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Brain genes related to innovation revealed in birds

Wild birds that are more clever than others at foraging for food  have different levels of a neurotransmitter receptor that has been linked with intelligence in humans, according to a study led by McGill University researchers.  The findings could provide insight into the evolutionary mechanisms affecting cognitive traits in a range of animals.

Published: 14 Mar 2018

Neuro XXceptional: Celebrating exceptional women

Women scientists and clinicians are creators and changemakers, expanding the boundaries of human knowledge


The Neuro has launched Neuro XXceptional - an exciting new year-long video series featuring women who tell us what drove them to become scientists and clinicians, and what they love about their work. At The Neuro, these exceptional professionals are improving the lives of patients, helping us understand how the brain works and how to treat neurological disease.

Published: 8 Mar 2018

Canadian researchers open a new front in the fight against MS

By Ross Neitz, University of Alberta

A discovery led by scientists at the University of Alberta and McGill University is providing hope of a new therapeutic target in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients, which could one day be used to prevent the symptoms and progression of the disease.

Published: 8 Mar 2018

A near-universal way to measure enzyme inhibition

Researchers at McGill University have invented a new technique for measuring how quickly drugs interact with their molecular targets. The discovery provides scientists with a new way to investigate the effectiveness of drug candidates that might otherwise have been overlooked.

Published: 1 Mar 2018

McGill welcomes major injection of federal funds to support research

The federal government’s announcement of a major investment in research in Tuesday’s 2018 budget was welcomed by McGill University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier.   “I am delighted to see increased federal support for fundamental research,” Prof. Fortier said....
Published: 27 Feb 2018

The onset of Alzheimer’s disease: the importance of family history

You’re about to turn 60, and you’re fretting. Your mother has had Alzheimer’s disease since the age of 65. At what age will the disease strike you? A Canadian study published in JAMA Neurology shows that the closer a person gets to the age at which their parent exhibited the first signs of Alzheimer’s, the more likely they are to have amyloid plaques, the cause of the cognitive decline associated with the disease, in their brain.

Published: 26 Feb 2018

Building bridges: Ashukin program connects McGill Nursing students with Quebec Indigenous communities

By Christina Kozakiewicz, Ingram School of Nursing

Source: Med-e-News

Published: 23 Feb 2018

McGill Dobson Centre ranked among world’s top incubation programs

By Rosalie Nardelli

UBI Global has released its World University-linked Business Incubator and Accelerator Ranking and has placed the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship in the eight position of the World Top Business Incubator – Managed by a University category.

Published: 23 Feb 2018

McGill-led genomics centres win $9.8 M, three-year funding support from Genome Canada

The McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre and the Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics will receive a total of $9.8 million in funding over three years through Genome Canada awards announced Feb. 21.

Published: 21 Feb 2018

National study to shed light on aging

  by Brenda Branswell   Source: McGill News Magazine   Imagine getting a phone call asking if you’d like to take part in a study … for the next 20 years.   It’s a pitch that makes telemarketing look like child’s play.   So no wonder Christina Wolfson, BSc’76, MSc’78, PhD’85, a profess...
Published: 20 Feb 2018

Products derived from plants offer potential as dual-targeting agents for experimental cerebral malaria

Malaria, a life-threatening disease usually caused when parasites from the Plasmodium family enter the bloodstream of a person bitten by a parasite-carrying mosquito, is a severe health threat globally, with 200 to 300 million cases annually and 445,000 deaths in 2016.

Published: 20 Feb 2018

The Neuro joins neuroscience data sharing partnership

Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform will make disseminating and publishing data easier

Modern neuroscience research can produce massive amounts of data, which researchers can use to find patterns revealing anything from the first physiological signs of Alzheimer’s disease to a new drug target that could stop neurodegeneration. However, this data must be stored, processed, and distributed effectively.

Published: 19 Feb 2018

Media advisory: Who Pays for Canada? Taxes and Fairness

Are Canadians fair or is that just a story we tell ourselves? Can we reason our way to lessened inequality or are violent cataclysms the only levelling power, as Thomas Piketty and Walter Schiedel argue? How do we maintain a sense and an approximation of fairness in our globalizing and polarizing world? Certainly there can be no fairness without tax fairness: tax policy is where we negotiate the relationship between wealth and poverty....

Published: 16 Feb 2018

McGill to participate in two of Canada’s five new ‘superclusters’

McGill University will participate in two of the five “superclusters” selected by the Government of Canada for funding under its Innovation Superclusters Initiative:

Published: 15 Feb 2018

Not being aware of memory problems predicts onset of Alzheimer’s disease

Doctors who work with individuals at risk of developing dementia have long suspected that patients who do not realize they experience memory problems are at greater risk of seeing their condition worsen in a short time frame, a suspicion that now has been confirmed by a team of McGill University clinician scientists.

Published: 15 Feb 2018