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Tracking down the origins of the Ebola outbreak

In April, shortly after the World Health Organization announced that the Zaire Ebolavirus was responsible for a number of deaths in southern Guinea, an international team began the search for the animal origins of the epidemic. The team wanted to know whether there was a larger Ebolavirus outbreak happening in wildlife in the region and how the index case, a two-year-old boy in Meliandou, Guinea might have gotten infected and sparked the epidemic that has since spread into other areas of Guinea and then Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, the U.S, Spain and Mali, representing the largest ever recorded outbreak.
Tue, 2014-12-30 09:25

To address these questions, Dr. Fabian Leendertz of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin assembled a large international interdisciplinary team consisting of virologists, veterinarians, ecologists, epidemiologists and an anthropologist. One member was Jan Gogarten, a doctoral student in Biology and Vanier graduate scholar at McGill. 

We spoke with Gogarten about the resulting study, published this week in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine, and his role in it.

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What the “fecal prints” of microbes can tell us about E

Making the most of a shitty situation
Tue, 2014-12-23 10:29

The distinctive “fecal prints” of microbes potentially provide a record of how Earth and life have co-evolved over the past 3.5 billion years as the planet’s temperature, oxygen levels, and greenhouse gases have changed. But, despite more than 60 years of study, it has proved difficult, until now, to “read” much of the information contained in this record. Research from McGill University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), sheds light on the mysterious digestive processes of microbes, opening the way towards a better understanding of how life and the planet have changed over time.

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TB: avoiding and subverting immunity

Mon, 2014-12-22 16:44

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Researcher with Faculty of Education awarded U.S. patent for sub-cellular muscle measurement instrument

Mon, 2014-12-15 16:43

Researchers with McGill University’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education and Department of Physics were granted a United States patent for their invention of a new technique that helps measure microscopic forces in biological samples that can be as small as 1/60,000 of the diameter of a human hair.

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Research Seminar - “The ‘99 Week’ study: An intervention to improve scores on the Certification Examination in Family Medicine" with Dr. Roland Grad and Dr. Pierre Pluye

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:00 - 13:30
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Research Seminar - “The ‘99 Week’ study: An intervention to improve scores on the Certification Examination in Family Medicine" with Dr. Roland Grad and Dr. Pierre Pluye

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Don’t gamble with your child’s future: stuff your Christmas stockings responsibly

Fri, 2014-12-12 11:31

Experts warn against giving children lottery tickets as gifts

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Contact: Katherine Gombay
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Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work

Fri, 2014-12-12 10:43

Children more likely to tell the truth either to please an adult or because they believe it is the right thing to do
 

If you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. That’s what researchers discovered through a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8.

How the experiment was done

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Contact: Katherine Gombay
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Office Phone: 514-398-2189
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How shame and guilt can be used to your advantage in marketing

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:12

By DaHee Han

There are ways to ensure marketers are not fumbling in the dark when it comes to getting the most out of using emotion in their marketing campaigns. From billboards and adverts to their company website, my research shows that emotions such as shame and guilt can be used to create a favourable response from consumers.

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