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Do songbirds and humans have common biological hardwiring that shapes how they produce and perceive sounds?

Scientists who study birdsong have been intrigued for some time by the possibility that human speech and music may be rooted in biological processes shared across a variety of animals. Now, research by McGill University biologists provides new evidence to support this idea.

Classified as: songbirds, birdsong, speech, sounds, finches, Universal, grammar, learning, jon sakata, Logan James, Biology, neurobiological
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Published on: 22 Nov 2017

BMO Financial Group and McConnell Foundation announce $3.25 million in new support for research centre that puts Montreal and its citizens front and centre.

 
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Published on: 20 Nov 2017

Montreal, with its multilingual, multiethnic population, is an ideal living laboratory for researchers and students from the city’s four universities and many specialized research centres. How can Montreal be designed to better accommodate the needs of its children? What measures need to be put in place to accommodate people of different cultures and religions living in close proximity? How is the city’s nighttime economy different from that of the daytime and what are the implications?

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Published on: 17 Nov 2017

The international Cundill History Prize today announced the British historian Daniel Beer as the 2017 winner of the US$75,000 prize – the richest in non-fiction for a single work in English. The London-based historian was awarded for his ground-breaking study of Siberian penal colonies, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars (Allen Lane)

Classified as: Cundill Prize, daniel beer, house of the dead, books, book prize
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Published on: 16 Nov 2017

Today, the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx), part of Johns Hopkins University, and GeoThink, a part of McGill University, launched a new open data standards directory that will identify standards for open data regularly shared by governments. The directory will ensure reliability and coordinated information for many city government data sets on services ranging from public safety, to building permits, to public transit, and budgets.

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Published on: 15 Nov 2017

Research has already shown that women who develop either diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease years later. Now, a new study from a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University shows that the risk of developing those conditions post pregnancy is drastically higher if the women had both diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy. The study, published today in the American Journal of Epidemiology, doesn’t end with the mother’s risks.

Classified as: diabetes, pregnancy, mothers, fathers, Diabetes 2, high blood pressure, McGill University Health Centre, RI-MUHC, Diabetes Canada, health, faculty, staff, students, External
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Published on: 14 Nov 2017

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 mothers had received support to breastfeed exclusively.

Classified as: faculty of medicine, MUHC RI, babies, adolescent health, breastfeeding, eczema
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Published on: 13 Nov 2017

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.

Against this backdrop, McGill University is pleased to announce that it has received a $10-million donation from Max Bell Foundation to establish a new school of public policy at McGill. The School will reside in McGill’s Faculty of Arts.

Classified as: max bell school of public policy, public policy, Christopher Ragan, antonia maioni, Faculty of Arts
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Published on: 7 Nov 2017

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?

Classified as: climate change, Plants, statistics, Jonathan Davies, Department of Biology, science, faculty, External, staff, students
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Published on: 6 Nov 2017

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.

Classified as: Shriner's Hospital for Children, genetic diseases, genetic mutations, medicine, children, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center
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Published on: 2 Nov 2017

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. Now, a new study from a Canadian team led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) with funding from global men’s health charity the Movember Foundation highlights just what soon-to-be and new fathers want to see in a dad-focused website and how best to meet those needs.

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Published on: 31 Oct 2017

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.   

Run by McGill University, the Cundill History Prize rewards the best history writing in English. The jury of world-class historians and authors has chosen the finalists from a longlist spanning the globe and covering issues ranging from religion to race relations. The winner will be awarded US$75,000; the two runners-up receive US$10,000 each.

The 2017 finalists are:

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Published on: 27 Oct 2017

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.

Classified as: Azrieli Foundation, Montreal Neurological Institute, donation, autism
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Published on: 23 Oct 2017

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)

2.     electronic waste recycling (E-waste). Does work on the world’s largest e-waste dump in Agbogbloshie, Ghana.

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Published on: 20 Oct 2017

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.

Classified as: gravitational waves, daryl haggard, McGill Space Institute, physics, astronomy, neutron stars
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Published on: 16 Oct 2017

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