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Single-largest gift in Canadian history to create a flagship graduate scholarship program at McGill University

Today, John and Marcy McCall MacBain announce the creation of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill through a landmark gift of $200 million (Canadian), the single-largest gift in Canadian history.

The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill will provide outstanding students from Canada and internationally with the opportunity to pursue a master’s or professional degree, combined with a world-class enrichment program.

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Published: 13 Feb 2019

Classes cancelled, University open / Annulation des cours, l’Université est ouverte

Classes scheduled for today, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, have been cancelled at both campuses due to difficult conditions following yesterday’s blizzard. Evening classes are cancelled.

The University will remain open, but we are urging staff to make safety their priority when trying to get to work. Employees who cannot make it in today should notify their supervisors as soon as possible. We ask that supervisors be understanding about employee absences and lateness today.

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Published: 13 Feb 2019

The unexpected creates reward when listening to music

Scientists prove difference between expected/actual outcomes cause reward response

If you love it when a musician strikes that unexpected but perfect chord, you are not alone. New research shows the musically unexpected activates the reward centre of our brains, and makes us learn about the music as we listen.

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Published: 12 Feb 2019

New study shows HPV not likely transmittable through the hand

Researchers seek to answer longstanding debate

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Published: 11 Feb 2019

Viral communications hacking boosts Leishmania infections

New research from McGill University has found that a virus infecting the Leishmania parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used for cell-to-cell communication, a discovery that could pave the way to new vaccines against infections that cause severe disfiguration.

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Published: 7 Feb 2019

Melting ice sheets may cause ‘climate chaos’ according to new modelling

The weather these days is wild and will be wilder still within a century. In part, because the water from melting ice sheets off Greenland and in the Antarctic will cause extreme weather and unpredictable temperatures around the globe. A study published today in Nature is the first to simulate the effects, under current climate policies, that the two melting ice sheets will have on ocean temperatures and circulation patterns as well as on air temperatures by the year 2100.

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Published: 6 Feb 2019

McGill genomics research projects to receive $10M in federal, provincial funding

Major federal and provincial investments in genomics research were announced this week following three recent Genome Canada competitions. The announcement, made at University of Guelph, includes over $10 million in funding to seven projects led by McGill researchers. Here's a quick look at one of those projects. (A complete list follows.)

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Published: 5 Feb 2019

The Neuro gets Canada’s first whole-body 7T MRI

Scanner will deliver clear images of the nervous system in exceptional detail

Scientists will see the human nervous system in microscopic detail thanks to the installation of Canada’s first 7-Tesla whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner on Feb. 5.

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Published: 5 Feb 2019

A first set of research guidelines for the field of neurofeedback

Publication of checklist a product of collaborative initiative

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Published: 5 Feb 2019

Infertility treatment linked with slightly higher risk of pregnancy complications

Women who become pregnant using infertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, have a slightly higher risk of a complication according to a new study by researchers at ICES, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and St. Michael’s Hospital. These complications can include bleeding, serious infections and admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) around the time of delivery.

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Published: 4 Feb 2019

Global well-being in coming decades hinges on non-material factors

To improve people’s well-being as much as possible in coming decades, policy makers should look beyond narrow economic calculations and prioritize non-material factors when making big decisions.

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Published: 4 Feb 2019

Shared genetic marker offers new promise in targeting specific ovarian and lung cancers

Two new papers, published simultaneously in Nature Communications and led by researchers at McGill University, offer promise that a drug currently used to treat estrogen positive breast cancer may be effective in treating two different types of cancer, one rare and one common form.

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Published: 4 Feb 2019

McGill-led EpiShare project named a 2019 GA4GH Driver Project

EpiShare will join the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) as a 2019 Driver Project. GA4GH, an international group of 22 leading genomic data initiatives, works collaboratively to develop and pilot standards for sharing genomic and health-related data.

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Published: 4 Feb 2019

McGill researchers to receive over $10 M for thirty projects and SSHRC doctoral, master and postdoc awards

Social sciences and humanities research plays an important role in building a healthier, stronger and more prosperous Canada. To create a thriving economy powered by homegrown discoveries and innovations, and for Canada to be world-renowned as a research leader, we need to continue to invest in talented graduate students, scholars and researchers.

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Published: 1 Feb 2019

McGill University recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers for 2019

First published in 2006, Montréal's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in Greater Montréal that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year's winners, including McGill University, were announced on January 31, 2019 in a special magazine published in the Montreal Gazette. This is the 11th year in a row McGill has been included in the annual list. ...

Published: 1 Feb 2019

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