Borrowing a leaf from biology to preserve threatened languages

Published: 13Dec2017

One of the world’s 7,000 languages vanishes every other week, and half – including scores of indigenous North American languages -- might not survive the 21st century, experts say. To preserve as...

Canadian brain bank network to advance research on Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 23Jan2018

More than 400,000 Canadians aged 65 and over live with diagnosed dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 70 percent of cases. The cause of this degenerative brain...

Concert to Raise Awareness of Parkinson's Disease


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McGill research team studies how calcium compounds accumulate in the arteries

Published: 31Jan2018

Team leader Marta Cerruti, using the tools of the Canadian Light Source, has examined the mineralized arteries of genetically modified laboratory mice and found that the pathway in the body that...

Alzheimer’s disease: neuronal loss very limited

Published: 17Jan2018

Frequently encountered in the elderly, Alzheimer’s is considered a neurodegenerative disease, which means that it is accompanied by a significant, progressive loss of neurons and their nerve...

Discovery of a 'pioneer' that opens the genome

Published: 23Jan2018

Our genome contains all the information necessary to form a complete human being. This information, encoded in our DNA, stretches over one to two metres long but still manages to squeeze into a...

Origins of photosynthesis in plants dated to 1.25 billion years ago

Published: 20Dec2017

The world’s oldest algae fossils are a billion years old, according to a new analysis by earth scientists at McGill University. Based on this finding, the researchers also estimate that the basis...

Epigenetic alteration of a vitamin B12 processing gene shines new light on our understanding of rare diseases

Published: 30Jan2018

Rare hereditary recessive diseases were thought to be expressed in offspring only when both parents carry a mutation in the causal gene, but a new study is changing this paradigm. An international...

Being bilingual may help autistic children

Published: 16Jan2018

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have a hard time switching gears from one task to another. But being bilingual may actually make it a bit easier for them to do so, according to...