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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

Child abuse affects brain wiring

By Katherine Gombay

Published: 25 Sep 2017

Mitochondria drive cell survival in times of need

By Cynthia Lee

McGill University researchers have discovered a mechanism through which mitochondria, the energy factory of our body’s cells, play a role in preventing cells from dying when the cells are deprived of nutrients – a finding that points to a potential target for next-generation cancer drugs.

The research, published in Molecular Cell, builds on previous work by McGill professor Nahum Sonenberg, one of the senior authors of the new study.

Published: 21 Sep 2017

Claudia Mitchell named Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow

By Meaghan Thurston

Published: 19 Sep 2017

McGill duo honoured by the Royal Society of Canada

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced today that Professor Michel Tremblay (Department of Biochemistry and the Director of the McGill Cancer Institute) has been awarded the McLaughlin Medal for important research of sustained excellence in medical science....
Published: 19 Sep 2017

Teenage aggression linked to neglect

By Katherine Gombay

Published: 18 Sep 2017

McGill researcher to head Facebook’s new Montreal AI lab

Facebook is opening a new Artificial Intelligence Research Lab in Montreal — FAIR Montreal. This is the company’s first research and development investment in Canada, and only its fourth AI research lab in all. Prof. Joelle Pineau, from the School of Computer Science and co-director of McGill’s Reasoning & Learning Lab, will head the new Montreal AI lab while maintaining her academic position at the university.

Published: 15 Sep 2017