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Bill Gates: My Favorite Books of 2016

Honorable mention: The Grid, by Gretchen Bakke [assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University]. This book, about our aging electrical grid, fits in one of my favorite genres: “Books About Mundane Stuff That Are Actually Fascinating.” Part of the reason I find this topic fascinating is because my first job, in high school, was writing software for the entity that controls the power grid in the Northwest.  Read more: Gates Notes (the blog of Bill Gates)

 

Published: 6 Dec 2016

The Right Chemistry: Toothbrushes, 'natural' and otherwise

Column by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society.  Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 5 Dec 2016

Opinion: Student mobility is essential to Canada's global future

Canada’s prosperity has long been dependent on an educated population. Today, that’s not quite enough. To be globally competitive, Canada needs its newest graduates to arrive in the workforce equipped with international skills and experiences. Op-ed co-signed by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 2 Dec 2016

How HIV affects the brain

Study tracks patients to better understand effects and possible treatments

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness about a disease that has afflicted 70 million people worldwide, 35 million of whom have died as a result.

Published: 1 Dec 2016

We cannot end the HIV epidemic without tackling TB

Today is World AIDS Day. We cannot end the HIV epidemic without adequately addressing the burden of tuberculosis. Op-ed by Madhukar Pai, Director, McGill Global Health Programs Read more: Nature Microbiology

Published: 1 Dec 2016

Trump's win boosts Canadian universities looking to recruit U.S. students

"We saw a lot of traffic on our social media sites the night of the election, as prospective students gave their opinions." Kim Bartlett, director of admissions at McGill. Read more: The Hollywood Reporter

Published: 30 Nov 2016

GPS puts our brains on autopilot and that could be shrinking our grey matter

“In the past we may never have had to go on autopilot. With GPS, you might have even less of a reason to pull out that cognitive map. The hippocampus may be lacking this requirement to work for decades when you only use it once in a while.” Véronique Bohbot, neuroscientist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and an associate professor at McGill University.  Read more: National Post

Published: 29 Nov 2016

Resident Awards Night 2016 Announcement

Awards Night 2016

Dear Residents and Faculty,

The Resident Awards Night took place at the Thomson House on November 24th. I would like to thank the MPRA and the Department of Psychiatry for making this a special evening where we were able to honor Faculty and Resident achievements.

Faculty Awards

Best Clinical Supervisor for Senior residents

Winner: Dr. Viviane Zicherman

Published: 28 Nov 2016

Why the grey jay soared to victory as Canada's would-be national bird

Op-ed by David M. Bird, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology, McGill University, and Leader of Team Gray Jay.  Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 28 Nov 2016

Marketplace tests today's weed

Dr. Mark Ware, an associate professor of family medicine and anesthesia at McGill University, who is serving as vice-chair of the federal task force on the legalization and regulation of marijuana, says there's some suggestion that cannabis has been bred to boost THC levels and push down CBD levels. Read more: CBC News

Published: 28 Nov 2016

Epileptic encephalopathy linked to protein trafficking gene

Researchers have linked a debilitating neurological disease in children to mutations in a gene that regulates neuronal development through control of protein movement within neuronal cells.

Published: 28 Nov 2016

MNI researchers receive funding to study ARSACS

Two researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) of McGill University have received funding to study a devastating neurodegenerative disease that first appears in toddlers just as they are beginning to walk.

Published: 24 Nov 2016

Who’s top monkey? How social status affects immune health

“There's really a lot of plasticity in the way the cells are responding to infection that is directly controlled by social status,” says study co-author Luis Barreiro of McGill University. Read more: Scientific American

Published: 24 Nov 2016

Major ALS Research Funding Announced

MNI scientists will study stem cells, genetic mutations to develop new treatments

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University who are playing key roles in uncovering the mechanisms underlying ALS will share in $3.9 million in research funding, part of $4.5 million announced on Nov. 23 by the ALS Society of Canada in partnership with Brain Canada.

Published: 23 Nov 2016

Opinion: Canada's private dental care system fails the most vulnerable

Op-Ed by Paul Allison, dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University and president of the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry. He will be speaking on this topic, along with a panel of experts, at a public event on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 6:15 p.m. the Omni Hotel, 1050 Sherbrooke St. W. Free admission. Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 23 Nov 2016

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