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NASA Telescopes Find Galaxy Cluster with Vibrant Heart

"Usually, the stars at the centers of galaxy clusters are old and dead, essentially fossils," said Tracy Webb of McGill University, Montreal, Canada, lead author of a new paper on the findings accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. "But we think the giant galaxy at the center of this cluster is furiously making new stars after merging with a smaller galaxy."

Published: 10 Sep 2015

Alan Evans inducted into the Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Alan Evans, James McGill Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). He is one fourteen new RSC Fellows from McGill University, including McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier. The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, November 27 in Victoria, B.C.

Published: 10 Sep 2015

A flicker of hope for rhizo kids

The dedicated work by Dr Nancy Braverman is featured in this New York Times article on children with RCDP, a rare and devastating disease.


Published: 6 Sep 2015

Why aren’t there more lions?

Why aren’t there more lions? That was what puzzled McGill PhD student Ian Hatton, when he started looking at the proportion of predators to prey across dozens of parks in East and Southern Africa.

Published: 3 Sep 2015

Choosing to end it all

Not even close to every person who faces challenges or lives with severe depression commits suicide. Some people are more vulnerable than others.

Published: 27 Aug 2015

Association between low vitamin D and MS

Low levels of vitamin D significantly increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study led by Dr. Brent Richards of the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, and published in PLOS Medicine. This finding, the result of a sophisticated Mendelian randomization analysis, confirms a long-standing hypothesis that low vitamin D is strongly associated with an increased susceptibility to MS. This connection is independent of other factors associated with low vitamin D levels, such as obesity.

Published: 25 Aug 2015

In the News: Douglas Institute's Brain Bank Shows off New Facilities

To learn about the new and improved facilities of the Douglas Institute's brain bank, please visit the following link: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/douglas-intitute-s-brain-bank-shows-off-new-facilities-1.2531409. 

Published: 25 Aug 2015

In the News: Dr. Rob Whitley on the Myth of Mental Illness and Violence

To read more about what Dr. Rob Whitley has to say about the misconception that people with mental illness are prone to violence, please visit the following link: http://montrealgazette.com/health/opinion-its-a-misconception-that-people-with-mental-illness-are-prone-to-violence


Published: 25 Aug 2015

Migrant crisis: Europe response is not effective

McGill professor and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, today called on the European Union to establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy which makes mobility its central asset. “It is the only way in which the EU can reclaim its border, effectively combat smuggling and empower migrants,” he said in a press release today.

Published: 25 Aug 2015

Harnessing the butterfly effect

The atmosphere is so unstable that a butterfly flapping its wings can, famously, change the course of weather patterns. The celebrated “butterfly effect” also means that the reliability of weather forecasts drops sharply beyond 10 days.

Published: 18 Aug 2015

McGill students awarded largest Canadian scholarships

Ontario high school students Alexander Deans and Aditya Mohan have been named McGill University’s most recent recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships.

Published: 18 Aug 2015

Gestational diabetes: A diabetes predictor in fathers

In a large study analyzing 20 years of data from Quebec, a team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has demonstrated that gestational diabetes signals future diabetes risk not only in mothers, but also in fathers. The study was recently published in Diabetes Care.

Published: 13 Aug 2015

Breakthrough in "marriage-broker" protein

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, have made a breakthrough in understanding an important protein that appears to act as a kind of cellular “marriage broker.” The protein called Netrin1 brings cells together and maintains their healthy relationships. Netrin1 plays an essential role in the growth of the human organism, directing cell migration and the formation of cell circuits both at the embryo stage and after birth.

Published: 12 Aug 2015

Breakthrough in "marriage-broker" protein

Discovery provides new tool for understanding and treating neurodegenerative diseases

Published: 12 Aug 2015