Educating the immune system to prevent allergies

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With the arrival of spring, millions of Canadians have begun their annual ritual of sneezing and wheezing due to seasonal allergies. A research team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre is bringing them hope with a potential vaccine that nudges the immune response away from developing allergies.

Board of Governors approves appointments of two new Deans

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The Board of Governors approved the appointment of two new Deans at its Tuesday meeting, continuing a process of renewal in the senior administration. Both are women and both have international academic backgrounds. Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, a Professor in Finance at George Washington University, will be new Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management. Anja Geitmann, a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Université de Montréal, will be the new Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald Campus)

Pension Fund 2014 performance

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The McGill University Pension Plan’s Balanced Account achieved an impressive gross rate of return of 10.1 per cent in 2014, capping off an excellent year for growth. A high-level summary of the Balanced Account’s performance as of December 31, 2014 is available.

McGill lauds research funding in latest federal budget

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Including significant spending on university-level research in the latest federal budget brought Finance Minister Joe Oliver (BA61/BCL64) praise from senior McGill administrators, including Principal Suzanne Fortier.

Skin cells for research into Parkinson’s

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A generous $1 million donation from Mr. J. Sebastian van Berkom, and critical partnerships with Brain Canada, Laval University, Marigold Foundation and the FRQS-Réseau Parkinson Quebec are driving an innovative, iPSC (induced pluripotent stem cell) research platform that will transform research into Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases.

March 19, 21: Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

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Opera McGill and the McGill Chamber Orchestra present a Puccini double-bill as part of the Lisl Wirth Black Box Festival. “Gianni Schicchi” and “Suor Angelica” will be performed on March 19 and 21 at 7:30 in Pollack Hall.

McGill goes all out for its very own March Mayhem competition

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Whether you’re a seasoned university sports fan or just discovering McGill’s amazing programs, the March Mayhem campaign is your chance to throw your support behind McGill’s Martlet hockey and basketball teams en route to their respective national championship tournaments. Both teams have been pitted against each other, with the winner being the team that’s able to raise the most money for their crowdfunding site during the month of March.

Who will rule the roost? Canadians asked to vote for national bird

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An online survey by Canadian Geographic is asking Canadians to vote for the bird they think belongs atop the perch as our national bird. Common loon? Snowy owl? Canada goose? David Bird, McGill’s longstanding expert on all things feathered, is championing the gray jay.

Neuroscience Dream Team to focus on brain, vision and brain trauma research

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Two teams of neuroscientists from the Centre for Research in Neuroscience and the McGill Vision Research Centre will work together for the first time as part of the transition at the RI-MUHC. The new merged team will work at unveiling the mysteries of brain wiring to better understand neurodevelopmental disorders such as amblyopia, autism, traumatic brain injury andschizophrenia.

Desautels BCom students to contribute over $500,000 to facilities

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In a historic vote on Feb. 5, the Desautels Faculty Management’s Undergraduate Society (MUS) successfully passed a motion at a student referendum to levy a $40 fee per semester over the next three years towards a new Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Student Space Improvement Fund. As a result, BCom students will have contributed over $500,000 by 2018 towards enhancement and construction of undergraduate space in the Bronfman Building.