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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: 13 May 2016

New global guidelines for stem cell research

McGill Newsroom

Guidance addresses key scientific, ethical, social, and policy challenges raised by new technologies and emerging areas of stem cell discovery and application

Published: 12 May 2016

Brain cells that aid appetite control identified

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

​Discovery opens door to development of new drugs to control weight gain and obesity

It’s rare for scientists to get what they describe as “clean” results without spending a lot of time repeating the same experiment over and over again. But when researchers saw the mice they were working with doubling their weight within a month or two, they knew they were on to something.

Published: 11 May 2016

Exploring the mathematical universe

A team of more than 80 mathematicians from 12 countries is charting the terrain of rich, new mathematical worlds, and sharing their discoveries on the Web. The mathematical universe is filled with both familiar and exotic items, many of which are being made available for the first time. The “L-functions and Modular Forms Database” abbreviated LMFDB, is an intricate catalog of mathematical objects and the connections between them.

Published: 11 May 2016

Scientists create a new way to categorize music

A team of scientists from McGill University, the University of Cambridge, and Stanford Graduate School of Business developed a new method of coding and categorizing music. They found that people’s preference for these musical categories is driven by personality. The researchers say the findings have important implications for industry and health professionals.

Published: 10 May 2016

Gene mutations shown to cause form of HSP

By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

Discovery will aid development of treatments for this debilitating disease

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) have identified novel gene mutations that cause hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a step forward in efforts to treat this debilitating disease.

Published: 10 May 2016

Podcasts: Innovations in global health care

By the McGill Media Relations Office

The Simnovate Podcasts

Published: 5 May 2016

Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis

McGill University Health Centre

New study reinforces importance of implementing screening in Quebec

Published: 4 May 2016

McGill University joins Global University Leaders Forum

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, Prof. Suzanne Fortier, has been invited to join the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). This forum acts as an intellectual community within the World Economic Forum to advise its leadership on matters relating to higher education and research, and also serves as a resource for the Forum’s members and constituents.

Published: 4 May 2016

Less body fat for toddlers taking vitamin D

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom

Supplement given during first year of life critical for muscle-mass development

A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

Published: 2 May 2016

A ‘tropical’ parasitic disease emerges in the Arctic

By Julie Robert, McGill University Health Centre

Canadian researchers describe the first outbreak of Cryptosporidium parasite in Nunavik

Published: 28 Apr 2016

Analyzing the psyche of risky drivers

By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom

Study of repeat drunk drivers, speeding offenders finds distinct behavioural profiles

Road crashes are the world’s leading cause of preventable death and injury in people under 35, accounting for around 5 million casualties every year. Repeat offenders make a disproportionate contribution to these statistics – and are known for their poor response to education and prevention efforts.

Published: 28 Apr 2016

Key mechanism identified in brain tumor growth

McGill Newsroom

Discovery offers hope for more effective treatments of deadly glioblastomas

A gene known as OSMR plays a key role in driving the growth of glioblastoma tumors, according to a new study led by a McGill University researcher and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Published: 25 Apr 2016

Increasing cases of anaphylaxis among children

Anaphylaxis, known to be a sudden and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, seems to be increasing among children, according to a new study led by a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). The findings, published this week in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), reveal that the percentage of emergency department (ED) visits due to anaphylaxis doubled over a four-year period based on data collected from the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC (MCH-MUHC).

Published: 21 Apr 2016

Brighter prospects for chronic pain

The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre.

Published: 20 Apr 2016

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