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Losing and gaining public goods

Article by Jacob T. Levy

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Published: 6 Sep 2017

McGill professor introducing Canada's slave history at Harvard

"In America’s collective imagination, Canada is not associated with slavery. That perception will be challenged at Harvard University this fall, where McGill professor Charmaine Nelson will be teaching about the black diaspora as the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair for Canadian Studies."  Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 5 Sep 2017

McGill pilots new bursary program for students coming from foster care

As a child growing up in and out of the Ontario foster care system, Arisha Khan never thought she'd attend a university. "As a former youth in care I wouldn't think that I have the capacity to go to McGill," she told CBC's Daybreak. But that's just what she did. Now going into her fourth year in McGill University's International Development and Social Entrepreneurship program, Khan had to overcome a lot to get to where she is....

Published: 5 Sep 2017

Cancer's invasion equation

"I talked to Anthony Ricciardi, Professor of Invasion Ecology at McGill University, in Montreal. Ricciardi, a biologist, grew up on the banks of Lake Saint-Louis, which bulges out from the St. Lawrence River—the route through which the mussels metastasized to the Great Lakes."  Read more: The New Yorker

Published: 5 Sep 2017

The overwhelming gender bias in 'New York Times' book reviews

"A team of five undergraduate researchers at McGill University analyzed over 10,000 reviews in the New York Times Book Review, tracking metrics including the gender of authors whose books were reviewed, the gender of review writers, the reviewed book's genre and themes, and the most frequently appearing words in reviews....

Published: 30 Aug 2017

Erosion alarm for Herschel Island in the High Arctic

"This year scientists on Herschel Island just off the Yukon coast in the Beaufort Sea recently expressed concern about unusual and extensive erosion there. Wayne Pollard is a professor at McGill University, Montreal, in the Department of Geography, and Director of McGill Arctic Research Stations. He says there should however be some context  given to this recent concern expressed about the state of erosion on Herschel Island."...

Published: 30 Aug 2017

Onward to open science

The Neuro to launch open research publishing platform with F1000

A new partnership between The Neuro and F1000 will create a publishing platform for researchers that will speed the progress of neuroscience discovery.

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Published: 30 Aug 2017

McGill, Concordia team up to create 'net zero energy' home

Imagine a household that produces as much if not more electricity than it consumes. Now imagine that home in Montreal — harsh winters and all. That’s what a group of students and staff from Concordia and McGill universities is working toward. Students from undergraduate to PhD levels are teaming up to build what is called a “net zero energy” home....

Published: 30 Aug 2017

Pinpointing the origins of autism

Abnormalities shown to first appear in brain networks involved in sensory processing

The origins of autism remain mysterious. What areas of the brain are involved, and when do the first signs appear? New findings published in Biological Psychiatry brings us closer to understanding the pathology of autism, and the point at which it begins to take shape in the human brain....

Published: 29 Aug 2017

New research offers hope for faster acting antidepressants

For people suffering from depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can take as long as six weeks to have an effect. The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster acting drugs.

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Published: 3 Aug 2017

Brains are more plastic than we thought

Researchers train brains to use different regions for same task

Practice might not always make perfect, but it’s essential for learning a sport or a musical instrument. It's also the basis of brain training, an approach that holds potential as a non-invasive therapy to overcome disabilities caused by neurological disease or trauma.

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Published: 19 Jul 2017

Exploring career options at the Faculty of Medicine

“In the future, I want to become a nurse. I feel that going to this camp will help me develop my understanding of the field and prepare me for the future,” explains Kathleen Fab­ella, a student at École secondaire La Voie.  Kathleen is one of 44 high school students who participated in the 2017 edition of the Explore! Careers in Health camp held on June 26-28 at McGill University....

Published: 11 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 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

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