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Nine innovative projects backed by NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants

During an announcement at the University of Ottawa today, 94 research projects in universities across the country were awarded funding from the NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants program. Nine McGill projects are together receiving more than $4.1 million from the funding envelope to partner with a supporting organization on strategic research, including highly innovative research in green energy storage.

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Published on : 16 Feb 2017

Targeting the biological clock could slow the progression of cancer

Does the biological clock in cancer cells influence tumour growth? Yes, according to a study conducted by Nicolas Cermakian, a professor in McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry. Published in the journal BMC Biology, these results show for the first time that directly targeting the biological clock in a cancerous tumour has an impact on its development.

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Published on : 16 Feb 2017

Montreal named world’s best student city

Montreal has ended Paris’s five-year stint as the world’s best student destination, according to global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds. The fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities ranking, featuring a ‘Student View’ indicator for the first time, provides further evidence of Canada’s increasing popularity and desirability as a student destination, particularly following recent political events in the United States and United Kingdom.

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Published on : 15 Feb 2017

Big Plans for Big Classes

McGill University was one of 12 recipients of a mini-grant awarded today by the American Association of Universities (AAU) to support reform in undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.  McGill was the only Canadian institution to receive an award and, in addition to being one of only two Canadian members of the AAU Network, will now join the AAU’s STEM Education Network along with such peer American universities as Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology, and Cornell University.

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Published on : 14 Feb 2017

A call for respect

Dear members of the McGill community,   The community received a message last week from Provost Christopher Manfredi regarding a disturbing communication on social media that was sent by one of our students. I was shocked to read that Twitter post and want to make it clear that the University condemns all expressions of hatred and attempts to incite violence, including any that have been made in reaction to the post.  

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Published on : 13 Feb 2017

Late Application Allowance for Citizens Affected by the US Executive Order

For undergraduate programs, March 15 is the extended deadline.  To receive instructions on how to apply late, send an email to admissions [at] mcgill [dot] ca with subject “UNDERGRADUATE LATE APP ALLOWANCE”, including your full name, citizenship and chosen program.   

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Published on : 13 Feb 2017

McGill steadfast in support for respectful discourse

McGill recently became aware of a disturbing communication on social media by a student. The University strongly condemns expressions of hatred or incitement to violence against any individual or group. Such statements do not represent the views or the values of the University and we believe they violate a number of our policies, including the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.

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Published on : 09 Feb 2017

Sex, drugs, and rock & roll chemistry in the brain

The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University researchers published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

Published on : 08 Feb 2017

Response to U.S. Executive Order restricting travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven countries

McGill is responding to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order restricting travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Christopher Manfredi said Tuesday, Feb. 7. More: http://mcgill.ca/provost/mcgill-university-response-us-executive-order  

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Published on : 07 Feb 2017

Tomislav Friščić awarded NSERC’s Steacie Memorial Fellowship

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has awarded an E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship to Prof. Tomislav Friščić, to support his work in an innovative branch of chemistry that aims to develop environmentally friendly alternatives to solvent-based chemical processes.   NSERC awards up to six of these two-year, $250,000 fellowships annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers.

Published on : 07 Feb 2017

The making of Antarctica

One of the big mysteries in the scientific world is how the ice sheets of Antarctica formed so rapidly about 34 million years ago, at the boundary between the Eocene and Oligocene epochs. There are 2 competing theories: The first explanation is based on global climate change: Scientists have shown that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels declined steadily since the beginning of the Cenozoic Era, 66 million years ago. Once CO2 dropped below a critical threshold, cooler global temperatures allowed the ice sheets of Antarctica to form.

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Published on : 31 Jan 2017

Why the bar needs to be raised for human clinical trials

Standards for authorizing first-time trials of drugs in humans are lax, and should be strengthened in several ways, McGill University researchers argue in a paper published today in Nature.

Published on : 30 Jan 2017

Neuf ans avant d’obtenir un diagnostic de fibrose kystique

Journal de Metro Feature: Read the entire article HERE.

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Published on : 23 Jan 2017

Cystic fibrosis: Promising advances showcased in Montreal

Montreal Gazette Feature: Read the entire article HERE.

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Published on : 23 Jan 2017