Eureka! (again)

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Two McGill-led research efforts made the list in Québec Science’s annual round-up of the top 10 discoveries of the year in Quebec.

Dr. Lucy Gilbert, of the McGill University Health Centre and the departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Oncology at the Faculty of Medicine, got a nod for her discovery that the deadliest type of ovarian cancer often actually starts in the Fallopian tubes.

(The Québec Science website includes videos featuring interviews with the researchers, which are reposted here.)

Professor George Haller, of the department of Mechanical Engineering, established mathematical models that can mitigate the effects of environmental disasters by predicting how the pollutants from these disasters – oil, for example, in the case of the Deepwater Horizon crisis – might spread.

The jury selected the discoveries based on criteria that took into account a discovery’s social relevance, as well as its significance as a breakthrough in its field.

Vote for the discovery you consider the most noteworthy at the Québec Science site.

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