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Ottawa's leadership in biomedical and health research has paid off

Canada is one of the world's top research nations, thanks to Ottawa's commitment to research and leadership role in funding biomedical and health research over the past five years, according to an article published today in the prestigious journal "EMBO reports." But to keep up the momentum and continue to grow in innovation and high-quality research, the federal government needs to develop new, ambitious strategies to take full advantage of Canada's expertise and research infrastructure and capacity, according to authors Dr. John Bergeron and Dr. Sean Taylor of McGill University.

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Published on : 30 Jul 2004

New MUHC research study looks at quality of life in terminally ill patients

McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) researcher Dr. Antonio Vigano has published a new study looking at the relationship between survival and quality of life in patients with terminal cancer.

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Published on : 26 Jul 2004

The blind really do hear better

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University and the Université de Montréal have shown that the blind really do hear notes more precisely, but only if they became blind when they were very young.

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Published on : 22 Jul 2004

Solidarity Fund QFL invests $10 million in MSBi

The Solidarity Fund QFL announced a $10-million investment in MSBi Investment Fund LP, a seed- and early-stage fund specializing in high tech business financing. This partnership will allow MSBi to more adequately respond to the financial needs of seed-stage and early-stage companies resulting from next generation technologies that emanate from McGill, Sherbrooke and Bishop's universities, as well as their affiliated hospitals and research centres.

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Published on : 19 Jul 2004

Scientists discover key step in the development of nerve cells

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University have discovered a gene that is necessary for the correct development of the part of the brain that controls autonomic functions such as heart rate, bronchial dilation and gut peristalsis.

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Published on : 15 Jul 2004

Bringing life back to Montreal

In 2003, Tom Hudson opened the McGill University and Genome Québec Innovation Centre, a glass and limestone building nestled between the university campus and the city's famous Mount Royal Park. Its more than 100 employees, from graduate students to senior scientists, plan to put Montreal at the hub of the world's genomics and proteomics map.

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Published on : 15 Jul 2004

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Experimental psychologist and McGill associate professor Mark Baldwin and a group of McGill doctoral students have been working on computer games that can boost self-esteem.

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Published on : 15 Jul 2004

Kids marvel at human genome

A special show-and-tell took place at the McGill University Génome Quebec Innovation Centre on July 12.

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Published on : 12 Jul 2004

Medical breakthrough helps women undergoing chemotherapy to have children

Dr. Seang Lin Tan and his team at the McGill University Health Centre have developed a non-invasive procedure to permit women to preserve their fertility even after chemotherapy, and early results are promising.

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Published on : 18 Jun 2004

Studying autistic kids

Jake Burack and the McGill Youth Study Team look at developmental disabilities in kids.

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Published on : 27 May 2004

Lobby group for Quebec researchers

Scientific researchers now have a voice defending their interests in the offices of politicians and policy makers.

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Published on : 27 May 2004

Douglas research centre turns 25

The Douglas Hospital Research Centre throws open its doors to mark 25 years of operation. Go, and you can see the brains - literally - behind the research there.

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Published on : 27 May 2004

Playing games for self-esteem

Feeling down about yourself? Doctoral students working under Mark Baldwin, an associate psychology professor, have just the remedy – video games!

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Published on : 13 May 2004

Gemin X helps fund NMRS Centre

It's always gratifying to see one's offspring grow up and do well. Gemin X Biotechnologies, a McGill spin-off company, recently gave McGill a heck of a Mother's Day gift: a $100,000 donation to the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry Centre.

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Published on : 13 May 2004

The air we breathe

The chemical make-up of the atmosphere is complicated, made even more so by the micro-organisms floating around. Chemistry professor Parisa Ariya's research shows the effect of bioaerosols on our climate is greater than previously thought.

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Published on : 13 May 2004