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  • Public interest in CHR’s activities substantially increased over the past year, as indicated by a near doubling of visitors to the organization’s Web site. The total number of visitors was more than 44,000, with 72,000 pages of the site being viewed. CHR also set up a Facebook page near the end of 2011, which along with the Web site now features a significant number of links posted to national...

  • McGill researchers have found a region in the genome that may influence the development of psychiatric disease and obesity. The key is the deletion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a nervous system growth factor that plays a crucial role in brain development.

    To determine the role of BDNF, Prof. Carl Ernst from McGill’s Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, screened...

  • Canadian scientists are helping to solve one of the mysteries of blindness. Working with a team of international researchers, scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) have identified a gene responsible for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a devastating genetic form of blindness in newborns.

    What makes the discovery so exceptional is that...

  • Scientists now have a better understanding of how precise memories are formed, thanks to research led by Prof. Jean-Claude Lacaille of the University of Montreal’s Department of Physiology.

    “In terms of human applications, these findings could help us to better understand memory impairments in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease,” Lacaille said.

    The study looks...

  • A team of researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, has developed a new microfluidics-based microarray that could one day radically change how and when
    cancer is diagnosed. Their findings are published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

    One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during...

  • Depression may have far-reaching consequences. Recent data suggests that people who suffer from a mood disorder may be twice as likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who are not depressed.

    Until now, the connection between the two disorders has been poorly understood. A new study by Concordia University researchers has found that people with depression have a slower recovery...

  • A University of Alberta (U of A) researcher and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Virology has discovered a vaccine that may help to com-bat hepatitis C (hep C). Michael Houghton, who led the team that discovered the hep C virus in 1989, recently announced the findings at the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Summit in Vancouver. Currently, there are no vaccines against the disease.

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  • In March 1993, Penny Flynn and Jeff Date received devastating news: their 9-month-old daughter Taylor had been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumour.

    Cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death in children, and medulloblastoma is the most common form of childhood cancer. The few children who survive the aggressive, debilitating therapy must often cope with a...

  • For some, the pain is so great that they can’t even bear to have clothes touch their skin. For others, it means that every step is a deliberate, agonizing choice. Whether arthritic joints, nerve injury or a disease like fibromyalgia are the cause, research now suggests new solutions for those who suffer from chronic pain.

    A team of researchers led by McGill neuroscientist Terence...

  • Picking up a prescription has never been easier than it is today. Within a few minutes of leaving the doctor’s office, a patient can have their antibiotic, oral contraceptive, or asthma inhaler from the local pharmacy and walk away with the medication they need. But how much does that patient really know about the drug they’re about to take? And how much does the physician really know about...

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