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Deanna MacNeil from the Autexier lab establishes how an imbalance favoring telomerase RNA degradation over correct maturation is causative for the premature aging telomere biology disorder dyskeratosis congenita.

The telomerase holoenzyme responsible for maintaining telomeres in vertebrates requires many components in vivo, including dyskerin. Dyskerin binds and regulates the accumulation of the human telomerase RNA, hTR, as well as other non-coding RNAs that share the conserved H/ACA box motif.

Published: 23 Apr 2019

New PhD program in Quantitative Life Sciences approved

By Gillian Woodford

An innovative interdisciplinary PhD program will bridge the gap between the quantitative and biological domains to improve life sciences research.

Published: 18 Apr 2019

Anti-inflammatory drugs ineffective for prevention of Alzheimer’s disease

Study sheds light on longstanding debate

 

Published: 5 Apr 2019

Predicting Breast Cancer Metastasis to the Lung and Liver with Biomarkers

By Josh Kaiser

For about 20% to 30% of breast cancer patients, their primary tumour will spread to other organs such as the bones, lungs, liver, or brain. Remarkably, this metastasis to other organs accounts for 90% of deaths during breast cancer treatment. Unfortunately, many of the specific cellular processes regulating breast cancer metastasis are poorly understood and there are currently no targeted treatments.

Published: 4 Apr 2019

McGill approves new Institute of Health Sciences Education

By Matthew Brett

McGill University is now home to a new Institute of Health Sciences Education thanks to a motion approved by its Board of Governors in February.

The Institute, which replaces the existing Centre for Medical Education, is now an academic hiring and teaching unit that can provide graduate programs in health sciences education.

Published: 1 Apr 2019

Student-led events aim to raise awareness of speech-language pathology issues

Students from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) have once again been busy organizing a series of events for spring 2019. Working under the guidance of Dr.

Published: 1 Apr 2019

Four Burning Questions for Madhukar Pai & Dick Menzies on World TB Day

March 24th is World TB Day. Tuberculosis (TB) is an ancient disease that killed humans as far back as 600 BC. Sadly, even in 2019, it is the leading infectious killer of humanity.

Published: 21 Mar 2019

Neuro researchers receive early-career grants

Adrien Peyrache and Stuart Trenholm will study epilepsy and vision

Published: 11 Mar 2019

Using sleep disorder to predict Parkinson’s disease

Large international study will help select and categorize patients for better clinical trials

A large multi-centre study of more than 1,200 patients provides important predictors of Parkinson’s disease progression, which will allow better candidate selection for clinical trials and more effective therapy development.

Published: 4 Mar 2019

Talking women’s health with Dr. Gabrielle Cassir

A native Montrealer, Dr. Gabrielle Cassir completed her medical school and residency training at Université de Montreal. During her time as a medical student, she was also able to experience the American health care system, spending two months at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Published: 1 Mar 2019

Dr. Arjun Krishnaswamy selected as 2019 Sloan Research Fellow

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and a member of the Cell Information Systems group at McGill’s Life Sciences Complex, Dr. Arjun Krishnaswamy was recently included among the 126 outstanding early-career researchers selected for 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships.

Published: 28 Feb 2019

The unexpected creates reward when listening to music

Scientists prove difference between expected/actual outcomes cause reward response

If you love it when a musician strikes that unexpected but perfect chord, you are not alone. New research shows the musically unexpected activates the reward centre of our brains, and makes us learn about the music as we listen.

Published: 12 Feb 2019

New study shows HPV not likely transmittable through the hand

Researchers seek to answer longstanding debate

Published: 11 Feb 2019

The Neuro gets Canada’s first whole-body 7T MRI

Scanner will deliver clear images of the nervous system in exceptional detail

Scientists will see the human nervous system in microscopic detail thanks to the installation of Canada’s first 7-Tesla whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner on Feb. 5.

Published: 5 Feb 2019

A first set of research guidelines for the field of neurofeedback

Publication of checklist a product of collaborative initiative

Published: 5 Feb 2019

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