News releases

A team of chemists in Canada has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques, could greatly shrink the environmental impact of producing metals from raw materials or from post-consumer electronics.
 
Classified as: chemistry, Metals, Green Chemistry, refinement, recycling, Lumb, Friščić, mechanochemistry, science and technology
Published on: 7 Jun 2017

Even among non-dependent cocaine users, cues associated with consumption of the drug lead to dopamine release in an area of the brain thought to promote compulsive use, according to researchers at McGill University.

The findings, published in Scientific Reports, suggest that people who consider themselves recreational users could be further along the road to addiction than they might have realized.

Classified as: Marco Leyton, cocaine, Recreational cocaine use, dopamine
Category:
Published on: 23 May 2017

Classrooms that encourage competition between students may inadvertently be creating settings where bullying is more likely to take place. That’s one of the conclusions that can be drawn from work led by McGill University researchers Maria Di Stasio and Robert Savage, who recently published a paper on the subject in the Journal of Adolescence. But it’s only part of the story.

Classified as: bullying, Teaching, adolescence, classroom, students, Di Stasio, Robert Savage, society and culture
Published on: 23 May 2017

Congratulations to our graduate student Dr. Jade Lasiste from Dr. Miguel Burnier’s lab in the Department of Pathology at the McGill University.  As part of the Closing Keynote Jade was awarded the "Member-in-Training (MIT) Outstanding Poster“ at the Annual Conference of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO/Alcon) on Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Baltimore.

Category:
Published on: 19 May 2017

Metformin, the most widely used drug to treat type 2 diabetes, could potentially be used to treat symptoms of Fragile X syndrome, an inherited form of intellectual disability and a cause of some forms of autism.

A new study led by researchers at McGill University, the University of Edinburgh and Université de Montréal has found that metformin improves social, behavioural and morphological defects in Fragile X mice.

Classified as: Metformin, autism, Fragile-X Syndrome, Sonenberg, health and lifestyle
Category:
Published on: 15 May 2017
Retail icon and philanthropist Aldo Bensadoun has stepped forward with a visionary gift to his alma mater, McGill University, aimed at creating new knowledge and developing leaders for the rapidly changing retail industry. Thanks to a donation of $25 million from the Bensadoun Family Foundation, announced today, McGill will work on developing the Bensadoun School of Retail Management: an inter-disciplinary, state-of-the-art school dedicated to all facets of the retail industry.
 
Classified as: Desautels Faculty of Management, retail, Aldo Bensadoun, Bensadoun School of Retail Management
Category:
Published on: 12 May 2017

Half of all CF patients in Canada do not live to see the age of 34, and these are the best results in the world. Treatment is complex, requiring a daily routine that includes consuming many pills and physical therapy that can take up to two hours per day.

Robert’s case shows why it is high time we had newborn screening for CF in Quebec. - Montreal Gazette

 

You may read the entire article HERE.

Classified as: cystic fibrosis, screen, screening, Cystic Fibrosis Translational Research Centre, cf
Category:
Published on: 10 May 2017

Ecosystems are a complex web of interactions. These ecological networks are being reorganized by extinctions and colonization events caused by human impacts, such as climate change and habitat destruction. In a paper published this week in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from McGill University and University of British Columbia have developed a new theory to understand how complex ecological networks will reorganize in the future.

Classified as: conservation, climate change, landscape, environmental, biodiversity, Andrew Gonzalez, habitat, ecosystem, migration, Nature Ecology and Evolution, species, corridor
Published on: 9 May 2017
The National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science | Conseil canadien des doyens d'ingénierie et des sciences appliquées (NCDEAS│CCDISA) met on April 29, 2017 for its biennial meeting in Ottawa. This national council, comprised of all forty-four engineering deans in Canada, is committed to the continuous improvement of engineering education and research that enhances the innovation and leadership skills of Canadian engineering graduates.
 
Classified as: engineering, jim nicell, NCDEAS
Category:
Published on: 9 May 2017

[UPDATE - Monday 3:30 pm]

Day and evening summer classes and exams will resume on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at both McGill’s Macdonald Campus and its downtown campus.

Some employees and some students may still be dealing with flooding issues, so we ask supervisors and instructors for their continued understanding.

The University will send updates as required.

---------

[SUNDAY, May 7, 11:00 pm]

Category:
Published on: 7 May 2017

More than 90% of Earth’s continental crust is made up of silica-rich minerals, such as feldspar and quartz. But where did this silica-enriched material come from? And could it provide a clue in the search for life on other planets?

Classified as: Earth, crust, silica, geochemical, exoplanets, Baker, Sofonio, science and technology
Published on: 5 May 2017

Shipping and mining in the Arctic. The spread of invasive microbial pathogens around the world. Changing agricultural practices. Use of genomic-modification tools. Those are among the 14 most significant issues that could affect the science and management of invasive species over the next two decades, according to an international team of ecologists, who published their findings in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Classified as: ecology, invasive species, evolution, pathogens, Arctic, genomic modification, microbial, agricultural practices, Ricciardi
Category:
Published on: 4 May 2017

Pages