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MONTREAL GAZETTE | Sexual exploitation: More training needed to detect 'hidden problem

“There’s not enough information in journals or in teaching,” Dr. Farhan Bhanji said. “It’s still a hidden problem.” Many victims are reticent to discuss the abuse, but an empathetic medical professional who asks the right questions could persuade a victim to eventually seek help, Bnanji said.

Published: 21 Jan 2020

MACLEAN'S | Why it’s time for Canada to introduce self-testing HIV kits

Seventy-seven countries, including the U.S., South Africa and Nigeria, have approved home self-testing HIV kits, using either a mouth swab or a drop of blood. Canada is not among them, despite the fact that the World Health Organization (WHO) gave its blessing in 2016 to self-test HIV kits as a tool in the quest to eradicate the virus. [...] Now, doctors, public health workers and leaders in HIV/AIDS organizations are saying enough is enough.

Published: 17 Jan 2020

PBS | A neuroscientist lays out the keys to aging well

As a neuroscientist, professor emeritus of psychology, musician and best-selling author, Daniel Levitin has extensively studied the brain and its impact on aging. His latest book, "Successful Aging," explores the questions: what happens in the brain as we age and what are the keys to aging well? NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker recently spoke to Levitin to learn more

Published: 16 Jan 2020

THE SCIENTIST | What Neurobiology Can Tell Us About Suicide

The biochemical mechanisms in the brain underlying suicidal behavior are beginning to come to light, and researchers hope they could one day lead to better treatment and prevention strategies. [...] “The knowledge we have today is way larger than what we had twenty years ago,” says Gustavo Turecki, a psychiatrist at McGill University and the director of the McGill Group for Suicide Studies at the Douglas Research Centre in Montreal. “[We’ve] made tremendous advances . . .

Published: 14 Jan 2020

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Is Montreal ready for the Big One?

Montreal actually sits on a continental “weak spot,” explained Christie Rowe, a professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University and the Canada Research Chair in Earthquake Geology, making it prone to seismic activity.

Published: 14 Jan 2020

CBC | MUHC's first female surgeon-in-chief says patients are her top priority

Dr. Liane Feldman made history at one of the city's oldest medical institutions. Effective Jan. 1, she became the first female surgeon-in-chief and medical director of the surgical mission of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). She is tasked with organizing the clinical workload in the operating rooms, ambulatory clinics and emergency departments across a network of medical facilities that includes the Royal Victoria Hospital and Montreal General.

Published: 10 Jan 2020

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Quebec needs a 'youth ombudsman': McGill expert

Quebec should follow the examples of British Columbia and New Brunswick in creating the position of a youth ombudsman, a McGill University expert in social work urged a special commission on Wednesday that is holding hearings on the province’s beleaguered youth-protection system.

Published: 9 Jan 2020

FORBES | The 2010s Marked A Turn In Globalization — What Comes Next?

"The spread of global business to the East also requires flexibility on the part of business leaders. While traditionally western companies may be more familiar with the public markets and the investor community; there is a need for them to get comfortable with greater governmental involvement in business and markets as they engage with economies in the East", says Karl Moore, associate professor at the Desautels Faculty in an article written for Forbes. 

Published: 8 Jan 2020

CNN | Mysterious repeating fast radio burst traced to nearby galaxy

Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are millisecond-long bursts of radio waves in space. Individual radio bursts emit once and don't repeat. Repeating fast radio bursts are known to send out short energetic radio waves multiple times.

Published: 7 Jan 2020

MONTREAL GAZETTE | The American kestrel is in free fall, and no one knows why

“It’s like a big black hole — we have no idea why they’re declining,” said David Bird, professor emeritus of wildlife biology at McGill and a former bird columnist for the Montreal Gazette, who created and ran the university’s prolific breeding colony. “We saw after a while that they were breeding well, but the youngsters weren’t coming back. They weren’t surviving. What’s particularly interesting is that the story of the kestrel is happening to other bird species.”

Published: 6 Jan 2020

BNN BLOOMBERG | Quebec raising legal age for cannabis to 21, the strictest in the country

Daniel Weinstock, director of the institute for health and social policy at McGill University, said it's clear where the Quebec government is coming from, citing research that shows a risk factor for developing brains.

Published: 6 Jan 2020

CBC | A loss of consensus: Why the last decade saw growing polarization

"The word that captures the last decade is polarization, and you can see it in a domestic context in different liberal democracies ... [and] on a global level", said Jennifer Welsh, a professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Governance and Security at McGill University. She is also the author of several books, including The Return of History: Conflict, Migration and Geopolitics in the 21st century.

Published: 6 Jan 2020

CBC | The backlash against migration in the 2010s and bold ideas for the future

"What happened in the last decade is that people have realized that migration was an important human phenomenon and that it would not stop. Migration is not a tap that you can turn on and turn off. Migration is something that happens, that has always happened and that will continue to happen. Migration is a normal reaction to political, social, economic stress," François Crépeau told The Sunday Edition's host Michael Enright.

Published: 6 Jan 2020

NATURE | This AI researcher is trying to ward off a reproducibility crisis

Joelle Pineau doesn’t want science’s reproducibility crisis to come to artificial intelligence (AI). Spurred by her frustration with difficulties recreating results from other research teams, Pineau, a machine-learning scientist at McGill University and Facebook in Montreal, Canada, is now spearheading a movement to get AI researchers to open up their methods and code to scrutiny.

Published: 20 Dec 2019

COSMOS MAGAZINE | What does it mean to be human?

The pace of biotechnology research is blurring the bounds of humanity so rapidly that two US scholars are calling for a rethink on what it means to be legally human.

Writing in the journal Science biomedical law experts Bartha Knoppers, from McGill University in Canada, and Henry Greely say technologies that mix non-human and human cells, such as CRISPR, xenotransplantation and chimeras, mean a less stringent definition of “human” will be needed going forward.

Published: 20 Dec 2019


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