News releases

By  James Martin

McGill professors Corinne Maurice and Kieran O’Donnell have been appointed to the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program, a new initiative that helps outstanding early-career researchers develop the leadership and communication skills, and network connections, they’ll need to solve some of our most pressing problems

Classified as: McGill, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, CIFAR, society and culture, Azrieli Global Scholars, Corinne Maurice, Kieran O’Donnell
Published on: 18 Aug 2016

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3D depth-sensing camera shown to measure walking difficulties

A commonly used device found in living rooms around the world could be a cheap and effective means of evaluating the walking difficulties of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

The Microsoft Kinect is a 3D depth-sensing camera used in interactive video activities such as tennis and dancing. It can be hooked up to an Xbox gaming console or a Windows computer.

Classified as: Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, Multiple Sclerosis, MS, Microsoft, health and lifestyle, kinect, xbox, Farnood Gholami, Jozsef Kövecses, gait characteristic
Published on: 15 Aug 2016

What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazzolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”?

Probably not much, to the casual listener. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two songs are highly similar. That’s one of the surprising findings of an unusual neuroscience study based on brain scans of the musician Sting.

Classified as: music, neuroscience, Daniel Levitin, brain imaging, science and technology, MRI, Sting, University of California at Santa Barbara, Scott Grafton, Neurocase
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Published on: 15 Aug 2016

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Rare minerals from Siberia found to have same structure as some man-made metal-organic frameworks

One of the hottest new materials is a class of porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs. These man-made materials were introduced in the 1990s, and researchers around the world are working on ways to use them as molecular sponges for applications such as hydrogen storage, carbon sequestration, or photovoltaics.

Classified as: Tomislav Friščić, science and technology, raw minerals, siberia, metal-organic frameworks, porous solids, hydrogen storage, carbon sequestration, photovoltaics
Published on: 8 Aug 2016

DJI is proud to present, together with Canada's McGill University and Brazil's Federal University of Pará - Altamira Campus, the Fish + Forest Project. Tune in to watch a special livestream from the Amazonian Xingu River in northern Brazil, a home to up to 600 unique species of fish, many found nowhere else, narrated by experts in the river's flora and fauna.You will also have the opportunity to ask questions live on Twitter.

Classified as: Geography, fish, mcgill research, Brazil, forest, margaret kalacska, pablo arroyo, xingu, drone, dji, videography, #DJILive, Facebook Live
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Published on: 5 Aug 2016

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Flying robots could someday help artists create outdoor murals

You may have heard of plans to use drones for delivering packages, monitoring wildlife, or tracking storms. But painting murals?

That’s the idea behind a project in Paul Kry’s laboratory at McGill University’s School of Computer Science. Prof. Kry and a few of his students have teamed up to program tiny drones to create dot drawings – an artistic technique known as stippling.

Classified as: Research, computer science, painting, McGill News, science and technology, drones, stippling, murals, robots, quadcopters, Kry, Galea
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Published on: 4 Aug 2016

Three athletes are among a 23-member entourage of McGill University students and graduates headed to Rio de Janeiro to serve in an official capacity at the Summer Olympic Games, Aug. 5-21. 

Classified as: Joseph Polossifakis, rio 2016, Olympics, Dorothy Yeats, Maximilien Van Haaster
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Published on: 3 Aug 2016

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Minimum daily temperature -3 C increases need of search and rescues in Nunavut, affecting culturally valued hunting activities of Inuit

Search and rescue operations in Nunavut have more than doubled over the past decade. In the communities of the vast northern Canadian territory, it’s commonly felt that climate change is one factor making hunting riskier in the spring and fall. 

Classified as: science and technology, search and rescue, hunting, environmental conditions, Nunavut, Climate Change Adaptation Research, National Search and Rescue Secretariat, Environment Canada
Published on: 3 Aug 2016

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Researchers find tools inaccurate and advise against routine screening in this age group

Classified as: test, depression, questionnaires, health and lifestyle, depression screening, screening tools, controversy
Published on: 2 Aug 2016

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Extensive population-based studies on a popular group of drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes revealed no association with acute pancreatitis, but increased risk of bile duct and gallbladder disease

Classified as: Biostatistics, hypoglycemia, Laurent Azoulay, diabetes, occupational health, Department of Epidemiology, type 2, Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, incretin-based drugs
Published on: 1 Aug 2016

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Ranks first in Canada for increase in high-quality research publications from 2012 to 2015

McGill University ranks first in Canada and 37th globally in the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement, which identifies institutions showing the most significant growth in high-quality scientific research publications over the past four years.

Classified as: Research, nature, McGill News, rising stars, Nature Index
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Published on: 27 Jul 2016

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Canadian discovery may soon lead to the prevention of cardiac fibrosis

Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta and McGill University has opened the door towards the future prevention of cardiac fibrosis—a condition leading to heart failure for which there is currently no treatment.

Classified as: medicine, health, Luis Agellon, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), health and lifestyle, Heart failure, cardiac fibrosis, McGill School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
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Published on: 27 Jul 2016

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Reducing opportunistic infections such as TB in children with HIV could save both lives and money

Classified as: medicine, faculty of medicine, health, children, HIV, World Health Organization, sub-Saharan Africa, Marie-Renee B-Lajoie
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Published on: 19 Jul 2016

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