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Painful memories could be erased, new study says

"Depending on how you remind the person, you might be able to erase different aspects of the memory," said Wayne Sossin of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University, whose lab collaborated with researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Read more: CBC News

Published: 4 Jul 2017

The Neuro to create world’s first ALS Phase 1 clinical trial unit

The Tenaquip Foundation donation will allow for faster drug development, better care for ALS patients

 

A generous donation by The Tenaquip Foundation will improve the quality of care available to ALS patients at The Neuro, and increase the rate at which researchers can evaluate new ALS drugs.

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Published: 3 Jul 2017

An emphasis on indigenous law could help shape a future that’s brighter than our past

The joint degree will be taught by comparing and contrasting indigenous peoples’ legal traditions with those of common law. The four-year program will include classroom and community-based components, and will follow the lead of McGill Law School’s transsystemic approach to common law and civil law legal education, by giving students the opportunity to tackle legal problems from multiple perspectives....

Published: 28 Jun 2017

An infallible hand-held probe to aid cancer surgery

Canadian researchers have invented an intraoperative probe that reliably detects multiple types of tumour cells 

Patients with common widespread forms of cancer will enjoy longer life expectancy and reduced risk of recurrence thanks to a multimodal optical spectroscopy probe developed by Canadian researchers. 

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Published: 28 Jun 2017

For Millennials, thinking and emotions are equals -- more or less

"Given their postmodern worldview, the millennial generation believes that organizations can grow and prosper through greater emotional openness. They also perceive negative emotions as having the ability to destroy a company. In her seminal work The Managed Heart, Arlie Hochschild studies the effects of emotional labor and the negative impacts of repressed emotions. Hochschild identifies emotional labor as the act of managing one’s own emotions in the workplace....

Published: 27 Jun 2017

About, pasta, drama: Canuck actors on the words that bring out their accent

According to Charles Boberg, an associate professor of linguistics at McGill University, there are two main differences in Canadian English pronunciation of vowels. "One of them is called 'Canadian rising,' and this is the stereotype that most Americans have of Canadian English and it involves the 'OU' vowel and the 'I' vowel. It's referring to raising the pronunciation of the vowel in the mouth," says Boberg, author of "The English Language in Canada." ...

Published: 27 Jun 2017

Canada is placing bets on 'open science' to drive innovation

The “Neuro”, as the institute is known, hopes its six-month-old open-science experiment will attract more private venture capital, create jobs and lure companies back to the city’s shrunken medical-research sector. The institute is in the midst of drawing up “measurable indicators” to track whether its groundbreaking approach to research and development is delivering on the promise, said Richard Gold, a professor of law and human genetics at McGill, who is leading the evaluation....

Published: 27 Jun 2017

Erasure of negative memories one step closer to reality

Different forms of memory exist in the same neuron and can be manipulated separately

 

Scientists have known for some time that a memory is stored in the brain through changes in the strength of particular synapses, the structures that pass signals between neurons. However, how the change in strength persisted remained a mystery. Solving this mystery has important implications for remedying neurological and psychological disorders.

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Published: 27 Jun 2017

Inspiring Indigenous youth leaders to pursue careers in health care

On May 19th, the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SCSIL) welcomed Indigenous youth leaders (First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and Native American) from the Eagle Spirit Camp for a half-day of hands-on workshops and activities organized by Dr. Kent Saylor of the McGill Faculty of Medicine.  During the morning lecture, a group of 25 students aged 13 to 17 years old attended a lecture by health care professionals to learn about careers in nursing and medicine....

Published: 21 Jun 2017

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif helps schoolchildren find balanced lifestyle

While the LDT program stresses physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif said his mission is to promote balance. “It’s about a balance between school, physical activity, the arts,” he said. “Our goal is to help make better people.” It’s difficult to find a better role model than the Mont-St-Hilaire native who has combined playing football at the highest level with medical school....

Published: 21 Jun 2017

Starting your career: Advice for millennial extroverts

Graduation season is upon us, and with many bright young people taking their first steps into the workforce, it is important to acknowledge the challenges of what lie ahead. Learning and work styles of extroverts and introverts can be very different, so in order to succeed in the workplace, it is crucial to understand these differences and how to navigate them....

Published: 20 Jun 2017

President Donald Trump, Unreliable Narrator

"Especially in real time, the narrator has to keep going on the same storyline," said Nathalie Cooke, professor of literature at Montreal's McGill University. "So as Trump fuels the storyline with the populist Trump, the polarization in his readers actually fuels the continuation of the story." Read more: NPR.org

Published: 19 Jun 2017

Teaching Home Care in the Simulated Apartment

Teaching Home Care in the Simulated Apartment

As the average age of the population rises, care is moving out of the hospitals and into the homes. Home care may be an option for patients who are recovering after a hospital stay, or for individuals who are dealing with an illness and want to remain at home for as long as safely possible to maintain their existing lifestyle and independence.

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Published: 19 Jun 2017

Canadians can be smug about our health care system when public coverage extends to dental care

"International studies have shown that greater public contribution to dental care helps to level these sorts of socioeconomic inequalities. The federal government must work together with provincial partners, as well as doctors and dentists, to come up with a new minimum standard of acceptable public dental coverage. Until that happens, Canadians should probably turn their smugness toward the American system down a few notches."...

Published: 16 Jun 2017

Student-mentor programs swell across the country

“The aim is not placement,” says Marie-José Beaudin, executive director of the Soutar Career Centre at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management. Instead, the goal is to equip students with career-long skills in networking. “Your career can’t evolve in a silo,” she says. “You need to have champions who support that and mentors can be fantastic.”...

Published: 15 Jun 2017

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