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Your friends have more friends than you do

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom Research uncovers the inherently hierarchical nature of social media

Published on : 18 May 2016

Converting cells to burn fat, not store it

McGill Newsroom McGill-led discovery could help fight obesity, metabolic disorders Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat – a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Published on : 16 May 2016

Rapid eye movement sleep: keystone of memory formation

By Bruno Geoffroy  For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase where dreams appear – is directly involved in memory formation. Now, a study published in Science by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University) and the University of Bern provides evidence that REM sleep does, indeed, play this role – at least in mice.

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Published on : 13 May 2016

New global guidelines for stem cell research

McGill Newsroom Guidance addresses key scientific, ethical, social, and policy challenges raised by new technologies and emerging areas of stem cell discovery and application

Published on : 12 May 2016

Brain cells that aid appetite control identified

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom ​Discovery opens door to development of new drugs to control weight gain and obesity It’s rare for scientists to get what they describe as “clean” results without spending a lot of time repeating the same experiment over and over again. But when researchers saw the mice they were working with doubling their weight within a month or two, they knew they were on to something.

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Published on : 11 May 2016

Exploring the mathematical universe

A team of more than 80 mathematicians from 12 countries is charting the terrain of rich, new mathematical worlds, and sharing their discoveries on the Web. The mathematical universe is filled with both familiar and exotic items, many of which are being made available for the first time. The “L-functions and Modular Forms Database” abbreviated LMFDB, is an intricate catalog of mathematical objects and the connections between them.

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Published on : 11 May 2016

Scientists create a new way to categorize music

A team of scientists from McGill University, the University of Cambridge, and Stanford Graduate School of Business developed a new method of coding and categorizing music. They found that people’s preference for these musical categories is driven by personality. The researchers say the findings have important implications for industry and health professionals.

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Published on : 10 May 2016

Gene mutations shown to cause form of HSP

By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital Discovery will aid development of treatments for this debilitating disease Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) have identified novel gene mutations that cause hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a step forward in efforts to treat this debilitating disease.

Published on : 10 May 2016

McGill University joins Global University Leaders Forum

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, Prof. Suzanne Fortier, has been invited to join the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). This forum acts as an intellectual community within the World Economic Forum to advise its leadership on matters relating to higher education and research, and also serves as a resource for the Forum’s members and constituents.

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Published on : 04 May 2016

Less body fat for toddlers taking vitamin D

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom Supplement given during first year of life critical for muscle-mass development A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

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Published on : 02 May 2016

A ‘tropical’ parasitic disease emerges in the Arctic

By Julie Robert, McGill University Health Centre Canadian researchers describe the first outbreak of Cryptosporidium parasite in Nunavik

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Published on : 28 Apr 2016

Analyzing the psyche of risky drivers

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom Study of repeat drunk drivers, speeding offenders finds distinct behavioural profiles Road crashes are the world’s leading cause of preventable death and injury in people under 35, accounting for around 5 million casualties every year. Repeat offenders make a disproportionate contribution to these statistics – and are known for their poor response to education and prevention efforts.

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Published on : 28 Apr 2016

Key mechanism identified in brain tumor growth

McGill Newsroom Discovery offers hope for more effective treatments of deadly glioblastomas A gene known as OSMR plays a key role in driving the growth of glioblastoma tumors, according to a new study led by a McGill University researcher and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Published on : 25 Apr 2016