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Statement: Events in Beirut

McGill University is saddened by the tragic events that took place in Beirut yesterday. Our most heartfelt thoughts are with the victims and their families, as well the global Lebanese community, during this difficult time. Support is available to our community members. Students can reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students, the Student Wellness Hub, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and International Student Services.

Published: 5 Aug 2020

May the force be with you: detecting ultrafast light by its force

A McGill research team has developed a new technique to detect nano-sized imperfections in materials. They believe this discovery will lead to improvements in the optical detectors used in a wide range of technologies, from cell phones to cameras and fiber optics, as well as in solar cells.

Published: 5 Aug 2020

Inappropriate prescriptions sending hospitalized seniors back to the ER

Two in three hospitalized seniors are prescribed drugs that should be avoided by older adults, increasing the risk of injury and adverse drug reactions. Improving hospital prescribing practices can reduce the frequency of inappropriate medications and resulting harm, according to a new study led by McGill University researchers.

Published: 5 Aug 2020

Implications of serology testing in Canada

Serology testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) will be useful for public health decisions and research but will not have wide application for clinical care, according to a review article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Published: 4 Aug 2020

$2-million gift from Montreal philanthropist Stephen Jarislowsky to explore the impact of new technology on society

As society grapples with myriad technology-related issues, including biases in facial recognition software, algorithms to identify hate speech and misinformation, as well as growing concerns over privacy and data protection, a new Chair in McGill’s Department of Philosophy seeks to bridge the gap between technology and pressing ethical, social and political questions.

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Published: 30 Jul 2020

COVID-19: Social media users more likely to believe false information

A new study led by researchers at McGill University finds that people who get their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19. Those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow public health recommendations like social distancing.

Published: 29 Jul 2020

COVID-19 pandemic causes a seismic noise quiet period in 2020

Research published in the journal Science has shown that lockdown measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 led to a 50% reduction in seismic noise observed around the world in early to mid 2020.

Published: 23 Jul 2020

New study offers first glimpse into how widespread COVID-19 antibodies are in Canada’s adult population

Today, Canadian Blood Services and Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) are releasing initial results of the first 10,000 blood donor samples assessed for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. This analysis reveals that over the period May 9 through June 8, 2020, fewer than 1 per cent of the 10,000 samples from blood donors tested positive for antibodies to the novel coronavirus.

Published: 23 Jul 2020

Specialized cellular compartments discovered in bacteria

Researchers at McGill University have discovered bacterial organelles involved in gene expression, suggesting that bacteria may not be as simple as once thought. This finding could offer new targets for the development of new antibiotics.

Published: 20 Jul 2020

Dobson Centre receives $3M gift to bolster entrepreneurship at McGill

As the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship plans to scale up its programming, it has announced a new $3-million gift from the John Dobson Foundation to help drive innovation and entrepreneurship at McGill University.

Published: 16 Jul 2020

SSHRC invests over $17 million to McGill research

The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) recently unveiled the recipients of its October 2019 Insights Grant competition where they awarded $91 million in funding to more than 1,253 researchers from 60 different Canadian institutions. Among the recipients are 38 McGill-led projects, totalling $17.8 million.

Published: 9 Jul 2020

Canada Research Chairs Program announces new and renewed chairs for McGill Profs

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRC) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. The CRCs aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. This season’s cohort reflects Canada’s diverse research talent and ushers on a new era of discovery.

Published: 9 Jul 2020

Sodium found to regulate the biological clock of mice

A new study from McGill University shows that increases in the concentrations of blood sodium can have an influence on the biological clock of mice, opening new research avenues for potentially treating the negative effects associated with long distance travel or shift work.

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Published: 9 Jul 2020

Deconstructing glioblastoma complexity reveals its pattern of development

Study identifies rapidly dividing cancer stem cells that can respond to new therapies

Brain cancers have long been thought of as being resistant to treatments because of the presence of multiple types of cancer cells within each tumor. A new study uncovers a cancer cell hierarchy that originates from a single cancer cell type, which can be targeted to slow cancer growth.

Published: 8 Jul 2020

Feeling insecure about your relationship? Your biology may play a role

Imagine tracking your feelings during daily interactions with your romantic partner. What would you learn? That’s what approximately 100 heterosexual couples in Montreal did each day for 3 weeks during a study run by researchers from McGill University. They were interested in whether a fairly common genetic variant in the opioid system, seen in about a quarter of the population, was associated with feelings of insecurity in romantic relationships.

Published: 6 Jul 2020

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