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Rapid eye movement sleep: keystone of memory formation

Fri, 2016-05-13 11:47

By Bruno Geoffroy 

For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase where dreams appear – is directly involved in memory formation.

Now, a study published in Science by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University) and the University of Bern provides evidence that REM sleep does, indeed, play this role – at least in mice.

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Brain cells that aid appetite control identified

Wed, 2016-05-11 19:02

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

​Discovery opens door to development of new drugs to control weight gain and obesity

It’s rare for scientists to get what they describe as “clean” results without spending a lot of time repeating the same experiment over and over again. But when researchers saw the mice they were working with doubling their weight within a month or two, they knew they were on to something.

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Expert: Opioid epidemic

Tue, 2016-04-12 10:24

Prescriptions for dangerous alternatives to OxyContin are soaring, showing that a crackdown on the popular painkiller has failed to curb Canada’s opioid crisis.

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$5M for Malaria, Tuberculosis Drug-discovery Research

International partnership led by University of Toronto, McGill scientists receives Gates Foundation funding
Thu, 2015-12-17 14:58

University of Toronto and McGill University scientists are leading an international partnership to discover new and improved drug treatments for tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases  -- thanks to a contribution from Merck Canada Inc., as well as an additional $5 million supplement to a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The new funding brings the total investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to nearly US $12 million since 2012.

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Organization: Communications Officer - Faculty of Medicine - McGill University
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Innate immunity may help limit cancer growth

Cancer immunotherapy, a relatively new frontier in cancer treatment, works by enhancing the capacity of one's immune system to attack cancer cells. To date, this field has focused on developing cancer vaccines or engineering specialized cells called lymphocytes capable of binding specific proteins produced by cancer cells but not by normal cells
Wed, 2015-09-16 12:53

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MEDITHEATRE: Montreal Medicine at Expo 67

Thu, 2015-10-01 18:00 - 19:30
McCord Museum : 690 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1E9
Price: 15.00

Please join us at Montreal’s McCord Museum for the first public screening of "Miracles in Modern Medicine" since Expo 67 with director Robert Cordier. 

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Updated Undergraduate and Health Sciences info

Tue, 2015-08-18 10:28

The Undergraduate and Health Sciences eCalendars have been updated; browse to your faculty or school section to see what's new! This update reflects mid-year changes to undergraduate/professional programs, courses, and information for all faculties & schools. As always, academic advisors are also available to answer quesions and guide you towards academic success!

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