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Nine McGill researchers among recent CRCs announced

Research fields range from green chemistry to the history of health policy
Fri, 2013-03-15 11:31

Nine McGill researchers are among the recipients of the newly awarded and renewed Canada Research Chairs announced today by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) at Western University in London, Ontario.

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Challenge of Developing Countries from the Bottom-up

McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development explores development policies and achievement of sustainable national development.
Fri, 2013-03-15 11:21

The Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University will host the conference The Challenge of Developing Countries from the Bottom-up” to examine the needs of international development in today’s increasingly complex world. The event will bring together more than a dozen of the world’s top figures in international development. Speakers will discuss methods of generating national development in sustainable ways through the participation of experts from the non-profit, private and public sectors, local and transnational civil society actors, and the international development community. The conference will be held at Centre Mont-Royal, 2200 Mansfield Street, Montreal on March 21-22, 2013.

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Dr. Suzanne Fortier selected as Principal-Designate

Tue, 2013-03-05 09:45

Montreal - The Board of Governors of McGill University is pleased to announce that Dr. Suzanne Fortier has been selected as the University’s 17th Principal and Vice-Chancellor. Her five-year term will begin in early September 2013.

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Reducing effects of traumatic events

Reducing fear and stress following a traumatic event could be as simple as providing a protein synthesis blocker to the brain, report a team of researchers from McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, McGill University, and Massachusetts General Hospital in a paper published in the March 4 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mon, 2013-03-04 15:07

“This is an important basic neuroscience finding that has the potential to have clinical implications for the way individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder are treated,” said Vadim Bolshakov, PhD, director of the Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory at McLean Hospital.  “We used a well-known behavioral paradigm that we think models PTSD, fear conditioning, to explore how fearful memories are formed. In our study, the level of fear exhibited by experimental subjects was significantly reduced as a result of decreased signal transfer between cells in the amygdala, a key brain region in fear-related behaviors.”

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Meetings with Books: Raymond Klibansky

Fri, 2013-03-01 11:48

Meetings with Books: Raymond Klibansky, Special Collections and the Library in the 21st Century is a one-day symposium hosted by the McGill University Library taking place on March 20, 2013 at the Faculty Club Ballroom, 3450 McTavish. The event will bring together scholars and librarians to discuss the full and complex potential of special collections and rare books. The event includes a keynote lecture on curiosity by author Alberto Manguel.

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Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom

International human rights experts convene at Echenberg Family Global Conference to address democratic citizenship and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms on a global scale.
Fri, 2013-03-01 10:46

How do we bridge the gap between the theory of human rights and the complex social, political and economic realities of a turbulent and interconnected world?

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Chronic pain alters DNA marking in the brain

Pioneering study reveals association of chronic pain and broad epigenetic changes.
Thu, 2013-02-14 10:25
Injuries that result in chronic pain, such as limb injuries, and those unrelated to the brain are associated with epigenetic changes in the brain which persist months after the injury, according to researchers at McGill University. Epigenetics explores how the environment – including diet, exposure to contaminants and social conditions such as poverty – can have a long-term impact on the activity of our genes.

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