A unique collaboration among Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada, CHU Sainte-Justine and McGill University has enabled researchers to identify genetic mutations involved in a rare disease that causes scoliosis and bone malformations.

The findings, published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, are likely to help doctors recognize the genetic disease, and could someday lead to therapies for the condition.

Classified as: Shriner's Hospital for Children, genetic diseases, genetic mutations, medicine, children, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center
Published on: 2 Nov 2017

By Chris Chipello

McGill University researchers have discovered a cellular mechanism that may contribute to the breakdown of communication between neurons in Alzheimer’s disease.

Classified as: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease (AD), Alzheimer’s research, neuron, brain tissue, faculty of medicine, science, medicine, staff, faculty, students, External
Published on: 13 Oct 2017

Academic information for McGill's Undergraduate/professional Health Sciences is now available for the 2017–18 academic year!

Classified as: academic, Nursing, medicine, winter, calendar, health, eCalendar, faculty, dentistry, Fall, courses, nutrition, School, programs, Sciences, therapy, P&OT, Dietetics, Physical, Occupational, 2017, Human, MDCM, DMD, Ingram, 2018, 2017-18
Published on: 24 May 2017

Antibiotic resistance is a growing global health threat. So much so that a 2014 study commissioned by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom predicted that, if the problem is left unchecked, in less than 35 years more people will die from antibiotic resistant superbugs than from cancer. It is critical that researchers develop new antibiotics informed by knowledge of how superbugs are resistant to this medication.

Classified as: medicine, McGill, mcgill research, antibiotics, Antibiotic resistance, berguis, mcgill medicine
Published on: 3 May 2017

McGill University is the world’s third-best university for the study of Anatomy & Physiology, behind only the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, according to the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

The seventh edition of QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s analysis of subject-specific university performance, released today, lists the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects. Anatomy & Physiology is one of four new subject categories introduced in this year’s listing.

Classified as: QS, engineering, medicine, physiology, mining, subject rankings, anatomy, mineral
Published on: 7 Mar 2017

Just four weeks of prehabilitation (pre-surgery preparation) may be enough to help some cancer patients get in shape for surgery. That’s according to a recent study of close to 120 colorectal cancer patients in Montreal. This potentially means that, barring unforeseen circumstances that stem from the surgery itself, their recovery is likely to be speedier too, according to earlier research from the same McGill-led team.

Classified as: medicine, health, education, Cancer, Prehabilitation
Published on: 1 Dec 2016

Each year, about 500,000 North Americans get dental implants. If you are one of them, and are preparing to have an implant, it might be a good idea to start taking beta blockers, medication that controls high blood pressure, for a while. And to stop taking heartburn pills.

A body of research from McGill led-teams indicates that in order to raise the odds that dental implants will attach properly, there are clear benefits to taking certain common medications and avoiding others.

Bone cell growth, healing and death

Classified as: medicine, science, dental implants, Faculty of Dentistry
Published on: 25 Oct 2016

McGill Newsroom

Canadian discovery may soon lead to the prevention of cardiac fibrosis

Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta and McGill University has opened the door towards the future prevention of cardiac fibrosis—a condition leading to heart failure for which there is currently no treatment.

Classified as: medicine, health, Luis Agellon, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), health and lifestyle, Heart failure, cardiac fibrosis, McGill School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
Published on: 27 Jul 2016

McGill Newsroom

Reducing opportunistic infections such as TB in children with HIV could save both lives and money

Classified as: medicine, faculty of medicine, health, children, HIV, World Health Organization, sub-Saharan Africa, Marie-Renee B-Lajoie
Published on: 19 Jul 2016

McGill Newsroom

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

Undergraduate/professional academic information for the McGill Health Sciences is now available for the 2016–17 academic year!

Classified as: academic, Nursing, medicine, winter, calendar, health, information, eCalendar, faculty, dentistry, Fall, courses, nutrition, School, programs, Sciences, therapy, 2016, P&OT, Dietetics, Physical, Occupational, 2017, units, Human, MDCM, DMD, Ingram, 2016-17
Published on: 2 Jun 2016

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.

Classified as: medicine, sleep, health, memory, Sylvain Williams, CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal
Published on: 13 May 2016

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.

Classified as: neuroscience, brain, medicine, neuroproject, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), Control of body weight, Leptin
Published on: 11 May 2016

Prescriptions for dangerous alternatives to OxyContin are soaring, showing that a crackdown on the popular painkiller has failed to curb Canada’s opioid crisis.

Classified as: medicine, McGill University, ethics, McGill, Nicholas King, epidemic, Crisis, Expert, social studies, bioethics, opioid
Published on: 12 Apr 2016