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T. rex was a champion walker, super-efficient at lower speeds

While smaller dinosaurs needed speed, huge predators like T. rex were optimized for energy-efficient walking, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.

Published: 13 May 2020

McGill's Fall 2020 Semester

McGill University, like universities worldwide, has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During these past months of uncertainty, McGill academic leadership and teaching staff have been fully dedicated to developing robust and high-quality programs and courses that will offer the needed flexibility to all its students during the Fall 2020 semester, with the objective of ensuring the least possible disruption to their educational experiences.  

Published: 11 May 2020

Better understanding of nature’s nanomachines may help in design of future drugs

Many of the drugs and medicines that we rely on today are natural products taken from microbes like bacteria and fungi. Within these microbes, the drugs are made by tiny natural machines – mega-enzymes known as nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs). A research team led by McGill University has gained a better understanding of the structures of NRPSs and the processes by which they work.

Published: 30 Apr 2020

New partnership to unravel genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in Quebec

The Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) and the McGill Genome Centre today announced they will partner to sequence the viral genomes of Quebec patients with COVID-19 disease. The collaboration, termed “Coronavirus Sequencing in Quebec,” (CoVSeQ) is led by Profs Sandrine Moreira, Hugues Charest and Michel Roger at the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ) of the INSPQ.

Published: 28 Apr 2020

New study finds connection between fault roughness and the magnitude of earthquakes

A new study led by McGill University has found that tectonic plates beneath the Earth’s surface can show varying degrees of roughness and could help explain why certain earthquakes are stronger than others.

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Published: 24 Apr 2020

McGill University to accelerate the carbon footprint reduction of its endowment investments

McGill University announced today a series of impactful measures and timelines designed to accelerate the responsible decarbonisation of the McGill Investment Pool (MIP), a collection of more than 60 investment mandates and fund investments. These measures were recommended by the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR) to the University’s Board of Governors last week to operationalize the carbon footprint reduction of its endowment investments.

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Published: 23 Apr 2020

McGill Genome Centre to share in $20M funding for COVID-related DNA research

The McGill Genome Centre today announced it has received funding from the Canadian government to sequence the genomes of people affected by COVID-19. The Federal Government is committing $40 million to support Genome Canada’s launch of the newly formed Canadian COVID Genomics Network (CanCOGeN).

Published: 23 Apr 2020

Canada launches serological testing initiative to help manage COVID-19

The Government of Canada is launching a task force to measure the scope of coronavirus infection in Canada and rapidly provide information needed to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and safely get Canadians back to work.

Published: 23 Apr 2020

COVID 19 treatments and vaccines: the importance of rigorous science

Ethicists from Carnegie Mellon and McGill universities are calling on the global research community to resist treating the urgency of the current COVID-19 outbreak as grounds for making exceptions to rigorous research standards in pursuit of treatments and vaccines. Their paper, published online today in Science, provides recommendations for conducting clinical research during times of crises.

Published: 23 Apr 2020

National study to collect data on aging adults’ experiences during COVID-19 pandemic

How does a pandemic affect the physical and psychological health of adults as they age? Does COVID-19 have an impact on the delivery of regular health-care services? Does a COVID-19 infection lead to long-term health problems affecting the lungs or brain?

Published: 22 Apr 2020

North pole will be ice-free in summer

Summer Arctic sea-ice is predicted to disappear before 2050, resulting in devastating consequences for the Arctic ecosystem. The efficacy of climate-protection measures will determine how often and for how long. These are the results of a new study involving 21 research institutes from around the world, including McGill University.

Published: 21 Apr 2020

International consortium investigates overactive immune cells as cause of COVID-19 deaths

In the urgent battle to treat COVID-19 patients, a group of eleven international medical research organizations is investigating whether overactive immune cells that produce Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs) cause the most severe cases. The consortium, called the NETwork, includes Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC).

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Published: 17 Apr 2020

McGill Board of Governors receives proposed action plan to accelerate the carbon footprint reduction of its endowment investments

McGill University’s Board of Governors received today recommendations for an ambitious action plan to reduce significantly the carbon footprint of its endowment investments, as part of a report from the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR).

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Published: 17 Apr 2020

With a heavy heart: how men and women develop heart disease differently

A new study by researchers from McGill University has uncovered that minerals causing aortic heart valve blockage in men and women are different, a discovery that could change how heart disease is diagnosed and treated.

Published: 16 Apr 2020

Over $1 million for students at McGill affected by the COVID-19 crisis

The McGill University community has come forward in a remarkable way to assist students who are being seriously affected financially by the COVID-19 crisis, with donors contributing over $650,000 on the strength of more than 1,500 gifts to the McGill Student Emergency Support Fund within the last two weeks. 

Published: 15 Apr 2020

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