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Rapid eye movement sleep: keystone of memory formation

By Bruno Geoffroy 

For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase where dreams appear – is directly involved in memory formation.

Now, a study published in Science by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University) and the University of Bern provides evidence that REM sleep does, indeed, play this role – at least in mice.

Published: 13May2016

How depression may compound risk of type 2 diabetes

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom

Depression, metabolic factors combine to boost risk of developing diabetes, study finds 

Depression may compound the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people with early warning signs of metabolic disease, according to researchers from McGill University, l'Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the University of Calgary.

Published: 12Apr2016

Harmonizing ethics review for international research

McGill Newsroom

​Policy experts advocate mutual recognition for reviews of data-intensive international research

Genomic research holds great potential to advance human health and medicine. But for the millions of data points now being collected through large-scale sequencing efforts to be truly valuable, they must be analyzed in aggregate and shared across institutions and jurisdictions. This raises many challenges, including navigation of complex ethics-approval processes at multiple sites and in multiple jurisdictions.

Published: 24Mar2016

Diabetes drug found not to cause pancreatic cancer

By Tod Hoffman, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research

The use of incretin-based drugs is not associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The research was conducted by the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES), which used the health records of almost 1 million patients with types 2 diabetes.

Published: 22Feb2016

The brain gives up more secrets

By Julie Robert, McGill University Health Centre

A research team, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, has broken new ground in our understanding of the complex functioning of the brain.

Published: 18Feb2016