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Affordable, life-saving medicines for all: McGill adopts Global Access Licensing Principles for research conducted on campus

McGill University, in conjunction with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), has committed to increasing access to life-saving medicines by adopting Global Access Licensing Principles.

Published: 23 May 2019

Thirteen early-career researchers explore new frontiers

By Meaghan Thurston

Published: 23 May 2019

A step closer to identifying cause of a blinding disease

Researchers find clue to rare genetic disorder

Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is an inherited form of vision loss that causes people to have trouble with their colour vision and difficulty seeing in the centre of their visual field. Due to the founder effect from the filles du roi, there is a disproportionate preponderance of a particular LHON mutation among the French-Canadian population.

Published: 22 May 2019

Detecting bacteria in space

Scientists at the University of Montreal and McGill University have pioneered and tested a new genomic methodology which reveals a complex bacterial ecosystem at work on the International Space Station.

Published: 22 May 2019

Widespread permafrost degradation seen in high Arctic terrain

Rapid changes in terrain are taking place in Canada’s high Arctic polar deserts due to increases in summer air temperatures.

Published: 22 May 2019

Canadian researchers on promising path towards developing flu treatment using lipid target

For most people, the influenza A virus (IAV), commonly known as the flu, is cleared from the body by our own immune system. In some cases, however, the immune response becomes dysregulated and if left uncontrolled, the inflammation caused by our own immune cells can lead to extensive lung tissue damage and enhanced morbidity and mortality.

Published: 22 May 2019

NSERC awards $35 M to McGill-led research projects

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of more than $588 million through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants program. Nearly $35 million of this investment will go to 128 McGill-led projects.

Published: 21 May 2019

Children in Quebec are not diagnosed early enough with type 1 diabetes

Elwyn was a healthy 13 month-old toddler when she started drinking water from the bathtub. Over time, she became increasingly thirsty and demanded more and more breast milk. For her parents, this seemed like typical behaviour related to a growth spurt. One day, however, they noticed that she was abnormally weak and rushed her to the emergency department.

Published: 14 May 2019

A Governor General’s Innovation Award for AI Pioneer Joelle Pineau 

By Meaghan Thurston 

Published: 13 May 2019

A cautionary tale for researchers working on selective drug delivery

Many studies indicating that DNA nanostructures can enter cells more readily than simple DNA strands are flawed, according to researchers at McGill University. In a paper published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Central Science, the McGill scientists demonstrate that many DNA cage nanostructures aren’t taken up by cells to a significant extent.

Published: 10 May 2019

A step toward better understanding brain anatomy of autism spectrum disorder

Study could lead to development of personalized biomarkers and treatment

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often lumped into a single catch-all group, despite significant differences in symptom profile and severity. Further muddying the waters when trying to understand and treat ASD, many previous studies show significant variability in findings.

Published: 8 May 2019

NSERC awards $3.7M to McGill-led research projects

On May 3, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) announced the recent recipients of the NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants program. Six McGill-led projects in the Faculty of Engineering and one in the Faculty of Medicine are receiving more than $3.7 million to conduct research in collaboration with a supporting organization.

Published: 3 May 2019

Brain signaling proteins hit the road running

New study of brain neurotransmitter receptor has implications for drug discovery

Surprisingly complex movements in an important neurotransmitter receptor may help explain the brain’s unpredictable response to drugs, according to a new study. New research from an international team, published this week in the journal Neuron, has revealed that the resting state of signaling proteins are much more dynamic than previously thought.

Published: 30 Apr 2019

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