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2007
Philippe Gros and his researchers identify the gene that causes spina bifida.
Dr. Marc McKee, Professor of Dentistry and Anatomy and Cell Biology, and a team of researchers prove the existence of a mechanism that controls calcification in bones, teeth and other bodily tissues.
Dr. Hemant Paudel and his research team identify a key, two-part process in normal brain development that could shed new light on what causes some people to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
A Canadian-led team of researchers, including McGill’s Constantin Polychronakos and Rob Sladek, uncovers several genes that make people susceptible to the most common form of diabetes.
Michel L. Tremblay and a team from the Cancer Centre identify PTP1B, a gene associated with the propagation of breast cancer in two of five affected women.
2006
Dr. Judes Poirier’s research lab at the Centre for Studies in Aging identifies a defective gene that produces Apolipoprotein E type 4 (ApoE4), preventing the transport of cholesterol to the brain and leading to the onset of Alzheimer's.
2005
Working with colleagues in Australia and Japan, gastrointestinal pathologist Jeremy Jass of the McGill University Health Centre identifies the genetic basis of a type of hereditary colon cancer.
2004
McGill University Health Centre molecular geneticist and James McGill Professor Dr. Erwin Schurr, as part of an international research team, discovers that small changes in certain genes result in a highly increased susceptibility to leprosy.
2003
McGill pharmacologist Moshe Szyf and neuroscientist Michael Meaney of the Douglas Hospital provide the first definitive evidence that genes can be influenced and shaped by environmental factors.
2001
McGill physiologist John White discovers that exposure to vitamin D3 can inhibit growth of head and neck cancer cells.
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