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International team of scientists detect cause of rare pediatric brain disorder

Mathilde came into the world with chubby cheeks and a full head of auburn hair. But she was a very sick baby, and was immediately transferred on January 19, 2013 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MCH-MUHC). By the time she arrived, she was sicker than initially expected; Mathilde’s small head was of particular concern to doctors.

Published: 26 Feb 2019

Mega-experiment shows species interactions stronger towards tropics and lowlands

An international research team led by a McGill University researcher used a simple experiment that mimics how plants and animals interact with each other—leaving seeds out for 24 hours to see how many get eaten. Seven thousand seed beds were deployed across a huge geographic scale, with 70 sites cutting across 18 mountains from Alaska to the equator.

Published: 20 Feb 2019

Citizenship ceremony at McGill University celebrates new citizens and Black History Month

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and McGill University, tomorrow will celebrate 50 citizens from 22 countries in a special citizenship ceremony marking Black History Month.

Published: 19 Feb 2019

Single-largest gift in Canadian history to create a flagship graduate scholarship program at McGill University

Today, John and Marcy McCall MacBain announced the creation of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill through a landmark gift of $200 million (Canadian), the single-largest gift in Canadian history.

The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill will provide outstanding students from Canada and internationally with the opportunity to pursue a master’s or professional degree, combined with a world-class enrichment program.

Published: 13 Feb 2019

Classes cancelled, University open / Annulation des cours, l’Université est ouverte

Classes scheduled for today, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, have been cancelled at both campuses due to difficult conditions following yesterday’s blizzard. Evening classes are cancelled.

The University will remain open, but we are urging staff to make safety their priority when trying to get to work. Employees who cannot make it in today should notify their supervisors as soon as possible. We ask that supervisors be understanding about employee absences and lateness today.

Published: 13 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

Viral communications hacking boosts Leishmania infections

New research from McGill University has found that a virus infecting the Leishmania parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used for cell-to-cell communication, a discovery that could pave the way to new vaccines against infections that cause severe disfiguration.

Published: 7 Feb 2019

Melting ice sheets may cause ‘climate chaos’ according to new modelling

The weather these days is wild and will be wilder still within a century. In part, because the water from melting ice sheets off Greenland and in the Antarctic will cause extreme weather and unpredictable temperatures around the globe. A study published today in Nature is the first to simulate the effects, under current climate policies, that the two melting ice sheets will have on ocean temperatures and circulation patterns as well as on air temperatures by the year 2100.

Published: 6 Feb 2019

McGill genomics research projects to receive $10M in federal, provincial funding

Major federal and provincial investments in genomics research were announced this week following three recent Genome Canada competitions. The announcement, made at University of Guelph, includes over $10 million in funding to seven projects led by McGill researchers. Here's a quick look at one of those projects. (A complete list follows.)

Published: 5 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

Infertility treatment linked with slightly higher risk of pregnancy complications

Women who become pregnant using infertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, have a slightly higher risk of a complication according to a new study by researchers at ICES, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and St. Michael’s Hospital. These complications can include bleeding, serious infections and admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) around the time of delivery.

Published: 4 Feb 2019

Global well-being in coming decades hinges on non-material factors

To improve people’s well-being as much as possible in coming decades, policy makers should look beyond narrow economic calculations and prioritize non-material factors when making big decisions.

Published: 4 Feb 2019

Shared genetic marker offers new promise in targeting specific ovarian and lung cancers

Two new papers, published simultaneously in Nature Communications and led by researchers at McGill University, offer promise that a drug currently used to treat estrogen positive breast cancer may be effective in treating two different types of cancer, one rare and one common form.

Published: 4 Feb 2019