News releases

By Ross Neitz, University of Alberta

It’s well known that calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, but new research shows it also plays a key role in moderating another important aspect of health—cholesterol.

Scientists at the University of Alberta and McGill University have discovered a direct link between calcium and cholesterol, a discovery that could pave the way for new ways of treating high blood cholesterol. 

Classified as: calcium, cholesterol, Marek Michalak, University of Alberta, Luis Agellon, heart disease, health and lifestyle
Published on: 26 Jul 2017

Too much fear can be dangerous for species’ survival. In fact, fear alone, even in the absence of a live predator, can lead to species’ extinction if the population size is small enough suggests a recent study from McGill and Guelph universities. To read: “How fear alone can cause animal extinction”

Classified as: Animal extinction, Fear, Animal behaviour, External, staff, faculty, science, food and sustainability
Published on: 24 Jul 2017

On the occasion of the High Level Political Forum held on 18 and 19 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, PRME in collaboration with McGill University and KEDGE Business School are pleased to announce the launch of a new Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest) module based on Henry Mintzberg’s book Rebalancing Society.

Classified as: Sulitest, KEDGE Business School, Henry Mintzberg, PRME, society and culture
Published on: 19 Jul 2017

Practice might not always make perfect, but it’s essential for learning a sport or a musical instrument. It's also the basis of brain training, an approach that holds potential as a non-invasive therapy to overcome disabilities caused by neurological disease or trauma.

Research at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University (The Neuro) has shown just how adaptive the brain can be, knowledge that could one day be applied to recovery from conditions such as stroke.

Classified as: The Neuro, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI), science and technology
Published on: 19 Jul 2017

The John Dobson Foundation has announced a donation of $2 million dollars – its largest gift to McGill yet – to fund the McGill X-1 Accelerator program run by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. The donation will support the program now in its third year, as it grows to support entrepreneurs across McGill University.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, John Dobson Foundation, Desautels Faculty of Management, External, faculty, students, staff
Published on: 19 Jul 2017

Lawyers representing both sides in concussion lawsuits against sports leagues may eventually have a new tool at their disposal: a diagnostic signature that uses artificial intelligence to detect brain trauma years after it has occurred. 

Classified as: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), MNI, Research News, Athletics, concussion in athletics, External, faculty, MRI, staff, students, Sports, concussions
Published on: 12 Jul 2017

Zebra finches brought up without their fathers don’t react to the singing of potential suitors in the same way that female birds usually do, hinting that the environment in which the birds are raised can have a determining effect on their behaviour.

The finding, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by McGill researchers, highlights how learning and experience, including developmental auditory experience, can shape how the brain perceives vocal signals.

Classified as: Zebra finches, Sarah Woolley, courtship
Published on: 10 Jul 2017

Canada’s extensive malting and brewing industry could get a further boost from new insight into the science of malting.

Classified as: beer, malting, barley, Jaswinder Singh, TLP8, β-glucan, society and culture
Published on: 6 Jul 2017

A new research letter published by JAMA Pediatrics examined trends in overall and cause-specific infant mortality rates between non-Hispanic black and white infants because infant mortality is an important indicator of population health.

Corinne A. Riddell, Ph.D., of McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and coauthors analyzed data from the U.S. National Vital Statistics System from 2005 to 2015. The infant mortality rate was calculated as the number of deaths divided by the number of births. Rates for the top four causes of death also were calculated.

Published on: 5 Jul 2017

Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) may have cracked the code to understanding the function of special cells called regulatory T Cells. Treg cells, as they are often known, control and regulate our immune system to prevent excessive reactions. The findings, published in Science Immunology, could have a major impact in our understanding and treatment of all autoimmune diseases and most chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s disease as well as broader conditions such as asthma, allergies and cancer. 

Classified as: Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)
Published on: 5 Jul 2017

Cancer scientists overestimate the extent to which high-profile preclinical studies can be successfully replicated, new research from McGill University suggests.

Classified as: reproducibility, preclinical studies, Cancer, Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, Jonathan Kimmelman
Published on: 29 Jun 2017

Emma Morano passed away last April. At 117 years old, the Italian woman was the oldest known living human being.

Super- centenarians, such as Morano and Jeanne Calment of France, who famously lived to be 122 years old, continue to fascinate scientists and have led them to wonder just how long humans can live. A study published in Nature last October concluded that the upper limit of human age is peaking at around 115 years.

Classified as: aging, Siegfried Hekimi, maximum lifespan, average lifespan
Published on: 28 Jun 2017