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One of the great success stories of 20th-century medicine

Severe cases of congenital heart disease are on the rise among North American adults, but researchers say that probably means growing numbers of infants born with the condition are surviving into adulthood. "This is a real success story," said Dr. Ariane Marelli, lead author of a new study on the trend and director of the McGill Adult Unit for Congenital Heart Disease Excellence.

Published: 9 Jan 2007

A prisoner of her own body

An inspirational story on Helene Pelletier, a patient at McGill's Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), who is struggling with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). After 18 months with the disease she is resolved to use the time she has left to make a difference. Pelletier has raised money to create a clinical fellowship at the Neuro and is planning a second benefit this year.

Published: 6 Jan 2007

Music of the hemispheres

A rock producer turned McGill professor, Daniel Levitin is delving deep into the workings of the mind to see how a pop song uses emotions to embed itself in your memory. Clive Thompson of the New York Times reports.

Published: 31 Dec 2006

Stop the foot dragging

Peter Hadekel writes in the Gazette that the Charest government needs the resolve to move ahead with the necessary funding for the MUHC and CHUM projects. According to Hadekel, not only does the foot dragging add to the bills, it's encouraging opponents to step forward with claims that the heavily indebted province simply can't afford to finance two superhospitals at the same time. Hadekel points out the economic impact the projects would have on the city's knowledge economy, with two state-of-the-art teaching hospitals. They would allow Montreal to remain in the game of attracting some of the brightest medical minds in the world.

Published: 22 Dec 2006

Two hospitals better than one

André Pratte writes in an editorial in La Presse on the need for construction of the new McGill hospital, contrary to what some groups are advocating. Pratte says that McGill is recognized around the world, attracts tens of millions more in research funds than other Quebec universities, and gives our health system unequalled access to the best international resources of knowledge.

Published: 21 Dec 2006

McGill heart device a Canadian first

Gérard Langevin, 65, has a new contraption installed in his chest cavity -- a mechanical heart that will drive rather than pump the blood through his veins. McGill researchers Dr. Renzo Cecere and Dr. Nadia Giannetti announced Canada's first successful implant of a long-term mechanical heart as an alternative to a transplant.

Published: 13 Dec 2006

Dire warning on North Pole

The ice sheet covering the North Pole and Arctic Ocean could recede and disappear completely in the summer months by 2040 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate. McGill's Bruno Tremblay worked on the study, to be published in the Dec. 12 issue of Geophysical Research Letters, with lead researcher Marika Holland of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research and Cecilia Bitz of the University of Washington.

Published: 12 Dec 2006

Bruce Trigger: Archaeologist, anthropologist, 1937-2006

McGill professor Bruce Trigger was one of Canada's great, yet uncelebrated, minds, writes Sandra Martin. Uninterested in self-promotion, he refused to rearrange history in order to make it agree with his theories.

Published: 9 Dec 2006

New research star seeks to forge partnerships

Vassilios Papadopoulos has been named director of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. He believes the MUHC research institute, one of the country's largest, must forge strong links with industrial partners and government funding agencies if scientific ideas are to bear fruit, finding their way to patients as vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools. Papadopoulos was lured to McGill from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he spent 18 years, most recently as associate vice-president and director of biomedical graduate research.

Published: 23 Nov 2006

Quebec needs new Quiet Revolution

Quebec needs a new strategy for research and development that will advance economic productivity through innovation as well as education. We must develop an industry strategy for the Montreal region in which universities, governments and industry harmonize efforts to attract talent and investment, increase economic growth and build our profile in sectors where we have distinctive advantages. Principal Heather Munroe-Blum's speech to the Montreal Board of Trade is reprinted in the Gazette.

Published: 22 Nov 2006

The joys of a brainy society

Antonia Maioni, Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, writes that "nothing beats the privilege of exchanging ideas with the fascinating young adults who are part of an extraordinary student scene in Montreal."

Published: 16 Nov 2006

Engineer donates $12M to alma mater

Lorne Trottier, a 58-year-old engineer and inventor, is donating $12 million to McGill. The gift will allow the University to fund research chairs in two fields dear to Trottier's heart: astrophysics and cosmology in the science faculty, and aerospace engineering in the engineering faculty.

Published: 15 Nov 2006

Where are the Canadian media headed?

Marc Raboy and Darin Barney are among seven authors from across Canada who address this question in a six-article series published by the Toronto Star. The series will also be published by La Presse later in the month.

Published: 4 Nov 2006

The new genetics - DNA is not your identity

The November issue of Discover magazine includes a story on how "the new science of epigenetics rewrites the rules of disease, heredity and identity." McGill's Moshe Szyf, featured prominently in the article, is a pioneer in linking epigenetic changes to the development of disease.

Published: 31 Oct 2006

'It's a matter of constant creativity'

The challenge for McGill is to keep its present as impressive as its past. Global competition and the battle for funding make that a tough bid, but as Ingrid Peritz reports, the university is finding ways to stay ahead.

Published: 31 Oct 2006