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Canadian researchers on promising path towards developing flu treatment using lipid target

For most people, the influenza A virus (IAV), commonly known as the flu, is cleared from the body by our own immune system. In some cases, however, the immune response becomes dysregulated and if left uncontrolled, the inflammation caused by our own immune cells can lead to extensive lung tissue damage and enhanced morbidity and mortality.

Published: 22 May 2019

NSERC awards $35 M to McGill-led research projects

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of more than $588 million through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants program. Nearly $35 million of this investment will go to 128 McGill-led projects.

Published: 21 May 2019

Children in Quebec are not diagnosed early enough with type 1 diabetes

Elwyn was a healthy 13 month-old toddler when she started drinking water from the bathtub. Over time, she became increasingly thirsty and demanded more and more breast milk. For her parents, this seemed like typical behaviour related to a growth spurt. One day, however, they noticed that she was abnormally weak and rushed her to the emergency department.

Published: 14 May 2019

A Governor General’s Innovation Award for AI Pioneer Joelle Pineau 

By Meaghan Thurston 

Published: 13 May 2019

A cautionary tale for researchers working on selective drug delivery

Many studies indicating that DNA nanostructures can enter cells more readily than simple DNA strands are flawed, according to researchers at McGill University. In a paper published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Central Science, the McGill scientists demonstrate that many DNA cage nanostructures aren’t taken up by cells to a significant extent.

Published: 10 May 2019

A step toward better understanding brain anatomy of autism spectrum disorder

Study could lead to development of personalized biomarkers and treatment

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often lumped into a single catch-all group, despite significant differences in symptom profile and severity. Further muddying the waters when trying to understand and treat ASD, many previous studies show significant variability in findings.

Published: 8 May 2019

NSERC awards $3.7M to McGill-led research projects

On May 3, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) announced the recent recipients of the NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants program. Six McGill-led projects in the Faculty of Engineering and one in the Faculty of Medicine are receiving more than $3.7 million to conduct research in collaboration with a supporting organization.

Published: 3 May 2019

Brain signaling proteins hit the road running

New study of brain neurotransmitter receptor has implications for drug discovery

Surprisingly complex movements in an important neurotransmitter receptor may help explain the brain’s unpredictable response to drugs, according to a new study. New research from an international team, published this week in the journal Neuron, has revealed that the resting state of signaling proteins are much more dynamic than previously thought.

Published: 30 Apr 2019

Béluga: The latest supercomputer for Canadian researchers

Imagine a computer 300,000 times faster than a PC, and with 67,000 times more storage space. Such is Béluga, a supercomputer now serving McGill, Québec, and Canadian researchers.

Published: 26 Apr 2019

Government of Canada announces funding for training to enhance access to justice in both official languages

Canadians expect that their official language should not be a barrier to accessing justice. This is why the Government of Canada is working to enhance the capacity of Canada’s justice system to offer legal services and information to French-speaking and English-speaking communities across the country.

Published: 25 Apr 2019

Québec siblings with rare orphan disease lead to discovery of rare genetic diseases

Mutations in a gene involved in brain development have led to the discovery of two new neurodevelopmental diseases by an international team led by researchers at McGill University and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center.

Published: 25 Apr 2019

Matt Dobbs awarded 2019 Killam Research Fellowship in Natural Sciences

McGill University astrophysicist Matt Dobbs is the recipient of the 2019 Killam Research Fellowship in Natural Sciences.

The announcement was made today by the Canada Council for the Arts, which revealed this year's winners of the prestigious Killam Program, composed of the Killam Prizes and the Killam Research Fellowships. 

Published: 25 Apr 2019

Global warming hits sea creatures hardest 

The greater vulnerability of sea creatures may significantly impact human communities that rely on fish and shellfish for food and economic activity, according to the study published in the journal Nature. 

Published: 24 Apr 2019

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