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Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy

Astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole and yields valuable clues about the workings of such giants, which are thought to reside at the centre of most galaxies. The image was produced by a global research team called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, using observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes.

Published: 12 May 2022

Discovery reveals blocking inflammation may lead to chronic pain

Using anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids to relieve pain could increase the chances of developing chronic pain, according to researchers from McGill University and colleagues in Italy. Their research puts into question conventional practices used to alleviate pain. Normal recovery from a painful injury involves inflammation and blocking that inflammation with drugs could lead to harder-to-treat pain.

Published: 11 May 2022

McGill University's carbon reduction strategy in investments yields outstanding results

As part of its ongoing commitment to fighting climate change, McGill University’s result-oriented strategy has accelerated the effective decarbonization of its investment, and further reduced its exposure to large users of oil, gas, and coal, as well as fossil fuel producers.

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Published: 10 May 2022

Exposure to wildfires increases risk of cancer

A new study from McGill University finds higher incidence of lung cancer and brain tumors in people exposed to wildfires. The study, which tracks over two million Canadians over a period of 20 years, is the first to examine how proximity to forest fires may influence cancer risk.

Published: 10 May 2022

The Future is Bright: McGill’s Honorary Degree recipients for Spring Convocation 2022

This Spring, beloved traditions are returning to McGill University’s downtown and Macdonald campuses. The University’s newest graduates will again cross the stage to receive their hard-earned degrees and diplomas. To celebrate these students’ outstanding achievements, the University will welcome 14 inspirational individuals who have made exceptional contributions to both their own fields and society as a whole.

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Published: 6 May 2022

Shielding children from food insecurity – no protection from psychological problems

It’s easy to imagine the emotional distress of both parents and children in families where there isn’t enough to eat. Especially if it happens regularly. An increasing number of studies have shown an association between food insecurity and adverse mental health outcomes. Now, new research from McGill University has looked at the impacts of food insecurity on the mental health of both parents and children separately.

Published: 4 May 2022

Research briefs: Perfectionism, misinformation, and safety during the pandemic

Here are some interesting new stories from McGill University Media Relations:

Published: 2 May 2022

International lab dedicated to artificial intelligence kicks-off in Montreal

Montreal-based centre unites strengths of McGill University, ÉTS, Mila, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, and CentraleSupélec

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Published: 26 Apr 2022

An Interactive Sustainability Dashboard for Montreal and beyond

What if you could gather as much sustainability-related information as possible about a city, and use it to create an interactive website to be used by wide and diverse audiences? That is essentially what three McGill professors have assembled with Sus – a new, interactive and fully bilingual English and French-language sustainability dashboard for the Montreal urban area will be launched on April 25 (in French) and April 26 (in English).

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Published: 25 Apr 2022

Leading McGill scholars celebrated for sharing their work with the media

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier has announced the 2022 winners of the Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media. The prize was created to recognize exceptional scholars who share their knowledge with the media and the public, whether about sustainability, politics, music, science and engineering or COVID-19.

Published: 20 Apr 2022

Meet the second class of McCall MacBain Scholars

Aspiring policy-makers, health innovators, entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders are among the 20 newly selected McCall MacBain Scholars at McGill, Canada’s comprehensive leadership scholarship program for master’s and professional studies.

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Published: 13 Apr 2022

Hard to change minds when it comes to vaccine willingness

In the fall of 2020, before vaccines were readily available, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) surveyed nearly 24,000 middle-aged and older adults to test their willingness to get vaccinated.

Published: 12 Apr 2022

$2.9 million from the Government of Canada for McGill research

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disruptive effect on McGill’s research activities, particularly community and field-based research. The pandemic has also provided a unique opportunity to explore new directions in research methodologies. McGill’s researchers have developed creative solutions and harnessed science to solve national and global challenges.

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Published: 6 Apr 2022

CHIME Outrigger telescopes boost search for fast radio bursts

In the quest to identify the origins of one of astronomy’s biggest mysteries – fast radio bursts (FRBs) – Canada’s world-renowned telescope, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), is getting backup.

Published: 30 Mar 2022

McGill University joins Moderna in battle against global health threats

McGill University has joined Moderna’s mRNA Access program, which aims to accelerate innovation and enable new vaccines and medicines for emerging and neglected infectious diseases through collaborative research and preclinical development. McGill is the first university in Canada to join this program as it ramps up its international rollout.

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Published: 24 Mar 2022

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