Research has already shown that women who develop either diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease years later. Now, a new study from a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University shows that the risk of developing those conditions post pregnancy is drastically higher if the women had both diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy. The study, published today in the American Journal of Epidemiology, doesn’t end with the mother’s risks.

Classified as: diabetes, pregnancy, mothers, fathers, Diabetes 2, high blood pressure, McGill University Health Centre, RI-MUHC, Diabetes Canada, health, faculty, staff, students, External
Published on: 14 Nov 2017

Early flowering, early fruiting: Anecdotal evidence of climate change is popping up as quickly as spring crocuses, but is it coincidence or confirmation that plants’ timing is shifting in response to warming temperatures?

Classified as: climate change, Plants, statistics, Jonathan Davies, Department of Biology, science, faculty, External, staff, students
Published on: 6 Nov 2017

By Chris Chipello

McGill University researchers have discovered a cellular mechanism that may contribute to the breakdown of communication between neurons in Alzheimer’s disease.

Classified as: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease (AD), Alzheimer’s research, neuron, brain tissue, faculty of medicine, science, medicine, staff, faculty, students, External
Published on: 13 Oct 2017

By Shawn Hayward

Whether it is dancing or just tapping one foot to the beat, we all experience how auditory signals like music can induce movement. Now new research suggests that motor signals in the brain actually sharpen sound perception, and this effect is increased when we move in rhythm with the sound.

Classified as: auditory response, Sound, Motor signals, Sound perception, MNI, Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital, science, External, staff, students, faculty
Published on: 6 Oct 2017

Welcome all newly admitted U0 students!

Are you ready to start your McGill studies? Why not begin by exploring what you need to know in order to enhance your academic experience?

You are invited to take part in our webinar entitled, “Planning your U0 Freshman Year” which will take place on the following days and times:

Monday, August 21, 2017

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Montreal time

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Montreal time

Classified as: arts, degree planning, External, faculty, students, webinars
Published on: 23 Aug 2017

Adolescence can be a turbulent period of life, with struggles to establish autonomy, identity issues and risk-taking behaviours. For young adults with a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes, this transition phase also brings about other challenges as they assume an increased responsibility for their overall health. A new study from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) sheds light on gaps in transition care practice in Quebec, pointing out a lack of standardized policies across pediatric diabetes centres.

Classified as: Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), type 1 diabetes, pediatric diabetes, chronic disease, Diabetes Canada, pediatric care, adolescent health, young adults, External, staff, health and lifestyle
Published on: 17 Aug 2017

At Laurentian University today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced a total investment of $52 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund for 220 new infrastructure projects nationally. Among the 51 universities across the country with funded projects, McGill leads the pack with an impressive number—23 projects totaling $4.2 million—in this latest round of the funding competition.

Classified as: Canada Foundation for Innovation, CFI, infrastructure, McGill’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rosaire Mongrain, funding, External, staff, faculty
Published on: 15 Aug 2017

The discovery of a new biological pathway involved in pain processing offers hope of using existing cancer drugs to replace the use of opioids in chronic pain treatment, according to scientists at McGill University.

Because many therapeutic options, such as opioids, for patients with chronic pain carry the risk of addiction and undesirable side effects, this breakthrough offers promising lines of research into chronic pain treatment, says Luda Diatchenko, professor at McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry and co-lead author of the new study

Classified as: chronic pain, chronic pain treatment, pain processing, Human Pain Genetics, Luda Diatchenko, Jeffrey Mogil, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Psychology, External, faculty, staff, health and lifestyle
Published on: 8 Aug 2017

Human-computer interactions, such as playing video games, can have a negative impact on the brain, says a new Canadian study published in Molecular Psychiatry. For over 10 years, scientists have told us that action video game players exhibit better visual attention, motor control abilities and short-term memory. But, could these benefits come at a cost?

Classified as: video games, violence, Veronique Bohbot, Douglas Mental Health Institute, External, faculty, staff, Student, society and culture
Published on: 8 Aug 2017

For people suffering from depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can take as long as six weeks to have an effect. The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster acting drugs.

Classified as: SSRIs, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), Adrien Peyrache, depression, External, faculty, staff
Published on: 3 Aug 2017

“A new air passenger bill of rights would punish airlines for keeping people on the tarmac longer than three hours, forcing them to compensate passengers. But it would not compel carriers to disembark a plane delayed for long periods.” (CBC)

John Gradek, lecturer, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University

Classified as: Air passenger bill of rights, John Gradek, Schoo of Continuing Studies, Air Canada, External
Published on: 2 Aug 2017

Too much fear can be dangerous for species’ survival. In fact, fear alone, even in the absence of a live predator, can lead to species’ extinction if the population size is small enough suggests a recent study from McGill and Guelph universities. To read: “How fear alone can cause animal extinction”

Classified as: Animal extinction, Fear, Animal behaviour, External, staff, faculty, science, food and sustainability
Published on: 24 Jul 2017