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Researchers unlock mysteries of complex microRNA oncogenes

New research led by McGill’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre improves our understanding of microRNAs


Published: 27 Jun 2019

McGill researchers reveal how protein mutation is involved in rare brain development disorder

Discovery could provide clues to potential therapies

Rearing its head in infancy, Christianson Syndrome is a rare disorder whose symptoms include intellectual disability, seizures and difficulty standing or walking. Although it is becoming increasingly diagnosed, with little being known about the neural mechanism behind the disease, therapeutic options for patients remain limited.

Published: 27 Jun 2019

Dr Natalie Dayan named Quebec's First Research Chair in Women's Heart Health!

Dr Natalie Dayan was named Quebec’s first Research Chair in Women’s Heart Health on 18 June 2019!

Published: 19 Jun 2019

Dr Isabelle Malhamé joins the Division of General Internal Medicine

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Isabelle Malhamé to the Division of General Internal Medicine as of June 1, 2019. Dr Malhamé has been appointed to the Attending Staff of the MUHC Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, and as an Assistant Professor in the McGill University Department of Medicine. 

Published: 19 Jun 2019

A Quebec first: Research chair in women’s heart health

Heart & Stroke and McGill University to create Early-Career Professorship in Women’s Heart Health

Published: 18 Jun 2019

Inducing seizures to stop seizures

Cortical stimulation-induced seizures have the potential to guide epilepsy surgery, significantly reducing hospital stays

Surgery is the only way to stop seizures in 30 per cent of patients with focal drug-resistant epilepsy. A new study finds that inducing seizures before surgery may be a convenient and cost-effective way to determine the brain region where seizures are coming from.

Published: 11 Jun 2019

Alan Evans honoured for his lifetime contribution to the field of neuroimaging

The Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the largest international scientific society for neuroimaging-based brain research, has honoured Prof. Alan C. Evans with its Glass Brain Award

Published: 9 Jun 2019

$27.9 million investment to fund the Québec Cancer Consortium to develop novel therapeutics and biomarkers for cancer

The Québec Cancer Consortium for Novel Therapeutics and Biomarkers (QCC), a collaboration between six leading hospital and cancer research centre sites based in Montreal led by McGill University’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC) was awarded $10M in new funding from the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI) du Québec through its Fonds d’accélération des collaborations en santé (FACS) program.

Published: 4 Jun 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

Update #1 - Schulich Library now closed temporarily: Collection, services & staff relocation information

Background: The Macdonald-Stewart Library Building that houses the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering will undergo significant structural repairs and major internal upgrades over the next two years, beginning May 15, 2019. As a result, Schulich Library is now closed temporarily. Collections, services and staff will be relocated to the Humanities and Social Sciences Library for the duration of the renovation.

Published: 15 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 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

Update #4: Osler Library of the History of Medicine

Background: As a result of the water infiltration and recovery efforts related to McIntyre Medical Building fire incident in July 2018, the Osler Library space in the McIntyre Medical Building continues to be closed until further notice. The Osler recovery team has restored most materials, and holdings from the Osler Library of the History of Medicine collection are now accessible to users.

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

Dr. Shari Baum on the Faculty’s Strategic Research Plan

McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine unveiled a new strategic research plan (SRP) for the Faculty in 2014, which was subsequently updated in 2017 as part of the strategic planning exercise known as Project Renaissance. Dr. Shari Baum, who recently assumed the role of Vice-Dean, Life Sciences, played an important role in the development of the most recent version of the plan. Dr.

Published: 26 Apr 2019