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Key mechanism identified in brain tumor growth

A gene known as OSMR plays a key role in driving the growth of glioblastoma tumors, according to a new study led by a McGill University researcher and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor in adults. Unfortunately, there are no effective treatments for the disease. On average, patients succumb just 16 months after diagnosis.

Published: 25Apr2016

Expert: Prince (1958-2016)

"Prince, the superstar American singer-songwriter known for his incredible musicianship, diverse appeal across multiple genres and cavalcade of award-winning hits, has died at age 57." (CBC)

Published: 22Apr2016

La fée des étoiles

« Nous formons des étudiants passionnés qui apprennent à penser avec un esprit critique et, en même temps, dans le respect et la collaboration, tout en se basant sur des preuves. Je crois que si nos politiciens avaient ce type de formation, le monde irait mieux. » Victoria Kaspi, directrice de l’Institut spatial. Gazette des Femmes

Published: 22Apr2016

Power of positive thinking skews mindfulness studies

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, analysed 124 published trials of mindfulness as a mental-health treatment, and found that scientists reported positive findings 60% more often than is statistically likely. Scientific American

Published: 22Apr2016

Canada needs to rethink energy

Op-ed cosigned by Catherine Potvin, Professor of Biology. The Toronto Star

Published: 22Apr2016

Increasing cases of anaphylaxis among children

Anaphylaxis, known to be a sudden and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, seems to be increasing among children, according to a new study led by a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). The findings, published this week in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), reveal that the percentage of emergency department (ED) visits due to anaphylaxis doubled over a four-year period based on data collected from the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC (MCH-MUHC).

Published: 21Apr2016

L’importance du microbiote

« On est encore à l’étape des associations entre certaines maladies et certaines caractéristiques du microbiote. Dans bien des cas, la relation de cause à effet reste à prouver. » Joaquin Madrenas, Professeur,  Département de Microbiologie et Immunologie. Châtelaine

Published: 20Apr2016

Kaspi finds motivation in the mysteries of the universe

“I know I was meant to do science and if you feel that way, too, then just plow through the cultural biases and express your creativity and scientific ambition.” Victoria Kaspi, Director of the McGill Space Institute. The New York Times

Published: 20Apr2016

Inspiring others to get involved in philanthropy

“When you bring people together for a cause, you can do anything.” Olivia Monton, founder of Live for the Cause and completing her second bachelor’s degree in agricultural and environmental sciences. Montreal Gazette

Published: 20Apr2016

Brighter prospects for chronic pain

 

The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

Researchers bred mice with a light-sensitive trait in peripheral neurons that were known to be responsible for pain transmission. The mice were genetically modified so that these neurons, called Nav 1.8+ nociceptors, express proteins called opsins, which react to light, a process known as optogenetics.  

Published: 20Apr2016

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