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Montreal universities unite to host the 2017 Conference of the Americas on International Education

Montreal, November 15, 2016 – The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Concordia University, McGill University, Université de Montréal and ÉTS (École de technologie supérieure) will host the Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE) in Montreal from October 11 to 13, 2017.

Published: 15 Nov 2016

Keeping our balance - a tale of two systems

The transition from being sea creatures to living on land, even if it happened over 300 million years ago, seems to have left its traces on the way we keep our balance today.

“It’s a discovery that is likely to be controversial,” says Kathy Cullen, the senior researcher on a paper on the subject that was published recently in Nature Communications. She has been working on this problem for over a decade with her colleague Maurice Chacron who also teaches in McGill’s Department of Physiology.

Published: 11 Nov 2016

Measuring protection of the world’s rivers

To  what extent are the world’s rivers protected?  

In 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, set a 17% target for the protection of ‘inland waters,’ including rivers. But there was a problem: there was no good way to measure progress toward that target.  

Published: 10 Nov 2016

Towards better hip replacements

By Katherine Gombay Some potentially good news for aging Baby Boomers: researchers believe that they have developed a hip replacement that will last longer and create fewer problems for the people who receive them than those currently in use. The secret? An implant that “tricks” the host bone into remaining alive by mimicking the varying porosity of real bones.

Interestingly, the key factor that distinguishes the new implant is that is LESS rather than more solid than those in current use, while still being just as strong.

Published: 2 Nov 2016

Murray Humphries named McGill Northern Research Chair

Institut nordique du Québec (INQ)’s founding partners have unveiled the first foundational elements of the Institute’s scientific program by simultaneously announcing three northern research chairs and introducing its newly recruited director of science and innovation, Louis Fortier. 

Representatives from INQ’s three founding universities made a joint announcement of funding for three research chairs supported by INQ, allocated to INRS, McGill University, and Université Laval—a historic first for northern research.

Published: 1 Nov 2016

Researchers identify gene associated with intracranial aneurysm in French-Canadian population

Scientists have identified a gene in the French-Canadian population that predisposes them to the development of intracranial aneurysm (IA), a potentially life threatening neurological condition that is responsible for approximately 500,000 deaths worldwide per year, half of which occur in people less than 50 years of age.

Using genetic analysis, the team of researchers found rare variations of one gene, RNF213, that appeared more frequently in IA patients than in the control group. Both patients and the control group came from French-Canadian families. 

Published: 31 Oct 2016

It’s what's underneath that counts

To the naked eye, ancient rocks may look completely inhospitable, but in reality, they can sustain an entire ecosystem of microbial communities in their fracture waters isolated from sunlight for millions, if not billions, of years. New scientific findings discovered the essential energy source to sustain the life kilometres below Earth’s surface with implications for life not only on our planet but also on Mars. 

Published: 27 Oct 2016

McGill tops Maclean’s ranking for 12th straight year

McGill once again ranked first in the “medical-doctoral” category in scholarships and bursaries for students, as well as in social sciences and humanities grants relative to faculty size. Maclean’s published the results online Wednesday evening.

“Our leading position in scholarships and bursaries in this ranking underscores our commitment to ensuring accessibility to education for all talented students, regardless of their financial means,” said Principal Suzanne Fortier.

Published: 26 Oct 2016

Why some dental implants work and others don’t

Each year, about 500,000 North Americans get dental implants. If you are one of them, and are preparing to have an implant, it might be a good idea to start taking beta blockers, medication that controls high blood pressure, for a while. And to stop taking heartburn pills.

A body of research from McGill led-teams indicates that in order to raise the odds that dental implants will attach properly, there are clear benefits to taking certain common medications and avoiding others.

Bone cell growth, healing and death

Published: 25 Oct 2016

A key to unlocking the mystery of triple negative breast cancer

A study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) suggests screening breast cancer patients for the prolactin receptor could improve the prognosis for patients and may help them avoid unnecessary and invasive treatments. Using a database of 580 women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), the researchers found that survival was prolonged in patients who expressed the prolactin receptor and that prolactin hormone was able to reduce the aggressive behavior of cancerous cells. It does so by decreasing their ability to divide and form new tumors.

Published: 25 Oct 2016

Essential tremor sufferers needed for groundbreaking study

You probably know someone who has it. It is the most common movement disorder, yet most people don’t even know its name.

Essential tremor affects nearly one per cent of the world’s population, increasing to four per cent of those over 40. The involuntary shaking of hands is the most common symptom, but symptoms can also include shaking of the head and legs.

Published: 25 Oct 2016

Is there such a thing as “rape culture” on campuses in Canada?

Who are the key players and actors on the issue of sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally?

Shaheen Shariff, Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education, Director of Define the Line Projects at McGill University has been awarded a $2.5 million Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant to address sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally.

Published: 21 Oct 2016

Easing the burden of terminal illness

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) is pleased to announce the launch of a new clinical program designed to ease the suffering of seriously ill patients through specialized consultation and comprehensive care. 

Published: 20 Oct 2016

Public Forum on Electoral Reform (Oct. 20)

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University and the Research Chair in Electoral Studies at the Université de Montréal will be hosting a public forum on the Canadian electoral reform on October 20.

When: October 20, 2016 from 19h30 to 21h30Where: McGill New Residence Hall, 3625 Av du Parc, Montréal

Published: 13 Oct 2016

How migratory cells find their way through body tissue

A new study published in Nature Communications could help biologists understand how various types of migratory cells, such as immune cells, find their way through tissues in the human body.

Published: 13 Oct 2016

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