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New Open Science partnership will pave way for better treatments, faster

NeuroSGC created to increase volume and quality of cell assays for drug discovery

A new partnership between the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) will use a unique open science framework to help scientists discover new targets for drug development for neurological diseases.

Published: 6 Dec 2017

How to short-circuit the urge to splurge this holiday season

Ashesh Mukherjee is trying something new this holiday season. At a time of year when excessive shopping has become the norm, he plans to volunteer with a charitable organization that works with people in need. It's more than just a way to give back to his Montreal community. Dr. Mukherjee, associate professor of marketing at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, sees volunteering as an important way to recharge and reconsider what is important in a fast-paced digital age....

Published: 6 Dec 2017

We might absorb billions of viruses every day

In the experiment, just 0.1 percent of the total phages made it through. But based on their rate of travel, and the staggering number of them in the average human gut, the team estimated that our gut cells absorb around 31 billion phages every day....

Published: 5 Dec 2017

Reading like a Bureaucrat

Excerpt from Merve Emre's new book, Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America. She is an assistant professor of English at McGill University.

Published: 4 Dec 2017

Birds, humans share communication link

John Sakata discusses his research on CTV News. 

Published: 4 Dec 2017

Montreal Police needs to do more to curb racial profiling

Dr. Myrna Lashley, assistant professor in psychiatry at McGill University discusses the report she authored and what efforts are being made to help fix the issues.

Watch the interview here: Global News

Published: 4 Dec 2017

The MNI forms promising Open Science partnership with Takeda

Industry and academia team up for the benefit of people suffering from ALS

A unique industry-academia partnership will increase the rate at which promising drug compounds can be tested as potential treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease with no known cure that affects 200,000 people worldwide.

Published: 4 Dec 2017

Champlain Bridge: 'Hoping for no winter and no wind' with one year to go

However, Richard Shearmur, a geography professor with McGill University School of Urban Planning, has doubts about the project and fears taxpayers will be left with a hefty bill for extras. “I don’t think anyone can tell if it will be finished on Dec. 1, but it seems that the deadline will probably be missed,” Shearmur said. He blamed the public-private partnership (PPP) model chosen for the bridge....

Published: 1 Dec 2017

Graduate Excellence Fellowship in Mental Health Research 2017 results

Congratulations to all the students who received a Graduate Excellence Fellowship in Mental Health Research.

Published: 1 Dec 2017

2017 Resident Awards Night Winners

Dear Residents and Faculty, 

On behalf of the Postgraduate Residency Training Program and the Department of Psychiatry, we would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2017 Annual Awards Night. 


Dr. Leon Tourian


Psychiatry Residency Program

Awards night 2017


Staff Prizes

Published: 1 Dec 2017

Good Reader, Bad Reader

Article by Merve Emre, assistant professor of English Literature at McGill University.

"Bad readers were not born, they were created. To know them is to understand literature and politics in postwar America."

Read more: Boston Review

Published: 29 Nov 2017

Lawyers expect legalizing cannabis will lead to more arrests and criminal cases

McGill University law professor Daniel Weinstock says he heartily recommends his students take up criminal law in order to take advantage of the country's new, strict cannabis laws. "There is going to be a steady stream of customers," Weinstock said, referring to the influx of people he estimates will be moving through the justice system....

Published: 29 Nov 2017

McGill aims to become carbon neutral by 2040

McGill University is planning to open an indoor bicycle centre with 350 parking spaces, showers and lockers as part of a plan to reduce its carbon footprint over the next three years and achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 28 Nov 2017

Can computers pick stocks better than humans can? Investment firms think so

The fact that people program AI to analyze specific information is also a factor. What if they tell it to focus on the wrong data sets? And what happens if everyone's AI is looking at the same things? "The market would become perfectly efficient," says Sebastien Betermier, a finance professor at McGill University. "There would be nothing to predict anymore."...

Published: 23 Nov 2017

RBC looks to get smart with Montreal artificial intelligence lab

While the Borealis labs work collaboratively, she said the contribution of McGill professor Jackie Cheung as an academic adviser will allow the Montreal lab to focus on his expertise of natural language processing.

Read more: CTV News

Published: 22 Nov 2017