NSERC CREATE grants announced at McGill

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Earlier today, a total of $21.4 million in new grants from NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) was announced at a press conference held at McGill’s Bellini Building. Of the total, $1.6 million will go to McGill, to fund a six-year project led by Prof. Jake Barralet, who teaches experimental surgery in the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, and specializes in bioceramic applications within orthopaedics.

New Executive Director of McGill Athletics and Recreation named

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Marc Gélinas, a former Pittsburgh Pirate pitching prospect and a McGill alum with strong sports leadership background at both federal and provincial levels, has been appointed the new Executive Director of McGill Athletics and Recreation, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) Ollivier Dyens announced today.

Going the extra mile to fight TB

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March 24th marks World TB Day. Tuberculosis (TB) is curable and preventable but continues to affect more than 9 million people worldwide, and cause 1.5 million deaths every year according to the World Health Organization (WHO). For the past three years in Montreal, research leaders have been working together under the umbrella of the McGill International TB Centre to better understand, diagnose and treat TB and other mycobacterial diseases.

CAMSR reports on Divest McGill submission

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On Wednesday, March 23, McGill’s Board of Governors held a special meeting to discuss the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR)’s report on a submission made by the group Divest McGill in February 2015.

“Smart soles” in shoes to help patients recover from a broken hip

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MUHC researchers have developed a rehabilitation and e-learning program for hip fracture patients using a “smart” shoe sole which connects to a tablet to provide remote monitoring and coaching. This technology will guide patients and their families through the recovery period at home.

Over $2.4M in NSERC grants for McGill researchers

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As announced earlier today, five McGill researchers have been awarded over $2.4 million in NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for 2016. All five awards will fund projects working to either mitigate environmental impact or produce more efficient manufactured goods.

Former PM Paul Martin Jr. on campus to take part in colloquium

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Last Wednesday, Feb. 17, Paul Martin Jr., former Prime Minister of Canada, took part in a colloquium that cast light on links between Paul Martin Sr.’s political career and his Catholic background and education, as well as more broadly between the influence of Catholic intellectual thought and the Canadian Liberal tradition from Wilfrid Laurier to the mid-20th century.

MUNACA, McGill sign 3-year collective agreement

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On Feb. 9, 2016, The McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association and McGill signed a new collective agreement. Negotiations between the union and the university took just four short months – a real achievement in the complex world of labour negotiations – and the new contract will be in place until Nov. 30, 2018.

Andrew Potter named Director of MISC

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For Andrew Potter, yesterday’s announcement that he will be the Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC), effective August 1, brought him full circle back to the university where he earned his BA in Philosophy in 1993. Despite seven years of graduate work at U of T, says Potter, “I’ve always felt like a McGill man.”

Mapping the hippocampus in exacting detail

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A new detailed map of the hippocampal region of the brain is helping the scientific community accelerate research and develop better treatments for patients suffering from epilepsy and other neurological and psychiatric disorders.