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Brain area involved in addiction activated earlier than previously thought in recreational cocaine users

Even among non-dependent cocaine users, cues associated with consumption of the drug lead to dopamine release in an area of the brain thought to promote compulsive use, according to researchers at McGill University. The findings, published in Scientific Reports, suggest that people who consider themselves recreational users could be further along the road to addiction than they might have realized.

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Published on : 23 May 2017

Teaching practices could play an important role in preventing bullying

Classrooms that encourage competition between students may inadvertently be creating settings where bullying is more likely to take place. That’s one of the conclusions that can be drawn from work led by McGill University researchers Maria Di Stasio and Robert Savage, who recently published a paper on the subject in the Journal of Adolescence. But it’s only part of the story.

Published on : 23 May 2017

Our graduate student Jade Lasiste was awarded at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2017 in Baltimo

Congratulations to our graduate student Dr. Jade Lasiste from Dr. Miguel Burnier’s lab in the Department of Pathology at the McGill University.  As part of the Closing Keynote Jade was awarded the "Member-in-Training (MIT) Outstanding Poster“ at the Annual Conference of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO/Alcon) on Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Baltimore.

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Published on : 19 May 2017

Diabetes drug may help symptoms of autism-associated condition

Metformin, the most widely used drug to treat type 2 diabetes, could potentially be used to treat symptoms of Fragile X syndrome, an inherited form of intellectual disability and a cause of some forms of autism. A new study led by researchers at McGill University, the University of Edinburgh and Université de Montréal has found that metformin improves social, behavioural and morphological defects in Fragile X mice.

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Published on : 15 May 2017

McGill University set to become world leader in retail management education thanks to a $25-million gift from the Bensadoun Family Foundation

Retail icon and philanthropist Aldo Bensadoun has stepped forward with a visionary gift to his alma mater, McGill University, aimed at creating new knowledge and developing leaders for the rapidly changing retail industry. Thanks to a donation of $25 million from the Bensadoun Family Foundation, announced today, McGill will work on developing the Bensadoun School of Retail Management: an inter-disciplinary, state-of-the-art school dedicated to all facets of the retail industry.  

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Published on : 12 May 2017

Opinion: Quebec should screen newborns for cystic fibrosis by Dr. Larry Lands in Montreal Gazette

Half of all CF patients in Canada do not live to see the age of 34, and these are the best results in the world. Treatment is complex, requiring a daily routine that includes consuming many pills and physical therapy that can take up to two hours per day. Robert’s case shows why it is high time we had newborn screening for CF in Quebec. - Montreal Gazette   You may read the entire article HERE.

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Published on : 10 May 2017

Protecting life’s tangled ecological webs

Ecosystems are a complex web of interactions. These ecological networks are being reorganized by extinctions and colonization events caused by human impacts, such as climate change and habitat destruction. In a paper published this week in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from McGill University and University of British Columbia have developed a new theory to understand how complex ecological networks will reorganize in the future.

Published on : 09 May 2017

Faculty of Engineering Dean Nicell elected vice chair of NCDEAS

The National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science | Conseil canadien des doyens d'ingénierie et des sciences appliquées (NCDEAS│CCDISA) met on April 29, 2017 for its biennial meeting in Ottawa. This national council, comprised of all forty-four engineering deans in Canada, is committed to the continuous improvement of engineering education and research that enhances the innovation and leadership skills of Canadian engineering graduates.  

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Published on : 09 May 2017

[UPDATED] Flooding update: Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 9

[UPDATE - Monday 3:30 pm] Day and evening summer classes and exams will resume on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at both McGill’s Macdonald Campus and its downtown campus. Some employees and some students may still be dealing with flooding issues, so we ask supervisors and instructors for their continued understanding. The University will send updates as required. --------- [SUNDAY, May 7, 11:00 pm]

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Published on : 07 May 2017

New theory on how Earth’s crust was created

More than 90% of Earth’s continental crust is made up of silica-rich minerals, such as feldspar and quartz. But where did this silica-enriched material come from? And could it provide a clue in the search for life on other planets?

Published on : 05 May 2017

Scientists scan horizon for future invasive species challenges

Shipping and mining in the Arctic. The spread of invasive microbial pathogens around the world. Changing agricultural practices. Use of genomic-modification tools. Those are among the 14 most significant issues that could affect the science and management of invasive species over the next two decades, according to an international team of ecologists, who published their findings in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

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Published on : 04 May 2017

New hope in the fight against superbugs

Antibiotic resistance is a growing global health threat. So much so that a 2014 study commissioned by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom predicted that, if the problem is left unchecked, in less than 35 years more people will die from antibiotic resistant superbugs than from cancer. It is critical that researchers develop new antibiotics informed by knowledge of how superbugs are resistant to this medication.

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Published on : 03 May 2017

McGill Honorary Doctorates 2017

Each year McGill University is proud to confer honorary degrees to highly talented and engaged individuals who serve as an inspiration for our community of students, professors, researchers and staff.  

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Published on : 25 Apr 2017

Bright future for self-charging batteries

Who hasn’t lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? This could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology being developed by Hydro-Québec and McGill University. Lithium-ion batteries have allowed the rapid proliferation of all kinds of mobile devices such as phones, tablets and computers. These tools however require frequent re-charging because of the limited energy density of their batteries.

Published on : 24 Apr 2017