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Scientists scan horizon for future invasive species challenges

Shipping and mining in the Arctic. The spread of invasive microbial pathogens around the world. Changing agricultural practices. Use of genomic-modification tools. Those are among the 14 most significant issues that could affect the science and management of invasive species over the next two decades, according to an international team of ecologists, who published their findings in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Published: 4 May 2017

New hope in the fight against superbugs

Antibiotic resistance is a growing global health threat. So much so that a 2014 study commissioned by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom predicted that, if the problem is left unchecked, in less than 35 years more people will die from antibiotic resistant superbugs than from cancer. It is critical that researchers develop new antibiotics informed by knowledge of how superbugs are resistant to this medication.

Published: 3 May 2017

McGill Honorary Doctorates 2017

Each year McGill University is proud to confer honorary degrees to highly talented and engaged individuals who serve as an inspiration for our community of students, professors, researchers and staff.  
Published: 25 Apr 2017

Bright future for self-charging batteries

Who hasn’t lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? This could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology being developed by Hydro-Québec and McGill University.

Lithium-ion batteries have allowed the rapid proliferation of all kinds of mobile devices such as phones, tablets and computers. These tools however require frequent re-charging because of the limited energy density of their batteries.

Published: 24 Apr 2017

McGill and Schulich School of Music award honorary doctorate to Yannick Nézet-Séguin

McGill University is proud to present the degree of doctor honoris causa to a great name on the Quebec cultural scene, Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Published: 13 Apr 2017

85th Acfas Annual Congress: May 8 to 12, 2017 at McGill University

For the third time in its history, the Acfas Annual Congress, the largest multidisciplinary research event in the Francophonie, will be hosted by McGill University.

Published: 12 Apr 2017

When children see war as better than peace

For most people, the end of a war offers relief, hope, and an end to violence. This may not be the case for children born of wartime rape, however, who often endure continued brutality in the post-war period.

That finding emerges from a new study of children born to mothers who were abducted, held captive, and sexually violated by members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group led by Joseph Kony during the civil war in northern Uganda from 1986 to 2007.

Published: 11 Apr 2017

Dr. Carlos Telleria receiving a grant from the U.S. Rivkin Center

Congratulations to Carlos Telleria, on his grant from the U.S. Rivkin Center, a partner of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, internationally recognized for its pioneering research.  The Rivkin funds are designated to support innovative, investigator-initiated projects at the forefront of ovarian cancer research.

Published: 10 Apr 2017

Dr. Carolyn Baglole receiving a grant from the Boehringer Ingelheim Innovation

Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Baglole – featured in this week’s McGill Reporter as one of three Canadians receiving a grant from the Boehringer Ingelheim Innovation in Understanding Interstitial Lung Disease (BUILD) program, to support her research on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

To read more about it, see:

http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2017/04/build-grant-breathes-life...

 

 

Published: 10 Apr 2017

Students receive $50K from Ottawa for innovative urban green housing design

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna announced a $50,000 grant from Natural Resources Canada’s Program for Energy Research and Development (PERD) to help TeamMTL participate in the international Solar Decathlon, to be held next year in Dezhou, China.

Published: 6 Apr 2017

Solving medical “cold cases” through genetics

Researchers have identified the genetic mutation responsible for one patient's serious health problems, finally solving a medical mystery that has endured for over 30 years. Thanks to this discovery, the researcher developed a therapy that could also help a lot of people who have problems related to the immune system, whether they are genetic or due to a transplant or an illness.

Published: 6 Apr 2017

Melting snow contains a toxic cocktail of pollutants

With spring finally here and warmer temperatures just around the corner, snow will slowly melt away, releasing us from the clutches of winter. However, that’s not the only thing that the melting snow will release. Researchers from McGill University and École de technologie supérieure in Montreal have found that urban snow accumulates a toxic cocktail from car emissions - pollutants that are in turn unleashed into the environment as the weather warms up.

Published: 4 Apr 2017

Nearly $3.8 Million for Macdonald Campus’ Farm Management and Technology program

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Laurent Lessard, and Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs, announced today on behalf of the Government of Quebec $3,772,000 in funding over three years for the Farm Management and Technology Program (FMT), a three-year academic and practical college program offered on the Macdonald campus and taught by the staff of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  
Published: 31 Mar 2017

$5 Million for agri-food innovation

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Laurent Lessard, and Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs, announced on behalf of the Government of Quebec $5 million for the Consortium de recherche précompétitive en transformation alimentaire at McGill University’s Macdonald campus today. The funds will be awarded in five annual instalments of $1 million  
Published: 31 Mar 2017

Improving memory with magnets

The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives — without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. New research is shedding light on how sound memory works in the brain, and is even demonstrating a means to improve it.

Published: 28 Mar 2017

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