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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

Study rejects girls' excuse for smoking

In the first detailed study of the practice, McGill researchers have found that smoking and non-smoking teenage girls gain weight at exactly the same rate. Dr. Louise Pilote headed the study, whose findings were presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Vancouver.

Published: 24 Oct 2006

'Solve this agony'

Five million Canadians are in chronic pain. A cure has long eluded scientists, but now researchers are starting to unravel the mystery -- and offer hope. McGill's Dr. Jeffrey Mogil, considered one of the world's leading experts on the genetics of pain, offers his views to the Globe and Mail.

Published: 21 Oct 2006

Cardio experts gather to chew the fat

Dr. Jacques Genest of the McGill University Health Centre says evolution has left humans ill-equipped to deal with modern diets full of sugars and fats. Genest, one of Canada's foremost cardiovascular experts, joins 3,500 delegates gathering in Vancouver for the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

Published: 21 Oct 2006

Drug-induced delivery raises risk of complication

Drug-induced labour increases the risk for a very rare -- but often fatal -- delivery complication known as amniotic-fluid embolism, a new study confirms. McGill's Dr. Michael Kramer, one of the study's researchers, says anyone considering elective labour induction should be aware of the risk.

Published: 20 Oct 2006

Our future: A public dialogue

In a speech at McGill, former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard urged Quebecers to pull together on a vision of the future that addresses Quebec's economic weaknesses and takes into account its financial and demographic realities. He said Quebec doesn't have to settle its constitutional questions before tackling its high taxes, debt and lagging economy.

Published: 20 Oct 2006

Let's dance

A new study suggests that the link between music and movement is essentially hardwired into the human brain. McGill researcher Robert Zatorre and grad student Joyce Chen presented their findings at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Atlanta. The new findings might also aid in the treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis.

Published: 20 Oct 2006

Intellectual property policy

"Canada should develop an intellectual property policy that lowers the cost to those conducting research and creation in Canada, making Canada an attractive location for investment in high technology industries," E. Richard Gold, director of McGill's Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, writes in the October issue of Policy Options.

Published: 19 Oct 2006

The Golden Violin

With great fanfare, Seymour Schulich unveiled the $100,000 gilded fiddle and presented a cheque for $20,000 to student Emmanuel Vukovich, the first recipient of the Golden Violin Award. "Go shock the bank," Schulich said to Vukovich as he handed the 25-year-old violinist the cheque.

Published: 12 Oct 2006