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New Canadian guidelines for treating fibromyalgia

Wed, 2013-05-08 15:39

Physicians from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), McGill University and the University of Calgary have published a review article in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) to help family doctors diagnose and treat fibromyalgia.  The article represents the first time researchers have published Canadian guidelines to help manage the condition.

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Contact: Marta Cyperling (Calgary – for Dr. John Pereira)
Organization: Media Relations Manager, University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine
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Office Phone: 403-210-3835

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Contact: Julie Robert (Montreal – for Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles)
Organization: Communications Coordinator, Research, Public Affairs & Strategic Planning, McGill University Health Centre
Office Phone: 514-934-1934 ext. 71381
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Decreased Risk of death for children on dialysis

Children on dialysis for severe kidney disease have a dramatically reduced risk of death compared to 20 years ago, a new study shows. The findings, from a study led by Dr. Bethany Foster from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University, are very encouraging for children with end-stage kidney disease. These children face a significantly shortened life expectancy, with dialysis as the only life-saving therapy while they await transplant. This study was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Wed, 2013-05-08 12:59

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Contact: Julie Robert
Organization: McGill University Health Centre
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Office Phone: 514 934 1934 ext. 71381
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Ethics and social utility of early-phase drug testing

Ethics experts call for a more thoughtful optimization of the drug development process
Wed, 2013-05-08 10:36

McGill University post-doctoral fellow Spencer Phillips Hey and Prof. Jonathan Kimmelman, Biomedical Ethics, Social Studies of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine argue that some clinical trials of new drugs need to fail in order to protect study volunteers and healthcare systems. Their work is published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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UPDATE: Fire on Gault Nature Reserve

A fire has broken out on the Gault Nature Reserve at Mt. St. Hilaire.
Tue, 2013-05-07 14:48

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Contact: Martin Duval
Organization: Security and Services, Gault Nature Reserve
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TELUS Health, McGill announce research partnership

Health-information technologies to improve care of patients with life-long chronic diseases
Tue, 2013-05-07 11:37
Prof. Yeona Jang

TELUS Health and McGill University have entered into a three-year, million dollar partnership to create a learning environment and conduct research on how best to use technology to improve health and healthcare delivery for Canadians. This joint partnership with McGill is the second for TELUS Health, demonstrating once again that industry and academic communities can collaborate to produce independent, evidence-based research, in order to help address challenges that the Canadian healthcare system is facing.

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Contact: Chris Chipello
Organization: Media Relations Office
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Office Phone: 514-398-4201

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Contact: Leilani Ku
Organization: Desautels Faculty of Management
Office Phone: 514-398-7131
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McGill joins The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

Initiative to develop next-generation of young African leaders will allow McGill to welcome 91 promising students
Fri, 2013-05-03 10:26

McGill University announced today its participation in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, a transformative initiative aimed at advancing social and economic progress in Africa. As part of the Program, McGill will receive $27 million over the next decade to educate academically talented young people from economically disadvantaged communities in Africa, and prepare them to return to their home countries, successfully transition into the workforce, and lead change in their communities.

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Contact: Julie Fortier
Organization: Associate Director, Media Relations, McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-6751
Mobile Phone: 514-884-1587 (cell.)

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Contact: Toni Tiemens
Organization: The MasterCard Foundation
Office Phone: 647-837-5787
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$5 million gift strengthens interfaith scholarship

Transformative donation from McGill alumni is the largest to the Faculty of Religious Studies since its founding
Wed, 2013-05-01 13:17

“In our globalized world, religion is a vital dimension of our humanity,” said Barbara Keenan. “It is very important that today’s students – no matter what their course of study – have an understanding of and sensitivity to the multitude of faith traditions and the cultures they produce. This knowledge will help to shape them as tomorrow’s leaders.”

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Contact: Katherine Gombay
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Office Phone: 514-398-2189
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24 hours of science / 24 heures de science

Fri, 2013-05-10 (All day) - Sat, 2013-05-11 (All day)

24 hours of science / 24 heures de science

"Science pour tous" is organizing the 8th annual 24 heures de science (24 hours of science) festival on May 10th and 11th. 250 science and technology activities are planned everywhere in Québec non-stop for 24 hours. Public and school groups are invited to discover the activities. The program includes conferences, excursions, animated events, exhibitions, etc.

The activities are of interest to the general public as well as for students.:

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Rare galaxy found furiously burning fuel for stars

Compact galaxy packs big star-making punch
Tue, 2013-04-23 15:30

Astronomers have found a galaxy turning gas into stars with almost 100 percent efficiency, a rare phase of galaxy evolution that is the most extreme yet observed. The findings come from the IRAM Plateau de Bure interferometer in the French Alps, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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Contact: Chris Chipello
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Lazy-eye disorder -- a promising therapeutic approach

Researchers use popular puzzle video game to treat adult amblyopia
Mon, 2013-04-22 14:57

A research team led by Dr. Robert Hess from McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has used the popular puzzle video game Tetris in an innovative approach to treat adult amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye”. By distributing information between the two eyes in a complementary fashion, the video game trains both eyes to work together, which is counter to previous treatments for the disorder (e.g. patching).

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Contact: Julie Robert
Organization: McGill University Health Centre
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Office Phone: 514 934 1934 ext. 71381

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: Media Relations
Office Phone: 514.398.6754
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