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Could medical cannabis break the painkiller epidemic?

“Experimental clinical trials would provide the most definitive proof on any cause-and-effect relation between medical cannabis and reduced opioid use.” Mark Ware, director of clinical research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit. Scientific American

Published: 9 Sep 2016

Student Felix Lamy wins 'opportunity of a lifetime'

The Gatineau native and McGill University student was named the first Canadian winner of the Infiniti Engineering Academy competition on Thursday. That earns him a yearlong paid internship in Europe, with his time split evenly between the Infiniti Research Centre in Enstone, England, and the Renault Formula One racing team, which has its headquarters in Cranfield, England.

Published: 30 Jul 2016

App enhances the world for blind, visually impaired

Autour combines GPS, Google Maps, public transit and other data with ambient sound to provide descriptions of businesses, landmarks and services near the user.


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Published: 30 Jul 2016

PokemonGo discriminates based on bias in algorithm

"These games are built by humans and therefore they contain all the biases of humans." -- Geography professor Rene Sieber. CBC The Current


Published: 28 Jul 2016

Helping our school-age children sleep better

"Reut Gruber, a psychologist who is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University, where she is director of the Attention Behavior and Sleep Lab, said that there is a close association between sleep and a wide range of cognitive functions, including attention, executive function and memory....

Published: 25 Jul 2016

Trump’s convention speech most negative in 40 years

Donald Trump’s speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention was notable for its tone… That is the conclusion of a new analysis by McGill University [Political Science] PhD student Denver McNeney.  Washington Post 

Published: 23 Jul 2016

The marvel of electricity

Review of new book “The Grid” by cultural anthropologist Gretchen Bakke. Wall Street Journal

Published: 18 Jul 2016

Broken heart? There might be a pill for that

Back in 2012, a team led by Alain Brunet, a psychiatric professor at McGill University and researcher at the Douglas, set the trauma world on fire with a new treatment for PTSD, using a beta-blocker that reduces heart rate and blood pressure. Brunet’s work at the Douglas appeared to demonstrate traumatic memories could be healed and, furthermore, memories linked to addiction cravings could be reduced....

Published: 18 Jul 2016

Grinding Chemicals Together in an Effort to be Greener

...In 2011, the mechanochemist Tomislav Friscic and his team used mechanochemical methods to make bismuth subsalicylate, the active ingredient of Pepto-Bismol, by grinding together bismuth oxide and salicylic acid. The method not only does away with solvents, but also uses bismuth oxide, a safe reagent, in lieu of toxic bismuth salts.

Published: 18 Jul 2016

Equality need not be painful

Pain researchers' arguments for using only male rodents in preclinical pain research don't hold up to scrutiny, says McGill neuroscientist Jeffrey Mogil. Nature

Published: 13 Jul 2016

Time for a public discussion of health care in Quebec

Op-ed by Howard Bergman, chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Daniel Weinstock, director of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy. Montreal Gazette

Published: 26 May 2016

Good and bad news in Ontario’s new climate legislation

Op-ed by Christopher Ragan, associate professor of economics. The Globe and Mail

Published: 26 May 2016

Full Comment by Andrew Potter

Our democratic reform minister doesn’t understand our democracy: Op-ed by Andrew Potter, incoming Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. National Post


Published: 16 May 2016

Adult colouring books beat homeopathy any day

The Right Chemistry: column by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society. Montreal Gazette

Published: 16 May 2016

More buyers out of Vancouver housing market

“I believe the train is out of control. The damage that this train can eventually do to people who will need to spend huge sums of money at their later stage of life is very, very serious.” Avi Friedman, Professor of Architecture The Globe and Mail

Published: 16 May 2016