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  • This year has been characterized by our organization’s ongoing activities to enhance public awareness of the role that research plays in public and personal health. Our Web site has emerged as the centerpiece of this effort, providing
    information in a timely way that reflects the participation of our various members and partners. The redesigned site is now
    just over a year old and,...

  • The next Annual General Meeting of Canadians for Health Research will be held at the Montreal Children’s Hospital on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 9 a.m.

  • About two years ago, Dr. Philippe Gros, a McGill University professor in the Department of Biochemistry and a Principal Investigator in the McGill Life Sciences Complex, described a mouse mutant that was immunodeficient and hypersensitive to the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine and to tuberculosis (TB). In this model, Gros’s team had found that the immunodeficiency was caused by...

  • In an age when personalized medicine is within reach, a one-size-fits-all approach just won’t cut it. A group of North American researchers have identified two modifier genes in the genomes of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) that may be responsible for variation in disease severity. This is the first study to show evidence that modifier genes affect the severity of cystic fibrosis.

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  • Researchers directed by Dr. Laurent Mottron at the University of Montreal's Centre for Excellence in Pervasive Development Disorders (CETEDUM) have determined that people with autism concentrate more brain resources in the areas associated with visual detection and identification, and conversely, have less activity in the areas used to plan and control thoughts and actions. This might explain...

  • The mystery began in 1976. Adolfo Pampena was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that caused a strange combination of symptoms and was associated with the occurrence of multiple tumours in his stomach and colon. His medical team was stumped and was unable to answer the most important questions for him and his family: the cause of his disease and the risk for future generations.

    Now,...

  • University Professor Emeritus Ernest McCulloch, one of the fathers of stem cell research, died January 20 at 84, leaving a brilliant research legacy.

    Fifty years ago, he and University Professor Emeritus James Till broke new ground by demonstrating the existence of stem cells by creating the first quantitative clonal method for identifying them. By establishing the...

  • The past year was dominated by the entwined themes of communications and outreach, as our organization staked out new frontiers in its prospective profile among the membership as well as the general public. The centrepiece of this activity was the 35th Anniversary edition of Future Health, which consisted entirely of 35 original research stories provided by a specially selected external editor...

  • Researchers in Newfoundland have cracked the genetic code of a sudden death cardiac killer.  The excitement among cardiologists concerns a rare genetic condition - arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).

    As a result, they have developed a unique prevention program in which people with no symptoms, but with a suspect gene and a family history, are being implanted with...

  • If the passage of 35 years marks a full generation, then Canadians for Health Research is pleased to visit this milestone as an organization that has withstood the passage of time.  In some respects, little has changed. People in this country certainly value the principles and the promise of health care as much as they did a generation ago. But the everyday discussion of research material has...

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