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Gone swimmin'

A mechanical hexapod called Aqua is the latest in a series of seagoing robots being developed by a McGill research group. The goal? To develop an underwater vehicle that can autonomously explore and collect data in aquatic environments while surviving the harsh saltwater conditions and often turbulent waters of the open sea. Aqua's builders are tackling one of the most challenging topics in robotics: integrating vision and locomotion into an amphibious machine that can determine what it is "seeing," where it is, and where it is going.

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Published on : 03 Jun 2006

MUHC researchers link asthma drugs and cataracts in seniors

Researchers from the MUHC have found that elderly patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma who take medication to prevent their attacks face an increased risk of developing cataracts.

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Published on : 02 Jun 2006

McGill's brain-imaging database a first

Biomedical engineering professor is tickled pink at the impending launch of the world's first online brain-imaging database. Researchers around the world will be able to access baseline pics of normal gray matter.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2006

Using nature's iridescence

Everything you ever wanted to know about cellulose but were afraid to ask.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2006

AIDS: 'We need to do better'

McGill's Mark Wainberg starts getting set for the XVIth International Conference on AIDS in Toronto that he will be co-chairing in August. One of the world's prominent AIDS researchers, Wainberg has some interesting insights into where we stand on the whole issue.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2006

Launch of nationwide study for early detection of ovarian cancer

A multidisciplinary team of researchers from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the universities of Sherbrooke, Laval, Quebec, McGill and Calgary have launched a multi-centre study designed for early identification of women at risk of ovarian cancer (OC).

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Published on : 30 May 2006

McGill Headliners: Leonardo, grubs and everything in between

Rolando Del Maestro breaks the da Vinci code; Jody Heymann goes to bat for U.S. moms; McGill's Rare Books and Special Collections Division gets star treatment in France; and Chris Buddle takes on an army of grubs.

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Published on : 18 May 2006

Mysak first Canadian honoured

Lawrence Mysak becomes the first Canadian to be awarded an Alfred Wegener Medal and Honorary Membership of the European Geosciences Union. Our question is this: what took them so long?

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Published on : 18 May 2006

Unmasking the imposter phenomenon

Do you huddle in your office knowing that your boss will come bursting in at any minute screaming that you're a fraud? Do you refuse to present at conferences for fear that people will be rolling in the aisles laughing? Could be you suffer from the Imposter Phenomenon.

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Published on : 18 May 2006

The realities of motherhood

Dr. Jody Heymann interviewed hundreds of mothers in dozens of countries for her recent book Forgotten Families, a study of the impact of globalization on working families. This Mother's Day, the director of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy writes in the Washington Post that America needs to do much more to meet the needs of its own mothers.

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Published on : 14 May 2006

Synaptic success - MUHC neuroscientist Dr. Keith Murai wins large EJLB grant

MUHC neuroscientist Keith Murai has been awarded a $350,000 grant to study the communication possibilities of neuron-supporting cells, called glial cells, that until recently were thought to be passive players in brain function.

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Published on : 10 May 2006

Major MUHC study will determine if light-activated drug fulfills early promise in treatment of prostate cancer

Early trials of an experimental photosensitizer cancer drug called Tookad have yielded dramatic results, according to Dr. Mostafa Elhilali, Chief Surgeon at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and study principal investigator.

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Published on : 05 May 2006

Acfas at last

McGill gears up to host some 6,000 delegates of the Association pour le savoir (Acfas) conference -- the largest francophone conference in North America, and possibly the world. So how do you keep 6,000 people entertained for five days? Read on.

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Published on : 04 May 2006

McGill blazes epigenetic trail

Can we free ourselves -- and future generations -- from the predisposed genetic monsters lurking in our DNA? Moshe Szyf and Michael Meaney believe that through our actions we can alter the fabric of our genes.

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Published on : 04 May 2006

Seven new Canada Research Chairs

Coming from as far away as Germany and New Mexico, the latest CRCs top our number up to 122.

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Published on : 04 May 2006