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Building living, breathing supercomputers

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom The substance that provides energy to all the cells in our bodies, Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), may also be able to power the next generation of supercomputers.

Published on : 26 Feb 2016

What makes the brain tick so fast?

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom Surprisingly complex interactions between neurotransmitter receptors and other key proteins help explain the brain’s ability to process information with lightning speed, according to a new study.

Published on : 25 Feb 2016

Diabetes drug found not to cause pancreatic cancer

By Tod Hoffman, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research The use of incretin-based drugs is not associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The research was conducted by the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES), which used the health records of almost 1 million patients with types 2 diabetes.

Published on : 22 Feb 2016

The brain gives up more secrets

By Julie Robert, McGill University Health Centre A research team, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, has broken new ground in our understanding of the complex functioning of the brain.

Published on : 18 Feb 2016

Astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi wins top Cdn science prize

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom McGill researchers Elena Bennett and Yasser Gidi also honoured by NSERC The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has named McGill University astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi as this year’s recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, NSERC’s highest honour, in recognition of the excellence and influence of her research contributions.

Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Vulnerability to depression linked to noradrenaline

By Bruno Geoffroy, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal First-ever connection between noradrenergic neurons and vulnerability to depression

Published on : 15 Feb 2016

Same gene can encode proteins with divergent functions

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom It’s not unusual for siblings to seem more dissimilar than similar: one becoming a florist, for example, another becoming a flutist, and another becoming a physicist.

Published on : 11 Feb 2016

McGill launches Masters of Management in Finance

By Leilani Ku, Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management is launching a new twelve-month Masters of Management in Finance (MMF).

Published on : 11 Feb 2016

Common gene variant influences food choices

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity.

Published on : 09 Feb 2016

Find a partner who marches to the beat of your own drum

By Cynthia Lee Newsroom Everyone marches to the beat of their own drum: From walking to talking to producing music, different people’s movements occur at different speeds.

Published on : 09 Feb 2016

Location may be key to effectively controlling pain

By Cynthia Lee Newsroom In real estate, location is key. It now seems the same concept holds true when it comes to stopping pain. New research published in Nature Communications indicates that the location of receptors that transmit pain signals is important in how big or small a pain signal will be -- and therefore how effectively drugs can block those signals.

Published on : 03 Feb 2016

Congratulations to Dr Mark Karanofsky, appointed Director of Undergraduate Education

Congratulations to Dr Mark Karanofsky who has been appointed Director of Undergraduate Education at the Department of Family Medicine of McGill! Please join us in welcoming Dr. Karanofsky and wishing him well in directing this challenging position!

Published on : 02 Feb 2016

Dr. Leonora Lalla appointed Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leonora Lalla to the position of Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective February 1, 2016. Dr. Lalla succeeds Dr. Ivan Rohan, who has been at the helm of the CPD Office since 2010. We take this opportunity to thank Dr. Rohan for his commitment to McGill’s CPD programs and for steering CPD through a very successful accreditation in 2015.

Published on : 02 Feb 2016