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McGill study finds people infected with HIV more likely to develop fatty liver

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 13:43

Fatty liver is among the most frequent causes of liver disease in Canada and in Western countries and is one of the main indications for liver transplant. For some time, researchers have suspected that people living with HIV could be at higher risk of developing liver disease, which,?as a result of longer life expectancy thanks to antiretroviral therapy, has become the major cause of their mortality in North America.

Published: 30Nov2017

"Vivre ensemble à Montréal. épreuves et convivialités": CIRM's First Publication

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:02

To celebrate?Montreal’s 375th?anniversary, the?Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal?wanted to examine the mechanisms and processes that have made it possible, in the history of the city, to maintain a relative social peace. The CIRM is now proud to present its first publication (in French),?Vivre ensemble à Montréal. épreuves et convivialités.

Published: 30Nov2017

Why some European countries are more hostile to immigrants than others

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:16

By Katherine Gombay

Published: 29Nov2017

McGill commits to carbon neutrality by 2040

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:21

McGill University is committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, under its new Climate & Sustainability Action Plan (2017-2020), released today.

Published: 28Nov2017

Caroline Palmer receives 2017 NSERC CREATE program funding

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:37

By Amanda Testani

Professor Palmer is one of the few researchers to receive two CREATE training grants to date. From 2009-2015, Professor Palmer led an NSERC funded CREATE program in auditory cognitive neuroscience, training over 180 students and postdoctoral fellows. Her significant findings from that program informed her training program application in Complex Dynamics.?

Published: 27Nov2017

As climate warms, mice morph

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 06:51

New research by McGill University biologists shows that milder winters have led to physical alterations in two species of mice in southern Quebec in the past 50 years – providing a textbook example of the consequences of climate change for small mammals.

The findings also reveal a stark reversal in the proportions of the two mice populations present in the area, adding to evidence that warming temperatures are driving wildlife north. ?

Published: 27Nov2017

Mindfulness training shows promise for maintaining weight loss

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:29

Can mindfulness training help overweight people shed pounds and keep them off?? McGill University researchers surveyed the growing body of studies investigating that question, and came away encouraged.

Kimberly Carrière, B?rbel Kn?uper and Bassam Khoury examined 19 studies conducted over the past decade. Mindfulness interventions in these studies involved either formal meditation, informal mindfulness strategies that focused on eating activity, or some combination of these two approaches.

The researchers found that:

Published: 23Nov2017

Do birdsong and human speech share biological roots?

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:05

Do songbirds and humans have common biological hardwiring that shapes how they produce and perceive sounds?

Scientists who study birdsong have been intrigued for some time by the possibility that human speech and music may be rooted in biological processes shared across a variety of animals. Now, research by McGill University biologists provides new evidence to support this idea.

Published: 22Nov2017

Imagining the cities of the future through a better understanding of Montreal today

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:31
BMO Financial Group and McConnell Foundation announce $3.25 million in new support for research centre that puts Montreal and its citizens front and centre. ? Published: 20Nov2017

Imagining the cities of the future through a better understanding of Montreal today

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:19

Montreal, with its multilingual, multiethnic population, is an ideal living laboratory for researchers and students from the city’s four universities and many specialized research centres. How can Montreal be designed to better accommodate the needs of its children? What measures need to be put in place to accommodate people of different cultures and religions living in close proximity? How is the city’s nighttime economy different from that of the daytime and what are the implications?

Published: 17Nov2017

British historian Daniel Beer wins US$75,000 International Cundill History Prize

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:34

The international Cundill History Prize today announced the British historian Daniel Beer as the 2017 winner of the US$75,000 prize – the richest in non-fiction for a single work in English. The London-based historian was awarded for his ground-breaking study of Siberian penal colonies, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars (Allen Lane)

Published: 16Nov2017

Better data for governments

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:59

Today, the?Center for Government Excellence (GovEx),?part of Johns Hopkins University, and GeoThink, a part of?McGill University, launched a new?open data standards directory?that will identify?standards for open data regularly shared by governments. The directory will ensure reliability and coordinated information for many city government data sets on services ranging from public safety, to building permits, to public transit, and budgets.

Published: 15Nov2017

Pregnancy-related conditions taken together leave moms – and dads – at risk

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:51

Research has already shown that women who develop either diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease years later.?Now, a new study from a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University shows that the risk of developing those conditions post pregnancy is drastically higher if the women had?both?diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy. The study, published today in the?American Journal of Epidemiology, doesn’t end with the mother’s risks.

Published: 14Nov2017

Breastfed babies are less likely to develop eczema as teenagers, study shows.

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:25

A new study, which is published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, and was led by researchers from King’s College London, Harvard University, University of Bristol and McGill University,?examined more than 13,000 Belarussian teenagers enrolled in the PROmotion of Breastfeeding Intervention Trial (PROBIT) and found a 54% reduction in cases of eczema amongst teenagers whose mothers had received support to breastfeed exclusively.

Published: 13Nov2017

A $10-million donation establishes a new school of public policy at McGill University

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:17

In a world of political polarization, environmental threats, a changing labour market and growing gaps between rich and poor, there has never been a greater need to engage in a thoughtful examination of public policy and train a new generation of policy leaders.

Against this backdrop, McGill University is pleased to announce that it has received a $10-million donation from Max Bell Foundation to establish a new school of public policy at McGill. The School will reside in McGill’s Faculty of Arts.

Published: 7Nov2017

Statistical tool reveals climate change impacts on plants

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:08

Early flowering, early fruiting: Anecdotal evidence of climate change is popping up as quickly as spring crocuses, but is it coincidence or confirmation that plants’ timing is shifting in response to warming temperatures?

Published: 6Nov2017

Identification of a new gene causing scoliosis and bone malformations

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 12:53

A unique collaboration among Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada, CHU Sainte-Justine and McGill University has enabled researchers to identify genetic mutations involved in a rare disease that causes scoliosis and bone malformations.

The findings, published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, are likely to help doctors recognize the genetic disease, and could someday lead to therapies for the condition.

Published: 2Nov2017

Giving rookie dads the online info they really need

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:07

Expectant and new parents often turn to the internet for parenting prep, but it turns out that dads often don’t seem to find the information they say they need about pregnancy, parenthood and routes to their own mental health and well-being. Now, a new study from a Canadian team led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) with funding from global men’s health charity the Movember Foundation highlights just what soon-to-be and new fathers want to see in a dad-focused website and how best to meet those needs.

Published: 31Oct2017

Canadian historian among shortlisted authors for international Cundill History Prize

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:34

Montreal-based historian Christopher Goscha, US-based historian Walter Scheidel and British historian Daniel Beer?are the three contenders for the international Cundill History Prize. ??

Run by McGill University, the Cundill History Prize rewards the best history writing in English. The jury of world-class historians and authors has chosen the finalists from a longlist spanning the globe and covering issues ranging from religion to race relations. The winner will be awarded US$75,000; the two runners-up receive US$10,000 each.

The 2017 finalists are:

Published: 27Oct2017

Canadian historian Christopher Gosha shortlisted for international Cundill History Prize

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 06:19

Canadian historian Christopher Goscha?has been shortlisted for the international Cundill History Prize. Vietnam: A New History is one of three contenders for the US$75,000 prize, the richest in non-fiction for a single work in English. ??

Published: 26Oct2017

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