Health and medicine

McGill researchers have discovered the cause of an inherited form of epilepsy. The disease, known as double-cortex syndrome, primarily affects females and arises from mutations on a gene located on the X chromosome. Drs. Susanne Bechstedt and Gary Brouhard of the Dept of Biology have used a highly advanced microscope to discover how these mutations cause a malformation of the human brain.

Published on: 21 Jun 2012

Ethics framework urged to manage conflicts of interest in medicine

Published on: 13 Jun 2012

Cachexia, a syndrome characterized by rapid weight loss and muscle deterioration, is a major cause of death among patients suffering from diseases like cancer, AIDS and chronic infection. Now, a newly published study by McGill University researchers shows that a low dose of Pateamine A is effective at preventing cancer-induced muscle wasting, which may lead to cachexia-fighting drugs.

Published on: 12 Jun 2012

Whether it is for research into clean energy sources, the future of wireless communication or a better understanding of the processes involved in language learning, over 160 established McGill researchers and more than 80 graduate students will benefit from support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) over the next five years.

Published on: 6 Jun 2012

For anyone to speak out openly and honestly about their struggle with mental illness is an act of bravery. According to a new study of Canadian media coverage of mental illness, journalists rarely quote individuals with mental illness. The study, "Together Against Stigma: Changing how we see mental illness," will be presented Monday at an international conference in Ottawa.

Published on: 1 Jun 2012

Discovery could be used to help engineer artificial tissue

Published on: 29 May 2012