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How did an Alzheimer’s researcher come to earn an international award for best Down syndrome thesis? Florencia Iulita, PhD’14, recipient, this June, of an Annette Karmiloff-Smith Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis, explains.
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Dr. Gergely Lukacs, Professor, Canada Research Chair in the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at McGill, and his team have identified an unexpected function of a family of proteins referred to as “molecular chaperones” that are known to protect cells against environmental stresses such as heat. “The results represent a novel role for these proteins which may be exploited in the future to modulate the severity of diseases,” explains Dr. Lukacs. The findings were recently published in Nature Communications,
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Does the time of day matter when our body is infected by a parasite? According to new research from McGill University, it matters a great deal. Our body works differently at different times of the day following our internal clocks. Researchers from McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute have now established that parasitic infections are also controlled by these clocks.
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In a Viewpoint article published online this week in JAMA, researchers from McGill University in Montreal and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York caution that researchers, physicians, and regulators may be overestimating the value of many new drugs because they fail to consider all the evidence available to them.
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Loss of muscle is an inevitable consequence of aging that can lead to frailty, falls or mobility problems. Eating enough protein is one way to remedy it, but it would seem that spreading protein equally among the three daily meals could be linked to greater mass and muscle strength in the elderly. These are the findings of a study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in collaboration with l’Université de Sherbrooke and l’Université de Montréal.
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An international team of researchers, including McGill University’s Dr. William Foulkes, reanalyzed data from nearly 1,000 breast cancer tumors collected by The Cancer Genome Atlas. Their findings, reported in Nature Genetics, hint that mutational signatures like Signature 3 might fuel a precision medicine approach that uses a tumor’s full scope of mutations to guide risk and treatment decisions, instead of focusing on individual genes.
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A new partnership between The Neuro and F1000 will create a publishing platform for researchers that will speed the progress of neuroscience discovery.
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The origins of autism remain mysterious. What areas of the brain are involved, and when do the first signs appear? New findings published in Biological Psychiatry bring us closer to understanding the pathology of autism, and the point at which it begins to take shape in the human brain. Such knowledge will allow earlier interventions in the future and better outcomes for autistic children.
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Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute’s Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory at McGill used artificial intelligence techniques and big data to develop an algorithm capable of recognizing the signatures of dementia two years before its onset. Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto, co-lead author of the study and Associate Professor in McGill’s departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, expects this technology will change the way physicians manage patients and accelerate treatment research into Alzheimer’s disease.
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For adolescents with a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes, the transition from pediatric to adult care is a vulnerable period when they tend to fall out of medical care. According to senior author of the study Dr. Meranda Nakhla, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at McGill University, more structure and guidance are needed to address gaps in transition care practice in Quebec.
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