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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

Volcanic CO2 emissions helped trigger Triassic climate change

A new study finds volcanic activity played a direct role in triggering extreme climate change at the end of the Triassic period 201 million year ago, wiping out almost half of all existing species. The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from these volcanic eruptions is comparable to the amount of CO2 expected to be produced by all human activity in the 21st century.

Published: 14 Apr 2020

Together for our parks

City parks provide priceless green space for citizens living in metropolitan areas. In these challenging times, not only do they offer a place to relax and renew with nature, they are essential to our health and well-being.

Today, local park groups, sports clubs and public interest organizations are joining together to appeal to all Montrealers:

Published: 9 Apr 2020

FRQS to fund new structural biology centre at McGill University

The health sciences research arm of the Quebec government [Fonds de recherche du Québec – santé (FRQS)] today announced it will provide $2 million to assist in the establishment of the Centre de Recherche en Biologie Structurale (CRBS) at McGill University.

Published: 8 Apr 2020

McGill researchers identify correlation between mild behavioural impairment and Alzheimer’s

New research from McGill University has found that the presence and severity of mild behavioural impairment (MBI) in cognitively healthy individuals is strongly associated with the presence of amyloid plaques deposits in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

Published: 8 Apr 2020

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