In the 1950s, Canadian inventor George Klein built the first electric wheelchair – considered one of the greatest inventions in the history of Canadian science and engineering. Now Computer Engineering professor Joëlle Pineau is working on advancing Klein’s work with the next generation of user-friendly wheelchairs.
McGill will present Montreal-born conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin with an honorary degree. The University’s highest honour will be presented to Maestro Nézet-Séguin on May 14, at 3 p.m., at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.
The Weston Brain Institute awards over $30 million nationally for high-risk, high-reward translational research projects to help speed up the development of treatments for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. The Institute will help fund the work of five McGill researchers.
Mother Nature may have played a cruel, late winter trick on Montreal and McGill, forcing the University to cancel classes for the first time since the ice storm of 1998. But that didn’t stop McGill alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents from banding together online to support McGill24, the University’s second annual day of giving, which on Wednesday, March 15, raised a record-breaking $1.39 million on the strength of nearly 3,500 gifts.
This morning, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that McGill, the Jewish General Hospital and the McGill University Health Centre will receive $70.7 million for upgrades to research facilities and energy-saving renovations. The Quebec government will provide an additional $5.1 million toward the projects.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation has awarded McGill researchers over $4.5 million for state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities. The funding will enable our world-class researchers to further innovate in areas as diverse as personalized medicine in the fight against ovarian cancer, 3D printing to generate artificial organs, developing responses to environmental pollution and manufacturing better devices for clean energy generation and storage.
A recent commentary written by McGill’s Dr. Jonathan Kimmelman and colleagues, argues that some painful procedures used in clinical trials, such as serial biopsies of patients with advanced cancer seeking treatment are not well thought out, leading to unnecessary burden for patients in trials.
Beatrice Yeung is the most recent addition to McGill’s long list of Rhodes Scholars. That brings McGill’s complement to this year’s crop of Rhodes scholars to three.
Ottawa just got a little redder, McGill red that is. Last week, four members of the McGill community were appointed parliamentary secretaries and two current students were named to the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.
Louis Arseneault has been appointed the new Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations). Arseneault is the former Vice-President – Talent Attraction, Promotion and Communications of Montréal International, a non-profit economic development agency. His five-year term begins February 1, 2017.