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Which feathered friend would you choose as our national bird?

"If you look at all the countries around the world, many of them have national birds, including the United States, which reveres its bald eagle. All of our provinces and territories and all of the states have an official bird and I think it's high time Canada has one too." Dr. David Bird, emeritus professor of wildlife biology. CJAD News

Published: 26 Sep 2016

Where does Canada's accent come from?

According to Charles Boberg, an associate professor of linguistics at McGill University and the author of The English Language in Canada, the Canadian accent is stubbornly persistent: “Canadian linguistic identity is here to stay on the long term.” BBC

Published: 26 Sep 2016

Looking to local researchers for a cure to Alzheimer's

Among those researchers is Jacob Vogel of McGill University’s integrative program in neuroscience. He works in Dr. Alan Evan’s lab, which specializes in brain imaging, or the mapping and rendering of how the brain works. “We take massive amounts of information, data, biological data, integrate it and try to understand things like disease and development,” said Vogel. “We try to understand the brain better.” CTV News Montreal

Published: 23 Sep 2016

McGill to take 'leadership role' in recruiting aboriginal students

“It’s time for McGill University to take a leadership role on this. There are not a lot of universities in the eastern half of the country leading the way in this area.” Christopher Manfredi, McGill provost. Montreal Gazette

Published: 23 Sep 2016

A Globe and Mail article looks at how Big Data might help university students graduate

Last Friday's edition of The Globe and Mail newspaper included a story on how predictive analytics might help decrease university drop-out rates. Several Data Science companies, including  IBM’s Watson Analytics and Microsoft, are offering universities their expertise on identifying students at risk of dropping out. Of course, having low marks is a good predictor, but it is not the only one. Women, for example, are less likely than men to leave university before finishing their studies, but when they do, their marks are usually quite good. So why are they dropping out?

Published: 21 Sep 2016

Team led by MNI researcher receive $6.1 million to study MS

A project led by an MNI researcher has been awarded $6.1 million to study progressive multiple sclerosis.

The International Progressive MS Alliance has awarded three $6.1 million Collaborative Network Award grants for a total investment of $18.4 million toward accelerating the pace of progressive MS research. More than 2.3 million people worldwide live with MS and more than one million of those living with the disease have progressive MS.

Published: 20 Sep 2016

Commentary: The ghost of Richard Nixon

“Nixon reintroduced himself in 1968 as older, wiser, even-tempered. He was well-known in politics and hated, but he was able to reinvent himself and reassure people on the trust issue just enough.” Gil Troy, professor of history. Portland Press Herald

Published: 19 Sep 2016

Traditional native dance at McGill annual pow wow

Indigenous people of America participate in traditional native dances during the annual McGill pow wow held on the McGill university grounds on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Montreal Gazette

Published: 19 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 Director - 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

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

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