Research

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

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom

Life in the city changes cognition, behavior and physiology of birds to their advantage

Birds living in urban environments are smarter than birds from rural environments.

But, why do city birds have the edge over their country friends? They adapted to their urban environments enabling them to exploit new resources more favorably than their rural counterparts, say a team of all-McGill University researchers.

Classified as: environment, Biology, cognition, science and technology, animals, Behavioral Ecology, Jean-Nicolas Audet, Barbados, immunocompetence
Published on: 21 Mar 2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Study reveals how wind patterns change along with sea-surface temperatures

Shifting winds may explain why long-term fluctuations in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures have no apparent influence on Europe’s wintertime temperatures. The findings, published in Nature Communications, could also have implications for how Europe’s climate will evolve amid global warming.

Classified as: global warming, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Nature Communications, Jaime Palter, shifting winds, ocean circulation, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Québec-Océan, atlantic ocean
Published on: 15 Mar 2016

IHDW is committed to encouraging a transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to the study of human development and well-being.  It aims to foster the development of networks in the study of human development and well-being and to facilitate informed discussion about public policy. It also aims to encourage community engagement through the various activities originating in the Institute.

Classified as: recherche, Research, staff, students, faculty, Department of Family Medicine, Family Medicine, External, Départ. de médecine familiale, Médecine de famille
Published on: 10 Mar 2016

By Maya-Olivia Eyssen, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

Montreal high school students to take part in brain quiz.

Classified as: Brain Bee, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, contest, synapses, axons, cerebral, Canadian National Brain Bee, Neuroscience: Science of the Brain
Published on: 9 Mar 2016

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