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Entrepreneurial courses for those who could use them the most

Starting this month, students from five faculties (arts, science, engineering, music, and agriculture and environmental sciences) can pursue minors in entrepreneurship, with finance, accounting, marketing and other business fundamentals taught by professors from the Desautels Faculty of Management. The Globe and Mail

Published: 9 Sep 2016

Companies should help introverts flourish

Karl Moore of McGill University in Montreal, who has asked over 200 CEOs about introversion on the radio show he hosts, says that introverts who make it to the top usually learn how to behave like extroverts for some of the time. The Economist

Published: 9 Sep 2016

L'épidémie de solitude

Article d’opinion par Robert Whitley, Professeur adjoint au département de psychiatrie. Huffington Post Québec

Published: 9 Sep 2016

McGill students travel to Saint John to study city’s unique architecture

“It gives you the time to actually sit down in front of something that first attracted your eye so that you understand what was the detail that may you want to sit down and sketch.” Maureen DeCarbonniers, architecture student. CTV News

Published: 9 Sep 2016

Could medical cannabis break the painkiller epidemic?

“Experimental clinical trials would provide the most definitive proof on any cause-and-effect relation between medical cannabis and reduced opioid use.” Mark Ware, director of clinical research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit. Scientific American

Published: 9 Sep 2016

A new book reveals the hidden biases that can creep into Data Science models

Yesterday (September 6, 2016) saw the launch of a new book by Cathy O'Neil with the provactive title Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. O'Neil holds a Ph.D. from Harvard in Math and was a tenure-track math professor until 2007, when she quit academia to join Wall Street. That fledging second career came to an end just a year later with the Financial Crisis, after which O'Neil again changed careers and became a data scientist.

Published: 7 Sep 2016

Medication against schizophrenia inhibits pancreatic cancer

A receptor for the dopamine neurotransmitter promotes growth and spread of pancreatic cancer -- and schizophrenia drugs, which block the function of this receptor, slowed tumor growth and metastatic spread in mice, according to researchers at McGill University and the German Cancer Research Center.

Published: 7 Sep 2016

Ferring Canada Donates $2 Million to McGill University

TORONTO – September 1, 2016 – Ferring Canada, a subsidiary of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, is proud to announce a $2 million donation to McGill University in Montreal, Canada that will be used to create fellowships in health and health leadership, and to finance environmental research in the Canadian Arctic.

Published: 1 Sep 2016

Continuing the fight against brain cancer

Fundraiser to support research to help defeat cancer suffered by Tragically Hip frontman

 

With the farewell concert of legendary Canadian band The Tragically Hip now past, The Neuro is asking the public to not forget the toll brain cancers take on Canadians, and the need to find new therapies.

Published: 31 Aug 2016

McGill University, in partnership with CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG, becomes FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence site

During a ceremony held August 29, 2016 at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT), in partnership with CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG, was officially recognized as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. Joining the University of British Columbia as one of only two such sites accredited by FIFA in Canada, the primary focus of the Centre will be to educate the soccer community about different aspects of athletic performance from training principles, to nutrition and sport specific skills. 

Published: 30 Aug 2016

News from the Graduate Program - New funding opportunities

Dear students and supervisors,

I hope you all had an enjoyable summer. I am writing to inform you of two important new benefits offered by our graduate program:

First, I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, a differential fee waiver will be offered to international students registered in the Graduate Program in Psychiatry. Specifically, the differential between international and Quebec fees will be covered by the Program for M.Sc. students during their first year and Ph.D. students during their first two years.  

Published: 29 Aug 2016

FindFace: a database for human faces with some unsettling applications

The August 24 episode of "Babbage", a podcast from The Economist about science and technology news, reports on an worrisome new Russian web-site, FindFace.ru. This website allows you to input a picture of a face and do a search for that person, or someone who looks like that person, on VK.com, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. The website boasts of a 70% accuracy rate.

Published: 25 Aug 2016

Researchers find new role for cannabinoids in vision

Chemicals shown to improve low-light vision of tadpoles by sensitizing retinal cells

A multidisciplinary team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute has improved our understanding of how cannabinoids, the active agent in marijuana, affect vision in vertebrates.

Published: 25 Aug 2016

Simulated patient study sheds new light on antibiotic use in India

McGill Newsroom

As a result of the overuse or misuse of antibiotics, antimicrobial resistant superbugs represent an extraordinary threat to global health. This threat is particularly great in India, the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics and the country facing the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the world.

Published: 25 Aug 2016

A new research trend? DARPA wants to fund XAI (Explainable Artificial Intelligence)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming more and more integrated in our daily lives: AI agents might decide if you get a bank loan, or if your job application will ever reach human eyes. Not everyone is comfortable with this trend, since we don't always know exactly how the AI comes to its decision. AI learns from existing data to predict future data, but its inner workings can be a mystery even to the AI's programmers. That's a problem if the AI is making life or death decisions, as it would in missile systems or unmanned drones.

Published: 18 Aug 2016

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