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Many advances in treatment have been made, but a cure is still desperately needed and that’s the focus this month — Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Dr. Serge Gauthier, a world-renowned researcher and the director of the Alzheimer’s disease research unit at the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging joined senior anchor Jamie Orchard to talk about the illness. Find out more: Global News
Martin Luther King, Jr. may be best known for his message, but it's his music that helped make a disciple of McGill University professor and Grammy-nominated musician John Hollenbeck. Hollenbeck, who teaches drums, composition and improvisation with McGill's jazz department, says the baptist preacher and civil rights leader was "a great musician" in the way he used cadence, tone and melody when he spoke. Read more: CBC News
“You can’t plug Donald Trump into your forecasts, but you can plug in a bunch of things as risks,” said Chris Ragan, associate economics professor at McGill University in Montreal and former adviser to the Bank of Canada and the finance department. “What happens if he puts tariffs in imported goods? What happens if he cuts corporate taxes? Another one is what happens if he massively spends on infrastructure.” Read more: Bloomberg
Mark Ware, a McGill pain researcher and vice-chair of Canada’s recent federal panel on marijuana legalization, said one of the biggest takeaways from the new report, which he reviewed before publication, is that new research must now be funded to see whether cannabis can pare down the use of some opioids, a class of legal and illicit painkillers that has led to an ongoing crisis that has killed hundreds of Canadians over the past year.
A distinguished panel of experts gathered at Montreal's McGill University this past spring to discuss this development in gene editing. There are big hopes for this technology, as well as serious concerns about its potential uses, and how to control or regulate it. The panel at McGill University addressed these questions. On this episode we have some of their answers. The panel is called Designing Life: The Brave New World of Gene Editing. Read more: CBC
“It will be interesting to see where they get accepted and where they get rejected,” said Gil Troy, an American presidential historian and professor at McGill University. “They’re the ones more likely to be seen around town, to rub elbows here and there." Read more: Financial Times
"Painting is a vector to humanize care, for the person to be aware of abilities he has, and to help with rehabilitation." Dr. Olivier Beauchet, director of McGill's Centre of Excellence on Aging and Chronic Disease, based at the Jewish General. Read more: Montreal Gazette
When investigating pain, the basic procedure for clinics everywhere is to give a patient the McGill Pain Questionnaire. This was developed in the 1970s by two scientists, Dr Ronald Melzack and Dr Warren Torgerson, both of McGill University in Montreal, and is still the main tool for measuring pain in clinics worldwide. Read more: The Independent
Column by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society. Read more: Montreal Gazette
Being aware of potential pushback should encourage negotiators to reach deals that will satisfy a majority of their domestic constituents. In this light, the current controversy around trade agreements is thus not entirely a sign of failure. Rather, it’s a necessary counterpart to the privacy required to reach an agreement in the first place. Op-ed co-signed by Krzysztof J. Pelc, William Dawson Scholar and associate professor in the Department of Political Science.
The land sharing/sparing debate has stagnated. Finding a way forward requires that we ask new questions and, crucially, focus on human well-being and ecosystem services. Op-ed by Elena M. Bennett, McGill School of Environment and the Department of Natural Resource Sciences Read more: Nature.com
Speaking more broadly, addressing the Canadian legacy of colonialism regarding indigenous peoples doesn’t allow anyone to stay in his or her comfort zone. Law faculties and universities have a long way to go on this issue — and it’s crucial to talk about the experiments and tentative steps forward.
After moving to Montreal to attend McGill University, Salima Visram designed the Soular Backpack to help tackle one of the "multitude of problems related to education of children in Kenya." Many children in Kenya live in homes without electricity and must use harmful kerosene lamps to study at night. The Soular Backpack has a solar panel on it which charges a portable LED lamp inside of it, eliminating the need for kerosene.
They say if you want to know what the future will be like, you should look at what investments are being made today. Judging by the accelerating rate of private-sector wind and solar investment here and elsewhere, it seems for Canada this trend is unlikely to stop until all our energy needs are met by clean electricity. Op-ed by Christopher Barrington-Leigh, assistant professor in the School of Environment.