More from McGill In The Headlines


THE GUARDIAN | Fresh concerns over chemicals for ripening fruits, softening foods

In recent times, there have claims and counter claims on health implications of using chemicals such as calcium carbide, ethylene and ethephon for ripening fruits. A study published in Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public has demonstrated possible health hazards of fruit ripeners.The study titled “A Critical Analysis of Artificial Fruit Ripening: Scientific, Legislative and Socio-Economic Aspects” was conducted by researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh Univ

Published: 2 May 2019

FORBES | Why Human Capital Is The Key To Startup Success

A recent study from McGill University that explored how startups in rural Switzerland managed to thrive, despite being outside of traditional tech clusters. The authors examine seven successful high-tech firms that reside in five small towns in the east of Switzerland.

Published: 2 May 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | McCord Museum will double in size and stay at its current site

Months of speculation ended when the McCord Museum announced Tuesday that its new home will be built on the site of its current home on Sherbrooke and Victoria Sts. in the heart of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile.

Published: 1 May 2019

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Illustrious surgeon Dr. Wilbert Keon was first in Canada to install an artificial heart

Dr. Keon earned a master of science degree in experimental surgery from McGill University, and trained at Montreal General Hospital, Toronto General, the Hospital for Sick Children and Harvard Medical Center in Boston. But cardiac surgeon was only one aspect of his illustrious career. Dr.

Published: 1 May 2019

THE NEW YORK TIMES | Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise?

Studies show that dance provides multiple cognitive and physical health benefits, suggesting it may be the kale of exercise. These results echo those of a 2008 Journal of Aging and Physical Activity study by Patricia McKinley of McGill University in which seniors participated in a tango dance program. The report showed that long-term tango dancing was associated with better balance and gait in older adults.

Published: 30 Apr 2019

THE HILL TIMES | Ending TB among Canada’s Indigenous peoples: treat the fundamental causes, not just the disease

Last year, the federal government announced it would spend $27.5-million over five years on an ambitious plan to end tuberculosis (TB) across Inuit Nunangat, Inuit regions of Canada, by 2030. 

Published: 29 Apr 2019

CTV MONTRÉAL | Meet 'Milo', a mind-controlled, McGill-created, automated wheelchair

Some students at McGill University are taking the idea of “mind over matter” to a whole new level: they’ve developed a wheelchair that moves using your imagination.

Thirty five McGill students came together on their own time and designed “Milo” in just 30 days.

Published: 29 Apr 2019

NATIONAL POST | Consider climate impact on infrastructure suffering repeated flooding: experts

Kevin Manaugh, a geography professor and member of McGill University’s School of Urban Planning, said it’s not easy to protect transportation infrastructure in Quebec, where frigid winters, high precipitation and the freeze/thaw cycle form a “unique set of circumstances that makes it harder to plan for things that will last for decades and centuries.”

Published: 26 Apr 2019

NATIONAL POST | AI researcher, Soviet historian among winners of $100K Killam Prize

This year’s group includes: Matt Dobbs of McGill University for a project called “Unveiling the Cosmos with a New Paradigm Digital Radio Telescope”; Dennis Hall of University of Alberta for “A Green Chemistry Blueprint for Direct Catalytic Functionalization of Feedstock Alcohols”; Catherine Sulem of University of Toronto for “Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations: Wave Propagation in Fluids, Optics, and Plasmas”; Marten van Kerkwijk of University of Toronto for “Probing Ex

Published: 26 Apr 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Future of cannabis coming to Vaudreuil-Dorion

C3 has also partnered with McGill University, making lab and office space available to McGill researchers, who are expected to begin using the space in the fall.

Anja Geitmann, dean of McGill’s Agricultural and Environmental Sciences department, said the university has similar partnerships with other industry partners, but noted that as a business incubator with a variety of cannabis companies clustered within a single site, C3 is unique.

Published: 24 Apr 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | The Right Chemistry: Bilberries, blueberries and night vision

When it comes to evaluating dietary supplements, the challenge is to find some clarity when looking through the haze of conflicting studies, sloppy research, over-zealous advertising and loose government regulations. Extracts of blueberry and its European cousin the bilberry, are a case in point.

Column by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society 

Published: 23 Apr 2019

THE INDEPENDENT | Urban beekeeping is not saving our precious pollinators – it’s killing them

Gail MacInnis, a PhD entomology candidate and research assistant at McGill University, says that while the biggest threats in both urban and rural areas is habitat loss, urban beekeeping is an increasing threat to urban bee diversity. “You have to remember that honey bees live in colonies of up to 80,000 individual bees,” she says. “All these bees are competing for the same resources.

Published: 18 Apr 2019

NATIONAL POST | Notre Dame fire highlights importance of detailed documentation for rebuilding

The blaze, which destroyed the cathedral’s roof and spire, has triggered an outpouring of unity and financial support as well as a promise from French President Emmanuel Macron to rebuild within five years. When they do, they’ll have a wealth of information to rely on, said Martin Bressani, director of the Peter Fu School of Architecture at McGill University. “Notre Dame is obviously the greatest historical monument in France,” he said.

Published: 17 Apr 2019

GLOBAL NEWS | Fat-shaming celebrities makes women more critical of their own bodies: study

Jennifer Bartz, one of the authors of the study, said they analyzed implicit bias because it can influence behaviour in a way unbeknownst to us.

“The thing about explicit attitudes… is that they’re vulnerable to self-censorship; they’re vulnerable to defensive processes,” said Bartz. “If we want to present ourselves in a particular light, we can kind of modulate those attitudes.”

Published: 16 Apr 2019

NPR | High Stress Drives Up Your Risk Of A Heart Attack

"Over the long term, repeated, persistent [stress] responses will activate the immune system and contribute to inflammation," says Dr. Ernesto Schiffrin, a physician and professor of medicine at McGill University. He says inflammation can set the stage for atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries.

Published: 15 Apr 2019