You can maintain a healthy weight and still eat, drink and be merry during the holidays


The holiday season is a great time for getting together with friends and indulging in bigger and more elaborate meals. But overdoing it isn’t wise, either; there’s no sense in ending up with Santa’s waistline. That’s why Patricia Urrico, a nutritionist at the Jewish General Hospital, has some tips for enjoying the celebrations and avoiding the post-New Year’s weight-gain blues.

Spreading the holiday cheer 3,000 cookies at a time

What's Cookin'

On Dec. 23, Oliver de Volpi, McGill’s Executive Chef, will be up to his elbows in flour as he and his team of volunteers from the McGill community (including students who can’t make it home for the holidays), prepare a giant batch of cookies to put a smile on the faces of Montreal’s less fortunate. The 3,000 cookies, including gingerbread and shortbread, will be donated to the Old Brewery Mission, along with other food items from McGill kitchens.

Parasites and the evolution of primate culture

Research and Discovery

Learning from others and innovation have undoubtedly helped advance civilization. But these behaviours can carry costs as well as benefits. And a new study by an international team of evolutionary biologists sheds light on how one particular cost – increased exposure to parasites – may affect cultural evolution in non-human primates.

Obesity may shorten life expectancy up to eight years

Research and Discovery

‘Tis the season to indulge. However, restraint may be best according to a new study led by investigators at McGill and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. Their findings show that overweight and obese individuals have the potential to decrease life expectancy by up to eight years.

Chris Ragan on ‘ecofiscal’ policies for Canada


Economics Prof. Christopher Ragan made headlines across the country last month with the launch of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, an independent group of 12 policy-savvy economists determined to promote fiscal changes that will benefit both the economy and the environment. Ragan came up with the idea for the commission and will serve as its chair. He sat down with the Reporter in his Leacock Building office to explain what he hopes it will accomplish over the next few years.

McGill welcomes new federal research fund


McGill has welcomed the official launch of a federally supported research fund. The $1.5 billion Canada First Research Excellence Fund, which was initially announced in the 2014 federal budget, will be governed by a Steering Committee comprised of the presidents of the three federal granting agencies and the deputy ministers of Health and Industry Canada.

Provost-designate Manfredi looking forward to tackling challenges

Entre Nous

Dean of Arts Christopher Manfredi was named by the Board of Governors on Tuesday as McGill’s next Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). A 26-year veteran of McGill, Manfredi, 55, has served as a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Chair of that Department and, since 2006, as Dean of Arts. He spoke to The Reporter about the challenges he faces and about his life and background.

Social media data contain pitfalls for understanding human behaviour

Research and Discovery

A growing number of academic researchers are mining social media data to learn about both online and offline human behaviour. In recent years, studies have claimed the ability to predict everything from summer blockbusters to fluctuations in the stock market. But mounting evidence of flaws in many of these studies points to a need for researchers to be wary of serious pitfalls that arise when working with huge social media data sets.

Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

Research and Discovery

People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers from McGill and the University of Edinburgh. Fragile X Syndrome is the most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders. It affects around 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 6,000 girls. Currently, there is no cure.

McGill student-athletes merit 17 scholarships at Quebec Foundation awards gala


Mariam Sylla, Cedric McNicoll and Katia Clement-Heydra highlighted a group of 17 McGill athletes who received bursaries at the 29thannual Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence awards gala, held at the Sheraton Laval on Nov. 25.