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Alzheimer’s disease : It takes two (proteins) to tango

For years, neuroscientists have puzzled over how two abnormal proteins, called amyloid and tau, accumulate in the brain and damage it to cause Alzheimer's disease (AD). Which one is the driving force behind dementia? The answer: both of them, according to a new study by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

Published: 20Apr2016

Brighter prospects for chronic pain

Researchers use optogenetics to produce pain relief by shutting off neurons with light

The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

Published: 20Apr2016

Spring 2016 honorary degree recipients

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

Fourteen outstanding individuals will inspire and encourage McGill University’s graduating class of 2016, as they receive honorary degrees during spring convocation ceremonies. 

Published: 19Apr2016

Microbilles dans le Saint-Laurent: une infestation

Des chercheurs canadiens ont trouvé des microbilles dans les eaux des Grands Lacs et du Saint-Laurent. « Puisque les microbilles flottent, on a longtemps cru qu'elles étaient convoyées par les rivières et les fleuves jusqu'à l'océan. Cette découverte en eau douce a été une grande surprise », affirme Anthony Riccciardi, biologiste à McGill. La Presse

Published: 18Apr2016

Wanted: Plain talk from the lab

At McGill University, insect scientist Chris Buddle submitted one study to a journal in “more of a casual, non-jargony language, (trying) to write it in a way that’s a bit more engaging, and not the typical dry scientific writing.” All but a few sentences were rejected, he says. “Not just the editor of the journal but reviewers as well felt the tone was too casual and didn’t meet the criteria for formal scientific writing." Ottawa Citizen


Published: 18Apr2016

Health solutions for Attawapiskat must be long-term

Laurence Kirmayer, founder and director of the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research at McGill University in Montreal, says crisis counselling and other supportive interventions are critical for stopping this so-called “suicide contagion.” The Globe and Mail

Published: 18Apr2016

Expert: Impeachment of Brazilian President

Brazilian legislators voted on Sunday night to approve impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the nation’s first female president. (The New York Times)

Published: 18Apr2016

Expert: Earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan

Earthquakes struck Japan and Ecuador just hours apart on Saturday April 16, 2016. Were the two earthquakes related?

Published: 18Apr2016

Isabelle Daunais Wins 2016 Killam Prize in Humanities

By Kathryn Jezer-Morton

Three of the six Killam Research Fellows also teach at McGill

Published: 18Apr2016

Canada: Children at back of the pack among rich nations

A new report released today by UNICEF highlights the inequalities in child well-being in the world’s most affluent nations, including Canada. While progress in reducing child well-being gaps has been modest overall, Canada’s children are at the back of the pack, ranking in the bottom third when measured against other rich nations. (UNICEF)

Published: 18Apr2016

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