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  • Award winner describes how health care data has been denied to researchers

    Montréal May 22, 2014 — Pharmaceutical firms are usually eager to recruit researchers for reviews and trials that will see new products approved for the marketplace, but their enthusiasm for research appears to end at that point. According to some observers in the scientific and medical community...

  • The signal event of 2013 was undoubtedly Patricia Guyda’s retirement as President of CHR, which was marked by a joint reception with the Canadian Science Writers’ Association (CSWA), held on June 7 at the Loyola campus of Concordia University. An array of speakers, including Dr. Joe Schwarcz and former Health and Welfare Minister Monique Begin, recounted Pat’s many contributions and the rich...

  • Diagnosing colorectal cancer (CRC) is complex; it relies on significant invasive tests and subjective evaluations. This process may soon become much easier thanks to a medical breakthrough by scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). The researchers have identified genetic changes in the colon lining, or mucosa, in colorectal cancer patients that...

  • The next Annual General Meeting of Canadians for Health Research will be held at 3647 Peel Street, Room 102, Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.

    Please note:

    One of the items on the agenda will be the continuance of CHR under the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, which includes new general...

  • The presentation of the Sanofi Pasteur Medal for Excellence in Health Research Journalism, held each year as part of the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association, took on a uniquely different tone in 2013. The event, held in June at Concordia University in Montreal, featured a reception in honour of Patricia Guyda, CM, who officially retired as President of Canadians...

  • Applause broke out even before the results of this year’s Sanofi Pasteur Medal for Excellence in Health Research Journalism were announced. The audience was acknowledging the news that both the winnerof the medal and Honourable Mention award go to French-language entrants, the first time that has happened in the history of the medal competition.

    The presentation, held at the Canadian...

  • Researchers at three leading Canadian centres have discovered why bone marrow transplantation (BMT) has positive results in patients with particularly aggressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Clinical examination and brain MRI scans show that the transplantation, which is performed as part of a clinical trial and carries potentially serious risks, virtually stops all new relapsing activity...

  • Researchers have identified an important therapeutic target for alleviating the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and related neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

    In a study published in the online version of Neurobiology of Disease, a team led by Dr. Alex Parker, a...

  • A team of researchers from Université Laval, CHU de Québec, and pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has discovered a way to stimulate the brain’s natural defense mechanisms in people with Alzheimer’s disease. This major breakthrough published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) opens the door to the development of a treatment for...

  • Dr. Salim Yusuf, professor of medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University and scientific director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), has been voted in as president elect of the World Heart Federation, and will assume the role in January, 2015. Based in Switzerland, the World Heart Federation works to prevent and control diseases...

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