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.

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.

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.”

The boys in the band need your votes!


McGill’s very own ‘Busty and the Bass’ has made it into the Top 100 of CBC’s ‘Rock Your Campus’ competition, the search for Canada’s top university band. The boys need your votes to help them win the grand prize: a huge concert put on by CBC on McGill campus.

McGill’s financial situation – October 2014, Q&A


An update on McGill’s financial situation.

Osteoporosis treatment may also benefit breast cancer patients

Research and Discovery

Treatment approaches to reduce the risk of bone complications (metastasis) associated with breast cancer may be one step closer to becoming a reality. According to a study led by a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, findings show that medication used to treat bone deterioration in post-menopausal women may also slow skeletal metastasis caused from breast cancer.