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.
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.
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.
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.
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
McGill physiologist John White discovers that exposure to
vitamin D3 can inhibit growth of head and neck cancer cells.