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Education alumni, students star on Montreal's other great hockey team

Montreal’s other great hockey team  by Gary Francoeur, McGill News Alumni Magazine, Nov. 20, 2015 With a new name and logo, new uniforms, and new promotional links to hockey’s most storied franchise, expectations are high for the rebranded Les Canadiennes de Montréal this season.

Published on : 23 Nov 2015

UK10K genome project examines rare variants, disease

The largest population genome sequencing effort to date is published today in Nature. Based on data collected by the UK10K project, the study was designed to explore the contribution of rare genetic variants to human disease and its impact on risk factors. Rare genetic variants are changes in DNA that are carried only by relatively few people in a population.

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Published on : 15 Sep 2015

DISE's Mariusz Galczynski interviewed regarding multicultural education

Mariusz Galczynski, of our Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), spoke recently to Culture.pl regarding multicultural education, and his "belief that peaceful coexistence in a culturally diversified society is possible."

Published on : 14 Sep 2015

Mike Babcock (BEd'86) ideal spokesperson for CMHA's suicide awareness and prevention mandate

Education alumni Mike Babcock (BEd. (Phys. Ed) 1986), currently head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was a recent guest at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) fundraiser in Ontario, reported the Peterborough Examiner. "Babcock would be the perfect person to speak on the topic for Team 55 and the CMHA's suicide awareness and prevention mandate," said Team 55's Dave Pogue in part. Click here to read the entire article.

Published on : 02 Sep 2015

HIV uses the immune system’s own tools to suppress it

A Canadian research team at the IRCM in Montréal, led by molecular virologist Éric A. Cohen, PhD, made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body’s antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its own regulatory process to evade the host’s first line of defence. This breakthrough was published yesterday in the scientific journal PLoS Pathogens and will be presented at the upcoming IAS 2015 conference in Vancouver. The findings pave the way for future HIV prevention or cure strategies.

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Published on : 15 Jul 2015

Experts recommend changes to Quebec family laws

The group released a 600-page report with 82 recommendations that call for sweeping reforms to the current set of laws for unmarried couples. Among them is a mandatory parental regime which would set out obligations towards children born during a common-law union as well as between parents following a split -- to a certain point.

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Published on : 10 Jun 2015

Impact of video gaming on the brain

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B by the teams of Dr. Gregory West (Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal) and Dr. Véronique Bohbot (Douglas Institute researcher and associate Professor at McGill University and the Douglas Research Institute of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal) shows that while video game players (VGPs) exhibit more efficient visual attention abilities, they are also much more likely to use navigation strategies that rely on the brain’s reward system (the caudate nucleus) and not the brain’s spatial memory system (the hippocampus). Past research has shown that people who use caudate nucleus-dependent navigation strategies have decreased grey matter and lower functional brain activity in the hippocampus. 

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Published on : 20 May 2015