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Assessing the risks that toxic chemicals pose to natural ecosystems is a huge challenge, given the thousands of chemicals that require testing. But the task is expected soon to become less daunting, thanks to a new tool being developed by McGill University researchers. 

Classified as: environment, Genome Québec, Natural Resource, Genome Canada, environmental risk, Basu, food and sustainability, kirsty duncan, chemicals, EcoToxChip
Published on: 8 Dec 2016

McGill University, in association with Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg and Manulife, is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Robinson, a Stanford University professor of Pediatric Medicine and pioneer in using novel motivational techniques to combat childhood obesity, is the winner of the 2016 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.

Classified as: Desautels Faculty of Management, Bloomberg Manulife Prize, society and culture
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Published on: 7 Dec 2016

Rapid evolution of other species happens all around us all the time – and many of the most extreme examples are associated with human influences.

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Published on: 5 Dec 2016

Study tracks patients to better understand effects and possible treatments

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness about a disease that has afflicted 70 million people worldwide, 35 million of whom have died as a result.

Classified as: HIV, AIDS, Lesley Fellows, SIDA, Cognitive neuroscience, VIH, Journée mondiale du sida
Published on: 1 Dec 2016

Just four weeks of prehabilitation (pre-surgery preparation) may be enough to help some cancer patients get in shape for surgery. That’s according to a recent study of close to 120 colorectal cancer patients in Montreal. This potentially means that, barring unforeseen circumstances that stem from the surgery itself, their recovery is likely to be speedier too, according to earlier research from the same McGill-led team.

Classified as: medicine, health, education, Cancer, Prehabilitation
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Published on: 1 Dec 2016

Researchers have linked a debilitating neurological disease in children to mutations in a gene that regulates neuronal development through control of protein movement within neuronal cells. 

Classified as: staff, science, neurological disease, genes, External, Student, Peter McPherson, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro)
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Published on: 28 Nov 2016

By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neurological Institute

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University are playing key roles in uncovering the mechanisms underlying ALS and will share in $3.9 million, part of $4.5 million in research funding announced on Nov. 23 by the ALS Society of Canada in partnership with Brain Canada. 

Classified as: science, External, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), ALS Society of Canada
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Published on: 24 Nov 2016

When two people smell the same thing, they can have remarkably different reactions, depending on their cultural background. Researchers at the Neuro have found that even when two cultures share the same language and many traditions, their reactions to the same smells can be different.

Classified as: staff, students, External, olfactory system, cognitive, Cognitive neuroscience
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Published on: 23 Nov 2016

A new athletic financial award -- known as the Jean Béliveau Award -- has been established at McGill University to recognize outstanding student-athletes and honour the memory of the legendary Montreal Canadiens captain and inspirational community leader.

Classified as: Athletics, Awards, award, jean béliveau, Jean Béliveau Award, marc gélinas
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Published on: 23 Nov 2016

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) today awarded its 2016 Gold Medal to Prof. Claudia Mitchell of McGill’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education, in recognition of her work to strengthen HIV/AIDS education and prevention. 

Classified as: education, SSHRC, Suzanne Fortier, claudia mitchell, Gold Medal, HIV/AIDS
Published on: 22 Nov 2016

Source: McGill Reporter staff

(UPDATED: 6:30 PM NOV. 22)

Classified as: mechanical engineering, Department of Biology, Rhodes Scholarships
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Published on: 22 Nov 2016

The first large-scale study of its kind has revealed that Canadian men generally lack knowledge about the risk factors contributing to male infertility. Research led by Dr. Phyllis Zelkowitz, head of psychosocial research at the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital, found that men could only identify about 50% of the potential risks and medical conditions that are detrimental to their sperm count and, thus, their prospects to father children.

Classified as: External, health and lifestyle, McGill Department of Psychiatry, Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, Male fertility
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Published on: 22 Nov 2016

The winner of the 2016 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill was announced tonight at a gala awards dinner held in Toronto. Now in its ninth year, the Cundill Prize is one of the world’s most lucrative international awards for a nonfiction book. The Work of the Dead/ The Invention of Science/ The Invention of Nature took home the top prize of US$75,000.

Classified as: Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, society and culture
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Published on: 18 Nov 2016

One of the great mysteries in biology is how the many different cell types that make up our bodies are derived from a single cell and from one DNA sequence, or genome. We have learned a lot from studying the human genome, but have only partially unveiled the processes underlying cell determination. The identity of each cell type is largely defined by an instructive layer of molecular annotations on top of the genome – the epigenome – which acts as a blueprint unique to each cell type and developmental stage.

Classified as: Biology, epigenetics, Guillaume Bourque, Genome Québec, epigenome, health and lifestyle, immune cells, Department of Human Genetics, Tomi Pastinen, Yann Joly
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Published on: 17 Nov 2016

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