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The faculties of medicine of Université Laval, Université de Montréal, McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke support the intent of the government to optimize resources in Quebec’s health care system to improve access to family physicians and specialists. However, yesterday the faculties voiced deep concerns to the Commission de la santé et des services sociaux about the expected negative impact on the training of future physicians and the number of family physicians in the province.

Can you judge a man by his fingers?

Research and Discovery

Maybe you should take a good look at your partner’s fingers before putting a ring on one. Men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards women, and this unexpected phenomenon stems from the hormones these men have been exposed to in their mother’s womb, according to a new study by McGill researchers.

Association will strengthen links between McGill and retirees

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Despite the fact that McGill is one of Montreal’s largest employers and boasts upward of 2,000 retirees, it doesn’t have a pan-University association that serves former employees. But that is about to change, as the McGill University Retiree Association (MURA) is getting ready to open its doors to business.

New hope in the fight against pain

Research and Discovery

An international study led by scientists at McGill reports, for the first time, that drugs that selectively target the melatonin MT2 receptor represent a novel class of analgesic drugs that could be used to treat patients with neuropathic pain.

Revolutionary new probe extends survival times for brain cancer patients

Research and Discovery

Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a new cancer-detection method developed by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and Polytechnique Montréal. The collaborative team has created a powerful new intraoperative probe for detecting cancer cells. The hand-held Raman spectroscopy probe enables surgeons, for the first time, to accurately detect virtually all invasive brain cancer cells in real time during surgery.

McGill, Montreal pull together for students in aftermath of RVC fire

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When a fire broke out in the upper floor of Royal Victoria College’s West Wing on the morning of Feb. 10, it set in motion a chain of events that, in the end, ensured the safety of everyone, as the building was evacuated without incident. In the days following the fire, staff and administration have been hard at work to get students resettled with minimal disruption to their lives. The response of the McGill community and beyond is an example of how the worst situations often bring out the best in people.

Smoking thins vital part of brain

Research and Discovery

Years ago, children were warned that smoking could stunt their growth, but now a major study by an international team including the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and the University of Edinburgh shows new evidence that long-term smoking could cause thinning of the brain’s cortex. The cortex is the outer layer of the brain in which critical cognitive functions such as memory, language and perception take place. Interestingly, the findings also suggest that stopping smoking helps to restore at least part of the cortex’s thickness.

Fumer amincit une partie vitale du cerveau

Research and Discovery

Cela fait des années que les jeunes sont prévenus des méfaits de la consommation du tabac sur leur croissance. Voilà qu’une étude importante réalisée par une équipe internationale comprenant notamment l’Institut neurologique de Montréal de l’Université McGill et l’Université d’Édimbourg confirme que l’usage à long terme du tabac pourrait causer un amincissement du cortex cérébral. Le cortex est la couche extérieure du cerveau où ont lieu des fonctions cognitives cruciales comme la mémoire, le langage et la perception. Fait intéressant, les résultats de l’étude permettent de penser que cesser de fumer aide à rétablir au moins en partie l’épaisseur du cortex.

Two giants of medicine to receive honorary degrees

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McGill will present honorary degrees to two giants of medicine – Dr. Jonathan Meakins and Dr. James C. Hogg – next month at a scientific symposium being held jointly with the McGill University Health Centre in celebration of the opening of the Glen site.

Colleen Cook reappointed Dean of Libraries

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On Monday, February 2, 2015, McGill’s Board of Governors approved the reappointment of Colleen Cook as McGill’s Trenholme Dean of Libraries. Dean Cook’s second five-year term begins on September 1.