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Breastfed babies are less likely to develop eczema as teenagers, study shows.

A new study, which is published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, and was led by researchers from King’s College London, Harvard University, University of Bristol and McGill University, examined more than 13,000 Belarussian teenagers enrolled in the PROmotion of Breastfeeding Intervention Trial (PROBIT) and found a 54% reduction in cases of eczema amongst teenagers whose...

Published: 13 Nov 2017

A $10-million donation establishes a new school of public policy at McGill University

In a world of political polarization, environmental threats, a changing labour market and growing gaps between rich and poor, there has never been a greater need to engage in a thoughtful examination of public policy and train a new generation of policy leaders.

Published: 7 Nov 2017

Statistical tool reveals climate change impacts on plants

Early flowering, early fruiting: Anecdotal evidence of climate change is popping up as quickly as spring crocuses, but is it coincidence or confirmation that plants’ timing is shifting in response to warming temperatures?

Published: 6 Nov 2017

Identification of a new gene causing scoliosis and bone malformations

A unique collaboration among Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada, CHU Sainte-Justine and McGill University has enabled researchers to identify genetic mutations involved in a rare disease that causes scoliosis and bone malformations.

The findings, published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, are likely to help doctors recognize the genetic disease, and could someday lead to therapies for the condition.

Published: 2 Nov 2017

Giving rookie dads the online info they really need

Expectant and new parents often turn to the internet for parenting prep, but it turns out that dads often don’t seem to find the information they say they need about pregnancy, parenthood and routes to their own mental health and well-being....

Published: 31 Oct 2017

Three historians shortlisted for international Cundill History Prize

Montreal-based historian Christopher Goscha, US-based historian Walter Scheidel and British historian Daniel Beer are the three contenders for the international Cundill History Prize.   

Published: 27 Oct 2017

Transformative donation of $16 million establishes new autism research centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute

A new research centre in Montreal will help lift the shroud of mystery surrounding autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and lead to the development of better diagnostic tools and more effective therapies for people with autism.

Published: 23 Oct 2017

Pollution linked to nine million deaths each year worldwide, equivalent to 1 in 6 deaths

Prof. Niladri Basu, McGill University, is one of the Commissioners on The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health which was released today.

Nil Basu’s research, mainly in Africa, is on:

1.     artisanal and small-scale gold mining (there are approximately 100 million people worldwide practicing mining like this in very unsafe conditions)

Published: 20 Oct 2017

Latest gravitational-wave detection opens new era for astronomy

The discovery of a gravitational wave caused by the merger of two neutron stars, reported today by a collaboration of scientists from around the world, opens a new era in astronomy. It marks the first time that scientists have been able to observe a cosmic event with both light waves -- the basis of traditional astronomy -- and gravitational waves, the ripples in space-time predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Published: 16 Oct 2017

New mechanism detected in Alzheimer’s disease

By Chris Chipello

McGill University researchers have discovered a cellular mechanism that may contribute to the breakdown of communication between neurons in Alzheimer’s disease.

Published: 13 Oct 2017

Take two: McGill duo named CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

By Meaghan Thurston   Landing your first faculty position isn’t easy, but the work has only just begun. Two McGill researchers have been chosen as CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars, a two-year appointment designed to support young investigators in the first five years of their careers....
Published: 12 Oct 2017

McGill to honour two trailblazing Canadian leaders

McGill will confer honorary doctorates upon two remarkable women during the Fall 2017 convocation ceremonies. Heather Munroe-Blum and Heather Reisman will be awarded the University’s highest honour for their dedication to the advancement of education and literacy.

Published: 6 Oct 2017

Predicting when a sound will occur relies on the brain’s motor system

By Shawn Hayward

Whether it is dancing or just tapping one foot to the beat, we all experience how auditory signals like music can induce movement. Now new research suggests that motor signals in the brain actually sharpen sound perception, and this effect is increased when we move in rhythm with the sound.

Published: 6 Oct 2017

Q&A with Doina Precup

DeepMind, the AI company famous for its Go-playing AlphaGo program, is setting up an office in Montreal, making it the latest high-profile company to join the city’s artificial-intelligence research community. Doina Precup, an Associate Professor in McGill’s School of Computer Science, will lead DeepMind’s office here, while continuing to teach and do research at the University. We spoke with Prof....
Published: 6 Oct 2017