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A new research centre in Montreal will help lift the shroud of mystery surrounding autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and lead to the development of better diagnostic tools and more effective therapies for people with autism.

Classified as: Azrieli Foundation, Montreal Neurological Institute, donation, autism
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Published on: 23 Oct 2017

Prof. Niladri Basu, McGill University, is one of the Commissioners on The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health which was released today.

Nil Basu’s research, mainly in Africa, is on:

1.     artisanal and small-scale gold mining (there are approximately 100 million people worldwide practicing mining like this in very unsafe conditions)

2.     electronic waste recycling (E-waste). Does work on the world’s largest e-waste dump in Agbogbloshie, Ghana.

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Published on: 20 Oct 2017

The discovery of a gravitational wave caused by the merger of two neutron stars, reported today by a collaboration of scientists from around the world, opens a new era in astronomy. It marks the first time that scientists have been able to observe a cosmic event with both light waves -- the basis of traditional astronomy -- and gravitational waves, the ripples in space-time predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Classified as: gravitational waves, daryl haggard, McGill Space Institute, physics, astronomy, neutron stars
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Published on: 16 Oct 2017

By Chris Chipello

McGill University researchers have discovered a cellular mechanism that may contribute to the breakdown of communication between neurons in Alzheimer’s disease.

Classified as: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease (AD), Alzheimer’s research, neuron, brain tissue, faculty of medicine, science, medicine, staff, faculty, students, External
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Published on: 13 Oct 2017
By Meaghan Thurston
 
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Published on: 12 Oct 2017

McGill will confer honorary doctorates upon two remarkable women during the Fall 2017 convocation ceremonies. Heather Munroe-Blum and Heather Reisman will be awarded the University’s highest honour for their dedication to the advancement of education and literacy.

Classified as: honorary doctorates, Heather Monroe-Blum, Heather Reisman
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Published on: 6 Oct 2017

By Shawn Hayward

Whether it is dancing or just tapping one foot to the beat, we all experience how auditory signals like music can induce movement. Now new research suggests that motor signals in the brain actually sharpen sound perception, and this effect is increased when we move in rhythm with the sound.

Classified as: auditory response, Sound, Motor signals, Sound perception, MNI, Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital, science, External, staff, students, faculty
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Published on: 6 Oct 2017
DeepMind, the AI company famous for its Go-playing AlphaGo program, is setting up an office in Montreal, making it the latest high-profile company to join the city’s artificial-intelligence research community. Doina Precup, an Associate Professor in McGill’s School of Computer Science, will lead DeepMind’s office here, while continuing to teach and do research at the University. We spoke with Prof. Precup about her new role at DeepMind, her ongoing work at McGill, and the rapidly evolving AI scene in Montreal.
 
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Published on: 6 Oct 2017

By Meaghan Thurston

Professor Claudia Mitchell was in an Ethiopian airport on her way to Russia when she received an email from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation asking her to give them a call. With no phone in sight, Mitchell waited anxiously until landing some hours later to learn that she had garnered a prestigious Fellowship. “They said, ‘you clearly walk the talk because you are traveling from one girl-led project to another’”.

Classified as: claudia mitchell, Trudeau fellowship, society and culture
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Published on: 19 Sep 2017
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced today that Professor Michel Tremblay (Department of Biochemistry and the Director of the McGill Cancer Institute) has been awarded the McLaughlin Medal for important research of sustained excellence in medical science. Recognized for his leading-edge work on the role and function of particular enzymes in the development of cancer, Professor Tremblay is among the 12 Canadian researchers honoured with an RSC medal or award this year. Also among the RSC 2017 award winners is Dr.
Classified as: michel tremblay, royal society of canada, McLaughlin Medal, McGill Cancer Institute, Department of Biochemistry, Research and Innovation, society and culture
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Published on: 19 Sep 2017

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