Research

Researchers use optogenetics to produce pain relief by shutting off neurons with light

The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

Classified as: Research, MNI, Neurology, chronic pain, analgesia, optogenetics, pain relief
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Published on: 20 Apr 2016

McGill Newsroom

CREATE project to prepare graduates for high-skills work in surgical-devices industry

A team led by McGill University professor Jake Barralet will receive $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to provide nearly 90 students with cross-disciplinary training to prepare them for high-skill jobs in the surgical devices industry.

Classified as: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NSERC, Collaborative Research and Training Experience, science and technology, surgical-devices industry, Jake Barralet, Greg Fergus, Science and Economic Development, Rosie Goldstein
Published on: 14 Apr 2016

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom

Depression, metabolic factors combine to boost risk of developing diabetes, study finds 

Depression may compound the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people with early warning signs of metabolic disease, according to researchers from McGill University, l'Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the University of Calgary.

Classified as: health, depression, diabetes, Norbert Schmitz, metabolic disease, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, type 2, Molecular Psychiatry, neuroproject
Published on: 12 Apr 2016

By Tod Hoffman, Lady Davis Institute 

Research reveals that even a tiny mutation can allow the HIV virus to become resistant to therapies using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing platform

Classified as: Research, DNA, faculty of medicine, HIV, McGill News, CRISPR, gene-editing, Cell Reports, résistance, antiviral, Chen Liang
Published on: 8 Apr 2016

By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neurological Institute

Discovery will inform further research into hearing disorders and brain training

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University have made an important discovery about the human auditory system and how to study it, findings that could lead to better testing and diagnosis of hearing-related disorders.

Classified as: Robert Zatorre, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, brain training, health and lifestyle, science and technology, Emily Coffey, hearing, hearing disorder, frequency-following responses, neuroplasticity, neuroproject
Published on: 6 Apr 2016

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University have made an important discovery about the human auditory system and how to study it, findings that could lead to better testing and diagnosis of hearing-related disorders.

The researchers detected frequency-following responses (FFR) coming from a part of the brain not previously known to emit them. FFRs are neural signals generated in the brain when people hear sounds.

Classified as: Research, MNI, Robert Zatorre, MEG, Emily Coffey, auditory response, sound processing
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Published on: 6 Apr 2016

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom

​Family and community involvement key in empowering students to make healthier choices regarding their sleep

Elementary school-age children who improved their sleep habits also improved in their academic performance, according to a study by researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in partnership with the Riverside School Board in Montreal.

Classified as: sleep, education, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, society and culture, Riverside School Board in Montreal, interactive classes, Gail Somervlle, Riverside School Board, academic performance, neuroproject
Published on: 4 Apr 2016

McGill University Health Centre

RI-MUHC will lead an innovative pan-Canadian network that aims to improve life outcomes for children with brain-based development disabilities

RI-MUHC will lead an innovative pan-Canadian network that aims to improve life outcomes for children with brain-based development disabilities

Classified as: children, disabilities, McGill University Health Centre, health and lifestyle, Annette Majnemer, brain-based development disabilities, SPOR, Jane Philpott, Steven Miller, Dan Goldowitz
Published on: 31 Mar 2016

Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research 

A study conducted at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital revealed that pioglitazone is associated with a risk of bladder cancer that increases with duration of use and dosage.

Classified as: epidemiology, Oncology, Laurent Azoulay, Lady Davis Institute (LDI), health and lifestyle, blood sugar, pioglitazone, bladder cancer, rosiglitazone, thiazolidinediones
Published on: 31 Mar 2016

McGill Newsroom

McGill, UCLA study of low- and middle-income countries shows paid maternity leave policies could help prevent infant deaths

For each additional month of paid maternity leave offered in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), infant mortality is reduced by 13%, according to a new study by researchers from McGill University and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Classified as: Biostatistics, Jody Heymann, Department of Epidemiology, health and lifestyle, maternity, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, PLoS Medicine, child death, maternal death, and Occupational Health, McGill’s Institute for Health and Social Policy, Arijit Nandi
Published on: 30 Mar 2016

McGill Newsroom

​Policy experts advocate mutual recognition for reviews of data-intensive international research

Genomic research holds great potential to advance human health and medicine. But for the millions of data points now being collected through large-scale sequencing efforts to be truly valuable, they must be analyzed in aggregate and shared across institutions and jurisdictions. This raises many challenges, including navigation of complex ethics-approval processes at multiple sites and in multiple jurisdictions.

Classified as: Research, ethics, health, genomics, society and culture, review, Knoppers, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health
Published on: 24 Mar 2016

McGill Newsroom

Canadian drug safety network provides reassuring evidence regarding risk of heart failure of anti-diabetes medications

Incretin-based drugs, a type of medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, do not increase the risk of being hospitalized for heart failure relative to commonly used combinations of oral anti-diabetic drugs, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Classified as: drugs, jewish general hospital, diabetes, Lady Davis Institute (LDI), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), health and lifestyle, New England Journal of Medicine, Heart failure, incretin, Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies, Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network
Published on: 24 Mar 2016

As governments struggle to keep pace with rapid advancements in science and technology, a new report by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) outlines how governments can better incorporate that knowledge in policy-making processes and improve the quality of government decisions.

Classified as: Research, Sustainability, science, report, technology, policy, government, Public, private
Published on: 23 Mar 2016

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