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Quebec federation honours Dr. Tampieri

Neuroradiologist recognized for her innovations in healthcare

The Quebec Federation of Medical Specialists (Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec), an umbrella organization embracing medical specialist groups in the province, has chosen Dr. Donatella Tampieri of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) as one of three recipients of its 2016 Prix d’excellence en innovations des soins de santé. The award recognizes Dr. Tampieri’s exceptional career in providing quality healthcare that is accessible, efficient, and safe.

Published: 4Nov2016

Provost: Canada must step up to ensure justice for crimes against humanity

Op-Ed by René Provost, professor of law at McGill University and a fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. 
Read more: Ottawa Citizen

Published: 3Nov2016

How to build an igloo

When building an igloo for six hours in minus 54 degrees, Dylan Clark adheres to this ratio: For every second his hand is exposed to the cold, it takes 10 minutes back in the glove to warm it. “It’s hard to describe how cold it is,” he says of the northernmost Canadian Arctic. Dylan Clark is a master’s student working with the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group at McGill University. 
Read more: National Geographic

Published: 2Nov2016

Towards better hip replacements

By Katherine Gombay
Some potentially good news for aging Baby Boomers: researchers believe that they have developed a hip replacement that will last longer and create fewer problems for the people who receive them than those currently in use. The secret? An implant that “tricks” the host bone into remaining alive by mimicking the varying porosity of real bones.

Interestingly, the key factor that distinguishes the new implant is that is LESS rather than more solid than those in current use, while still being just as strong.

Published: 2Nov2016

Data Science suggests that Shakespeare may have had a famous co-author on three of his plays

The title page of the new Oxford edition of Shakespeare's three Henry VI plays will, for the first time ever, include the words "by William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe". Most people have heard of Shakespeare's hunchback king Richard III.

Published: 1Nov2016

Cheese and seafood among irritants threatening to cause stink during CETA ratification

"People have got the idea that investor-state arbitration is a taint to domestic sovereignty... That is completely false. All you get is an order to pay damages." Armand de Mestral, Faculty of Law. Read more: Financial Post  

Published: 1Nov2016

Murray Humphries named McGill Northern Research Chair

Institut nordique du Québec (INQ)’s founding partners have unveiled the first foundational elements of the Institute’s scientific program by simultaneously announcing three northern research chairs and introducing its newly recruited director of science and innovation, Louis Fortier. 

Representatives from INQ’s three founding universities made a joint announcement of funding for three research chairs supported by INQ, allocated to INRS, McGill University, and Université Laval—a historic first for northern research.

Published: 1Nov2016

Understanding ‘Clintipathy’: A pathological hatred of the Clintons

« News of the FBI’s investigation of more Hillary Clinton emails isn’t just a bombshell—it’s a guided missile to her Achilles heel: her trust gap with the American people. » Op-ed by Gil Troy, professor of history.
Read more: TIME

 

 

Published: 31Oct2016

Opinion: Alberta's biofuels policies belong in the history books

« Alberta will soon have an economy-wide carbon price. Over time, it will reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions and drive the innovation and cost reductions crucial for the future prosperity of the oil and gas sector. » Op-ed coauthored by Chris Ragan, associate professor of economics at McGill University. 
Read more: Edmonton Journal

 

Published: 31Oct2016

Researchers identify gene associated with intracranial aneurysm in French-Canadian population

Scientists have identified a gene in the French-Canadian population that predisposes them to the development of intracranial aneurysm (IA), a potentially life threatening neurological condition that is responsible for approximately 500,000 deaths worldwide per year, half of which occur in people less than 50 years of age.

Using genetic analysis, the team of researchers found rare variations of one gene, RNF213, that appeared more frequently in IA patients than in the control group. Both patients and the control group came from French-Canadian families. 

Published: 31Oct2016

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