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Extensive population-based studies on a popular group of drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes revealed no association with acute pancreatitis, but increased risk of bile duct and gallbladder disease

Classified as: Biostatistics, hypoglycemia, Laurent Azoulay, diabetes, occupational health, Department of Epidemiology, type 2, Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, incretin-based drugs
Published on: 1 Aug 2016

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24-year study of spring emergence of Fowler’s Toads creates model for predicting climate-change effects

The ability to predict when toads come out of hibernation in southern Canada could provide valuable insights into the future effects of climate change on a range of animals and plants.

Classified as: climate change, amphibians, climate, science and technology, toads, hibernation, David M. Green
Published on: 19 Jul 2016

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Researchers discover new genetic mutation linked to osteonecrosis of the hip

Scientists at the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have discovered a new genetic mutation linked to osteonecrosis of the hip, specifically the femoral head – the spherical-shaped mass at the top of the femur. This breakthrough could allow doctors to identify and treat the disease before symptoms arise and potentially avoid hip replacements.

Classified as: medicine, muhc, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), Chantal Seguin, Osteonecrosis
Published on: 13 Jul 2016

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Research underlines importance of computational power in future neurological breakthrough

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital have used a powerful tool to better understand the progression of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD), identifying its first physiological signs.

Classified as: brain, McGill University, Alzheimer's, faculty of medicine, Montreal Neurological Institute, Alan Evans, big data, dementia, MRI, late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD)
Published on: 11 Jul 2016

Research underlines importance of computational power in future neurological breakthrough

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital have used a powerful tool to better understand the progression of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD), identifying its first physiological signs.

Classified as: physiology, Alan Evans, Alzheimer’s, big data, Alzheimer’s disease, ADNI, Yasser Iturria Medina
Published on: 11 Jul 2016

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Neuron cell death may be caused by overactive immune system 

A team of scientists led by Dr. Michel Desjardins from the University of Montreal and Dr. Heidi McBride from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill University have discovered that two genes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease.

Classified as: neuroscience, MNI, lupus, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, neurons, diabetes, sclerosis, neuroproject, neuroprojects, autoimmune disease, PINK1, Parkin, Parkinson's diease, PD, autoimmune, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis
Published on: 28 Jun 2016

A team of scientists led by Dr. Michel Desjardins from the University of Montreal and Dr. Heidi McBride from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill University have discovered that two genes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease.

Using both cellular and mouse models, the team has shown that proteins produced by the two genes, known as PINK1 and Parkin, are required to prevent cells from being detected and attacked by the immune system.

Classified as: genetics, mitochondria, Parkinson's, Parkinson's disease, autoimmune disease, PINK1, Parkin
Published on: 27 Jun 2016

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Couche-Tard founder gives $4 million to McGill for groundbreaking research on intellectual disabilities

Classified as: Montreal Neurological Institute, MNI, couche-tard, intellectual disabilities, ID, Sandra Bouchard, Alain Bouchard, Sainte-Justine
Published on: 22 Jun 2016

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It’s all math: How Professor Alan Evans is using cutting-edge statistics to unravel the complexity of brain disorders.

When Alan Evans was starting out in the 1970s, researchers didn’t ask the boss to foot their bar tab. But that’s exactly what some of the coders in his Montreal Neurological Institute lab recently proposed: a 9-to-5 Saturday hackathon, held in an Irish pub a few blocks from the McGill University campus.

Classified as: neuroscience, Montreal Neurological Institute, MNI, Alan Evans, Simulation, neuroproject, neuroprojects, brain disorder, disorder
Published on: 20 Jun 2016

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EMC working with McGill to support data storage and visualization technologies to help with the NeuroHub project

The Canadian research team that helped spearhead the international brain-mapping project known as BigBrain is about to get a major boost in its effort to produce sharply higher-resolution brain maps, thanks to technology from EMC Corporation.

Classified as: neuroscience, CBRAIN, BigBrain, Natural Sciences, Rosie Goldstein, neuroproject, neuroprojects, EMC, NeuroHub, NeuroHub project, EMC Corporation, visualization technology
Published on: 15 Jun 2016

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Study reveals the impact of night work

You cross paths with him at the break of dawn in the corridors of the Metro. He looks bleary-eyed and pallid. This worker’s night shift just ended. His body clocks are out of sync with one another, and, imperceptibly, they’re also out of sync with his environment. In the long run, this night owl could be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular, autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer.

Classified as: Cancer, immune system, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, shift workers, body clock, internal clock, clock, Marc Cuesta, Nicolas Cermakian, Diane B. Biovin, Journal of Immunology
Published on: 14 Jun 2016

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Newly named Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology recognizes family’s enduring support

In recognition of the Bronfman family’s enduring support for oncology programs and research at McGill University, the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Oncology has been named the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, in honour of one of the family’s major benefactors.

Classified as: Cancer, Oncology, Gerald Bronfman, Bronfman family
Published on: 13 Jun 2016

The Neuro is recognized as a major Canadian center for ALS research and patient care. During June, designated ALS Month, The Neuro redoubles its efforts to inform the public and the media about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and urges all to help support ALS research.

Classified as: neuroscience, Neurology, ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Published on: 13 Jun 2016

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Antibiotic resistance represents a major challenge in treating pathogenic bacterial infections.

Now, researchers at McGill University have discovered a possible target for fighting back against resistant bacteria.

Classified as: antibiotics, Antibiotic resistance, health and lifestyle, bacterial infection, Albert Berghuis, enzyme, motion sensors, pathogenic bacteria
Published on: 9 Jun 2016

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