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McGill gets $1.65 M from NSERC for training project

McGill Newsroom CREATE project to prepare graduates for high-skills work in surgical-devices industry A team led by McGill University professor Jake Barralet will receive $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to provide nearly 90 students with cross-disciplinary training to prepare them for high-skill jobs in the surgical devices industry.

Published on : 14 Apr 2016

How depression may compound risk of type 2 diabetes

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom Depression, metabolic factors combine to boost risk of developing diabetes, study finds  Depression may compound the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people with early warning signs of metabolic disease, according to researchers from McGill University, l'Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the University of Calgary.

Published on : 12 Apr 2016

HIV target shows surprising resistance

By Tod Hoffman, Lady Davis Institute  Research reveals that even a tiny mutation can allow the HIV virus to become resistant to therapies using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing platform

Published on : 08 Apr 2016

A new discovery in the human auditory system

By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neurological Institute Discovery will inform further research into hearing disorders and brain training Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University have made an important discovery about the human auditory system and how to study it, findings that could lead to better testing and diagnosis of hearing-related disorders.

Published on : 06 Apr 2016

Small increases in sleep improve grades

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom ​Family and community involvement key in empowering students to make healthier choices regarding their sleep Elementary school-age children who improved their sleep habits also improved in their academic performance, according to a study by researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in partnership with the Riverside School Board in Montreal.

Published on : 04 Apr 2016

Exec. Director of McGill Athletics and Recreation named

Marc Gélinas, a former Pittsburgh Pirate pitching prospect and a McGill alum with strong sports leadership background at both federal and provincial levels, has been appointed the new Executive Director of McGill Athletics and Recreation, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) Ollivier Dyens announced on Monday, April 4. Marc Gélinas brings over twenty years of sports leadership experience to his new role . With both undergraduate and graduate degrees from McGill, Gélinas comes to McGill from the Institut national du sport (INS) du Québec.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2016

RI-MUHC leads innovative network to support children

McGill University Health Centre RI-MUHC will lead an innovative pan-Canadian network that aims to improve life outcomes for children with brain-based development disabilities RI-MUHC will lead an innovative pan-Canadian network that aims to improve life outcomes for children with brain-based development disabilities

Published on : 31 Mar 2016

Link between diabetes drug and bladder cancer confirmed

Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research  A study conducted at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital revealed that pioglitazone is associated with a risk of bladder cancer that increases with duration of use and dosage.

Published on : 31 Mar 2016

Longer maternity leave linked to better infant health

McGill Newsroom McGill, UCLA study of low- and middle-income countries shows paid maternity leave policies could help prevent infant deaths For each additional month of paid maternity leave offered in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), infant mortality is reduced by 13%, according to a new study by researchers from McGill University and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Published on : 30 Mar 2016

Harmonizing ethics review for international research

McGill Newsroom ​Policy experts advocate mutual recognition for reviews of data-intensive international research Genomic research holds great potential to advance human health and medicine. But for the millions of data points now being collected through large-scale sequencing efforts to be truly valuable, they must be analyzed in aggregate and shared across institutions and jurisdictions. This raises many challenges, including navigation of complex ethics-approval processes at multiple sites and in multiple jurisdictions.

Published on : 24 Mar 2016

No increased heart failure with incretin-based drugs

McGill Newsroom Canadian drug safety network provides reassuring evidence regarding risk of heart failure of anti-diabetes medications Incretin-based drugs, a type of medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, do not increase the risk of being hospitalized for heart failure relative to commonly used combinations of oral anti-diabetic drugs, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Published on : 24 Mar 2016

New Quebec budget includes $1M for agrifood innovation

McGill Newsroom Quebec’s recently unveiled provincial budget includes one new line-item that means a lot for McGill research.

Published on : 22 Mar 2016

City birds are smarter than country birds

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom Life in the city changes cognition, behavior and physiology of birds to their advantage Birds living in urban environments are smarter than birds from rural environments. But, why do city birds have the edge over their country friends? They adapted to their urban environments enabling them to exploit new resources more favorably than their rural counterparts, say a team of all-McGill University researchers.

Published on : 21 Mar 2016

Winds hide Atlantic variability from Europe’s winters

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom Study reveals how wind patterns change along with sea-surface temperatures Shifting winds may explain why long-term fluctuations in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures have no apparent influence on Europe’s wintertime temperatures. The findings, published in Nature Communications, could also have implications for how Europe’s climate will evolve amid global warming.

Published on : 15 Mar 2016