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One of the big mysteries in the scientific world is how the ice sheets of Antarctica formed so rapidly about 34 million years ago, at the boundary between the Eocene and Oligocene epochs.

There are 2 competing theories:

The first explanation is based on global climate change: Scientists have shown that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels declined steadily since the beginning of the Cenozoic Era, 66 million years ago. Once CO2 dropped below a critical threshold, cooler global temperatures allowed the ice sheets of Antarctica to form.

Classified as: science, climate change, oceans, External, Antarctic, antarctica, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Galen Halverson
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Published on: 31 Jan 2017

Standards for authorizing first-time trials of drugs in humans are lax, and should be strengthened in several ways, McGill University researchers argue in a paper published today in Nature.

Classified as: ethics, nature, drug, Clinical trials, first-in-human, preclinical, Kimmelman, Federico, STREAM
Published on: 30 Jan 2017

Journal de Metro Feature:

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Classified as: Gene, disease, Montreal, cftr, cftrc
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Published on: 23 Jan 2017

Montreal Gazette Feature:

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Classified as: Gene, cftr, cftrc, hts, renaud
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Published on: 23 Jan 2017

The Director of the PACB and HTS facility, Dr. Renaud Robert, was invited to a radio show "C’est bon pour la santé! Vivre avec la Fibrose Kystique» at Vues & Voix which was lived on March 19, 2015 at 2:00pm.

 

You can listen to a recording of the radio show HERE.

Classified as: fibrose kystique, cftr, cftrc, radio, hts
Published on: 23 Jan 2017

They started with striped bass. Over a two-year period the researchers went through about 50 bass, puncturing or fracturing hundreds of fish scales under the microscope, to try to understand their properties and mechanics better. “The people at the fish market must have wondered what we were up to,” says François Barthelat smiling ruefully.” He teaches in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at McGill, and is one of a growing number of scientists who look to nature for inspiration as they search for solutions to engineering problems they see around them today.

Classified as: science and technology
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Published on: 23 Jan 2017

Bell Let’s Talk today announced a donation of $250,000 to McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – known as The Neuro – to fund the development of online mental health resources focused on the needs of multicultural communities.

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Published on: 18 Jan 2017

To help spur artificial-intelligence research in Montreal, Microsoft will provide a gift of $1 million to McGill University.

Classified as: Microsoft, mcgill research, AI, Artificial intelligence
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Published on: 18 Jan 2017

A team of researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has found an epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat linked to alcohol and tobacco use. This is a first in the field of epigenetics and the researchers are hopeful that the discovery can blaze a path in the development of new, targeted, more effective treatments that could arise over the next few years.

Classified as: epigenetics, Cancer, External, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)
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Published on: 11 Jan 2017

In separate clinical trials, a drug called ocrelizumab has been shown to reduce new attacks in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), and new symptom progression in primary progressive MS.

Three studies conducted by an international team of researchers, which included Amit Bar-Or and Douglas Arnold from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University, have discovered that ocrelizumab can significantly reduce new attacks in patients with relapsing MS, as well as slow the progression of symptoms caused by primary progressive MS.

Classified as: Research, The Neuro, Amit Bar-Or, MS, health and lifestyle, Douglas Arnold, ocrelizumab
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Published on: 9 Jan 2017

Astronomers have pinpointed for the first time the home galaxy of a Fast Radio Burst, moving scientists a step closer to detecting what causes these powerful but fleeting pulses of radio waves. FRBs, which last just a few thousandths of a second, have puzzled astrophysicists since their discovery a decade ago.

Classified as: astrophysics, galaxy, Kaspi, telescope, science and technology, Fast Radio Bursts, FRB, neutron star, magnetar, CHIME, Tendulkar, American Astronomical Society, Astrophysical Journal Letters, astronomers
Published on: 4 Jan 2017
Have you ever met someone who just wasn’t into music? They may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population.
 
Researchers at the University of Barcelona and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University have discovered that people with this condition showed reduced functional connectivity between cortical regions responsible for processing sound and subcortical regions related to reward.
 
Classified as: music, neuroscience, Montreal Neurological Institute, Robert Zatorre, society and culture, University of Barcelona, anhedonia
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Published on: 4 Jan 2017

Have you ever met someone who just wasn’t into music? They may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population.

Researchers at the University of Barcelona and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University have discovered that people with this condition showed reduced functional connectivity between cortical regions responsible for processing sound and subcortical regions related to reward.

Classified as: neuroscience, Robert Zatorre, specific musical anhedonia, fMRI, University of Barcelona
Published on: 4 Jan 2017

Québec Science magazine has selected its 10 Discoveries of the Year for 2016, and McGill researchers figure in six of them. The annual list highlights top scientific research from across Quebec.

Two of the discoveries were led by researchers at McGill:

Classified as: Quebec Science, Top 10 discoveries
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Published on: 3 Jan 2017

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