The Gazette asks McGill professor Saeed Mirza, a civil engineer with expertise in concrete structures, to assess what he considers are some of the more dangerous road structures in Montreal.
The parasite that causes river blindness, a crippling disease endemic in Africa and tropical regions of the Americas, is now showing signs of resistance to the one drug used to treat it, according to McGill research published today in the Lancet. The discovery could force public health officials to rethink strategies for controlling river blindness. "We need new treatments and this makes it more urgent, we also need more monitoring of any resistance," said Dr. Roger Prichard, the study's lead author and a professor at McGill's Institute of Parasitology.
As Tony Blair leaves office this month after a decade in Downing Street, he leaves a legacy of controversy in foreign policy, but leaves a Britain transformed in economic and social policy. In Policy Options magazine, Wendy Thomson, now director of the McGill School of Social Work, gives a first-hand account as someone who was there as head of the Office of Public Service Reform in 10 Downing Street. Thomson argues that, far from reverting to the "British disease," Blair's New Labour leaves a domestic legacy of success.
Amir Raz, a professor of clinical neuroscience in the psychiatry department at McGill, is one of a handful of researchers raising concerns over the continued use of antidepressants in children and teens. "The human brain is developing exponentially when we are very young," he says. "And exposure to antidepressants may affect or influence the wiring of the brain, especially when it comes to certain elements that have to do with stress, emotion and the regulation of these."
McGill ophthalmology professor Frederick Kingdom and students Ali Yoonessi and Elena Gheorghiu recently won Best Visual Illusion at the Vision Sciences Society conference for demonstrating the principles of visual illusions with two identical photos of the leaning tower of Pisa that the mind sees as different because they're side by side.
McGill neuroscientist Dan Levitin writes, in a Washington Post op-ed piece on the 40th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' eighth album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band": "A hundred years from now, musicologists say, Beatles songs will be so well known that every child will learn them as nursery rhymes, and most people won't know who wrote them. They will have become sufficiently entrenched in popular culture that it will seem as if they've always existed, like 'Oh! Susanna,' 'This Land Is Your Land' and 'Frère Jacques'... Figuring out why some songs and not others stick in our heads, and why we can enjoy certain songs across a lifetime, is the work not just of composers but also of psychologists and neuroscientists."
McGill neuroscientist Karim Nader is one of Forbes magazine's "Revolutionaries: Ten People Who Could Change The World." Nader's research is on reducing the severe pain of traumatic memories.
David Bird, professor of wildlife biology and director of the Avian Science and Conservation Centre at Macdonald campus of McGill, writes on the resilience and adaptive behaviours of some of our birds to changes in their environments.
L'un commercialise les découvertes des chercheurs de l'Université de Montréal. L'autre trouve du financement pour ceux de McGill. Tous deux sont inquiets. Fait-on suffisamment de recherche universitaire au Québec? Cette recherche contribue-t-elle réellement à l'essor économique de la province? Faut-il maintenir une cloison étanche entre les chercheurs et l'entreprise? Marc Leroux, président de la société en commandite Univalor, et Denis Thérien, vice-principal à la recherche et aux relations internationales de l'Université McGill, ont le même sentiment de fierté à l'égard de la recherche au Québec. Ils partagent aussi la même passion pour les exploits et les prouesses des chercheurs de leurs établissements respectifs. Enfin, tous deux s'inquiètent de l'état du réseau universitaire et de son financement. Toutefois, leurs conceptions du rôle de la recherche diffèrent.
A virus is causing mass die-offs of fish in the Great Lakes, the world's largest freshwater fishery. The virus is one of nearly 200 alien species that have invaded the region. Anthony Ricciardi, professor of environmental science at McGill, co-writes in an op-ed in the Globe & Mail that a national strategy is needed to address the issue of alien species. "We need to develop biosecurity programs to identify and eliminate the vectors that deliver alien species to our country. We must also increase our capacity to detect new threats early and determine appropriate emergency responses."