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New study maps the progression of Parkinson’s disease within the brain

Montreal Neurological Institute scientists shed light on the mechanism that could be driving the spread of Parkinson’s along neuronal highways

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, have made advances in understanding the process involved in the progression and spread of Parkinson’s disease (PD) within the brain. 

Published: 22 Sep 2015

Perceived threat: Aboriginals and visible minorities

Canadian cities that have significant visible minority and Aboriginals populations have bigger police forces than those without. No matter what the actual level of crime.

Published: 16 Sep 2015

UK10K genome project examines rare variants, disease

The largest population genome sequencing effort to date is published today in Nature. Based on data collected by the UK10K project, the study was designed to explore the contribution of rare genetic variants to human disease and its impact on risk factors. Rare genetic variants are changes in DNA that are carried only by relatively few people in a population.

Published: 15 Sep 2015

Breakthrough in fight against muscle wasting diseases

It is estimated that half of all cancer patients suffer from a muscle wasting syndrome called cachexia. Cancer cachexia impairs quality of life and response to therapy, which increases morbidity and mortality of cancer patients. Currently, there is no approved treatment for muscle wasting but a new study from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and University of Alberta could be a game changer for patients, improving both quality of life and longevity. The research team discovered a new gene involved in muscle wasting that could be a good target for drug development.

Published: 15 Sep 2015

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