Lowering cholesterol early is key to preventing aortic valve disease – MUHC researchers

Research and Discovery

An international research team led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and Lund University has provided new evidence that aortic valve disease may be preventable. The findings show that so-called “bad” cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) is a cause of aortic valve disease – a serious heart condition that affects around five million people in North America and is the most common cause for valve replacement.

Hiring freeze will help McGill keep salary-increase promises – Masi


Imposing a hiring freeze for administrative staff at the University will help McGill to keep its promises and meet its obligations with regard to salary increases, while still respecting the provincial government’s demand that universities trim their administrative salary mass, Provost Anthony C. Masi told Open House forums on McGill’s financial situation held Monday.

Oct. 29: Redefining the concept of inclusive user experience on the Web

Four Burning Questions

Denis Boudreau, Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at Deque Systems, will deliver the 5th Rathlyn Lecture in Disability Studies on Oct. 29. The lecture is titled We are all disabled, or soon will be: Redefining the concept of inclusive user experience on the Web.

McGill conquers Concordia, claims fourth national baseball crown


Game MVP Tim Jones of Lake Jackson, Texas, gave himself a pretty special birthday gift with a complete game, eight-strikeout performance as McGill University cruised to a 6-1 victory over Concordia to capture the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association national championship, Sunday, at Gary Carter Field on the grounds of Trudeau Park.

Queen Victoria reigns supreme, off to finals of Canada’s Smartest Person


Victoria Leenders-Cheng, a Communications Officer in the Faculty of Law, made a huge comeback in the final event in her episode of CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person show to qualify for the finals, which will be aired on Nov. 23.

“I map, therefore I am.” The importance of location to modern Society

Four Burning Questions

D. R. Fraser Taylor, recipient of the 2014 Killam Prize, introduced the world to the power of cybercartography, an enhanced form of multimedia mapping. On October 28 at 5:30 Prof. Fraser will participate in a moderated discussion exploring the impact of cybercartography on trade and economic patterns, international development and the risk of homelessness.

Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Research and Discovery

Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, your brain is making decisions based more on a food’s caloric content.

$2.9M in funding to boost child and adolescent mental health research


Thanks to a significant gift of $2.9M from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation, hope is on the horizon through the expansion of a major collaboration to understand why some children are vulnerable to conditions like autism, attention deficit disorder and social anxiety, and what can be done to prevent these disorders before they take hold.

Helping save the Mi’gmaq language in Listuguj

Notes from the field

Douglas Gordon, an undergraduate linguistics major, spent his past summer in Listuguj, QC aiding the ongoing effort to revitalize the native Mi’gmaq language. He writes about the importance of such efforts and his enlightening experience in Listuguj.

Nobel winner has very fond memories of McGill


Earlier this week, fifty years after completing his Master’s at McGill and beginning his PhD in physiological psychology here, John O’Keefe was named co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in medicine. In an exclusive interview with the Reporter, O’Keefe remembers his time at McGill as “an incredibly exciting time.”