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McGill-led EpiShare project named a 2019 GA4GH Driver Project

EpiShare will join the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) as a 2019 Driver Project. GA4GH, an international group of 22 leading genomic data initiatives, works collaboratively to develop and pilot standards for sharing genomic and health-related data.

Published: 4 Feb 2019

McGill researchers to receive over $10 M for thirty projects and SSHRC doctoral, master and postdoc awards

Social sciences and humanities research plays an important role in building a healthier, stronger and more prosperous Canada. To create a thriving economy powered by homegrown discoveries and innovations, and for Canada to be world-renowned as a research leader, we need to continue to invest in talented graduate students, scholars and researchers.

Published: 1 Feb 2019

McGill University recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers for 2019

First published in 2006, Montréal's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in Greater Montréal that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year's winners, including McGill University, were announced on January 31, 2019 in a special magazine published in the Montreal Gazette. This is the 11th year in a row McGill has been included in the annual list.

Published: 1 Feb 2019

Evolution, illustrated

What do you get when you put together several tons of steel plates, hundreds of mice, a few evolutionary and molecular biologists and a tiny Nebraska town near the South Dakota border?

Would you believe one of the most complete pictures ever of vertebrate evolution?

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Published: 1 Feb 2019

New method may better predict the best treatment for burn wounds

Technique involves use of non-invasive digital infrared imaging

Published: 31 Jan 2019

Measuring stress around cells

Tissues and organs in the human body are shaped through forces generated by cells, that push and pull, to “sculpt” biological structures. Thanks to a new tool developed at McGill University, scientists will now be able to watch, and map these forces.

Published: 30 Jan 2019

Mila inaugurates its new premises in Mile-Ex

Mila – Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence officially inaugurated its new premises at the O Mile-Ex complex this week, in the presence of the Minister of Economy and Innovation for the government of Quebec, Pierre Fitzgibbon, and more than 200 partners and players in the Quebec artificial intelligence ecosystem.

Published: 30 Jan 2019

Student mental health services at McGill transformed by new 
Rossy Student Wellness Hub

McGill University announced today a new approach to student mental health and well-being that includes the Rossy Student Wellness Hub. The ambitious $14-million initiative reimagines the way health services are provided, with a newly integrated, campus-wide approach to physical and mental health and wellness, and a greater emphasis on awareness, prevention and earlier intervention.

Published: 28 Jan 2019

Four Burning Questions for Harriet Kuhnlein, Professor Emerita, Commissioner, Lancet Report on Obesity

The Lancet commission on Obesity published a report today on the joint pandemics of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change. In the report, the commissioners point to the fact that malnutrition in all its forms, including undernutrition and obesity, is by far the biggest cause of ill-health and premature death globally.

Published: 28 Jan 2019

Dopamine and reward responses to music causally linked

A new study published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, reveals a causal link between the neurotransmitter dopamine and the reward responses to music. The study was conducted by an international team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University, the University of Barcelona, and the Hospital de Sant Pau of Barcelona.

Published: 28 Jan 2019

COMMENTARY: ‘CRISPR babies’: What does this mean for science and Canada?

In the wake of the announcement in China last November of the first ‘CRISPR babies’, Prof. Bartha Knoppers and researcher Erika Kleiderman from McGill’s Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP) have published a commentary article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the use of CRISPR gene-editing techniques.

Published: 28 Jan 2019

Canada, EU, and Africa combine to allow researchers to analyze health data on the largest, most diverse scale

A patient develops a rare condition and needs answers, so their clinician searches frantically to find patients with similar, rare, symptoms and similar possible causes. To understand the mechanisms of one debilitating disease, a medical researcher tries to separate the “signal” of causes of that disease, in particular, from the “noise” of natural biological variation of human lives and conditions.

Published: 24 Jan 2019

Quebec researchers among recipients of $34 million ‘Grand Challenge’ Grant from Cancer Research UK to combat cancer

McGill and MUHC research teams part of an international effort to uncover how chronic inflammation causes cancer

 

Published: 23 Jan 2019

Creating attraction between molecules deep in the periodic table

Imagine a waterproof computer. It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but it may no longer be a pipedream since a McGill-led international research team has shown for the first time that it is possible to form strong, stable attractions between some of the heavier elements in the periodic table.

Published: 22 Jan 2019

Landmark gift to McGill’s Faculty of Engineering deepens support for doctoral students and graduate research

A landmark $15-million gift from McGill alumnus Les Vadasz, a founding member of Intel Corporation, and his wife Judy Vadasz, will enhance the prestigious doctoral fellowship program that bears their name in McGill’s Faculty of Engineering, deepening their support for outstanding PhD students who pursue innovative research at McGill.

Their gift also aims to strengthen Montreal as an engineering and technology hub by attracting more top talent to McGill.

Published: 16 Jan 2019

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