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Congratulations to our PhD student Necola Guerrina

Congratulations to Necola Guerrina, our PhD student of Dr. Carolyn Baglole, who won second prize in the university-wide 3MT competition last week, for an outstanding presentation on her thesis research…… featured in the current issue of the McGill Reporter at http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2017/03/three-minute-thesis-compe...

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Published on : 22 Mar 2017

Long-term limitations imposed on patients with pulmonary embolism

A multi-centre clinical study, led by Dr. Susan Kahn at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH), determined that nearly half of the patients who suffer a pulmonary embolism (PE) – a blood clot in the lung – experience long term limitations to their capacity for physical activity and that this had a negative impact on their quality of life. This research, published in Chest, is the first to demonstrate that PE may have a lasting effect on patients.

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Published on : 20 Mar 2017

March 16: Back to business as usual

UPDATE: Thursday, 6:00 am Back to business as usual today, after our very rare snow day. Students should consult with professors about rescheduled tests, exams, assignments and so on. Thanks to all staff who made it in yesterday. Now, let’s look forward to Spring!  -------   UPDATE: Wednesday, 10:45 am

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Published on : 15 Mar 2017

A lawyer and a philosopher on “us and them” – the migrant question

Global migration has stirred questions of human rights, democracy, of living together, of ‘us and them.’ The philosopher Charles Taylor and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, and McGill law professor, François Crépeau, explore these and other questions at a time of rising populism and what may be called the fear of others.WatchListen    

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Published on : 10 Mar 2017

Why guillemot chicks leap from the nest before they can fly

Before they have the wing span to actually permit them to fly, young guillemots (also known as murres) leap hundreds of metres off towering cliffs and flutter down towards the sea, guided by their fathers. Scientists have long wondered why these tiny chicks make this remarkable leap, hoping to avoid the rocks below them, in what seems an unlikely survival strategy for a species.

Published on : 09 Mar 2017

Molecule shown to repair damaged axons

A foray into plant biology led one researcher to discover that a natural molecule can repair axons, the thread-like projections that carry electrical signals between cells. Axonal damage is the major culprit underlying disability in conditions such as spinal cord injury and stroke. 

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Published on : 08 Mar 2017

McGill ranked world’s 3rd best university for study of Anatomy & Physiology

McGill University is the world’s third-best university for the study of Anatomy & Physiology, behind only the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, according to the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.  The seventh edition of QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s analysis of subject-specific university performance, released today, lists the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects. Anatomy & Physiology is one of four new subject categories introduced in this year’s listing.

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Published on : 07 Mar 2017

Ottawa to provide $70 M to McGill for research-facility upgrades, energy-saving renovations

The Government of Canada announced today in Montreal that McGill University and two of its affiliated hospitals will receive $70.7 million through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, for upgrades to research facilities and energy-saving renovations. The Quebec government will provide an additional $5.1 million toward the cost of the work. 

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Published on : 02 Mar 2017

Access to cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools

At the University of New Brunswick this morning, The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced $51,968,051 for 223 projects at 39 universities across the country, including over $4.5 million across 14 projects at McGill, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. The Fund was established to help universities like McGill innovate, as well as to attract and retain top research talent, by giving them access to cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools.

Published on : 28 Feb 2017

Woodstoves are good for the soul, bad for the heart

The risk of acute myocardial infarction for the elderly living in and around small cities is increased by air pollution caused by biomass burning from woodstoves.   It is well documented that air pollution in big cities causes heart and lung problems. But what are its consequences on people in smaller urban centres?

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Published on : 27 Feb 2017

Mouse Model Could Shed New Light on Immune System Response to Zika Virus

A new mouse model with a working immune system could be used in laboratory research to improve understanding of Zika virus infection and aid development of new treatments, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens.

Published on : 23 Feb 2017

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