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App helps kids (and parents) get ready for surgery

Andrew Feng is a bright 6-year-old boy who loves to play the online strategy game Clash of the Clans and go trick-or-treating on Halloween. This Halloween, however, he will be undergoing surgery to remove a benign growth from one of his ribs.

Naturally, Andrew’s parents are a little anxious. This will be their son’s first operation and he might have to stay overnight at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

“For sure, we’re nervous,” said Andrew’s mother, Weilu Yu. “It’s the whole unknown of the surgery.”

Published: 31Oct2013

Scientists examine the causes and treatment of addictive behaviour

Addiction comes in many forms: drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and gambling have been the types that traditionally plagued society.

In recent years, the proliferation of technology has led to the rise of addiction to the internet and computer gaming. Even the promotion of a healthy lifestyle has led some to become hooked on exercise.

But do all addictions operate by the same biological mechanism? And is addiction an individual's choice or a disease of the brain?

Published: 31Oct2013

Moms With Lupus More Likely to Have Children With Autism, Study Suggests

Women with lupus are twice as likely to have a child with autism compared to mothers without the autoimmune disease, new, preliminary research finds.

However, the overall risk is still low and the findings won't change the management of women with lupus, said one expert.

"I wouldn't tell my lupus patients not to get pregnant," Dr. Yousaf Ali, acting chief of rheumatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Published: 31Oct2013

International Conference on Multilingualism

Faculty Club, Thomson House and Bronfman Building McTavish and Sherbrooke streets, CA

IRCM scientists find a novel research model for the study of auto-immune diseases

Javier M. Di Noia

Montréal researchers are the first to isolate two important mechanisms that produce antibodies

Published: 24Jul2013

Genome Canada: Quebec Wins Big

Researchers from Quebec are big winners in a contest organized by Genome Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) after having been awarded 60% of the federal funds granted during this Canada-wide competition aimed at selecting the best genomics and personalized health research projects.

Published: 1May2013

McGill Cardiovascular Research Day Keynote Lecture

Centre Mont Royal 2200 Rue Mansfield Montreal, QC, CA

McGill Cardiovascular Research Day Keynote Lecture

Thursday, May 30, 2013

From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Centre Mont-Royal, 2200 Mansfield
Registration is required.

René Robaire Memorial Lecture Series in Cardiovascular Research

Royal Victoria Hospital JSL Browne Amphitheatre, Room M3.01, 687 avenue des Pins, Montreal, QC, H3A 1A1, CA
Title:      How to Improve Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk
Michael Pencina, PhD, M