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McGill salutes the memory of Nelson Mandela

Fri, 2013-12-06 14:19

On behalf of the McGill University community, H. Arnold Steinberg, Chancellor, and Prof. Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, extend condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and to the people of South Africa, including McGill’s South African staff and students.

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McGill welcomes the official creation of the MESRST

Thu, 2013-12-05 16:27

McGill University welcomed today the adoption of the law on the ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MESRST), which will allow the official creation of the ministry.

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Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunami

Drilling in Japan Trench by international scientific team finds unusually thin, slippery geological fault
Thu, 2013-12-05 14:57

The devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone.

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Contact: Chris Chipello
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Dads: how important are they?

New MUHC research highlights the value of fathers in both neurobiology and behaviour of offspring
Wed, 2013-12-04 10:35

Even with today’s technology, it still takes both a male and a female to make a baby. But is it important for both parents to raise that child? Many studies have outlined the value of a mother, but few have clearly defined the importance of a father, until now. New findings from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) show that the absence of a father during critical growth periods, leads to impaired social and behavioural abilities in adults. This research, which was conducted using mice, was published today in the journal Cerebral Cortex. It is the first study to link father absenteeism with social attributes and to correlate these with physical changes in the brain.

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McGill's performance 'remarkable,' says Principal

McGill’s performance in extremely competitive international climate “remarkable,” says Principal Suzanne Fortier
Tue, 2013-12-03 19:09

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Contact: Julie Fortier
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Office Phone: 514 398-6751
Mobile Phone: 514 884-1587
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Montreal Cochlear Implant Research Network launched, calls for proposals

Tue, 2013-12-03 16:39

With the generous support of the Richard and Edith Strauss Foundation, Montreal-based research groups announce the formation of the Montreal Cochlear Implant Research Network. The network currently comprises the Department of Otolaryngology at McGill, the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM) at McGill, the Centre de Recherche en Neuropsychologie et Cognition (CERNEC) at Université de Montréal, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR).

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Contact: Vincent L. Gracco
Organization: Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music
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Target identified for a public health risk parasite

Thu, 2013-11-28 12:21

In the developing world, Cryptosporidium parvum has long been the scourge of freshwater. A decade ago, it announced its presence in the United States, infecting over 400,000 people – the largest waterborne-disease outbreak in the county’s history. Its rapid ability to spread, combined with an incredible resilience to water decontamination techniques, such as chlorination, led the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United Sates to add C. parvum to its list of public bioterrorism agents. Currently, there are no reliable treatments for cryptosporidiosis, the disease caused by C. parvum, but that may be about to change with the identification of a target molecule by investigators at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC).

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Contact: Julie Robert
Organization: McGill University Health Centre
Office Phone: 514 934-1934 ext. 71381
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Detecting Twitter users’ gender, en français

Wed, 2013-11-27 12:05

With 230 million users, Twitter has become a global force in social media.  And not just in English.

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Contact: Chris Chipello
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Contact: Prof. Derek Ruths
Organization: School of Computer Science
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A brain reward gene influences food choices

Study links genetic predisposition to childhood obesity
Tue, 2013-11-26 15:29

Research has suggested that a particular gene in the brain’s reward system contributes to overeating and obesity in adults. This same variant has now been linked to childhood obesity and tasty food choices, particularly for girls, according to a new study by Dr. Patricia Silveira and Prof. Michael Meaney of McGill University and Dr. Robert Levitan of the University of Toronto.

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
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Contact: Marie france Coutu
Organization: Douglas Mental Health University Institute
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Canadians lukewarm about protection of human rights

McGill expertise in human rights informs survey by Trudeau Foundation
Thu, 2013-11-21 16:24

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Contact: Katherine Gombay
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Office Phone: 514-398-2189
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