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The bigger the evolutionary jump, the more lethal cross-species diseases could be

Some diseases which are fatal in one species can cause only mild discomfort in another—but it’s hard for scientists to predict how lethal a disease will be if it leaps across species.

However, a new paper published this week in PNAS indicates that the evolutionary relationship between infected hosts can predict the impact of diseases.

Published: 28 Mar 2019

Using laser light to study how epilepsy arises in the healthy brain

Scientists at McGill University have developed a new method to study how seizures arise in the healthy brain. Using laser light guided through ultra-thin optic fibers in the brain of rodents, the researchers “turned on” light-sensitive proteins in selective brain cells and were able to eventually cause seizures through repeated laser stimulation. These findings were published March 27, 2019 in the journal Scientific Reports.

Published: 27 Mar 2019

Bengio co-recipient of A.M. Turing Award

by Daniel McCabe

Congratulations to McGill graduate Yoshua Bengio, BEng’86, MSc’88, PhD’91, on being named a co-recipient of the 2018 A.M. Turing Award. Frequently referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” the Turing Award, presented by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), recognizes individuals for major contributions of lasting importance to computing. 

Published: 27 Mar 2019

Anti-TB drugs can increase risk of TB re-infection

Current treatments for tuberculosis (TB) are very effective in controlling TB infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). They don’t, however, always prevent reinfection. Why this happens is one of the long-standing questions in TB research.

Published: 22 Mar 2019

Montreal and McGill University Become Blue Communities

The Ville de Montréal and McGill University today received Blue Community certification on the occasion of World Water Day. To obtain this certification, they have undertaken to recognize water and sanitation as human rights, to promote publicly managed water services and to ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in their buildings and at their events. Hence Montreal has joined some forty Blue Communities worldwide, including major cities like Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Victoria.

Published: 22 Mar 2019

Bartha Knoppers awarded 2019 Friesen Prize

McGill University Professor Bartha Knoppers, a global leader in the study of legal, social and ethical issues related to biomedical research in human genetics and genomics, has been awarded the 2019 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research by the Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR),.

Published: 19 Mar 2019

Rising global shipping traffic could lead to surge in invasive species

Rising global maritime traffic could lead to sharp increases in invasive species around the world over the next 30 years, according to a new study by McGill University researchers.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, suggest that shipping growth will far outweigh climate change in the spread of non-indigenous pests to new environments in coming decades.

Published: 18 Mar 2019

New cause for concern over weedkiller glyphosate

New research from McGill University reveals an overlooked impact that the widely used herbicide glyphosate may be having on the environment.

Published: 14 Mar 2019

Víctor Muñiz-Fraticelli receives Mellon New Directions Fellowship

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Víctor Muñiz-Fraticelli has received a New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The award will enable him to pursue studies in theology to complement his interdisciplinary scholarship.

Published: 14 Mar 2019

Canadian researchers and international collaborators seek to improve the care of people living with dementia and their families

Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be a disorienting experience for the person diagnosed and their families. A diagnosis often leaves the person and their families searching for information and guidance on health and social services that are available to assist them in their daily lives.

Published: 14 Mar 2019


Impostor Cities exhibition to represent Canada at the 2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture



Impostor Cities explores how Canadian cities double as other places on screen. 
The exhibition will represent Canada at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia 
in 2020.

Published: 14 Mar 2019

McGill researchers receive $3.7M in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Government of Quebec

By Amanda Testani

Fifteen McGill researchers have received federal grants through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). Minister of Science and Sport, Kirsty Duncan, made the announcement today at the University of Western Ontario. Each McGill recipient will also receive matching funds from the Quebec government for their research endeavors.

Published: 13 Mar 2019

European-Canadian Cancer Network chosen as a driver project of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) has selected the European-Canadian Cancer Network (EUCANCan) as one of seven 2019 Driver Projects to advance and pilot standards for sharing genomic health-related data.

Published: 7 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

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

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