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Quality control of mitochondria as a defense against disease

Tue, 2014-01-21 11:27

Scientists from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital in Canada have discovered that two genes linked to hereditary Parkinson’s disease are involved in the early-stage quality control of mitochondria. The protective mechanism, which is reported in The EMBO Journal, removes damaged proteins that arise from oxidative stress from mitochondria. 

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Herbert Jasper Lecture: Neuromodulation of brain states and sensory processing

Tue, 2014-05-20 16:00

Speaker: Yang Dan, PhD,  
Howard Hughes Investigator,
Professor of Neurobiology,
University of California, Berkeley

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Medical giants stride pages of new book

Mon, 2013-12-16 10:27

Images of The Neuro is literary eyewitness to medical history

In a new collection of insightful essays and selected photos, one of Canada’s most eminent medical figures, Dr. William Feindel, shines a personal light on the world-famous institution that he headed for 12 years, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University, as well as on some giants of medicine like Osler, Willis, Gilbert and Penfield.

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Merck Canada awards $4 M to Faculty of Medicine

Fri, 2013-10-04 11:45

Merck Canada announced yesterday the allocation of a total of $16 million in grants to Quebec’s four faculties of medicine. McGill, along with Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke and Université Laval will each receive $4 M to support health research with a translational component conducted in areas of unmet medical need. The announcement was made in Quebec City at the BioContact Quebec Biopharmaceutical Partnership Symposium, in the presence of Dr. Thomas R. Cannell, President and Managing Director, Merck Canada Inc., and of Pierre Duchesne, Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.

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A new role for sodium in the brain

Findings identify a novel pharmacological target for drug development
Tue, 2013-08-20 11:52

Researchers at McGill University have found that sodium – the main chemical component in table salt – is a unique “on/off” switch for a major neurotransmitter receptor in the brain. This receptor, known as the kainate receptor, is fundamental for normal brain function and is implicated in numerous diseases, such as epilepsy and neuropathic pain.

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New network in medical physics

Initiative funded by NSERC’s CREATE program seeks to bolster innovation in the development of technologies used for diagnosis and treatment of disease
Mon, 2013-08-12 11:01

A new network that is bringing together expertise from universities, government and industry is implementing a new vision for training the next generation of medical physicists. Ultrasounds, X-rays, MRIs and nuclear medicine are only a few examples of the essential contributions of medical physicists. The field of medical physics applies the principles of physics to medicine, from diagnosis to treatment, and seeks to quickly transform scientific discovery into clinical applications. Medical physicists are also clinical health care professionals providing service in fields such as radiation therapy, medical imaging, nuclear medicine or radiation protection, to name a few.

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Understanding the effects of genes on human traits

Montreal Scientists develop a novel approach for scanning the entire genome
Thu, 2013-08-01 11:09

Recent technological developments in genomics have revealed a large number of genetic influences on common complex diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, cancer or schizophrenia. However, discovering a genetic variant predisposing to a disease is only a first step. To apply this knowledge towards prevention or cure, including tailoring treatment to the patient’s genetic profile –also known as personalized medicine – we need to know how this genetic variant affects health.

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Quantum of sonics: Bonded, not stirred

McGill researchers discover new way to bond particles using ultrasound to form new materials
Wed, 2013-07-31 11:25

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new way to join materials together using ultrasound. Ultrasound – sound so high it cannot be heard – is normally used to smash particles apart in water. In a recent study, the team of researchers, led by McGill professor Jake Barralet, from the faculties of Dentistry and Medicine, found that if particles were coated with phosphate, they could instead bond together into strong agglomerates, about the size of grains of sand. Their results are published in the journal Advanced Materials.

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How to make preclinical animal research more effective

Researchers compile systematic list of recommendations for investigational-drug studies
Wed, 2013-07-24 12:03

Only 11% of drugs that enter clinical trials in humans are ultimately found safe and effective enough to receive regulatory approval.

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TELUS Health, McGill announce research partnership

Health-information technologies to improve care of patients with life-long chronic diseases
Tue, 2013-05-07 11:37

TELUS Health and McGill University have entered into a three-year, million dollar partnership to create a learning environment and conduct research on how best to use technology to improve health and healthcare delivery for Canadians. This joint partnership with McGill is the second for TELUS Health, demonstrating once again that industry and academic communities can collaborate to produce independent, evidence-based research, in order to help address challenges that the Canadian healthcare system is facing.

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