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Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the “smart material” vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal – in a time frame a trillion times faster than the blink of an eye.
Two outstanding contributors to Montreal community organizations will be honoured at McGill’s fall convocation ceremonies. Marvin Corber and Robert B. Winsor will both receive Doctor of Laws honorary degrees.
What if we could reduce rates of a wide range of devastating mental illnesses through early detection? Thanks to a significant gift of $2.9M from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation to The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University (The Neuro), hope is on the horizon through the expansion of a major collaboration to understand why some children are vulnerable to conditions like autism, attention deficit disorder and social anxiety, and what can be done to prevent these disorders before they take hold. This collaboration will also explore brain disorders in the aging population, such as dementia, in an unprecedented investigation of mental health across the lifespan.
Building on two years of consultation with over 1500 students, faculty and staff, McGill University today released Vision 2020, a sustainability strategy designed to guide the institution over the coming years. The Vision 2020 strategy embraces the university’s dual role in cultivating a commitment towards sustainability among community members, while at the same time creating the knowledge needed to make this future a reality.
McGill University Professor Michael Meaney has been selected as the 2014 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize Laureate in recognition of his groundbreaking achievements in the biology of child development. A jury of experts selected Prof. Meaney, who is also Scientific Director at the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, for this honor for his pioneering, cutting edge research on the biological mechanisms by which parental behaviour affects brain development and lifelong function.
The Bell Let’s Talk funding of $500,000 for each university will help expand existing mental health programs and develop additional services that will be accessible to more students.
McGill University alumnus John O'Keefe was named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in medicine, for his contribution to the discovery of cells that constitute the brain’s ‘inner GPS,’ which makes it possible to orient ourselves in space.