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How viruses disarm the immune system

How do viruses that cause chronic infections, such as HIV or hepatitis C virus, manage to outsmart their hosts’ immune systems?

The answer to that question has long eluded scientists, but new research from McGill University has uncovered a molecular mechanism that may be a key piece of the puzzle. The discovery could provide new targets for treating a wide range of diseases.

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Published: 5 Feb 2018

McGill benefactor Richard Tomlinson made history

Dr. Richard Tomlinson made philanthropic history for Canadian universities in 2000 when he donated $64 million to McGill. At the time, it was the largest gift ever made in support of higher education in Canada by an alumnus, and still ranks as the largest single gift McGill has ever received from an individual.

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Published: 3 Feb 2018

McGill University recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers for 2018

First published in 2006, Montréal's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by  the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in Greater Montréal that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work....
Published: 1 Feb 2018

Misery does not love company

Comparing to a role model may help reduce burnout among teachers.    With as many as four in 10 Canadian teachers leaving the field within their first five years, what can be done to keep more of them in the classroom?   Researchers in McGill University’s Faculty of Education examined this question by su...
Published: 31 Jan 2018

Misery does not love company

With as many as four in 10 Canadian teachers leaving the field within their first five years, what can be done to keep more of them in the classroom?   Researchers in McGill University’s Faculty of Education examined this question by surveying more than 500 Canadian teachers about how they dealt with teaching setbacks....
Published: 31 Jan 2018

McGill research team studies how calcium compounds accumulate in the arteries

Team leader Marta Cerruti, using the tools of the Canadian Light Source, has examined the mineralized arteries of genetically modified laboratory mice and found that the pathway in the body that leads to what laypeople call “hardening of the arteries” is not what medical experts previously assumed.

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Published: 31 Jan 2018

Epigenetic alteration of a vitamin B12 processing gene shines new light on our understanding of rare diseases

Rare hereditary recessive diseases were thought to be expressed in offspring only when both parents carry a mutation in the causal gene, but a new study is changing this paradigm. An international research team led by scientists at the University of Lorraine in France along with McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Canada discovered a new cause of a rare condition known as cblC, that they named “epi-cblC”....

Published: 30 Jan 2018

The high cost of short-term rentals in New York City

A new report from McGill Urban Planning professor David Wachsmuth and his team provides an analysis of Airbnb activity in New York City and the surrounding region in the last three years (September 2014 - August 2017)....
Published: 30 Jan 2018

Nutritionally speaking, soy milk is best plant-based milk

How healthy is your almond milk really? It may taste good and may not cause you any of the unpleasant reactions caused by cow’s milk. But though plant-based milk beverages of this kind have been on the market for a couple of decades and are advertised as being healthy and wholesome for those who are lactose-intolerant, little research has been done to compare the benefits and drawbacks of the various kinds of plant-based milk....

Published: 29 Jan 2018

Financial Times Global MBA rankings place Desautels MBA #1 in Canada

McGill's Desautels MBA program is ranked #1 in Canada and 78th in the world by the 2018 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking—one of only three Canadian schools which made the list, released January 29, 2018. Every year, the FT ranks the world’s best 100 MBA programs using multiple criteria. Read more about the methodology here. The MBA Class of 2014 was surveyed for this ranking.  ...

Published: 29 Jan 2018

A greener way to make ketones

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new, more environmentally friendly way to make ketones, an important chemical ingredient in pharmaceuticals.  While ketones are found in a wide range of useful chemicals, they are commonly prepared through energy-intensive, multi-step technologies that create significant chemical waste.  In an article published online last month in Nature Chemistry, the McGill scientists demonstrate how carbon monoxide, a widely available b...

Published: 26 Jan 2018

Canadian brain bank network to advance research on Alzheimer’s disease

More than 400,000 Canadians aged 65 and over live with diagnosed dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 70 percent of cases. The cause of this degenerative brain disease is largely unknown and no effective treatment exists. The disease has a devastating effect on individuals and their families.

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Published: 23 Jan 2018

Discovery of a 'pioneer' that opens the genome

Our genome contains all the information necessary to form a complete human being. This information, encoded in our DNA, stretches over one to two metres long but still manages to squeeze into a cell about 100 times smaller than a green pea. To do so, the genome has to be compacted.

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Published: 23 Jan 2018

A ‘hot Jupiter’ with unusual winds

The hottest point on a gaseous planet near a distant star isn’t where astrophysicists expected it to be – a discovery that challenges scientists’ understanding of the many planets of this type found in solar systems outside our own.

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Published: 22 Jan 2018

More than $59 million awarded by the CFI and the Government of Quebec to six McGill research projects

By Meaghan Thurston   New labs and equipment through the CFI’s Innovation Fund will help six transformative McGill research projects to collaborate, innovate and train the next generation of scientists for the jobs of tomorrow.   Today at the Université de Montréal, the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, on behalf of the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, announced an investment of $67 million through the CFI’s In...
Published: 19 Jan 2018

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