bacterial infections.

Now, researchers at McGill University have discovered a possible target for fighting back against resistant bacteria.

Classified as: antibiotics, Antibiotic resistance, health and lifestyle, bacterial infection, Albert Berghuis, enzyme, motion sensors, pathogenic bacteria
Published on: 9 Jun 2016

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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