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Gaming for gut research

You may not think of yourself in this way – but in some ways your body is just a host for hundreds of trillions of microbes (including bacteria) that colonize us in fairly unique combinations in our guts, inside our various orifices and on the surface of our skin. These tiny creatures are essential to our survival – we couldn’t digest anything without them, for instance.

Published: 31Aug2016

McGill wins $84 million grant for neuroscience

McGill University will launch an ambitious effort to advance understanding of the human brain and ease the burden of neurological and mental-health disorders, thanks to an $84 million, seven-year grant announced today under the federal government's Canada First Excellence Research Fund (CFREF).

The program, Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives, will build on McGill's leading position in neuroscience to make the university a global hub for brain research – one of the major frontiers for 21st century medicine.

Published: 6Sep2016

Continuing the fight against brain cancer

Fundraiser to support research to help defeat cancer suffered by Tragically Hip frontman

 

With the farewell concert of legendary Canadian band The Tragically Hip now past, The Neuro is asking the public to not forget the toll brain cancers take on Canadians, and the need to find new therapies.

Published: 31Aug2016

McGill University, in partnership with CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG, becomes FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence site

During a ceremony held August 29, 2016 at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT), in partnership with CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG, was officially recognized as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. Joining the University of British Columbia as one of only two such sites accredited by FIFA in Canada, the primary focus of the Centre will be to educate the soccer community about different aspects of athletic performance from training principles, to nutrition and sport specific skills. 

Published: 30Aug2016

Launch of Roddick Roast, McGill’s Unique Coffee Blend

On Tuesday, August 30th, at the McGill a la Carte event, Student Housing and Hospitality Services will launch McGill’s unique Fairtrade coffee blend. This new coffee will be available across both campuses in all non-branded SHHS food service locations as of August 29th, 2016. The price of the coffee will range from $1.79 to $2.19.

Published: 29Aug2016

Expert: Burkini in France

“France's highest administrative court has suspended a ban on full-body "burkini" swimsuits that was imposed in a town on the Mediterranean coast.” (BBC)

Morton Weinfeld, Department of Sociology, McGill University

I agree with the French court decision today, but the burkini issue is really a symptom of a much deeper issue in France and Europe generally.
—Morton Weinfeld 

Published: 26Aug2016

FindFace: a database for human faces with some unsettling applications

The August 24 episode of "Babbage", a podcast from The Economist about science and technology news, reports on an worrisome new Russian web-site, FindFace.ru. This website allows you to input a picture of a face and do a search for that person, or someone who looks like that person, on VK.com, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. The website boasts of a 70% accuracy rate.

Published: 25Aug2016

Researchers find new role for cannabinoids in vision

Chemicals shown to improve low-light vision of tadpoles by sensitizing retinal cells

A multidisciplinary team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute has improved our understanding of how cannabinoids, the active agent in marijuana, affect vision in vertebrates.

Published: 25Aug2016

Researchers find new role for cannabinoids in vision

McGill Newsroom

Chemicals found to improve low-light vision of tadpoles by sensitizing retinal cells

A multidisciplinary team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute has improved our understanding of how cannabinoids, the active agent in marijuana, affect vision in vertebrates.

Published: 25Aug2016

Experts: Earthquakes in Italia and Burma

A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that at least 50 people were killed and hundreds injured as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors.” (CBC)

“An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has shaken central Burma, the U.S. Geological Survey says.” (CBC)

Published: 24Aug2016

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