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A group of researchers led by Nicolas Cermakian (McGill University, Douglas Research Centre) and Nathalie Labrecque (Université de Montréal, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Research Centre) has just identified the mechanisms that control the function of specific immune cells, CD8 T lymphocytes, according to the time of day. This study will help to develop more efficient vaccination tools and should lead to new applications in immunotherapy against cancer.
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Approximately a year after the legalization of marijuana in Canada last fall, the new McGill Research Centre for Cannabis is poised to examine the role that legal cannabis will be playing in our society on many fronts. The trans-disciplinary centre, a partnership between six McGill faculties (Medicine, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Law, Science, Education, and Management) and the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute, has already initiated a number of research projects in fundamental and applied science. In a recent interview with the McGill News, MRCC director Carolyn Baglole, an associate professor of medicine, discussed the ambition and scope of the centre.
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How exactly does a normal cell become a tumour? This is what a team of researchers from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, the Rockefeller University and Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, have investigated in a recent study, using high throughput sequencing methods, which are genomic technologies used to process very large amount of data. They identified a new mechanistic relationship between epigenetic modifications of histones (a molecular component present in every nucleosome of every cell) and DNA. Their findings, published in Nature in September 2019, could help identify targets in the development of precision drugs designed to treat head and neck cancers, as well as genetic diseases such as Sotos and Tatton Brown-Rahamn Syndromes.
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McGill University is participating in a new research project titled Tête première (head first), led by the team of neuropsychologist Dr. Louis De Beaumont, a researcher at the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal research centre and a professor in the Department of Surgery at Université de Montréal. The project will assess the brain’s capacities to sustain blows to the head during a full university football season. To conduct the study, the team has enlisted 38 football players from the McGill University football team, the Carabins of Université de Montréal and the Concordia University Stingers to participate in the study from the outset of the new football season.
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Salmonella alone is responsible for approximately 93.8 million illnesses and 155,000 deaths annually. Combined with the emergence of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains, it is critical that researchers improve our understanding of the molecular details governing bacterial infections. This need led to a collaboration between the labs of Dr. Danielle Malo, Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Human Genetics at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine in Montreal and Dr. Ivan Dikic, Director of the Institute of Biochemistry II at Goethe University Frankfurt. The results of their initial work were recently published in the journal Nature Microbiology.
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Scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre have identified new criteria for the diagnosis of sarcopenia, a disease that causes loss of muscle mass and strength in the elderly. Replacing criteria established arbitrarily some twenty years ago, the thresholds proposed by the researchers could lead to better support for people affected by the disease and to the implementation of prevention strategies to delay its effects. The results of their study were published in July 2019 in the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle.
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Researchers have long been interested in the question of whether a correlation exists between one’s early-life environment and suicide rates, with studies on the topic dating back to the 1980s. A recent study led by researchers in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and published in Lancet Psychiatry, is the first that summarizes available evidence of the association of in-utero and perinatal factors with suicide risk.
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A new cohort of neuroscience researchers will push the boundaries at The Neuro, exploring brain function for the benefit of patients with neurological disease. The research experience they bring from institutions such as Northwestern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University will add to the rich mix of expertise we have at The Neuro.
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The move to single-patient rooms at the McGill University Health Centre’s Glen site in 2015 resulted in significantly reduced rates of hospital-acquired infections, suggests a study published today in the highly respected journal JAMA: Internal Medicine published by the American Medical Association.
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She didn’t know it at the time, but when Elif Bilgic answered a McGill classified ad in 2012 looking for participants to take part in a skills acquisition study led by Dr. Melina Vassiliou, this marked the beginning of her longstanding relationship with the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS Lab) at the Montreal General Hospital.
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