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The Right Chemistry: Toothbrushes, 'natural' and otherwise

Column by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society. 
Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 5Dec2016

Fast evolution affects everyone, everywhere

The iconic Darwin’s Finches on the Galapagos Islands are a classic example of adaptive radiation. As the number of permanent residents and tourists on the Galapagos increases, the finches are interacting with humans more and more, affecting their evolution.

Rapid evolution of other species happens all around us all the time – and many of the most extreme examples are associated with human influences.

Published: 5Dec2016

Opinion: Student mobility is essential to Canada's global future

Canada’s prosperity has long been dependent on an educated population. Today, that’s not quite enough. To be globally competitive, Canada needs its newest graduates to arrive in the workforce equipped with international skills and experiences.
Op-ed co-signed by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University
Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 2Dec2016

How HIV affects the brain

Study tracks patients to better understand effects and possible treatments

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness about a disease that has afflicted 70 million people worldwide, 35 million of whom have died as a result.

Published: 1Dec2016

We cannot end the HIV epidemic without tackling TB

Today is World AIDS Day. We cannot end the HIV epidemic without adequately addressing the burden of tuberculosis.
Op-ed by Madhukar PaiDirector, McGill Global Health Programs
Read more: Nature Microbiology

Published: 1Dec2016

4-week prehabilitation prepares cancer patients for surgery

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.

Published: 1Dec2016

Trump's win boosts Canadian universities looking to recruit U.S. students

"We saw a lot of traffic on our social media sites the night of the election, as prospective students gave their opinions." Kim Bartlett, director of admissions at McGill.
Read more: The Hollywood Reporter

Published: 30Nov2016

Ottawa approves two pipelines, rejects one

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approvals for two major export pipelines Tuesday, while dismissing a third pipeline and imposing a ban on oil tanker traffic on the northern section of B.C.’s coast.” (Financial Post)

Published: 30Nov2016

Tales from the South Pole

McGill astrophysicist Matt Dobbs is spending a month at the South Pole helping to install a new camera in a huge telescope designed to help untangle mysteries of the universe by examining the cosmic microwave background -- the light left over from the Big Bang.

Published: 30Nov2016

The Neuroscience of HIV: World AIDS Day (Dec. 1)

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness about a disease that has afflicted 70 million people worldwide, 35 million of whom have died as a result.

When most people think of AIDS, they generally do not think of a neurological disease, yet HIV infection can have an important impact on brain function. Untreated, HIV can cause severe dementia.

Published: 30Nov2016