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Department of Psychiatry Newsletter - Summer/Fall 2015

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Published: 28 Sep 2015

Predicting arrhythmias so as to prevent them

Researchers have discovered how to predict some cardiac arrhythmias several steps before they even occur. It’s a finding that could lead to an improved cardiac device, with equipment designed to detect when arrhythmias are about to occur and then act to prevent them.

Published: 28 Sep 2015

Obituary - Dr. Maurice Dongier (1925-2015)

Dongier, Maurice, 1925 - 2015

Dr. Maurice Dongier died peacefully in Montreal on September 19, 2015. He is survived by his wife Suzanne, his four children, Pierre, François, Isabelle, Philippe and their families, his brother Michel, his sister-in-law Geneviève and their families. He will also be missed by many colleagues and friends.

Published: 24 Sep 2015

Shortlist: 2015 Cundill Prize in historical literature

The six books vying for the 2015 Cundill Prize in historical literature were announced today by Professor Hudson Meadwell, Interim Dean of McGill University’s Faculty of Arts.

Published: 22 Sep 2015

Perceived threat: Aboriginals and visible minorities

Canadian cities that have significant visible minority and Aboriginal 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

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?

Published: 3 Sep 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