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McGill launches Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Education

McGill University launches its Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, mandated by Provost and Vice Principal Academic, Christopher Manfredi, with a public event to be held on September 22 at the new site of the Hochelaga Rock. The Task Force will propose initiatives aimed at integrating indigenous perspectives into the academic curriculum and research, as well as the retention and recruitment of Indigenous students and faculty members.

Published: 19 Sep 2016

Canada Foundation for Innovation provides $1.1M for CBRAIN computing platform at McGill

McGill University will receive more than $1.1 million for CBRAIN, one of the world’s most advanced computing platforms for brain research, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Cyberinfrastructure Initiative.   Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie — Le Sud-ouest — Île-des-sœurs, made the announcement at McGill on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, the Minister of Science.  
Published: 15 Sep 2016

Could quality of sleep have to do with sex differences?

You may have noticed that women are more prone to sleep disturbances than men. They are, for instance, up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men. Could there be a link between the body clock that regulates sleep and being a female or a male? Yes, according to an original study conducted by Dr. Diane B. Boivin of McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

Published: 12 Sep 2016

Campus-wide consultation launched on sexual-violence policy

Sexual violence on campus is a matter of preeminent importance, meriting a clear response and commitment to action. The adoption of a university policy and protocol is a significant step in ensuring a safe campus environment for all members of the McGill community.   
Published: 12 Sep 2016

McGill University welcomes Martine Alfonso as Interim President and Executive Director of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).

In the context of the MUHC’s recent announcement regarding Ms. Alfonso’s appointment and the MUHC’s strategic direction, McGill University is very supportive of any proposal that has as its primary goals to improve patient care and strengthen the academic mission in its affiliated health network.

Published: 9 Sep 2016

Critical information missing in fight to save wildlife

With global temperatures continuing to rise at an alarming rate, predictions for the impact of climate change on plants and wildlife must improve to give scientists a clearer picture of which species are most at risk of extinction.

Published: 8 Sep 2016

Mammals, spiny plants and the savanna story

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The evolution and distribution of spiny plants holds clue to spread of African savanna

Published: 7 Sep 2016

Medication against schizophrenia inhibits pancreatic cancer

A receptor for the dopamine neurotransmitter promotes growth and spread of pancreatic cancer -- and schizophrenia drugs, which block the function of this receptor, slowed tumor growth and metastatic spread in mice, according to researchers at McGill University and the German Cancer Research Center.

Published: 7 Sep 2016

Aerosol emissions in East Asia driven by consumption in developed countries

Much of the influence on climate from air pollution in East Asia is driven by consumption in the developed countries of Western Europe and North America, according to research co-led by McGill University atmospheric scientist Yi Huang.

In a paper published online this week in Nature Geoscience, Huang and colleagues from China, the U.S. and U.K. report that international trade shifts the climate impacts of aerosols -- solid or liquid particles suspended in air -- from net consuming countries to net producing countries.

Published: 6 Sep 2016

McGill maintains its position as top Canadian university in QS rankings

McGill remains Canada’s top university according to the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, which were released yesterday.

McGill University is ranked 30th globally, among the almost 1,000 universities surveyed for the annual report. McGill has been ranked as the top Canadian university for eleven of the thirteen years that the QS/THE rankings have been published, apart from in 2013 and 2014.

Published: 6 Sep 2016

McGill wins $84 million grant for neuroscience

McGill University will launch an ambitious effort to advance understanding of the human brain and ease the burden of neurological and mental-health disorders, thanks to an $84 million, seven-year grant announced today under the federal government's Canada First Excellence Research Fund (CFREF).

The program, Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives, will build on McGill's leading position in neuroscience to make the university a global hub for brain research – one of the major frontiers for 21st century medicine.

Published: 6 Sep 2016

McGill University moving forward with Faculty of Medicine satellite medical campus in Outaouais

The funding, announced by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, who was joined by Minister of Health and Social Services Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Higher Education Hélène David and Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the Outaouais region Stéphanie Vallée, is earmarked to develop the operational plan for the McGill satellite medical campus and to break ground on construction of the required infrastructure.

Published: 6 Sep 2016

Seeing Evolution in Fast Motion

A new outdoor laboratory will serve as a facility for studying the effects on our lakes of climate change and chemicals commonly used in Quebec. It features a series of 96 experimental ponds containing 1,000 litres of water from Lac Hertel on McGill University’s Gault Nature Reserve in Mont St. Hilaire. This network of ponds, named LEAP (Large Experimental Array of Ponds), was opened on September 2, 2016.

Published: 2 Sep 2016

Ferring Canada Donates $2 Million to McGill University

TORONTO – September 1, 2016 – Ferring Canada, a subsidiary of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, is proud to announce a $2 million donation to McGill University in Montreal, Canada that will be used to create fellowships in health and health leadership, and to finance environmental research in the Canadian Arctic.

Published: 1 Sep 2016

Gaming for gut research

You may not think of yourself in this way – but in some ways your body is just a host for hundreds of trillions of microbes (including bacteria) that colonize us in fairly unique combinations in our guts, inside our various orifices and on the surface of our skin. These tiny creatures are essential to our survival – we couldn’t digest anything without them, for instance.

Published: 31 Aug 2016