Championing the Canadian horse

Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Legend has it that the Canadian horse is North America’s first equine breed. Thanks to the unusual efforts of doctoral student Richard Blackburn, BEd’99, MA’11, we now know the truth.

New probe hunts down elusive cancer cells in brain

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Even the best neurosurgeons have difficulty finding cancer cells hiding in healthy tissue. A new probe co-developed by McGill’s Kevin Petrecca could be a game changer.

Let me prescribe you a video game for that

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 11:51 am

Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a leading cause of blindness for adults and notoriously difficult to treat. A McGill research team, working with Ubisoft, has developed a promising new therapy, a video game.

Exploring civil disobedience on the Internet

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

McGill doctoral student Molly Sauter‘s new book examines the use of denial-of-service actions as a form of political activism

How rethinking the food chain can thwart Ebola

Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Ebola is one of many zoonoses — diseases that can move from one species to another. McGill’s Colin Chapman says banning bushmeat can help limit the spread of Ebola.

These fins are made for walkin’

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:32 am

by Shannon Palus, BSc’13 Hans Larsson, BSc’94, and his research team raised fish to walk on land. The fish in question are Senegal bichirs — long eel-like fish that resemble the creatures that first walked on land 400 million years ago. Together with post-doc students Emily Standen and Trina Du, BSc’11, Larsson, McGill’s Canada Research Chair in Vertebrate [...]

Uncovering the hidden injury

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

by Diana Kwon Unlike broken limbs or torn ligaments, concussions can easily go unnoticed — especially if the person who just suffered one is reluctant to mention any symptoms. In a recent survey of 469 varsity athletes in Montreal conducted by McGill researchers, 78 per cent of athletes who believed they had experienced concussions admitted they didn’t [...]

More wolves on Wall Street

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:19 am

by Mark Reynolds After the turmoil of the 2008 crash, it seemed there was no space for another smudge on the reputation of the financial markets. Yet research by Patrick Augustin suggests that a surprisingly large number of mergers and acquisitions spur “abnormal” activity on the options market consistent with insider trading. Augustin, an assistant [...]

Children of the ice storm

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

by Mark Reynolds Many of the people who experienced the 1998 Quebec ice storm still have lingering concerns that the cold and darkness from the weeks-long blackout that hit parts of the province might return. Even some Quebeckers with no memory of the event at all were affected in ways we are only beginning to [...]

Tiny beads of trouble

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

by Shannon Palus, BSc’13 Two years ago, Anthony Ricciardi was investigating an invasive species of clams in the St. Lawrence River, scooping them up with a steel grab – a device reminiscent of the little crane that picks up handfuls of candy in arcade games. Along with the bottom-burrowing creatures, Ricciardi, an associate professor affiliated [...]