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Chronic pain changes our immune systems

By Cynthia LeeNewsroom Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports.  

Published on : 28 Jan 2016

On the cover: Biomaterial breakthrough

Research led by Dr Hossein Heris of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Dr Jamal Daoud of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is featured on the cover of the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials. Their article describes the successful adhesion of human fibroblast cells to a scaffold biomaterial composed of hyaluronic acid and gelatin composite microgels.

Published on : 27 Jan 2016

Dr. Douglass Dalton appointed Director of Accreditation, Undergraduate Medical Education

Dr. Douglass Dalton appointed Director of Accreditation, Undergraduate Medical Education It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Douglass Dalton to the new position of Director of Accreditation, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. This position is the McGill equivalent to Interim Review Coordinator, mandated by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

Published on : 26 Jan 2016

Why do some fish thrive in oil-polluted water?

By Melody Enguix McGill Newsroom When scientists from McGill University learned that some fish were proliferating in rivers and ponds polluted by oil extraction in Southern Trinidad, it caught their attention. They thought they had found a rare example of a species able to adapt to crude oil pollution.

Published on : 26 Jan 2016

Leadership: Key to care, retention among nurses

By Cynthia Lee Newsroom Nurses faced with abusive managers are more likely to quit. But a recent study by McGill University and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières researchers finds that the opposite is also true – transformational leadership - a style of management in which employees are encouraged  to work towards a collective goal within a supportive milieu, is linked to nurses’ well-being, and has positive impacts upon job retention.

Published on : 25 Jan 2016

Word-of-mouth recruitment can help workforce diversity

By Chris ChipelloNewsroom Word-of-mouth recruitment is the most common way to fill jobs, and management scholars have long thought that this practice contributes to job segregation by gender: women tend to reach out to other women in their networks, and men do likewise.

Published on : 22 Jan 2016

Guidelines for human genome editing

By Vincent C. AllaireNewsroom Human genome editing for both research and therapy is progressing, raising ethical questions among scientists around the world.

Published on : 21 Jan 2016

Fight tumors and infections with targeted drugs

By Cynthia Lee Some drug regimens, such as those designed to eliminate tumors, are notorious for nasty side effects. Unwanted symptoms are often the result of medicine going where it’s not needed and harming healthy cells. To minimize this risk, researchers in Quebec have developed nanoparticles that only release a drug when exposed to near-infrared light, which doctors could beam onto a specific site. Their report appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Published on : 20 Jan 2016

Cost burden of Quebec’s carbon market seen as modest

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom Study by McGill researchers assesses short-run impacts on households, industries The cost burden of Quebec’s carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a McGill University research team.

Published on : 20 Jan 2016

Quirks & Quarks features Bergthorson research

Don't miss the January 15, 2016, edition of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks to learn how Prof Jeff Bergthorson and colleagues are finding ways for energy to be stored and transported via iron and other metals, a novel and potentially important method for delivering fossil-fuel-free power.

Published on : 19 Jan 2016

Nearing the limits of life on Earth

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom Failure to find active microbes in coldest Antarctic soils has implications for search for life on Mars

Published on : 19 Jan 2016

Human sounds convey emotions better than words do

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom Brain uses “older” systems/structures to preferentially process emotion expressed through vocalizations

Published on : 18 Jan 2016