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Research pushes physics forward

Thu, 2007-02-08 14:00

An international team of physicists including researchers from McGill University has uncovered a rare mechanism that produces a single top quark, the heaviest known particle in nature.

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Jody Heymann testifies before US Senate Committee

Tue, 2007-02-13 12:00

Dr. Jody Heymann, Director of the McGill University Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP), testified on the issue of paid sick days before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Tuesday Feb. 13th.

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Premier appoints Charles Taylor to explore cultural, religious co-existence

Fri, 2007-02-09 12:00

Quebec Premier Jean Charest has named McGill University Professor Emeritus Charles Taylor to head a non-partisan commission that will explore and help frame the debate surrounding the reasonable accommodation of religious and cultural minorities. Professor Taylor will co-chair the commission along with Gérard Bouchard, a professor of sociology at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.

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MUHC-led research identifies risk-factor genes for type 2 diabetes

Sun, 2007-02-11 13:00

A new study led by researchers at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) has identified four genes that increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Education video raises awareness about neurofibromatosis

Fri, 2007-02-09 12:00

A common, but poorly understood disorder stigmatizes and isolates patients.

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Contact: Lisa Dutton
Organization: The Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC
Office Phone: 514-412-4307
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New genes point to diabetes risk

Mon, 2007-02-12 10:00

The genes associated with a risk of developing type 2 diabetes have been identified. The research, published online in Nature, is the first time the genetic makeup of any disease has been mapped in such detail. It should enable scientists to develop a genetic test to show an individual their likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. Rob Sladek and Constantin Polychronakos from McGill, along with scientists from Imperial College, London, and other international institutions, believe their findings explain up to 70% of the genetic background of type 2 diabetes.

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Brain, music and sound research centre

Mon, 2007-02-12 10:00

Science Magazine looks at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research (BRAMS), a joint project of McGill and Université de Montréal. The members of BRAMS, including McGill's Robert Zatorre, Université de Montréal's Isabelle Peretz and nine other Montreal-based lead investigators, aim to explore music's mysteries. They seek to understand how humans cooperate to perform together, how children and adults learn to play music, and the relationship between music and language. "BRAMS will allow us to use music as a portal into the most complex aspects of human brain function," says Dr. Zatorre.

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What's in your milk?

Tue, 2007-02-13 09:00

A McGill- and Harvard-sponsored conference held recently in Boston brought together about three dozen dairy researchers, from nutritional epidemiologists to dairy scientists, to discuss the hypothesis that hormones and growth factors in dairy increase cancer risk. Michael Pollak, an oncologist who studies cancer risk and IGF-1 at McGill, was one of the conference organizers.

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The Charter @ 25

Tue, 2007-02-13 09:00

The country's deep thinkers gather in Montreal this week for a conference marking the Charter of Rights and Freedoms' 25th birthday on April 17. Supreme Court judges from Canada and the U.S., constitutional experts and even the backroom boys who helped draft the law have been invited. Antonia Maioni, director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, is calling the event a "celebration," a review of both the triumphs and questions arising from this pivotal piece of legislation.

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A mother's love

Wed, 2007-02-14 06:00

McGill researchers have found that a good dose of motherly love may be enough to alter our genetic code, leaving us less fearful and stressed out in later life. If the finding is confirmed it could lead to dramatic new insights into the effects of upbringing and life experiences on a vast range of medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes and depression. The study, by Moshe Szyf, Michael Meaney, Ian Weaver and their team at McGill, is published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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