Taking stock of the world’s lakes

Research

McGill geographers have compiled the most complete global database of lakes to date. Their research promises to help scientists better understand the important role of lakes in the Earth’s complex environmental systems – from the hydrological cycle and weather patterns, to the transport, distribution or storage of pollutants and nutrients through the landscape.

MNI scientists receive major funding for ALS research

Research

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute who are playing key roles in uncovering the mechanisms underlying ALS will share in $3.9 million in research funding, part of $4.5 million announced on Nov. 23, by the ALS Society of Canada in partnership with Brain Canada.

Our sense of smell is influenced by culture

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When two people smell the same thing, they can have remarkably different reactions, depending on their cultural background. Researchers at The Neuro have found that even when two cultures share the same language and many traditions, their reactions to the same smells can be different.

Catching cachexia before it’s too late

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About one third of cancer patients die because of cachexia – an involuntary weight loss, characterized primarily by muscle wasting and metabolic changes, which cannot be addressed or treated solely with increased food intake. A study by researchers at the MUHC aims to save patient lives by giving doctors a practical tool to easily diagnose cachexia before it becomes irreversible.

Less is more in improved hip replacements

Research

Porous implants have the potential to extend life of hip replacements by mimicking the quality of real bones.

Why some dental implants work and others don’t

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A body of research from McGill led-teams indicates that in order to raise the odds that dental implants will attach properly, there are clear benefits to taking certain common medications and avoiding others.

RI-MUHC researchers discover new path to stop the spread of cancer

Research

Investigators from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and the Institute of Cancer Research, London, have discovered that some cancer cells can draw blood from existing mature blood vessels allowing them to continue to spread. These findings will immediately improve the lives and prognosis of patients with colon cancer, which has metastasized to the liver.

New Montreal Alzheimer’s Research for a Cure initiative to fund local research

Research

The first online fundraising program dedicated exclusively to supporting Montreal-based research into the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia was launched on Sept. 12.

Don’t scan so close to me

Research

What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazzolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”? Probably not much, to the casual listener. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two songs are highly similar. That’s one of the surprising findings of an unusual neuroscience study based on brain scans of the musician Sting.

Un chercheur de McGill explore le cerveau musical de Sting

Research

« Ces techniques de pointe nous ont littéralement permis de cartographier l’organisation de la musique dans le cerveau de Sting », explique le Pr Daniel Levitin, auteur principal et psychologue cognitiviste à McGill. « C’est capital, dans la mesure où tout l’art de la musique réside dans la capacité du cerveau d’assembler des sonorités pour façonner un paysage sonore. »