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Researchers shift focus to prevention of Alzheimer’s

The failures of these amyloid-reducing efforts have left researchers with two broad conclusions, said Dr. John Breitner, a professor of psychiatry at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in the prevention of dementia Tier 1. “The first is that hope is rapidly diminishing that anti-amyloid treatments will be beneficial to people who already have Alzheimer’s disease dementia,” Dr. Breitner said. ...

Published: 10 Mar 2017

McGill earns high marks in global subject rankings

McGill has been ranked the world’s third-best anatomy and physiology school in global rankings released Wednesday. Read more: The Montreal Gazette

Published: 9 Mar 2017

Why carbon pricing and cash rebates to oil companies go hand in hand

Governments across this country need to find ways to reduce GHG emissions without threatening Canadians’ economic prosperity. And carbon competitiveness issues are far too important to be swept under the carpet. But heads-up policy design can give us the best of both worlds: low-cost GHG reductions and domestic firms that are competing successfully in a tough global economy. That’s a winning combination.

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Published: 8 Mar 2017

Every stamp tells a story at McGill's McLennan Library

David Lank, a retired McGill professor, was mandated by the Rare Books and Special Collections department of the McLennan Library to buy and assemble a stamp collection, predominantly relating to nature, about 15 years ago. It is now the largest such natural-history university archive in the world. A rotating series of 250 stamps from the collection is on display on the mezzanine level and fourth floor of the library until May 14. The exhibit is open to the public and admission is free.

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Published: 7 Mar 2017

Will Trump’s unilateral trade approach work? History says no.

What happens if the United States decides to bypass the World Trade Organization dispute settlement system — and crack down unilaterally when it thinks other countries are trading unfairly? Here’s the immediate problem: History shows that the U.S. has had more success getting trade concessions through multilateral channels.

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Published: 7 Mar 2017

Opinion: International Women's Day and Canada's First Nations

It’s easy to think of the violence perpetrated against indigenous women and girls as a problem for indigenous communities. What’s more of a challenge is recognizing the roles that the wider society and shared history play in the existence of this violence. Op-ed by Dr. Cassandra Steer, Wainwright Junior Fellow at the McGill Faculty of Law and executive director of Women in International Security Canada. ...

Published: 6 Mar 2017

The coolest thing about how music triggers memories

Now the links between emotion, memory, and music are being plumbed by scientists, specifically Signy Sheldon and Julia Donahue of McGill University in Montreal....

Published: 6 Mar 2017

The Eye of the Beholder

How Rorschach’s inkblots turned personality testing into an art. Op-ed by Merve Emre, assistant professor of English at McGill University.  Read more: New Republic

Published: 22 Feb 2017

No publication without confirmation

Concern over the reliability of published biomedical results grows unabated. Frustration with this 'reproducibility crisis' is felt by everyone pursuing new disease treatments: from clinicians and would-be drug developers who want solid foundations for the preclinical research they build on, to basic scientists who are forced to devote more time and resources to newly imposed requirements for rigour, reporting and statistics....

Published: 22 Feb 2017

Opinion: Canada shouldn't throw NAFTA partner Mexico under the Trump bus

One of the kernels of international trade theory, which I drill into McGill undergraduates every year, is that countries don’t “compete” against one another; firms do. And those firms compete mostly with other domestic firms.

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Published: 21 Feb 2017

The Case of the ‘Missing Link’ Neutron Star

“This is the final missing link in the chain that connects pulsars and magnetars,” said Victoria Kaspi, astrophysicist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. “It seems like there’s a smooth transition between these two kinds of neutron star behaviors.” Read more: Knowridge Science Report

Published: 20 Feb 2017

Robots rule at Swiss factories as strong Franc and wages bite

“We are going to see a large number of jobs disappearing or changing significantly,” she said. “Obviously, that’s lower skill jobs initially, but with the increased sensory capacity of many of the algorithms right now, we are going to see even higher-skilled jobs in the future disappearing.” Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.  ...

Published: 17 Feb 2017

Opinion: Montreal, world's best city for students, must do more to recruit them

This week, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) named Montreal the best city in the world for university students. It is yet another reason to be proud as we celebrate the 375th anniversary of our incredible city. The ranking also provides an unprecedented opportunity to fulfill the potential of Montreal to draw talent from around the world. Op-ed by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University. ...

Published: 16 Feb 2017

How can we become better teachers?

Good teachers, you can tell, have a blast when they teach! And when they have fun, students have fun, and learning becomes fun. While such teachers work hard, prepare well, and work on deliberate strategies to enhance their teaching, they take time to enjoy the act of teaching. They enjoy the ride, so to speak.

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Published: 15 Feb 2017

Abolishing user fees is just the tip of the iceberg in improving Quebec health care

On Jan. 26, the Quebec regulation abolishing medical user fees came into effect, bringing the province in line with federal legislation outlined in the Canada Health Act (CHA). According to the CHA, the money that flows from Ottawa to the provinces for health services, known as the Canada Health Transfer, is conditional on the provinces upholding a ban on user fees for publicly insured, medically necessary procedures.

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Published: 15 Feb 2017

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