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Statement on the death of Edgar M. Bronfman

McGill University is mourning the loss of one of its most illustrious alumni, Edgar M. Bronfman, who died Saturday in New York at the age of 84. In addition to the BA he earned in the early 1950s, the University presented Mr. Bronfman with an honorary doctorate in June 2012.
Sun, 2013-12-22 19:49

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McGill Holiday story suggestions

(available Dec 16-20 only)
Tue, 2013-12-17 11:11

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Health spending: more efficient for men than women

Health expenditures show stronger association with gains in life expectancy for males than for females throughout the industrialized countries of the world
Thu, 2013-12-12 16:08

Health care spending is a large – and ever increasing - portion of government budgets. Improving its efficiency has therefore become critically important. In the first-ever study to estimate health spending efficiency by gender across 27 industrialized nations, researchers discovered significant disparities within countries, with stronger gains in life expectancy for men than for women in nearly every nation.

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Groundbreaking discovery in deadly childhood cancer

Wed, 2013-12-11 13:34

A new study by Canadian researchers may pave the way for more effective treatment of an aggressive and deadly type of brain tumour, known as ETMR/ETANTR. The tumour, which is seen only in children under four, is almost always fatal, despite aggressive treatment.  The study proposes a new model for how this brain tumour develops and suggests possible targets to investigate for novel therapies. These findings, recently published in Nature Genetics, also shed new light on the complex process of early brain development.  The study was led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), McGill University, and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and funded by the Cancer Research Society.

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You are what your father eats

McGill study suggests that a father’s diet before conception plays a crucial role in the health of his offspring
Tue, 2013-12-10 11:11

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McGill salutes the memory of Nelson Mandela

Fri, 2013-12-06 14:19

On behalf of the McGill University community, H. Arnold Steinberg, Chancellor, and Prof. Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, extend condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and to the people of South Africa, including McGill’s South African staff and students.

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McGill welcomes the official creation of the MESRST

Thu, 2013-12-05 16:27

McGill University welcomed today the adoption of the law on the ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MESRST), which will allow the official creation of the ministry.

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Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunami

Drilling in Japan Trench by international scientific team finds unusually thin, slippery geological fault
Thu, 2013-12-05 14:57

The devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone.

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Dads: how important are they?

New MUHC research highlights the value of fathers in both neurobiology and behaviour of offspring
Wed, 2013-12-04 10:35

Even with today’s technology, it still takes both a male and a female to make a baby. But is it important for both parents to raise that child? Many studies have outlined the value of a mother, but few have clearly defined the importance of a father, until now. New findings from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) show that the absence of a father during critical growth periods, leads to impaired social and behavioural abilities in adults. This research, which was conducted using mice, was published today in the journal Cerebral Cortex. It is the first study to link father absenteeism with social attributes and to correlate these with physical changes in the brain.

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McGill's performance 'remarkable,' says Principal

McGill’s performance in extremely competitive international climate “remarkable,” says Principal Suzanne Fortier
Tue, 2013-12-03 19:09

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