Gestational diabetes: A diabetes predictor in fathers

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Gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, affects between three and 20 per cent of pregnant women. Those who develop gestational diabetes are seven times as likely to eventually develop type 2 diabetes in the years following pregnancy. Now, in a large study analyzing 20 years of data from Quebec, a team from the RI-MUHC has demonstrated that gestational diabetes signals future diabetes risk not only in mothers, but also in fathers.

Waiting for pleasure

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McGill researchers have identified the parts of the brain involved in decisions that call for delayed gratification. The discovery has implications for a range of neuropsychiatric disorders such as ADHD, eating disorders, and maladaptive behaviours related to drug use and gambling.

CFI invests $1.2 million to boost McGill research excellence

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More than $1.2 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) was announced today for infrastructure to support 12 innovative research projects at McGill. Professor Nicole Li, from the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Communications Sciences and Disorders, is one of the McGill researchers who will benefit from this funding. Prof. Li’s team is developing computational models to treat voice afflictions.

Coast-to-coast collaborative creation

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McGull alumni Aquil Virani celebrated Canada Day by unveiling his unique artwork, Canada Self Portrait, at Gallerie Mile End. And although he is the artist who created the six-foot-by-three-foot pen and ink piece, he couldn’t have done it without the help of some 800 or so friends from across the country.

$27M in NSERC funding for long-term research

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McGill will receive over $27 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for a wide range of long-term research projects, including studies on the texture of foods and biomaterials; holographic approaches to black holes; the treatment of malaria; and research into the role of sleep in the intellectual development of children.

McGill Dobson Cup awards $100,000 to promising start-ups

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After three months of mentorship and start-up plan pitches, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship rewarded over $100,000 in cash and other prizes to the winners of the 2015 McGill Dobson Cup Start-UP Competition. This year, a record 237 teams applied to the competition.

Kareem Ibrahim: “I want to tap into the McGill community’s potential”

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“University is a very formative time and there is so much potential for people to find their passion. But not everyone is afforded equal opportunity here. We’ve got a great Executive this year and we want to make sure every student can capitalize on the chances they are afforded,” says Kareem Ibrahim, new SSMU president. See what he has planned for the SSMU in the coming year.

Danielle Toccalino: Getting PGSS back on course

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Danielle Toccalino, a neuroscience student, the incoming Secretary-General of McGill’s Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) and a longtime student politician, is ready to take on what might be her biggest political challenge yet. The PGSS executive has suffered from internal strife over the past year – former Secretary-General Juan Camilo Pinto resigned in January – and it will be her job to keep the Society’s ship on course over the upcoming year.

Mission accomplished: Children’s moves to Glen

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Following on the heels of the April 26 transfer of the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Children’s Hospital successfully moved 66 young patients to the Glen site yesterday in a well-orchestrated operation. The move took just under four hours.

$1.65M grant to study environmental change

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McGill professor Andrew Hendry has been awarded an NSERC CREATE grant of $1.65 million to support training the next generation of environmental scientists in environmental monitoring, biodiversity surveying, and ecological impact assessments.