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Decoding connectivity

McGill Newsroom It’s all math: How Professor Alan Evans is using cutting-edge statistics to unravel the complexity of brain disorders. When Alan Evans was starting out in the 1970s, researchers didn’t ask the boss to foot their bar tab. But that’s exactly what some of the coders in his Montreal Neurological Institute lab recently proposed: a 9-to-5 Saturday hackathon, held in an Irish pub a few blocks from the McGill University campus.

Published on : 20 Jun 2016

Creation of neuroscience research hub

McGill Newsroom EMC working with McGill to support data storage and visualization technologies to help with the NeuroHub project The Canadian research team that helped spearhead the international brain-mapping project known as BigBrain is about to get a major boost in its effort to produce sharply higher-resolution brain maps, thanks to technology from EMC Corporation.

Published on : 15 Jun 2016

The impact of night work on our immune system

McGill Newsroom Study reveals the impact of night work You cross paths with him at the break of dawn in the corridors of the Metro. He looks bleary-eyed and pallid. This worker’s night shift just ended. His body clocks are out of sync with one another, and, imperceptibly, they’re also out of sync with his environment. In the long run, this night owl could be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular, autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer.

Published on : 14 Jun 2016

New name for McGill Department of Oncology

McGill Newsroom Newly named Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology recognizes family’s enduring support In recognition of the Bronfman family’s enduring support for oncology programs and research at McGill University, the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Oncology has been named the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, in honour of one of the family’s major benefactors.

Published on : 13 Jun 2016

A molecular on/off switch for antibiotic resistance

McGill Newsroom Antibiotic resistance represents a major challenge in treating pathogenic bacterial infections. Now, researchers at McGill University have discovered a possible target for fighting back against resistant bacteria.

Published on : 09 Jun 2016

Goodman Cancer Research Gala raises $2.1 million

McGill Newsroom Pioneering research at McGill’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre gets boost The 4th Goodman Cancer Research Gala has raised more than $2.1 million to fund foundational research, more effective diagnostic tools and the development of new treatments and therapies for cancer patients.  The Gala was held on Sunday, June 5 in Montreal, bringing together more than 800 guests in support of McGill University’s Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre.

Published on : 06 Jun 2016

$17 Million to shape the future of music

​McGill Newsroom  This significant investment of public and private support will redefine the future of music research in Canada by transforming the way musicians compose, listen and perform music.

Published on : 03 Jun 2016

Are EEG neurofeedback benefits due to placebo effects?

Neurofeedback using electroencephalograpy boasts thousands of practitioners and appears to both improve normal brain function and alleviate a wide variety of mental disorders – from anxiety to alcoholism. But after examining the scientific literature and consulting experts in Europe and the U.S., McGill University researchers Robert Thibault and Amir Raz conclude that clinical improvements from this increasingly popular alternative therapy are due to placebo effects.

Published on : 02 Jun 2016

Podcast: Pedro Valdes-Sosa

By the Media Relations Office, McGill Newsroom Spotlight on neurosciences  Neuroinformatics stands at the intersection of neuroscience and information science. One of the world leaders in this discipline is Prof. Pedro Valdes-Sosa, General Vice-Director for Research of the Cuban Neuroscience Center (CNEURO) which he co-founded in 1990.

Published on : 02 Jun 2016

‘Baby talk’ can help songbirds learn their tunes

McGill Newsroom The research has implications for understanding human developmental disorders such as autism Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light on speech learning and certain developmental disorders in humans, according to a study by McGill University researchers.

Published on : 31 May 2016

Impact of minimum wage on child health varies

McGill Newsroom Study of low-, middle-income countries shows increase in minimum wage not always linked to better health Raising the minimum wage in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) does not necessarily lead to better health for young children, according to a new study by McGill University researchers.

Published on : 30 May 2016

Great Migration and African-American genomic diversity

McGill Newsroom Study examines genetic data to analyze regional differences in ancestry A new study of genomic diversity in the U.S. clarifies the role of pre-Civil War admixture and early 20th century transit routes in shaping the migration history and genomic diversity among African-American communities. The research by McGill University professor Simon Gravel and colleagues, was published May 27 in PLOS Genetics.

Published on : 27 May 2016

McGill installs inaugural Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology

McGill Newsroom McGill alumnus tagged to boost capacity and discovery in growing field Dr. Robert Platt, Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine was officially announced as the inaugural Albert Boehringer (1st) Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology during an event held May 26 at McGill.

Published on : 27 May 2016

Victor Phillip Dahdaleh supports neuroscience research

McGill Newsroom Gift expands scholarship program at McGill with $3.5 million gift $3.5 million gift from McGill alumnus and long-time university supporter, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh, will make a major contribution to the field of brain research at the University and provide expanded support to the Victor Dahdaleh-Clinton Foundation Scholarship program.  

Published on : 26 May 2016