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“Two steps” ahead in cystic fibrosis research

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.

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Published on : 12 Mar 2012

It’s brain time!

This week, learning becomes more exciting as Montreal neuroscientists join forces to reveal the wonders of the human brain during the 15th annual Brain Awareness Week (March 12 – 16).

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Published on : 12 Mar 2012

McGill and Freie Universität Berlin team up

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.

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Published on : 09 Mar 2012

McGill researchers crack degeneration process that leads to Alzheimer’s

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.

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Published on : 08 Mar 2012

Open your eyes and smell the roses

A new study reveals for the first time that activating the brain’s visual cortex with a small amount of electrical stimulation actually improves our sense of smell.

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Published on : 29 Feb 2012

How accurate are rapid flu tests?

A new study conducted by researchers from McGill University, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC), and Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre, has put the accuracy of rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs) under the microscope. The meta-analysis of 159 studies showed three key findings.

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Published on : 27 Feb 2012

Brain Bee

Twenty-nine students from seven Montreal area high schools will assemble at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University on February 23 to be quizzed about synapses, axons and other cerebral facts in the international contest known as the Brain Bee.

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Published on : 23 Feb 2012

Globe and Mail - How connected are concussions and depression?

McGill's Montreal Neurological Institute conducted a study using MRI imaging looking at brain activity. They found that MRI results of those athletes who had suffered from concussions had similar patterns of brain activity as people with major depressive disorder.

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Published on : 20 Feb 2012

Global, CTV - E. coli from chicken may be causing human infections, study suggests

Chicken meat may be a source of E. coli bacteria that is making its way into people and causing infections, a new study suggests. The study compared strains of E. coli bacteria in poultry and other meats to the strains found to have been causing urinary tract infections in women in Montreal from June 2005 to May 2007.

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Published on : 15 Feb 2012

Montreal Gazette, Postmedia - Researchers discover how to erase pain's 'neural trace'

Remember the pain from that broken bone, that arthritic joint, that migraine that knocked you off your feet for days? Your nervous system does, too, and now researchers at McGill University say they've discovered how those neuronal memories can be erased.

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Published on : 15 Feb 2012

Neuron memory key to taming chronic pain

A team of researchers led by McGill neuroscientist Terence Coderre, who is also affiliated with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, has found the key to understanding how memories of pain are stored in the brain. More importantly, the researchers are also able to suggest how these memories can be erased, making it possible to ease chronic pain.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2012

Radio-Canada - Votre conjoint ne vous « lit » pas bien?

Votre conjoint a oublié la Saint-Valentin et ne semble pas remarquer votre air triste? Eh bien, l'explication est peut-être neurologique! Des scientifiques de l'institut Neuro de l'Université McGill ont découvert que deux régions du cortex préfrontal du cerveau jouaient un rôle essentiel dans la perception des émotions cachées sous les expressions faciales.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2012

Montreal Gazette - MUHC doctors put on their dancing shoes at Metropolis

About 800 people attended a sold out fundraiser for the McGill University Health Centre on Feb. 4 called Dancing with the Docs. The event, which took place at Metropolis, raised $203,000 for the centre's Best Care for Life campaign.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2012

Why looks can be deceiving

Neuropsychology researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University, have found that two areas of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) are critical for either detecting or distinguishing emotions from facial expressions.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2012

Le Devoir - Lire dans les pensées

Des chercheurs ont décodé les mots entendus et les images vues par une personne à partir de son activité cérébrale.

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Published on : 11 Feb 2012