McGill is proud to announce that six new Canada Research Chairs have been awarded and nine chairs have been renewed, bringing a total of over $15 million to the university for research in fields ranging from social inequalities in child health to experimental optomechanics over the next five to seven years.
Rare genetic mutation linked to psychiatric illnesses, obesity
B Charlie Fidelman, GAZETTE Health Reporter October 8, 2012
MONTREAL — Grounding chronic illnesses and mental disorders in human DNA is like trying to tease out a giant riddle that’s complicated by the intricate relationship between biology and behaviour. Hundreds of genes have been associated with psychiatric conditions, some erroneously, and they were not confirmed.
McGill researchers have identified a small region in the genome that conclusively plays a role in the development of psychiatric disease and obesity. The key lies in the genomic deletion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, a nervous system growth factor that plays a critical role in brain development.