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Ovarian cancer, called a “silent killer” because symptoms are often vague and similar to more benign conditions in the early stages, is often not diagnosed until it is at an advanced stage. Researchers say about 77% of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed at this point.
The likelihood of a child’s being given a diagnosis of autism, Asperger syndrome or a related disorder increased more than 20 percent from 2006 to 2008, according to a report released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Neuro gained international renown as a centre of advanced epilepsy research and treatment thanks to the work of Dr. Penfield and such colleagues as the surgeon, Theodore Rasmussen, and the pioneer in electroencephalography (EEG), Herbert Jasper. Their illustrious example has inspired groundbreaking epilepsy research and treatment at the Neuro for more than 70 years.
Nearly one in five people suffers from the insidious and often devastating problem of chronic pain. That the problem persists, and is growing, is striking given the many breakthroughs in understanding the basic biology of pain over the past two decades. Research published online in Nature Medicine points to potential solutions.
A collaborative study by scientists at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University, and published March 20 in the online, open access journal PLoS Biology, has discovered that mutations in the same gene that encodes part of the vital machinery of the mitochondrion can cause neurodegenerative disorders in both fruit flies and humans.
Provincial budget: McGill welcomes essential funding for restoration of historical academic building
McGill University welcomed today the injection of $35 million dollars toward the restoration of Wilson Hall, one of McGill’s many historical academic buildings in urgent need of rehabilitation. The funding was announced as part of the Quebec budget tabled today.
March 14 triggered the start of the bargaining process between the University and the bargaining teams representing research associates and research assistants.
Nine McGill researchers were among the 132 newly awarded or renewed Canada Research Chairs just announced by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology. The McGill CRCs work in fields ranging from social statistics and family change to the cognitive neuroscience of attention and expectation.
A recent study led by Gergely Lukacs, a professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Physiology, and published in the January issue of Cell, has shown that restoring normal function to the mutant gene product responsible for cystic fibrosis requires correcting two distinct structural defects. This finding could point to more effective therapeutic strategies for CF in the future.
McGill University and Freie Universität Berlin have formally moved to enhance their research collaboration through a cooperation agreement that includes the exchange of faculty, staff and students, as well as joint research activities and publications.
A research group led by Dr. A. Claudio Cuello of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, has uncovered a critical process in understanding the degeneration of brain cells sensitive to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that this discovery could help develop alternative AD therapies.