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New hope for understanding autism spectrum disorders

Researchers at McGill University and the University of Montreal uncover a crucial link between protein synthesis and autism spectrum disorders
Wed, 2012-11-21 13:00

Researchers from McGill University and the University of Montreal have identified a crucial link between protein synthesis and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which can bolster new therapeutic avenues. Regulation of protein synthesis, also termed mRNA translation, is the process by which cells manufacture proteins. This mechanism is involved in all aspects of cell and organism function. A new study in mice has found that abnormally high synthesis of a group of neuronal proteins called neuroligins results in symptoms similar to those diagnosed in ASD. The study also reveals that autism-like behaviors can be rectified in adult mice with compounds inhibiting protein synthesis, or with gene-therapy targeting neuroligins. Their results are published in the journal Nature.

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New cause of thyroid hormone deficiency discovered

Newly-found genetic cause of hypothyroidism more prevalent in males than in females
Mon, 2012-11-12 11:50

International researchers, including a team at McGill University, have discovered a new cause for thyroid hormone deficiency, or hypothyroidism. This common endocrine disorder is typically caused by problems of the thyroid gland, and more rarely, by defects in the brain or the pituitary gland (hypophysis). However, a new cause of the disease has been discovered from an unsuspected source and is reported in the journal Nature Genetics. The scientists, led by McGill Professor Daniel Bernard, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Faculty of Medicine, identified a new hereditary form of hypothyroidism that is more prevalent in males than in females. This sex bias shone a light on where to look for the underlying cause.

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Key funding for ground-breaking epigenetics research

The Government of Canada and Génome Québec awards funding for researchers at the Innovation Centre.
Mon, 2012-10-22 11:50

The McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre will receive generous support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Génome Québec to continue its trailblazing research in the field of epigenetics. The support announced today by the funding partners will go toward examining how environmental factors can alter the expression of our DNA and have life-long effects on human health.

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Report finds no evidence of research misconduct

McGill committed to active engagement, to organize academic conference 
on safe alternatives to asbestos and related topics of public interest
Wed, 2012-10-17 15:46

 

McGill University’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO), Dr. Abe Fuks, has found no evidence to support allegations of research misconduct leveled against Prof. John Corbett McDonald in connection with his work on the health effects of asbestos.

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Message to the community from Dr. David Eidelman

Report on asbestos research
Wed, 2012-10-17 15:36

 

Dear Members of the McGill Community,
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Study advances understanding of volcanic eruptions

Scale of eruptions appears to hinge on first 10 seconds of bubble growth in magma
Tue, 2012-10-16 11:45

Volcanic eruptions vary from common, small eruptions that have little impact on humans and the environment to rare, large-to-gigantic eruptions so massive they can threaten civilizations. 

 

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Six new Canada Research Chairs for McGill

Over $15 million from the Canada Research Chair program for research by 15 CRCs at McGill.
Fri, 2012-10-12 13:47

McGill is proud to announce that six new Canada Research Chairs have been awarded and nine chairs have been renewed, bringing a total of over $15 million to the university for research in fields ranging from social inequalities in child health to experimental optomechanics over the next five to seven years.

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McGill researchers link mutation to psychiatric disease

Deletion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor leads to major depression, anxiety, and obesity.
Wed, 2012-10-10 12:52

McGill researchers have identified a small region in the genome that conclusively plays a role in the development of psychiatric disease and obesity. The key lies in the genomic deletion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, a nervous system growth factor that plays a critical role in brain development.

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Quebec government recognizes neuroscience partnership

McGill-Oxford neuroscience collaboration wins the McCarthy Tétrault Award of Excellence for Partnership from the Quebec Government Office in London.
Thu, 2012-10-04 14:44

A cutting-edge neuroscience collaboration between McGill University – through its Brain@McGill network – and the University of Oxford received the McCarthy Tetrault Award of Excellence for Partnership from the Quebec Government Office in London.

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I want to ride my bicycle… and breathe cleaner air

Minimizing cyclists’ exposure to traffic-related air pollution in Canadian urban areas
Tue, 2012-09-25 09:28

It starts with a simple piece of clear rubber tubing connected to a small and nondescript – though expensive – oblong brown box, both attached to a bicycle frame.

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