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Is phthalate alternative really safe?

A commonly used  plasticizer known as DINCH, which is found in products that come into close contact with humans, such as medical devices, children's toys and food packaging, might not be as safe as initially thought. According to a new study from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, DINCH exerts biological effects on metabolic processes in mammals.

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Published on : 17 Jun 2015

New Segal Family Chair in Molecular Oncology

Last night, Dr. Christoph Borchers was formally installed as the inaugural appointment to the Segal Family Chair in Molecular Oncology at McGill University. He will carry out his research on clinical proteomics at the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH). By recruiting Dr. Borchers, who continues to serve as Director of the University of Victoria (UVic) – Genome BC Proteomics Centre, the JGH and McGill become a central hub for the first pan-Canadian proteomics program.

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Published on : 16 Jun 2015

Statement on the death of Jean Doré

On behalf of McGill University, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier today extended sincere condolences to the family of former Montreal Mayor Jean Doré, who died Monday at age 70.

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Published on : 16 Jun 2015

Has the U.S. turned a corner toward less urban sprawl?

The urban street network is one of the most permanent features of cities. Once laid down, the pattern of streets determines urban form and the level of sprawl for decades to come. In the U.S., urban sprawl has become an enduring hallmark of the past century. Yet, there are some glimmers of hope.

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Published on : 15 Jun 2015

Limiting genetic tests for breast cancer susceptibility

Screening for genes whose risk association with breast cancer has yet to be proven is not justified and potentially harmful, argue an international team of leading geneticists and oncologists in a paper published this week in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.

Published on : 01 Jun 2015

Cocaine addiction, craving and relapse

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Published on : 26 May 2015

$1 Million donation to Macdonald College Campus

A  $1-million gift from Macdonald College of McGill University  alumnus  J. William Ritchie, BSc(Agr)'51,  will provide  major  support for McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in its efforts to open its Macdonald campus to more visitors and provide a unique, hands-on education into the critical role of agriculture in the food supply chain.

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Published on : 22 May 2015

Impact of video gaming on the brain

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B by the teams of Dr. Gregory West (Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal) and Dr. Véronique Bohbot (Douglas Institute researcher and associate Professor at McGill University and the Douglas Research Institute of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal) shows that while video game players (VGPs) exhibit more efficient visual attention abilities, they are also much more likely to use navigation strategies that rely on the brain’s reward system (the caudate nucleus) and not the brain’s spatial memory system (the hippocampus). Past research has shown that people who use caudate nucleus-dependent navigation strategies have decreased grey matter and lower functional brain activity in the hippocampus. 

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Published on : 20 May 2015