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The Tsantrizos and Berghuis groups unravel important mechanistic insight into metabolic regulation/dysregulation with important implications for the treatment of cancer

Human farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (hFPPS) plays a key role in the prenylation of small GTPases, such as RAS and RAP 1A, which are intimately involved in oncogenesis. An allosteric pocket of the enzyme has been of particular interest as a therapeutic target, however, its natural biological function has been (until now) unknown. The teams of Berghuis (Biochemistry) and Tsantrizos (Chemistry) have just reported that the catalytic product of hFPPS, farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP), bind to this pocket and locks the enzyme in a conformationally inactive state.

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Published on : 21 Jan 2017

In conversation with McGill Associate Professor of Sports Psychology Dr. Gordon Bloom

Dr. Gordon Bloom, associate professor with our Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, was recently interviewed by McGill Tribune's Erin Dwyer. Please click here to read the article, "In conversation with McGill Associate Professor of Sports Psychology Dr.

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Published on : 20 Jan 2017

MBA Students awarded second place in the Business for a Better World case competition

Congratulations to MBA students, Aman Aroa, Timothy Lane, Santiago Monroy, and Jose Nunez Gutierrez, who were awarded second place in the Business for a Better World case competition. The team has been working since October on designing a global equity portfolio that advances the UN’s sustainable development goals, which culminated with a presentation in Davos, Switzerland on January 19th to a panel of high-profile judges.

Published on : 20 Jan 2017

DISCUSSION GROUP: Methods for Dealing with Outcome Misclassification

When: January 27, 2017, 11:30-12:30pm Where: Purvis Hall Room 25 Open to everyone! We discuss small and large problems. Light refreshments will be served SEE PDF FOR MORE DETAILS  

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Published on : 20 Jan 2017

Graduate Diploma in Translation: Comprehensive Evaluation CCTR 551

Students completing the Graduate Diploma in Translation (GDIT) must sit a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the GDIT Program.  The examination consists of an oral defense of a best-work portfolio.  This portfolio represents a record of progress made by the candidate throughout his/her studies.  Each candidate prepares a written introduction and comments on selected examples of coursework with a view to demonstrating his/her progress toward greater translation competence.

Published on : 20 Jan 2017

Library Blogs, Library Matters unavailable Tuesday, January 24, 8:30am to 9am

McGill Library Blogs and Library Matters will be unavailable Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 8:30am to 9am for scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Published on : 20 Jan 2017

Announcing the 2016 Baxter Family Competition Winners

The Faculty of Law and the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism are delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Baxter Family Competition: First Prize: Asha Kaushal (Assistant Professor, University of British-Columbia) “Constitutional Jurisdictions” - $5,000 Second Prize: Erika Arban (Lecturer, University of Antwerp) " Exploring the Principle of (Federal) Solidarity” - $3,000 Third Prize: Eleonore Gauthier (Articling Student, Toronto)

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Published on : 19 Jan 2017

The Passing of Annette Werk, Associate Professor at the School of Social Work

It is with great sadness that the School of Social Work announces the passing of Annette Werk on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at age 86. Annette was Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, McGill University for a span of over 35 years serving as the first ombudsman for Students at McGill University for which she was honored at the 25th Anniversary of the Office of the Ombudsman for Students in May 2012.

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Published on : 19 Jan 2017

Research Asset Management Phase 1: Tracking & Tagging of Research Equipment

Please note that that this Memorandum was sent today to all faculty members, academic and senior leadership as well as to department administrative assistants/officers. MEMORANDUM Date: January 16, 2017 TO: McGill Researchers, Academic Leadership, and Administrative Staff CC: Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Christopher Manfredi, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)     FROM: Yves Beauchamp, VP Administration and Finance, Rose Goldstein, VP Research and Innovation

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Published on : 19 Jan 2017

Kevin O’Leary’s business history back in spotlight after entering race for Conservative Party leader

Kevin O’Leary’s sales pitch for himself as Conservative Party leader revolves around one main argument: He understands business and the economy better than the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. ...There are two ways to look at the SoftKey saga: O’Leary may have built a company that turned out to be a lemon, but McGill University management professor Karl Moore pointed out he came out on top.

Published on : 19 Jan 2017

Is Your Government Politically Pathological?

Long before the post-election political maelstrom we’re now experiencing in the U.S. and in many countries around the world, I wrote about four types of organizational political arenas.

Published on : 19 Jan 2017

Shaping Stories McGill/Macdonald @ Davos

Discover new ideas and insights with leading researchers Elena Bennett (NRS), Graham MacDonald (Geog) and Andrew Gonzalez (Biology) in the IdeasLab at the World Economic Forum being held this week in Davos. Watch  

Published on : 19 Jan 2017

2017 SSHRC Connection Grant

Congratulations to Professor Demetrios Vakratsas on receiving a 2017 SSHRC Connection Grant for his project entitled “Empirical & Theoretical Canadian Marketing Strategy Symposium: Marketing Analytics for Better Decisions”.

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Published on : 19 Jan 2017

Metamaterial Technologies Announces Appointment of Marco Goguen as Chief Financial Officer

Metamaterial Technologies Inc. (MTI) is pleased to announce that Mr. Marco Goguen has joined the company's executive team as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He brings over 20 years of experience as an investment banker, private equity investor and entrepreneur. Prior to joining MTI, Mr. Goguen was Co-Head of the Clean Technology Group at National Bank Financial and was responsible for all investment banking services to energy and industrial technology companies.

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Published on : 19 Jan 2017

Welcome to the New Pediatric Chief Residents!

The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce that Dr. Aris Hadjinicolaou and Dr. Matthew Magyar will be the new Chief Residents for the Pediatrics Residency Program, effective March 13, 2017.  They are both superb residents and leaders and we are delighted that they will be assuming this important role.

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Published on : 19 Jan 2017