Newsroom - News releases /newsroom/channels_item/8 en Systemic sclerosis is on the rise in Quebec, especially in children, study finds /newsroom/node/311329 <p>The number of new cases of systemic sclerosis (SSc) is on the rise in Quebec, particularly among children, a new study has found.</p> <p>The findings, published <i>in The Lancet Regional Health – Americas</i>, should serve as a call to action for health-care providers, policy-makers and researchers, suggests Elena Netchiporouk, corresponding author and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at ϲ University.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2024 19:29:46 +0000 ϲ University A treatment for anorexia nervosa? /newsroom/node/311140 <p>A ϲ University-led research team working in collaboration with a French team (CNRS, INSERM and Sorbonne university) believes it has identified both the neurological mechanism underlying anorexia nervosa as well as a possible cure.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2024 14:19:45 +0000 ϲ University Cutting-edge technology detects nanoplastics in water – instantly /newsroom/node/310812 <p>A ϲ-led research team has developed the first real-time, on-site technology capable of detecting and deciphering nanoplastics from all other particles in water, a capacity akin to being able to find a needle in a haystack within milliseconds.</p> <p>Microplastic pieces are between 1 micrometre and 5 millimetres, roughly equivalent to a grain of rice. Nanoplastics are far tinier - a single nanometre is just 0.000001 millimetres. For comparison, a human hair is approximately 80,000–100,000 nanometers wide.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2024 17:50:18 +0000 ϲ University Treasures beneath the ocean floor? Seawater plays role in gold formation /newsroom/node/310629 <p>Understanding how gold forms is crucial for knowing where to find it and how to extract it sustainably. ϲ researchers have answered a long-standing question in geology that could lead to new ore discoveries.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2024 19:28:46 +0000 ϲ University How climate change is affecting where species live /newsroom/node/310618 <p>As the climate warms, many species are on the move, raising new challenges for policy-makers around the world. Shifts in the ranges of mosquitoes and disease-bearing ticks and bats are introducing illnesses such as malaria and Lyme disease into regions where health-care systems are unprepared. Movements of commercially important fish from one jurisdiction to another are shifting job opportunities and causing trade disputes.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2024 14:19:37 +0000 ϲ University The 10 Montreal intersections cyclists say are most dangerous /newsroom/node/310616 <p>This spring, over 1,500 cyclists participated in a survey by Transportation Research at ϲ <a href="" target="_blank">(TRAM)</a> to identify dangerous intersections for cyclists in Montreal. A <a href="" target="_blank">new policy brief </a>reveals the 10 most mentioned spots.</p> <p>The researchers say there is a critical need for safer cycling infrastructure, to promote sustainable travel and prevent fatal collisions caused by poor road design.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2024 19:17:08 +0000 ϲ University The ‘15-minute city’ might not be realistic for North America, researchers find /newsroom/node/310608 <p>In the “15-minute city,” a concept popularized in Europe, everything a resident might need on a daily basis is a short walk or bicycle ride away. A study by Transportation Research at ϲ University (TRAM) suggests, however, that this model may not be easily achieved in large North American cities such as Montreal.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2024 19:15:07 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University announces a new tuition initiative for Indigenous students /newsroom/node/310610 <p>Beginning in the Fall of 2024, ϲ University will cover tuition and mandatory fees for Indigenous students who are members of local/proximate First Nation communities as well as Indigenous students learning within programs delivered through Indigenous partnership agreements within the School of Social Work, the School of Continuing Studies and the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2024 14:12:19 +0000 ϲ University Teens with behavioural problems, particularly girls, more likely to sext: study /newsroom/node/310605 <p>It’s important that programs promoting safer sexting behaviours consider the specific needs of adolescents with behavioural problems, a <a href="">new study</a> by ϲ University researchers suggests.</p> <p>Adolescents with behavioural problems engage in elevated levels of sexting compared with their peers without such problems. While this is the case both for male and female teens, the researchers found, the link was stronger for the young women.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2024 14:24:05 +0000 ϲ University ‘Doom spiral’ a risk for public transit in post-pandemic era /newsroom/node/310590 <p>A new study from ϲ University warns that cutting public transit service could lead to a "doom spiral" resulting in a collapse of the system.</p> <p>The researchers describe a vicious circle in which service cuts brought on by budget deficits drive transit users away; this drop in ridership triggers additional service cuts, which lead to further declines in usage.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2024 16:06:13 +0000 ϲ University Many health-care providers are ill-equipped to recognize pain in abused children /newsroom/node/310584 <p>Many health-care professionals are ill-equipped to assess pain in children who have suffered abuse, a new study by ϲ researchers suggests. This can lead to inadequate pain treatment, making the physical and emotional effects of abuse even worse.</p> <p>"Our findings show a critical need for training programs for health-care providers about the effects of child maltreatment,” said Matthew Baker, the study's lead author and a PhD student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at ϲ.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2024 14:51:34 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University issues updated offer to ϲ members of the encampment, calls for return to good-faith discussions /newsroom/node/310582 <p>Despite the walkout by encampment representatives from discussions, ϲ remains steadfast in its commitment to an open and transparent dialogue conducted in good faith. <b>Yesterday, the University extended an updated offer to members of its community in the encampment, going beyond previous proposals</b>.</p> <p>This continued effort to reach a peaceful resolution to the encampment, which has been in place on the lower field for over six weeks, comes in addition to the University’s renewed suggestion to appoint a <b>neutral third-party mediator</b> to facilitate discussions.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:50:25 +0000 ϲ University Government of Canada invests $6M in climate change adaptation and interdisciplinary research at ϲ /newsroom/node/310577 <p> <i>Two ϲ-led climate change mitigation projects receive funding from the New Frontiers in Research</i><i> </i><i>Fund’s (NFRF) International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition.</i> <i>Thirteen researchers receive grants through the NFRF Exploration Competition.</i></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2024 17:55:03 +0000 ϲ University Two ϲ Projects selected for funding by Genome Canada /newsroom/node/310571 <p><i>Quebec-based projects awarded over half of the total national allotment, demonstrating the province’s strength in the transformative science of genomics</i></p> Thu, 30 May 2024 18:23:56 +0000 ϲ University ϲ project awarded $1.7 million to mitigate housing crisis and climate change /newsroom/node/310566 <p>As Canada faces the dual challenges of contending with a housing crisis at the same time as facing the impacts of severe climate change, the need to find innovative and practical solutions remains one of the nation’s highest priorities. ϲ’s Professor Daniele Malomo was recently awarded $1.7 million by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) for a proposed solution that addresses both problems.</p> Wed, 29 May 2024 18:29:09 +0000 ϲ University Battery breakthrough could usher in greener, cheaper electric vehicles /newsroom/node/310564 <p>The global shift to electric vehicles is gaining momentum, yet the extraction of battery materials has a significant environmental footprint that comes with high costs.</p> <p>Now, two groundbreaking studies led by ϲ University researchers offer hope in the search to manufacture cheaper and greener lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs).</p> <p>Their findings unlock the potential to produce batteries using more sustainable and less costly metals, known as disordered rock-salt-type (DRX) cathode materials.</p> Tue, 28 May 2024 18:39:01 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University celebrates graduates and honorary doctorate recipients at 2024 spring convocation /newsroom/node/310561 <p>As part of this year’s Spring Convocation celebrations, ϲ University will confer honorary degrees upon ten inspirational individuals, five of whom are from Quebec.</p> <p>Leaders in their respective fields, these honorary doctorates stand as examples of creativity, compassion, dedication, service, and a pioneering spirit. They represent a diverse array of leaders whose contributions span disciplines, industries, and continents.</p> Mon, 27 May 2024 16:02:30 +0000 ϲ University Sustainable Data Science Training Program awarded $1.65 M from NSERC CREATE /newsroom/node/310496 <p>Today, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)<a href=""> announced </a>more than $26 million in funding for <a href="">16 new training initiatives</a> through its <a href="">Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE)</a> program.</p> Thu, 16 May 2024 14:35:33 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University’s Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences and Welcome Hall Mission celebrate Jim Lund Dental Clinic expansion /newsroom/node/310484 <p>ϲ University’s <a href="/dentistry/">Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences</a> and the Welcome Hall Mission celebrated the completion of the Jim Lund Dental Clinic expansion project, which started in October 2023.</p> <p>Established in 2011 in partnership with the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, the Jim Lund Dental Clinic at Welcome Hall Mission has long been recognized for its commitment to helping Montrealers in need with free dental care.</p> Tue, 07 May 2024 19:42:18 +0000 ϲ University Study underscores new strategies to fight drug-resistant bacteria /newsroom/node/310482 <p>Several billion years ago, a genetic arms race began between bacteria and their viral killers. This seemingly eternal struggle continues today, with implications for diseases killing tens of thousands of people around the world each year.</p> Tue, 07 May 2024 18:42:00 +0000 ϲ University Huit universités montréalaises s’unissent pour accélérer l'action climatique et renforcer la résilience de la métropole /newsroom/node/310478 <p><strong>Montréal, 7 mai 2024 —</strong> Aujourd’hui, dans le cadre du Sommet Climat Montréal, huit institutions universitaires montréalaises — l’École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), HEC Montréal, l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Polytechnique Montréal, l’Université ϲ, l’Université Concordia, l'Université de Montréal (UdeM) et l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) — s’engagent à collaborer pour accélérer l’action climatique de la collectivité montréalaise en partageant leurs savoirs et leurs pratiques, tout en faisant preuve d’exemplarité dans la réduction d</p> Tue, 07 May 2024 13:25:23 +0000 ϲ University Eating the way we do hurts us and the planet, study finds /newsroom/node/310474 <p>In an age of abundance and variety in food options, are Canadians eating better than they were half a century ago? According to <a href="">a recent paper</a> by researchers at ϲ University and the International Food Policy Research Institute, those relying on Canada’s food supply for their dietary needs not only face deficiencies in healthier alternatives, but they also contribute to the disproportionate levels of environmental degradation caused by Canadian agricultural and food distribution policies.</p> Mon, 06 May 2024 14:48:41 +0000 ϲ University McCall MacBain Scholars Announces Class of 2024 /newsroom/node/310465 <p>The McCall MacBain Scholarships at ϲ today announced its fourth cohort of recipients, beneficiaries of a landmark $200 million gift made in 2019 by John and Marcy McCall MacBain. At the time, it was the largest single donation in Canadian history.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2024 18:19:43 +0000 ϲ University Weeding out the dealers in Canada’s cannabis market /newsroom/node/310459 <p>It's been five years since Canada stepped into the forefront of cannabis legalization, setting a significant precedent in the realm of drug policy. With Canada and 24 US states now embracing recreational cannabis, the battle against the illegal market remains a key concern, one highlighted in the federal government's<a href=""> final report on the Cannabis Act.</a></p> Thu, 25 Apr 2024 13:43:49 +0000 ϲ University Ehab Abouheif named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science /newsroom/node/310453 <p><a href="/biology/ehab-abouheif">Ehab Abouheif</a>, James ϲ Professor in the Department of Biology at ϲ, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the highest distinctions in the global science community, which recognizes contributions to science and technology, scientific leadership, and extraordinary achievements across disciplines.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2024 14:11:25 +0000 ϲ University Divisive diagnosis raised in George Floyd case under scrutiny /newsroom/node/310451 <p>A movement to discredit a controversial medical diagnosis is being bolstered by a new study out of ϲ University. Excited delirium describes a state of agitation, aggression, and distress and has become a common defense to counter charges of police brutality. In the case of George Floyd, the syndrome was initially used as a legal defense for the Minneapolis police officer charged in his death.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2024 16:04:35 +0000 ϲ University Clearing the air: wind farms more land efficient than previously thought /newsroom/node/310445 <p>Wind power is a source of energy that is both affordable and renewable.</p> <p>However, decision-makers have been reluctant to invest in wind energy due to a perception that wind farms require a lot of land compared to electric power plants driven by fossil fuels. Research led by ϲ University and based on the assessment of the land-use of close to 320 wind farms in the U.S. (the largest study of its kind) paints a very different picture.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 15:39:16 +0000 ϲ University Millions of gamers advance biomedical research /newsroom/node/310425 <p>Leveraging gamers and video game technology can dramatically boost scientific research according to a new study published today in <a name="_Hlk163575315" id="_Hlk163575315"></a><a href=""><i>Nature Biotechnology</i></a><i>.</i></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2024 14:04:19 +0000 ϲ University Campus garden initiatives can help grow the next generation of environmental change-makers /newsroom/node/310420 <p>For many Canadians, one of the most visible climate impacts is on the availability and cost of the food we eat as climate change, global crises and profit-driven food companies have combined to drive food insecurity. Amid this crisis, students are sowing seeds of change on university campuses across the country, including at ϲ.</p> <p>Student-led food initiatives such as campus gardens, food waste diversion projects, and community food security partnerships are on the rise and are a proven way of localizing climate action and transforming food systems.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2024 14:37:46 +0000 ϲ University Study finds weak link between adolescent media use and psychotic experiences in adulthood /newsroom/node/310415 <p>As digital media becomes an increasing part of daily life for teens, the question of how heightened screen time will impact their brains in the future is becoming more pressing.</p> <p>A group of researchers at ϲ University has set out to determine whether the use of video games, computers and other media during adolescence was associated with psychotic experiences in adulthood.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2024 16:58:27 +0000 ϲ University A promising discovery in a rare neurodegenerative disease /newsroom/node/310391 <p>Imagine being middle aged and starting to feel that you are off balance a lot and that you are having a hard time coordinating your movements. Those are among the symptoms of Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6, known as SCA6, a rare neurodegenerative disease which typically appears in adulthood and worsens over time. Over time, other problems such as slurred speech and difficulty seeing or seeing double, may also appear. It is estimated that fewer than 5,000 people in the US have the condition, which is the result of genetic mutations in the cerebellum.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2024 03:17:30 +0000 ϲ University Using pulp and paper waste to scrub carbon from emissions /newsroom/node/310380 <p>Researchers at ϲ University have come up with an innovative approach to improve the energy efficiency of carbon conversion, using waste material from pulp and paper production. The technique they’ve pioneered using the Canadian Light Source at the University of Saskatchewan not only reduces the energy required to convert carbon into useful products, but also reduces overall waste in the environment.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2024 18:08:04 +0000 ϲ University A roadmap to improving healthcare disparities in northern Quebec /newsroom/node/310382 <p>Indigenous communities in northern Quebec face significant hurdles to healthcare access. The Nunavik region is remote, with limited transportation options and extreme weather conditions. As a result, its population faces lower life expectancy and poorer health outcomes.</p> <p>New findings from ϲ University provide a blueprint to address Nunavik’s urgent healthcare needs by offering concrete evidence for discussions with policymakers.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2024 18:48:12 +0000 ϲ University More than 2M Quebecers don’t have access to primary care: OurCare report /newsroom/node/310374 <p>More than two million people in Quebec don’t have access to primary care, the front door to the healthcare system, according to the newly released <a href="">OurCare report on Canada</a>. This is among the worst rates in the country, the report states.</p> <p>To address a medical system that’s facing an aging and growing population, the OurCare report – developed in collaboration with ϲ University researchers – focuses on the public’s expectations when it comes to defining good primary care and what policy changes they recommend to shape the system.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2024 15:44:17 +0000 ϲ University Prize-winning scholars advocate for immigrant women, killer whales and a balanced society /newsroom/node/310376 <p>ϲ University is pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of the 2024 <a href="/newsroom/faculty-and-staff/principals-prize">President’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media</a>. The Prize was created to recognize outstanding achievement among those who share their knowledge on a vast range of subjects with the media and the public. This year, there were applicants from 11 of the 12 faculties, a sign that sharing knowledge and a love of learning continue to be embedded in ϲ’s DNA.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2024 19:01:25 +0000 ϲ University Species diversity promotes ecosystem stability /newsroom/node/310370 <p>What maintains stability within an ecosystem and prevents a single best competitor from displacing other species from a community? Does ecosystem stability depend upon the presence of a wide variety of species, as early ecologists believed, or does diversity do the exact opposite, and lead to instability, as modern theory predicts?</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2024 15:55:25 +0000 ϲ University ϲ becomes oldest university in Canada to receive Platinum STARS sustainability rating /newsroom/node/309976 <p>Thanks to the efforts of the ϲ community, the University has become the oldest in Canada, in terms of infrastructure, to receive a Platinum STARS rating for sustainability. The achievement is the highest rating available from one of the most broadly recognized programs to measure sustainability performance in higher education.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2024 16:16:30 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers awarded over $12 million in NSERC Alliance grants /newsroom/node/309969 <p><em>Federal funding program supported 59 research projects in cleantech, astrophysics, medtech, and more. </em></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2024 14:41:18 +0000 ϲ University Seventeen ϲ researchers announced as Canada Research Chairs /newsroom/node/309971 <p><em>From health and disability law to the emerging field of regenerative medicine, seventeen ϲ scholars named to new or renewed Canada Research Chairs positions across diverse fields </em></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2024 14:40:23 +0000 ϲ University $107.5 million for eight innovative research projects led by ϲ /newsroom/node/309965 <p align="center"><i>The Government of Canada makes major investment in research infrastructure through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Innovation Fund competition.</i></p> <p>Today at the Université de Montréal, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced the results of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Innovation Fund (IF) 2023 competition.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2024 14:33:06 +0000 ϲ University A model for the evolution of intelligence /newsroom/node/308746 <p>When certain species of wild birds and primates discover new ways of finding food in the wild, it can serve to measure their flexibility and intelligence.</p> <p>In the largest experimental study ever conducted on this topic, a team of researchers from Rockefeller University headed by postdoctoral fellow Jean-Nicolas Audet have shown, in collaboration with ϲ’s Louis Lefebvre, that foraging problems requiring overcoming obstacles, such as removing the lid off a container of food, are the only predictors of brain size and innovative behaviour in the wild.</p> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 18:24:32 +0000 ϲ University Small dietary changes can cut your carbon footprint by 25% /newsroom/node/308646 <p>The latest <a href="">Canada’s Food Guide</a> presents a paradigm shift in nutrition advice, nixing traditional food groups, including meat and dairy, and stressing the importance of plant-based proteins. Yet, the full implications of replacing animal with plant protein foods in Canadians’ diets are unknown.</p> Mon, 26 Feb 2024 15:42:24 +0000 ϲ University Study sheds light on how neurotransmitter receptors transport calcium, a process linked with origins of neurological disease /newsroom/node/308412 <p>A <a href="">new study</a> from a team of ϲ University and Vanderbilt University researchers is shedding light on our understanding of the molecular origins of some forms of autism and intellectual disability.</p> Fri, 23 Feb 2024 20:01:55 +0000 ϲ University ϲ launches legal challenge against government measures /newsroom/node/308392 <p>Following a unanimous vote at a special Board meeting on February 15, ϲ University today launched a legal challenge against two measures announced by the Government of Quebec on December 14, 2023:</p> Fri, 23 Feb 2024 15:03:17 +0000 ϲ University Is it possible to predict when prejudice will occur? /newsroom/node/308226 <p>What if it were possible to use a scientific model to predict hate crimes, protests, or conflict? Researchers at ϲ University and University of Toronto have begun the groundwork to develop a formal predictive model of prejudice, similar to meteorological weather predictions.</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 16:36:45 +0000 ϲ University Can hunger be eradicated by 2030? /newsroom/node/308302 <p>World hunger is growing at an alarming rate, with prolonged conflicts, climate change, and COVID-19 exacerbating the problem. In 2022, the World Food Programme helped a record 158 million people. On this trajectory, the United Nations’ goal to eradicate hunger by 2030 appears increasingly unattainable. New research at ϲ University shines the spotlight on a significant piece of the puzzle: international food assistance.</p> Thu, 22 Feb 2024 14:10:17 +0000 ϲ University Fighting the flu: The surprising power of a century-old vaccine for tuberculosis /newsroom/node/308298 <p>As Canada’s flu season collides with record strep A cases and ongoing COVID-19 concerns, a new study is shedding light on our understanding of respiratory immune responses. Scholars from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have discovered a surprising facet about a century-old vaccine for tuberculosis, Bacillus Calmette Guérin (BCG).</p> Thu, 22 Feb 2024 13:53:04 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researcher receives 2024 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship /newsroom/node/308068 <p>Today, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced the selection of 126 extraordinary early-career researchers as recipients of the 2024 Sloan Research Fellowship. Amongst the recipients is Courtney Y. Paquette, (Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics). Candidates are nominated by their colleagues, and winning fellows are selected by independent panels of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate’s research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field. Winners receive a two-year, $75,000 fellowship to further their research.</p> Mon, 19 Feb 2024 21:04:29 +0000 ϲ University Energy poverty in Canada /newsroom/node/308044 <p>As many as one in five Canadian households can be considered to be in energy poverty, according to researchers from ϲ University. Energy poverty occurs when households cannot afford or access the levels of energy necessary to meet their daily needs, live decent lives, and maintain healthy indoor temperatures all year round. More Canadians potentially suffer from energy poverty than from food insecurity.</p> Mon, 19 Feb 2024 15:12:08 +0000 ϲ University Uncertainty in measuring biodiversity change could hinder progress towards global targets for nature /newsroom/node/307802 <p>More than ever before, there is a growing interest in dedicating resources to stop the loss of biodiversity, as recently exemplified by the <a href="//Users/../../../../../../../Users/andy/Downloads/The%2520GBF%2520focuses%2520on%2520understanding%2520why%2520biodiversity%2520is%2520declining%2520and%2520what%2520actions%2520are%2520needed%2520to%2520reverse%2520this%2520trend.%2520However,%2520implementing%2520the%2520plan%2520is%2520challenging%2520because%2520information%2520about%2520biodiversity%2520changes%2520is%2520not%2520evenly%2520available%2520everywhere,%2520meaning%2520that%25&lt;/body&gt;&lt;/html&gt;"></a></p> Fri, 16 Feb 2024 19:41:59 +0000 ϲ University Pierre Boivin named 21st Chancellor of ϲ University /newsroom/node/307704 <p>The Board of Governors of ϲ University approved the nomination of <b>Pierre Boivin</b> as the University’s 21st Chancellor. Mr. Boivin has been appointed for a three-year term, beginning on July 1, 2024. He will succeed Chancellor John McCall MacBain, whose current term will end on June 30, 2024. His nomination stems from a rigorous process that was launched last summer by the Nominating, Governance and Ethics Committee.</p> Thu, 15 Feb 2024 15:07:19 +0000 ϲ University New understanding of avian eggshell attachment /newsroom/node/307702 <div> <div></div></div> Wed, 14 Feb 2024 02:25:13 +0000 ϲ University A new era in wound care /newsroom/node/307695 <p>Hydrogels are engineered materials, which absorb and retain water and are currently used in various medical treatments, including dressing wounds. The problem with current hydrogels is that they adhere indiscriminately to all surfaces, which means that wound dressing can potentially damage delicate tissue as it is healing.</p> Fri, 09 Feb 2024 16:57:00 +0000 ϲ University Surprising new evidence on happiness and wealth /newsroom/node/307690 <p>Global polls typically show that people in industrialized countries where incomes are relatively high report greater levels of satisfaction with life than those in low-income countries.</p> <p>But now the first large-scale survey to look at happiness in small, non-industrialized communities living close to nature paints quite a different picture.</p> <p><b>Looking at happiness in non-industrialized settings</b></p> Thu, 08 Feb 2024 14:27:06 +0000 ϲ University Are environmental toxins putting future generations at risk? /newsroom/node/307686 <p>In a study that signals potential reproductive and health complications in humans, now and for future generations, researchers from ϲ University, the University of Pretoria, Université Laval, Aarhus University, and the University of Copenhagen, have concluded that fathers exposed to environmental toxins, notably DDT, may produce sperm with health consequences for their children.</p> <p>The decade-long research project examined the impact of DDT on the sperm epigenome of South African Vhavenda and Greenlandic Inuit men, some of whom live in Canada’s North.</p> Mon, 05 Feb 2024 20:48:35 +0000 ϲ University ‘LOVE’ is all you need: How play can help break the cycle of violence /newsroom/node/307681 <p>In Canada, only 1 in 5 children who need mental health services receive them. Clinical and psychiatric programs, while effective, can involve long wait times and prohibitive costs. A new study involving ϲ University researchers points to a solution to fill the gap: a low-cost, community-based program that has seen inspiring results.</p> Fri, 02 Feb 2024 14:36:44 +0000 ϲ University ϲ study finds that some Canadians may still be at risk of Genetic Discrimination despite new federal law /newsroom/node/307656 <p>As Canadians share more and more genetic data with service providers such as insurance companies or databases like, the potential for discrimination based on this data is growing. Known as Genetic Discrimination (GD), this practice is broadly defined as the differential treatment of an individual compared to the rest of the population based on actual or presumed genetic information.</p> Tue, 30 Jan 2024 16:16:06 +0000 ϲ University AI meets citizen science to unlock the nature of storytelling /newsroom/node/307591 <p>A new project led by ϲ University researchers seeks to understand one of humanity’s oldest practices and most powerful tools—storytelling. From ancient oral traditions to modern-day literature and digital narratives, storytelling is an essential part of the lived experience that is not yet fully understood. ‘The Lives of Literary Characters’ is a first-of-its-kind initiative, harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) and the collective wisdom of readers worldwide to explore the question: why do we tell stories?</p> Tue, 16 Jan 2024 17:53:14 +0000 ϲ University What can today's architects learn from a lost ventilation system used in 19th century building design? /newsroom/node/307607 <p>As the COVID-19 pandemic raises questions about efficient ventilation and the climate crisis threatens to exacerbate extreme temperatures, efficient building design is front of mind for today’s architects. But what can we learn from architectural techniques that were developed more than 100 years ago?</p> Fri, 19 Jan 2024 20:28:26 +0000 ϲ University M87* One Year Later: Proof of a persistent black hole shadow /newsroom/node/307597 <p>The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, including Professor Daryl Haggard at ϲ University, <a href="">has released new images of M87*</a>, the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy Messier 87, using data from observations taken in April 2018. With the participation of the newly commissioned Greenland Telescope and a dramatically improved recording rate across the array, the 2018 observations give us a view of the source independent from the first observations in 2017.</p> Wed, 17 Jan 2024 21:14:37 +0000 ϲ University What Zebra mussels can teach us about combatting invasive species, developing sustainable materials /newsroom/node/307594 <p>A recent study from researchers in Canada and Germany has revealed that an unlikely event, occurring over 12 million years ago played an important role in shaping one of Canada’s most damaging invasive species. Zebra and quagga mussels, belonging to the Dreissenid family, are widespread freshwater invasive species throughout North America that present a significant danger to native ecosystems by competing for resources. Using a fibrous anchor called a byssus, Dreissenid mussels contribute to biofouling on surfaces and obstruct intake structures in power stations and water treatment plants.</p> Wed, 17 Jan 2024 20:04:37 +0000 ϲ University How does owning a mobile phone impact infant health? /newsroom/node/307588 <p>Every year an estimated 20 million babies worldwide are born with low birth weight, according to the World Health Organization, leading to a wide range of significant short- and long-term consequences. And though you may think the obvious answer is greater emphasis on food and nutrition for pregnant women, leading ϲ University researchers are proposing an unexpected solution: the cellphone.</p> Tue, 16 Jan 2024 16:50:58 +0000 ϲ University Discovery unravels the mystery of a rare bone disease /newsroom/node/307586 <p>A ϲ-led team of researchers have made an important discovery shedding light on the genetic basis of a rare skeletal disorder. The study, published in <i>Nature Communications</i>, reveals that a defect in a specific gene (heterozygous variants in the matrix Gla protein, or MGP) may cause a disorder that affects the structure of connective tissues that supports the body.</p> Tue, 16 Jan 2024 15:46:53 +0000 ϲ University New paper explores four nearby fast radio burst sources /newsroom/node/307579 <p>Fleeting blasts of energy from space, known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), are a cosmic enigma. A Canadian-led international team of researchers has published new findings suggesting that supernovae are the predominant contributors to forming sources that eventually produce FRBs.</p> Wed, 10 Jan 2024 19:07:46 +0000 ϲ University Stuck in traffic: Researchers identify cellular traffic jams in a rare disease /newsroom/node/307577 <p>Researchers from ϲ University, led by Professor Alanna Watt of the Department of Biology, have identified previously unknown changes in brain cells affected by a neurological disease. Their <a href="">research</a>, published in <i>eLife,</i> could pave the way to future treatments for the disease.</p> Wed, 10 Jan 2024 15:56:10 +0000 ϲ University Secrets of a Hot Saturn and its Spotted Star Unlocked by ϲ, Université de Montréal Astronomers /newsroom/node/307572 <p>Exoplanets, planets located beyond our Solar System, captivate both scientists and the public, holding the promise of unveiling diverse planetary systems and potentially habitable worlds. Despite being very much not like our Earth, large gas giant planets found very close to their stars have proven to be ideal test targets for telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to refine astronomers’ methods of understanding exoplanets.</p> Fri, 05 Jan 2024 16:47:02 +0000 ϲ University How does one species become many? /newsroom/node/307568 <p>Evolutionary biologists have long suspected that the diversification of a single species into multiple descendent species – that is, an “adaptive radiation” – is the result of each species adapting to a different environment. Yet formal tests of this hypothesis have been elusive owing to the difficulty of firmly establishing the relationship between species traits and evolutionary “fitness” for a group of related species that recently diverged from a common ancestral species.</p> Thu, 04 Jan 2024 15:16:32 +0000 ϲ University Does Canada’s food guide provide adequate guidance for older adults? /newsroom/node/307574 <p>The latest <a href="">Canada’s food guide</a> recommendations are primarily aimed at reducing chronic disease risk, however how well does our national guide for healthy eating serve the nutritional needs of all Canadians?</p> Mon, 08 Jan 2024 14:48:52 +0000 ϲ University ICYMI: 2023 research round up /newsroom/node/307565 <h2> </h2> <p><img height="345" width="500" class="media-element file-extra-large no-float" src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/styles/wysiwyg_extra_large/public/alien_life_4.png?itok=Ggj7j-mM" alt="" /></p> Thu, 21 Dec 2023 14:50:39 +0000 ϲ University Childhood trauma increases risk of chronic pain in adulthood /newsroom/node/307563 <p><!-- x-tinymce/html --></p> <p>Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or neglect, either alone or combined with other types of childhood trauma, increases the risk of chronic pain and related disability in adulthood, according to new research. The findings from an international team of experts, including several ϲ University researchers, underscore the urgency of addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – potentially traumatic events that occur before 18 years of age – and taking steps to mitigate their long-term impact on people’s health.  </p> Wed, 20 Dec 2023 21:08:38 +0000 ϲ University The stomach bug that may raise your risk of Alzheimer’s disease /newsroom/node/307557 <p><!-- x-tinymce/html --></p> <p>A common stomach bacteria found in two thirds of the world population may be linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.</p> Mon, 18 Dec 2023 19:27:57 +0000 ϲ University ϲ launches Canada Award to offset tuition increase for Canadian undergraduate students /newsroom/node/307559 <p>ϲ University is launching a $3,000 <a href="/undergraduate-admissions/canada-award">Canada Award</a> to offset tuition increases for Canadian undergraduate students from outside Quebec in certain disciplines. Approximately 80% of new Canadian students from outside Quebec coming to ϲ will be eligible for the new award.</p> Tue, 19 Dec 2023 17:34:30 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University divests from direct holdings in Carbon Underground 200 fossil-fuel companies; announces new socially responsible investment commitments /newsroom/node/307534 <p>ϲ University will divest from all direct holdings in fossil-fuel companies listed in the Carbon Underground 200 (CU200) for implementation in 2024 and completion in 2025 – one of eight commitments announced today in Phase 2 of the University’s results-driven socially responsible investment strategy.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2023 19:33:15 +0000 ϲ University ϲ calls on Premier Legault to reverse decision, citing devastating effects on Quebec and the University /newsroom/node/307532 <p>ϲ is calling on Premier François Legault to immediately reverse the government measures released today and go back to the drawing board.</p> <p>“These policies are unacceptable. They are incoherent, not based on data and will not meet the stated objectives of the government. More importantly, their effect on the Quebec economy and on Quebec universities will be absolutely devastating. In short, they do not serve Quebecers well,” said Deep Saini, President and Vice-Chancellor of ϲ University.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2023 17:49:45 +0000 ϲ University Tuition for Canadian students outside Quebec /newsroom/node/307520 <p>Bishop’s, Concordia and ϲ universities are submitting to the Quebec government an enhanced version of their proposal, <a href="/newsroom/files/newsroom/channels/attach/proposed_new_tuition_measures.pdf"><em>Proposed improvements to the new tuition model for students outside Quebec</em></a><a href="http://Bishop’s, Concordia and ϲ universities are submitting to the Quebec government an enhanced version of their proposal, Proposed improvements to the new tuition model for students outside Quebec, which they presented to the government on November 6.&lt;/body&gt;&lt;/html&gt;"></a></p> Sun, 10 Dec 2023 20:55:54 +0000 ϲ University The John Peters Humphrey archive added to the Canada Memory of the World Register /newsroom/node/307515 <p>To mark the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 10, 1948), ϲ University and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are pleased to announce the addition of the archives of John Peters Humphrey to the Canada Memory of the World Register.</p> <p>This archive includes the first handwritten draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as typed subsequent versions written by Humphrey (1905-1995), Canadian law professor and human rights advocate. </p> Thu, 07 Dec 2023 16:03:21 +0000 ϲ University What skin piercings can teach us about environmental change /newsroom/node/307509 <p>In <a href="">a new study</a> from ϲ University, researchers bring science into an unexpected setting: a tattoo parlor. In this first characterization of the human piercing microbiome, the uniquely human cultural practice of piercing serves as a model system to help us better understand how biological communities (re)assemble after catastrophic environmental disturbances.</p> Mon, 04 Dec 2023 17:21:30 +0000 ϲ University A first look inside Li-ion batteries /newsroom/node/307507 <p>What if you could charge your electric vehicle in the same amount of time it takes to fill a tank of gas?</p> <p>In a new paper published today in <i>Joule</i>, researchers from ϲ University and the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) announced the development of a novel method that enables researchers to peer inside Li-ion batteries and, for the first time, track the physical processes that take place in both the liquid and solid parts of the battery cells as they happen.</p> Mon, 04 Dec 2023 16:23:30 +0000 ϲ University Made-to-order diagnostic tests may be on the horizon /newsroom/node/307494 <p>ϲ University researchers have made a breakthrough in diagnostic technology, inventing a ‘lab on a chip’ that can be 3D-printed in just 30 minutes. The chip has the potential to make on-the-spot testing widely accessible.  </p> Wed, 29 Nov 2023 20:04:57 +0000 ϲ University The world needs more empathy—here is how science can harness it /newsroom/node/307491 <p>In a world grappling with deep-seated division and social upheaval, empathy has become more critical than ever.</p> <p>But science suggests when it comes to evoking empathy, our imagination is more powerful than we previously thought. A new study, led by ϲ researchers, reveals how the different ways to experience empathy affect our willingness to help others.</p> Tue, 28 Nov 2023 14:50:45 +0000 ϲ University Unlocking the secret strength of marine mussels /newsroom/node/307489 <p>How do you create strong, yet quick-release connections between living and non-living tissues? This is a question that continues to puzzle bioengineers who aim to create materials that bond together for advanced biomedical applications.</p> Mon, 27 Nov 2023 20:37:59 +0000 ϲ University More than a meteorite: New clues about the demise of dinosaurs /newsroom/node/307487 <p>What wiped out the dinosaurs? A meteorite plummeting to Earth is only part of the story, a new study suggests. Climate change triggered by massive volcanic eruptions may have ultimately set the stage for the dinosaur extinction, challenging the traditional narrative that a meteorite alone delivered the final blow to the ancient giants.</p> Fri, 24 Nov 2023 20:11:05 +0000 ϲ University Q&A: How can Canada best meet its commitment to protecting 30% of its land by 2030? /newsroom/node/307484 <p>At last year’s COP15 conference in Montreal, the Government of Canada set the goal of conserving 30 percent of the country’s land and water by 2030.</p> Wed, 22 Nov 2023 17:15:38 +0000 ϲ University Unlocking the impact of early-life adversity on brain function /newsroom/node/307481 <p>Do adults with a history of childhood trauma have altered brain responses to psychological challenges? Previous studies indicated that this can occur in laboratory animals, but it has been unclear whether it occurs in humans.</p> Tue, 21 Nov 2023 20:24:49 +0000 ϲ University ϲ receives three Canada Excellence Research Chairs /newsroom/node/307454 <p>The results of the 2022 Canada Excellence Research Chairs competition were announced this morning at Simon Fraser University by the Honourable Terry Beech, Minister of Citizens’ Services. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Ted Hewitt, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Chair of the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat Steering Committee.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2023 14:08:39 +0000 ϲ University How do temperature extremes influence the distribution of species? /newsroom/node/307447 <p>As the planet gets hotter, animal and plant species around the world will be faced with new, potentially unpredictable living conditions, which could alter ecosystems in unprecedented ways.</p> Tue, 14 Nov 2023 14:34:14 +0000 ϲ University Eye-to-eye contact is rare but shapes our social behavior /newsroom/node/307440 <p>When speaking to one another, much of the communication occurs nonverbally – through body posture, hand gestures, and the eyes. Our eye gaze during conversations therefore reveals a wealth of information about our attention, intention, or psychological states. But, there remains little scientific knowledge about the information that human eyes convey in interactions – is looking at others’ faces enough, or does our communication require eye-to-eye contact?</p> Wed, 08 Nov 2023 15:49:19 +0000 ϲ University Patients propose real world solutions to Quebec’s primary care crisis: report /newsroom/node/307437 <p>A new report shares patient-led solutions to help address the worsening primary care crisis in Quebec, where more than two million Quebecers have no assigned family doctor or nurse practitioner, among the worst rates in the country.</p> <p>Canada itself is among the worst performing among developed countries, with more than six million Canadians lacking access to a family physician. Residents of rural and smalltown communities face even more profound challenges to access, highlighting the need for more to be done in Quebec to find real world solutions to these ongoing problems.</p> Tue, 07 Nov 2023 14:23:55 +0000 ϲ University When dads are feeling a bit depressed or anxious, how do kids fare? /newsroom/node/307430 <p>Many parents experience stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms throughout their lives, particularly during times of transition, such as pregnancy and children’s entry into school. Studies have generally found that high levels of anxiety and depression in parents are linked to poorer behavioural and cognitive outcomes in children.</p> Thu, 02 Nov 2023 16:29:15 +0000 ϲ University Velvet Worm slime could inspire sustainable synthetic materials, study finds /newsroom/node/307426 <p>In the tropical, temperate forests it calls home, the velvet worm uses a projectile “slime” to capture its prey. When it’s ejected from the worm, the slime transforms into a gel before solidifying into stiff fibers upon exposure to air. This forms an inescapable trap for struggling prey. "The fact that the slime transitions from a liquid to a solid in mid-air is extremely unusual," said Professor Matthew Harrington, co-director of the ϲ Institute for Advanced Materials. “It appears that the forces it experiences when ejected initiate the transition.”</p> Tue, 31 Oct 2023 14:56:53 +0000 ϲ University Government of Canada invests $15M in first-of-its-kind pan-Canadian genome library /newsroom/node/307422 <p>Today at the ϲ Genome Centre, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced a $15M investment over five years to create a Pan-Canadian Genome Library (PCGL), which will allow for easier sharing of genomic data across the country, and aid in the development of a national strategy to capture, store and access Canadian data in an equitable, secure, and sustainable manner. The funding comes from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and builds on investments from the Government of Canada’s Drugs for Rare Diseases Strategy.</p> Thu, 26 Oct 2023 19:26:16 +0000 ϲ University The sunscreen paradox: ϲ University researchers warn of ‘false sense of security’ /newsroom/node/307415 <p>Sunscreen usage is climbing, but so are melanoma and skin cancer rates: this, researchers say, is the sunscreen paradox.</p> <p>“The problem is that people use sunscreen as a ‘permission slip’ to tan,” said <a href="/newsroom/ivan-litvinov">Dr. Ivan Litvinov</a>, an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Chair of the Dermatology Division at ϲ University and co-author with Dr. Sandra Peláez, Dr. Richie Jeremian and Dr. Pingxing Xie of two recent studies that explore the sunscreen paradox.</p> Tue, 24 Oct 2023 16:44:23 +0000 ϲ University A relational framework for microbiome research that includes Indigenous communities /newsroom/node/307410 <p>Research on the trillions of microorganisms that make up a person’s microbiome can lead to medical breakthroughs to treat diseases like inflammatory bowel syndrome and diabetes. According to Alyssa Bader, a Tsimshian Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at ϲ University, microbiome samples from Indigenous communities have the potential to further Western medicine, but those same communities often have been excluded from the research process and may miss out on the benefits that result from their contributions to science.</p> Fri, 20 Oct 2023 13:23:49 +0000 ϲ University Killer whales’ diet more important than location for pollutant exposure, study says /newsroom/node/307413 <p>Both elegant and fierce, killer whales are some of the oceans’ top predators, but even they can be exposed to environmental pollution. Now, in the largest study to date on North Atlantic killer whales, researchers in the American Chemical Society’ <i>Environmental Science &amp; Technology</i> report the levels of legacy and emerging pollutants in 162 individuals’ blubber. The animals’ diet, rather than location, greatly impacted contaminant levels and potential health risks — information that’s helpful to conservation efforts.</p> Tue, 24 Oct 2023 14:38:07 +0000 ϲ University Rare collection of Voltaire manuscripts makes its way to ϲ University /newsroom/node/307407 <p>The ϲ University Library is now home to a rare collection of materials related to the prolific Enlightenment period philosopher, Voltaire (1694-1778).</p> <p>This estate gift, entrusted to ϲ by Professor Peter Lambert-David Southam, is a treasure trove of historical handwritten documents, some written by Voltaire himself, consisting of letters, poems, essays, memoirs, notes, legal documents, trial testimonies, and architectural drawings – many of which have never been published before. It offers a unique window into the life and mind of Voltaire.</p> Wed, 18 Oct 2023 14:18:11 +0000 ϲ University A sustainable alternative to air conditioning /newsroom/node/307367 <p>As the planet gets hotter, the need for cool living environments is becoming more urgent. But air conditioning is a major contributor to global warming since units use potent greenhouse gases and lots of energy.</p> <p>Now, researchers from ϲ University, UCLA and Princeton have found in a <a href="">new study</a> an inexpensive, sustainable alternative to mechanical cooling with refrigerants in hot and arid climates, and a way to mitigate dangerous heat waves during electricity blackouts.</p> Mon, 25 Sep 2023 16:01:53 +0000 ϲ University Study of Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1 b reveals new insights into its atmosphere and star /newsroom/node/307365 <p>A team of astronomers has made a leap forward in our understanding of the intriguing TRAPPIST-1 exoplanetary system. Not only has their research shed light on the nature of TRAPPIST-1 b, the exoplanet orbiting closest to the system’s star, but it has also shown the importance of parent stars when studying exoplanets.</p> Mon, 25 Sep 2023 15:12:23 +0000 ϲ University How having a purpose in life can bolster men’s mental health /newsroom/node/307354 <p>Despite growing awareness about the high rates of suicide among men, research is still needed to examine men’s mental health challenges. Existential psychology, with its focus on questions of meaning and value, may bring new insights that can aid in this examination.</p> Thu, 21 Sep 2023 13:59:26 +0000 ϲ University The science behind playing music in sync /newsroom/node/307337 <p><!-- x-tinymce/html --></p> <p>Music is a collective experience that binds people together. From orchestral play to audiences handclapping, synchronization lays the foundation for all musical interactions. But what explains our ability to get in sync with someone or act in lock step with a group?</p> Fri, 08 Sep 2023 19:14:00 +0000 ϲ University Ten ϲ students receive Canada’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math scholarship /newsroom/node/307335 <p>Ten students have been named ϲ University’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship, Canada’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarship.</p> <p>ϲ graduate Seymour Schulich, BSc’61, MBA’65, DLitt’04, an entrepreneur and one of Canada’s leading philanthropists, created the scholarship fund in<b> </b>2012<b> </b>to encourage outstanding entrepreneurial-minded students on their paths to becoming technology innovators.</p> Thu, 07 Sep 2023 20:32:04 +0000 ϲ University COVID infections in animals - a key to the ongoing trajectory of the pandemic? /newsroom/node/307325 <p><!-- x-tinymce/html --></p> Wed, 30 Aug 2023 19:49:20 +0000 ϲ University New study shows need for better awareness, training and intervention on sex trafficking in the healthcare system /newsroom/node/307321 <p>Victims’ agency and needs, independent of their desire to exit trafficking, should be the focus of healthcare services for individuals who have been sexually exploited, concludes a new study by researchers with ϲ University’s Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN).</p> Tue, 29 Aug 2023 20:51:42 +0000 ϲ University Is digital media use a risk factor for psychosis in young adults? /newsroom/node/307311 <p><!-- x-tinymce/html --></p> <p>On average, young adults in Canada spend several hours on their smartphones every day. Many jump from TikTok to Netflix to Instagram, putting their phone down only to pick up a video game controller. A growing body of research is looking into the potential dangers of digital media overuse, as well as potential benefits of moderate digital media use, from a mental health standpoint.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2023 17:42:05 +0000 ϲ University A global observatory to monitor Earth's biodiversity /newsroom/node/307314 <p>At a time of unparalleled rates of biodiversity loss, <a href="">a new interconnected system to monitor biodiversity</a> around the world is needed to guide action quickly enough to target conservation efforts to where they are most needed.</p> Thu, 24 Aug 2023 20:25:03 +0000 ϲ University The search for the super potato  /newsroom/node/307309 <p><!-- x-tinymce/html --></p> Mon, 21 Aug 2023 17:23:54 +0000 ϲ University Why men, wealthy people and maritime residents are more likely to develop skin cancer   /newsroom/node/307306 <p><!-- x-tinymce/html --></p> <p>A new <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">study</a> led by ϲ University examines why people living in Atlantic regions are more at-risk for developing melanoma than other Canadians, providing lessons on skin cancer prevention for the whole country.  </p> Wed, 16 Aug 2023 20:18:44 +0000 ϲ University How will the REM impact transportation across the Montreal metropolitan region? /newsroom/node/307010 <p>As Montreal's new light rail or LRT system is set to open its first branch of service this summer, researchers at TRAM, a transportation research group at ϲ University, have released an overview of how Montrealers say they plan to use (or not use) the new system, based on surveys conducted between 2019 to 2022.</p> Thu, 27 Jul 2023 19:52:20 +0000 ϲ University Why do people gaslight their romantic partners? /newsroom/node/306992 <p>A new study by a ϲ University PhD student is looking into the effects of gaslighting in romantic relationships. The term is used to describe a form of psychological abuse in which a person or group causes someone to question their own sanity, memories, or perception of reality.</p> Thu, 27 Jul 2023 15:59:14 +0000 ϲ University Working to identify mislabeled penicillin allergies /newsroom/node/306783 <p>About one in 10 people are reported to have a penicillin allergy. Those patients are more likely to be prescribed alternative antibiotics that are often less effective against certain infections. This can lead to treatment failure, increased risks of antibiotic resistance and the development of superbugs. Yet, fewer than five per cent of patients labelled with a penicillin allergy are truly allergic. </p> Mon, 24 Jul 2023 15:07:41 +0000 ϲ University A new model to identify and predict chronic pain /newsroom/node/306465 <p>Chronic pain is a complex condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide and understanding its causes and predicting its trajectory remains difficult. However, findings from <a href="">a recent ϲ-led study published in <i>Nature Medicine</i></a> could improve the understanding and management of chronic pain. The researchers developed a model that can predict one’s likelihood of developing chronic pain as well as the severity and spread of that pain.</p> Thu, 20 Jul 2023 16:18:00 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University and Moderna to expand collaborations with new projects in Lipid Nanoparticle research /newsroom/node/306289 <p>ϲ University today announced it has signed agreements with ModernaTX, Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, to support two innovative research projects in the area of lipid nanoparticles (LNPs). LNPs are critical components in mRNA medicines such as vaccines, as they are the primary delivery method of mRNA strands to the target cells.</p> Tue, 18 Jul 2023 13:25:38 +0000 ϲ University A stronger placebo effect for those who believe sham medical treatments are personalized /newsroom/node/305783 <p>If you believe a medical treatment was developed specifically for you, it may be more effective, especially if you want to be seen as unique, according to <a href="">new research from ϲ University</a>.</p> <p>In two studies, researchers in the Department of Psychology found that participants who thought a medical device that was really a placebo was personalized to their genetic makeup and physiology reported feeling less pain when using it, compared to those who believed it was a standard treatment.</p> Wed, 12 Jul 2023 15:33:46 +0000 ϲ University Searching for signs of alien life in our own solar system /newsroom/node/305781 <p>Scientists have long been captivated by the possibility of discovering evidence for extraterrestrial life in the universe. While many of the world’s largest telescopes are pointed toward distant galaxies and star systems, however, some think there’s a strong possibility that life could be detected much closer to home.</p> Wed, 12 Jul 2023 15:30:42 +0000 ϲ University Alien invasion: Study reveals alarming economic costs of biological invasions to the European Union /newsroom/node/305779 <p>Biological invasions are a major threat to ecosystems, biodiversity, and human well-being, resulting in ecosystem degradation and causing economic costs in the multi-trillions of euros globally. A <a href="">study</a> led by ϲ University sheds light on the stark economic cost resulting from biological invasions in the European Union (EU).</p> Wed, 12 Jul 2023 15:15:26 +0000 ϲ University Interactive exhibition InSomnolence shows sleep is more social than it seems /newsroom/node/305219 <p>From an artist’s attempt to tame troubled sleep with AI, to sounds and objects as artifacts of other people’s dream, to a radio station that transforms the dread of insomnia into curiosity and collective listening, the exhibition <a href=""><i>InSomnolence</i></a> by the research collective <a href="">The Sociability of Sleep</a> asks: how does sleep bring us together?</p> Wed, 05 Jul 2023 15:36:12 +0000 ϲ University Maintaining good cardiorespiratory fitness can protect your memory from the effects of sleep loss /newsroom/node/305209 <p>If you’re sleep deprived, you will likely have a harder time remembering things than if you’re well-rested. But if you have good cardiorespiratory fitness, your memory may be less affected by the effects of sleep deprivation than others, according to <a href="">a recent ϲ study</a> published in the journal <i>Medicine &amp; Science in Sports &amp; Exercise</i>.</p> Wed, 05 Jul 2023 13:20:58 +0000 ϲ University What controls the pathways of the Labrador Current? /newsroom/node/304616 <p>Changes to the flow of the Labrador Current along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia are leading to sudden warmings or drops in the oxygen levels of the waters in several regions including the St. Lawrence Gulf and Estuary. This change has dire consequences for marine ecosystems and fisheries. To better predict what could happen in the future, researchers from ϲ University set out to answer the question: what controls the pathway of the Labrador Current?</p> Wed, 28 Jun 2023 16:13:44 +0000 ϲ University Environmental risks and opportunities of orphaned oil and gas wells /newsroom/node/303581 <p>ϲ University researchers are leading an international team whose goal is to create a framework to help governments in the U.S. and around the world assess and prioritize remediation strategies for orphaned oil and gas wells.</p> Fri, 16 Jun 2023 18:43:22 +0000 ϲ University The global human day – A bird’s eye perspective /newsroom/node/303482 <p>Everyone has 24 hours per day. Across the global population of 8 billion people this adds up to approximately 190 billion human hours per day. How those hours are spent determines the impacts we have on our surroundings as well as how we experience life. To find out how people around the world use their time, a research team led by ϲ University has gathered and analyzed information about both economic and non-economic activities in order to estimate, for the first time, what a day in the life of the world looks like.</p> Thu, 15 Jun 2023 16:54:51 +0000 ϲ University Pushing the speed limit: What will the future of the Internet look like? /newsroom/node/302971 <p>More people rely on the Internet to work, play, shop, and connect with others, growing the demand for global data traffic by 40% every year. To keep pace with the drive for more bandwidth, ϲ Professor and Canada Research Chair <a href="/newsroom/david-v-plant">David V. Plant</a> and his team are working on pushing the speed limits of the Internet by making data transmission quicker, more efficient, and greener.</p> Fri, 09 Jun 2023 15:28:34 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University, in partnership with Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and IEFA announce 'Future-charged: the renewable energy revolution’ /newsroom/node/303329 <p>Today ϲ University, in partnership with Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) announced the launch of ‘<a href="">Future-Charged: the Renewable Energy Revolution</a>,’ this fall in Montreal.</p> Tue, 13 Jun 2023 21:43:18 +0000 ϲ University New diagnostic platform uses nanotechnology and machine learning to identify infectious diseases quickly /newsroom/node/302961 <p>Infectious diseases and respiratory infections in particular are a leading cause of global mortality. As such, there is an urgent need for rapid, large-scale diagnostic tools that can detect these diseases early, something which doesn’t currently exist. To address these problems, ϲ University Professor of Bioengineering <a href="/bbme/sara-mahshid"><strong>Sara Mahshid</strong>’s</a> lab has developed <a href="">an all-in-one detection platform</a> (QolorEX) that can deliver test results in just 13 minutes.</p> Fri, 09 Jun 2023 13:26:25 +0000 ϲ University Moving towards a more inclusive approach to medicine /newsroom/node/302383 <p>The first human genome, which has served as the reference until now, was released approximately 20 years ago. It was a landmark accomplishment that had a huge impact on biomedical research and changed the way scientists study human biology. But it was based on just a few individuals and did not capture the full genetic diversity of the human population.</p> Fri, 02 Jun 2023 14:39:21 +0000 ϲ University How Canadians' lifestyle behaviours changed during the COVID-19 pandemic /newsroom/node/301002 <p>Sixty per cent of roughly 1,600 Canadians who took part in a new ϲ University study say their lifestyle habits either stayed the same or improved during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the flip side, 40% of participants say they adopted less healthy lifestyle habits, including worsened eating habits, sleep quality, decreased physical activity and weight gain. The research is based on the Canadian COVIDiet study of Canadians between the ages of 18 to 89 years old. Researchers from ϲ’s School of Human Nutrition collected data from across the country during the first wave of infections.</p> Wed, 24 May 2023 17:37:24 +0000 ϲ University A community celebration of Japanese art at ϲ’s McLennan Library /newsroom/node/301004 <p>Earlier this month, a Japanese tourist in Montreal made her way to ϲ University’s McLennan Library to view the ongoing exhibit taking place during Asian Heritage Month, “<a href="/library/channels/event/exhibition-ukiyo-e-woodblock-printmaking-celebration-japanese-art-347508" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">From Ukiyo-e to Woodblock Printmaking: A Celebration of Japanese Art.</a>” <strong>Octavian Sopt</strong>, Senior Documentation Technician in the Rare Books and Special Collections branch, is part of the team responsible for exhibits at the library.</p> Wed, 24 May 2023 17:53:25 +0000 ϲ University Teaching and learning from young children: Climate change, forced migration and the built environment /newsroom/node/301012 <p>Recognizing that education on environmental justice must begin early, a group of ϲ University Architecture students spent five weeks in two Grade 4 classes in Royal Vale Elementary School this year to run <a href="/architectureplayshop/about" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">ARCHITECTURE PLAYSHOP</a>, where children were introduced to architecture as part of their language, art, and science classes.</p> Wed, 24 May 2023 19:07:37 +0000 ϲ University Mapping the genetic history of French Canadians through space and time /newsroom/node/301024 <p>Though we all share common ancestors ranging from a few generations to hundreds of thousands of years, genealogies that relate all of us are often forgotten over time. A <a href="">new ϲ University-led study</a> is now providing insight into the complex relationship between human migration and genetic variation, using a unique genealogical dataset of over five million records spanning 400 years to unravel the genetic structure of French Canadian populations.</p> Wed, 24 May 2023 21:47:03 +0000 ϲ University Microplastics are harming gut health /newsroom/node/300195 <p>Scientists have been worried about the potential harms of microplastics for years. These small plastic particles less than 5 mm in length have been found everywhere because of plastic pollution – from the Earth’s deep oceans to remote regions in Antarctica, and even the seafood we eat. But, are microplastics really harmful?</p> Mon, 15 May 2023 16:15:24 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University celebrates graduates and honorary doctorate recipients at 2023 spring convocation /newsroom/node/299912 <p>As part of this year’s Spring Convocation celebrations, ϲ University will confer honorary degrees upon seventeen inspirational individuals.</p> <p>Leaders in their respective fields, these honorary doctorates stand as examples of creativity, compassion, dedication, service, and a pioneering spirit. These are people who have made a difference in their community, in the world and – in the case of astronaut Drew Feustel – beyond.</p> Fri, 12 May 2023 14:42:10 +0000 ϲ University Spring 2023 Convocation – Detailed Biographies of Honorary Doctorate Recipients /newsroom/node/299919 <p><strong>May 30, 2023, 10 a.m.– Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Doctor of Science, <em>honoris causa (D.Sc.)  </em></strong></p> <p><strong>Amelia Tekwatonti McGregor</strong></p> <p><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/1._health_sci_a_amelia_mcgregor.jpg" width="50%" /></p> Fri, 12 May 2023 16:27:50 +0000 ϲ University A new understanding of human origins in Africa /newsroom/node/300372 <p>There is broad agreement that <i>Homo sapiens </i>originated in Africa. But there remain many uncertainties and competing theories about where, when, and how.</p> Wed, 17 May 2023 14:21:41 +0000 ϲ University Using 3D printing to improve implantable biomedical devices, touchscreens and more /newsroom/node/299931 <p>ϲ researchers are exploring a new technique that uses 3D printing and hydrogels. It has the potential not only to improve biomedical implants but could also be useful in the development of human-machine interfaces such as touch screens and neural implants. Biomedical devices like pacemakers or blood pressure sensors that are implanted into the human body need to be fabricated in such a way that they conform and adhere to the body – and then dissolve at the right time.</p> Fri, 12 May 2023 18:22:44 +0000 ϲ University Historical fiction: a guarantee of critical success or a trap?   /newsroom/node/299933 <p>For 21st century authors, the odds of writing a critical hit are much higher if the novel takes place in the past, not the present or future. Between 2000 and 2020, about three quarters of the novels shortlisted for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award took place in the historical past.</p> Fri, 12 May 2023 18:28:17 +0000 ϲ University How anti-Asian racism manifested at work in the pandemic /newsroom/node/299927 <p>The COVID-19 pandemic <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">challenged any notion</a> that Asian Americans are a privileged, white-adjacent group skirting above racism.</p> Fri, 12 May 2023 17:56:17 +0000 ϲ University Tiny proteins found across the animal kingdom play a key role in cancer spread /newsroom/node/300187 <p>Phosphatases of regenerating liver (PRLs) are a family of enigmatic proteins involved in cell growth and metabolism present in various species. From humans to fruit flies, they play a unique role in the growth of cancerous tumours and the spread of cancer throughout the body. New research emerging from ϲ University is contributing to what is known about PRLs, which could potentially become an important tool in the development of cancer-fighting treatments.  </p> Mon, 15 May 2023 14:39:22 +0000 ϲ University Nature favours creatures in largest and smallest sizes /newsroom/node/299677 <p>Surveying the body sizes of Earth’s living organisms, researchers from ϲ University and University of British Columbia found that the planet’s biomass – the material that makes up all living organisms – is concentrated in organisms at either end of the size spectrum.</p> <p>The researchers spent five years compiling and analyzing <a href="">data</a> about the size and biomass of every type of living organism on the planet—from tiny one-celled organisms like soil archaea and bacteria to large organisms like blue whales and sequoia trees.</p> Tue, 09 May 2023 21:36:47 +0000 ϲ University One step closer to developing a potentially ultraprotective sunscreen from our own melanin /newsroom/node/299571 <p>A new discovery about the structure of melanin has brought scientists one step closer to developing <a href="">a new, potentially ultra-protective sunscreen</a> derived from a biological substance found in nearly all organisms. Researchers from ϲ’s Department of Chemistry, in collaboration with The Ohio State University and the University of Girona, have announced a major advance in understanding the fundamental structure of melanin and one of its components that turns light into heat, protecting the body from sun damage.</p> Mon, 08 May 2023 15:31:09 +0000 ϲ University As racial and linguistic minorities, English-speaking Black Quebecers face more barriers to receiving mental healthcare  /newsroom/node/299577 <p>Black anglophones in Quebec experience more discrimination and report more barriers to mental healthcare – and overall lower mental health – than their French-speaking counterparts, according to a new study from ϲ University researchers in the Department of Psychology.</p> Mon, 08 May 2023 16:38:50 +0000 ϲ University Study sheds light on how the immune system protects the body /newsroom/node/299312 <p>First <a href="">study</a> of humans with a rare immunodeficiency reveals how the immune system protects the body against pathogens known to cause serious diseases, such as tuberculosis and COVID-19. The research involving ϲ University, paves the way for new therapies to treat autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammatory diseases, and new approaches to vaccine development.</p> Fri, 05 May 2023 18:41:23 +0000 ϲ University unveiling of the first data on police stop experiences in Montreal /newsroom/node/299014 <p>The first research report from <a href=""></a>, a participatory mapping project of police stop experiences, presents preliminary data contributed by citizens of Montreal.</p> Tue, 02 May 2023 13:30:57 +0000 ϲ University $165-million for ϲ University’s world-leading inclusive genomics and RNA research program /newsroom/node/298584 <p>The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced $1.4 billion in support of 11 large-scale research initiatives through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) today at Concordia University in Montreal. The CFREF grants are awarded through a highly competitive process to the top programs in their fields.  </p> Thu, 27 Apr 2023 16:19:35 +0000 ϲ University Doubling the number of sources of repeating fast radio bursts /newsroom/node/298516 <p>Astronomers from ϲ University are part of an international team that has discovered 25 new sources of repeating fast radio bursts (FRBs), these explosions in the sky that come from far beyond the Milky Way. This discovery brings the total number of confirmed FRB sources to 50.</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2023 17:25:20 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University achieves Socially Responsible Investing targets two years ahead of schedule /newsroom/node/298504 <p>ϲ University has achieved the performance targets set out in its Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) strategy, a full two years ahead of schedule. This milestone is highlighted in the 2022 Investment Committee Report on Socially Responsible Investing, presented yesterday to the ϲ Board of Governors. This is the third annual report since the Board of Governors approved the five-year, eight-point implementation plan for decarbonizing the University’s endowment portfolio in April 2020. </p> Thu, 20 Apr 2023 14:43:42 +0000 ϲ University A more convenient and accessible way to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease? /newsroom/node/298503 <p>Despite extensive research and encouraging findings, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) remains difficult to diagnose based on signs and symptoms alone. But what if one day, a blood sample during an annual check-up could be used to identify the disease? A <a href="">recent ϲ-led study</a> has found that a new kind of blood test is as effective at detecting AD as lumbar punctures, one of the current methods used to diagnose AD.</p> Thu, 20 Apr 2023 13:46:35 +0000 ϲ University Joint Chair aims to leverage AI and IoT to improve animal welfare in Canadian dairy farms /newsroom/node/298500 <p>ϲ University and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) announced today the creation of the Research and Innovation Chair in Animal Welfare and Artificial Intelligence (WELL-E). The five-year, $5 million Chair will carry out a major research project funded by a grant from NSERC Alliance and PROMPT, fiduciary of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Energy. Important contributions have also been made by industrial partners Novalait, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), Les Producteurs de Lait du Québec (PLQ), and Lactanet.</p> Wed, 19 Apr 2023 19:09:52 +0000 ϲ University Not so sweet after all: are candy-striped spiders a threat to ecosystems across North America? /newsroom/node/298497 <div class="bl-tpl">For years, pollinator declines have been a pressing issue for ecosystem health and food security in the face of climate change and human impacts on the environment. Even in their sleep, pollinating insects cannot catch a break – for fear they’ll be taken down by a small, but mighty predator: the candy-striped spider. Research published in <i>Ecology </i>took a closer look into this spider’s behaviour and found that the result of their stealth attacks could have substantial impacts on ecosystems.</div> Wed, 19 Apr 2023 15:48:17 +0000 ϲ University Reducing fatigue and errors among nurses working night shifts /newsroom/node/298340 <p>Nurses exposed to 40 minutes of bright light before their night shifts feel less fatigued and make fewer errors at work, according to a study led by ϲ University. The nurses also slept better after their shifts.</p> Mon, 03 Apr 2023 16:46:35 +0000 ϲ University Meet the first global cohort of McCall MacBain Scholars /newsroom/node/298489 <p>Thirty students from 10 countries will form the first global cohort of McCall MacBain Scholars at ϲ University, arriving in September 2023.</p> <p>Designed to encourage purposeful leadership, the scholarships are the result of a landmark $200 million gift in 2019 by John and Marcy McCall MacBain, the second-largest single donation in Canadian history.</p> Mon, 17 Apr 2023 16:04:25 +0000 ϲ University Tastes differ – even among North Atlantic killer whales /newsroom/node/297996 <p>Killer whales (also known as orcas) are intelligent predators. While it’s known that killer whales in the Pacific Northwest exploit widely different food types, even within the same region, we know much less about the feeding habits of those found throughout the North Atlantic. Thanks to a new technique developed by a research team led by ϲ University, it is now possible to quantify, for the first time, the proportion of different prey that killer whales in the North Atlantic are eating by studying the fatty acid patterns in their blubber.</p> Thu, 30 Mar 2023 20:30:57 +0000 ϲ University How different were galaxies in the early universe? /newsroom/node/298481 <p>An array of 350 radio telescopes in the Karoo desert of South Africa is getting closer to detecting the “cosmic dawn” — the era after the Big Bang when stars first ignited and galaxies began to bloom.</p> <p>A team of scientists from across North America, Europe, and South Africa has doubled the sensitivity of a radio telescope called the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (<a href="">HERA</a>). With this breakthrough, they hope to peer into the secrets of the early universe.</p> Thu, 06 Apr 2023 20:55:59 +0000 ϲ University Cutting down on social media to improve teens and young adults’ body image   /newsroom/node/298479 <p>Teens in North America are spending several hours per day on screens, and there’s growing concern over how social media may affect their mental health.</p> Wed, 05 Apr 2023 14:21:13 +0000 ϲ University What areas should Canada protect to save species at risk of extinction?  /newsroom/node/298476 <p>At the recent COP 15 conference in Montreal, Canada committed to protecting 30% of its land by 2030, but which areas are most crucial to protect for at-risk species such as the spotted turtles? In <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">a new study</a> published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, ϲ University researchers overlayed maps of species at risk to find hotspots where many species live together. They found that hotspots often overlap.</p> Wed, 05 Apr 2023 13:57:28 +0000 ϲ University From sex education to online misinformation /newsroom/node/297888 <p>ϲ University is pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of the 2023 <a href="/newsroom/faculty-and-staff/principals-prize">Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media</a>. The Prize was created to recognize outstanding achievement among those who share their knowledge on a vast range of subjects with the public and the media. This year, there were applicants from 10 of the 11 faculties, a sign that sharing knowledge and a love of learning is becoming increasingly embedded in the ϲ DNA.</p> Wed, 29 Mar 2023 14:15:36 +0000 ϲ University Does immigration really increase crime? /newsroom/node/297188 <p>Many people who oppose immigration say that it increases crime. But does immigration really affect crime? Studying a country whose proportion of migrants has tripled in less than ten years, researchers find immigration significantly impacts people’s perceptions of crime but has no effect on actual crime.</p> <p>The research, led by <a href="/newsroom/nicolas-ajzenman">Nicolas Ajzenman</a>, a professor of economics at ϲ University, shows that while migrants don’t cause crime rates to increase, false perceptions endure anyway.</p> Tue, 21 Mar 2023 21:05:36 +0000 ϲ University How the brain's 'internal compass' works /newsroom/node/297173 <p>Scientists have gained new insights into the part of the brain that gives us a sense of direction, by tracking neural activity with the latest advances in brain imaging techniques. The findings shed light on how the brain orients itself in changing environments – and even the processes that can go wrong with degenerative diseases like dementia, that leave people feeling lost and confused.</p> Tue, 21 Mar 2023 18:29:12 +0000 ϲ University Towards reducing biodiversity loss in fragmented habitats /newsroom/node/295395 <p><!-- x-tinymce/html --></p> <p>When natural habitats are cleared to make way for cities, roads and agriculture, this often leaves behind “islands” of fragmented habitat that can place species at risk of extinction. Species are at risk when they find it hard to move among habitat patches to find resources and reproduce.</p> Fri, 10 Mar 2023 15:55:48 +0000 ϲ University Fresh produce contaminated with toxic BPA-like chemicals found in food labels, study finds /newsroom/node/296228 <p>Steps were taken in Canada to reduce the use of Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical linked to prostate and breast cancer, commonly found in plastics, the lining of food cans, water bottles, and paper receipts. But in many cases, it has been replaced with similar hormone disrupting chemicals, like Bisphenol S (BPS). A <a href="">new study</a> from ϲ University shows that every day Canadians are exposed to BPS in the fresh foods they eat, as chemicals migrate from labels on the packaging materials into the food.</p> Wed, 15 Mar 2023 14:55:53 +0000 ϲ University The first known visual acuity chart in Inuktitut, Cree, and Ojibwe /newsroom/node/296088 <p>A large majority of Nunavik Inuit report Inuktitut as their first language. In their work in Puvirnituq, ϲ University ophthalmologist Dr. <b>Christian El-Hadad</b> and his colleague<b> Shaan Bhambra</b>, a recent graduate of ϲ’s medical school, noticed that many patients either read only, or mainly, Inuktitut. This made visual acuity testing using the standard Latin alphabet chart difficult for some patients.</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2023 19:27:40 +0000 ϲ University Teaching hope during the climate crisis /newsroom/node/296086 <p>Headlines about severe climate events can make the future seem bleak.</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2023 19:24:44 +0000 ϲ University Genes shed light on why men and women experience different depression symptoms /newsroom/node/296084 <p>Depression is widely reported to be more common in women than in men, with women twice as likely to receive a diagnosis than men. <a href=";/body&gt;&lt;/html&gt;"></a></p> Tue, 14 Mar 2023 19:21:24 +0000 ϲ University World’s most comprehensive study on COVID-19 mental health /newsroom/node/293538 <p>COVID-19 has taken a relatively limited toll on the mental health of most people around the globe, according to a paper published today in the <i>BMJ </i>by a ϲ University-led research team involving collaborators from McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and other institutions.</p> <p>The team reviewed data from 137 studies in various languages involving 134 cohorts of people from around the world. Most of the studies were from high or middle-income countries, and about 75% of participants were adults and 25% were children and adolescents between the ages of 10-19.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2023 17:33:36 +0000 ϲ University Working to break down barriers for Black scholars /newsroom/node/293685 <p>Recent events, including the murder of George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic, have drawn global attention to the reality of inequities in health care, the justice system, and higher education that disadvantage Black people. Reports show Black scholars face more barriers as they move up the research career ladder. In Canada, an advisory committee was created in 2021 to recommend ways to break down existing barriers for Black scholars and to ensure equitable access to federal research funding and training programs.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2023 14:14:45 +0000 ϲ University Socioeconomic factors play a role in detection, transmission and treatment of HIV /newsroom/node/293684 <p>Those living in unstable housing conditions, such as hostels or informal dwellings and those who had not completed post-secondary studies were more likely to contract HIV in South Africa, according to a <a href="">new study from ϲ University</a>.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2023 14:14:11 +0000 ϲ University Planes, trains, automobiles: How do older Canadians get around? /newsroom/node/293686 <p>As we age, access to transportation becomes even more crucial, as it enables us to remain connected to social networks, maintain mental and physical health and reduce social isolation. In order to address this issue, the City of Montreal announced that public transit will be free for seniors starting in July.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2023 14:14:47 +0000 ϲ University Genes reveal kidney cancer’s risk of recurrence /newsroom/node/292824 <p>Studying the mutations in kidney cancer after surgery could help to better predict the risk of the disease coming back, according to the latest results of a decade-long international <a href="">study</a>.</p> <p>The research, undertaken by a team of 44 researchers at 23 institutions across Europe and Canada, including ϲ University, is the largest to link the genetic changes that occur in kidney cancer to patient outcomes.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2023 14:06:55 +0000 ϲ University Addressing violent extremism in Quebec /newsroom/node/292633 <p>Violent extremism in Canada is now considered a significant public health issue requiring prevention programs. At the same time that a surge in far-right movements has become a top concern for national security, Ottawa continues efforts to bring home and reintegrate women detained in Syria after travelling to join the Islamic State.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2023 13:18:37 +0000 ϲ University ϲ sees 400% increase in incoming Black medical students thanks to inclusivity programs /newsroom/node/291373 <p><!-- x-tinymce/html -->A year ago, fewer than 2% of those admitted to ϲ’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (one of the top medical schools in the country) were Black. A typical incoming class had fewer than 5 Black students, a situation that has existed for many years. “When I was younger and thought about working in medicine, I didn’t think it was possible. You just didn’t see doctors who looked like me,” recalled Victoire Kpadé, who graduated from ϲ’s undergraduate medical program in the spring of 2022.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2023 13:57:46 +0000 ϲ University Black students are the teachers in ‘See us, Hear us, Learn from us’ art exhibition /newsroom/node/291377 <p>A student-led art exhibition on Feb. 23 is <a href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">shedding light on Black artistry, talent and culture at ϲ University.</a> Organized by<strong> Welly Minyangadou Ngokobi</strong>, a graduate student in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, ‘See us, Hear us, Learn from us,’ aims to let students take the lead in teaching the exhibition’s visitors about the history, culture and future of Black people. “This is not a talk. This is not a workshop.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2023 13:59:11 +0000 ϲ University U.S. police violence stems from a long history of fighting ‘internal enemies’ /newsroom/node/291375 <p>Many of the details surrounding the recent fatal police beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tenn., are still unknown or disputed. Yet in many ways, all you need to know is how the encounter started: With Nichols expressing confusion as to why he had been stopped, and one officer replying that he would attack Nichols.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2023 13:58:37 +0000 ϲ University Fossil discovery reveals complex ecosystems existed on Earth much earlier than previously thought /newsroom/node/290349 <p>About 250 million years ago, the Permian-Triassic mass extinction killed over 80 per cent of the planet's species. In the aftermath, scientists believe that life on earth was dominated by simple species for up to 10 million years before more complex ecosystems could evolve. Now this longstanding theory is being challenged by a team of international researchers – including scientists from ϲ University and Université du Québec à Montréal.</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2023 14:41:04 +0000 ϲ University A second chance to protect wetlands /newsroom/node/263706 <p>Wetlands are among the most threatened ecosystems in the world. A new study, published in <a href=""><i>Nature</i></a><i>,</i> has found that the loss of wetland areas around the globe since 1700 has likely been overestimated. This is good news overall, however, the global picture hides significant variations, with several regions and distinct wetland types under significant levels of pressure. For instance, temperate river floodplains have been highly impacted while remote boreal-arctic peatlands remain comparatively unharmed.</p> Thu, 06 May 2021 13:53:49 +0000 ϲ University How our own identity impacts how we judge others /newsroom/node/289000 <p>How does our own identity impact how we perceive and judge others? Research from ϲ University has found that those who are most likely to be stereotyped based on their combined racial and gender identity, such as Black women and Asian men, were less likely to hold certain stereotypes against others.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2023 16:54:05 +0000 ϲ University A new understanding of reptile colouration /newsroom/node/288611 <p>Snakes and mice don’t look alike. But much of what we know about skin colouration and patterning in vertebrates generally, including in snakes, is based on lab mice. However, there are limits to what mice can tell us about other vertebrates because they don’t share all of the same types of colour-producing cells, known as chromatophores. For example, snakes have a type of chromatophore called iridophores that can generate iridescent colours by reflecting light.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2023 17:56:14 +0000 ϲ University How does vaping affect the lungs? /newsroom/node/289184 <p>Teen vaping has been on the rise, with reports of rapidly increasing use across North America.  While some consider vapes to be a useful tool for smoking cessation, new research from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) supports a growing public health concern about potential adverse health consequences.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2023 15:13:40 +0000 ϲ University Using AI to predict recurring lung cancer /newsroom/node/289182 <p>Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Quebec and Canada, killing more individuals than prostate, colon and breast cancers combined. Thanks to tissue samples from almost 500 lung cancer patients, a group of researchers from ϲ University and Université Laval were able to identify <a href="/medhealthsci/channels/news/mcgill-researchers-studies-offer-promise-lung-and-brain-cancer-treatment-345865">those who were likely to have a cancer recurrence and require further treatment post-surgery</a>.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2023 15:04:56 +0000 ϲ University How immune cells generated neonatally protect our lungs throughout our lifetime /newsroom/node/289178 <p>Every day, humans breathe in 11,000 litres of air. But this essential act also means we inhale microorganisms, particles, and pollutants. A new study from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has revealed how the unique immune cells that are developed in the embryo protect our lungs from environmental challenges throughout the course of our lifetime.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2023 14:55:51 +0000 ϲ University Reducing mental health stigma in junior hockey /newsroom/node/288652 <p>For professional athletes, the pressures of competition and stigma surrounding mental health issues can be debilitating to the point where some are leaving the arena for good. Young hockey players are no exception. Fear of negative career repercussions can mean athletes avoid disclosing their mental health concerns.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2023 16:59:41 +0000 ϲ University A Cree-speaking Alexa bot? /newsroom/node/288656 <p>Indigenous communities across the globe are fighting to retain their languages, which serve as means through which cultures, knowledge and traditions are preserved and transmitted between generations.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2023 17:11:41 +0000 ϲ University How should Montreal’s high schools be reformed? /newsroom/node/288654 <p>If you could redesign high school, what might you change? Like most educational institutions across Canada, Montreal’s English high schools retain structures from the time of the industrial revolution. As the realities of students’ lives have transformed, schools are slowly adapting to a knowledge-based economy and unpredictable ecological and social challenges.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2023 17:04:20 +0000 ϲ University ϲ research reveals positive impact of CMHA Ontario’s Talk Today program in Canadian Junior Hockey League /newsroom/node/288648 <p>A new report by ϲ University Faculty of Education researchers shows Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario’s Talk Today program is making a positive impact on athletes in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL).</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2023 21:17:37 +0000 ϲ University What crocodile DNA reveals about the Ice Age /newsroom/node/288646 <p>What drives crocodile evolution? Is climate a major factor or changes in sea levels? Determined to find answers to these questions, researchers from ϲ University discovered that while changing temperatures and rainfall had little impact on the crocodiles’ gene flow over the past three million years, changes to sea levels during the Ice Age had a different effect.</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2023 16:26:04 +0000 ϲ University Astronomers capture radio signal from distant galaxy /newsroom/node/288629 <p>How do stars form in distant galaxies? Astronomers have long been trying to answer this question by detecting radio signals emitted by nearby galaxies. However, these signals become weaker the further away a galaxy is from Earth, making it difficult for current radio telescopes to pick up.</p> Fri, 13 Jan 2023 21:13:54 +0000 ϲ University How COVID-19 changed our grocery habits /newsroom/node/288616 <p>To better understand food-related decisions during the pandemic, a team of ϲ researchers, including School of Human Nutrition Professor <strong>Daiva Nielsen</strong> and postdoctoral fellow<strong> Katherine Labonté</strong>, conducted an online survey among a sample of adults from Quebec to compare grocery shopping behaviours in 2019 and 2020. The study showed that at the beginning of the pandemic, people reduced the frequency of in-store shopping expeditions. This reduction occurred in tandem with a rise in curbside pick-up and delivery.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2023 18:51:46 +0000 ϲ University Illegal remixes: Law-breaking or creative license?  /newsroom/node/288618 <p>In the electronic dance music (EDM) community, what is viewed as intellectual property theft isn’t always up to the law—it’s up to the community. Norms around unlawful activities, such as illegal remixing, are often ambiguous and situation-specific. Ironically, illegal remixes can garner support, even career-launching acclaim.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2023 18:56:09 +0000 ϲ University Flying cars? Not so fast /newsroom/node/288620 <p>Certain tech companies are promising dazzling futures when it comes to transportation, like Uber’s vision of skies buzzing with helicopter-like flying cars, and Elon Musk’s design for layers upon layers of automobile tunnels below city streets.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2023 19:02:47 +0000 ϲ University Significant reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions still possible /newsroom/node/288612 <p>About a quarter of the world’s electricity currently comes from power plants fired by natural gas. These contribute significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions (amounting to 10% of energy-related emissions according to the most recent figures from 2017) and climate change.</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2023 18:20:55 +0000 ϲ University Women experiencing intimate partner violence three times more likely to contract HIV /newsroom/node/288591 <p><!-- x-tinymce/html --></p> <p>Women who experience recent intimate partner violence (IPV) are three times more likely to contract HIV, according to a new study led by ϲ University researchers. In regions like Sub-Saharan Africa, women face an intersecting epidemic of intimate partner violence and HIV.</p> <p>“Worldwide, more than one in four women experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime," says ϲ University Professor <a href="/newsroom/mathieu-maheu-giroux">Mathieu Maheu-Giroux</a>, a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modeling.</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2022 21:35:53 +0000 ϲ University ICYMI: 2022 research round up /newsroom/node/288574 <p><img alt="Magellanic penguins heading out to sea for fishing." src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/penguins-email.jpg" style="width:80%" /></p> Wed, 14 Dec 2022 18:28:38 +0000 ϲ University The other paleo diet: Rare discovery of dinosaur remains preserved with its last meal /newsroom/node/288588 <p><i>Microraptor</i> was an opportunistic predator, feeding on fish, birds, lizards – and now small mammals. The discovery of a rare fossil reveals the creature was a generalist carnivore in the ancient ecosystem of dinosaurs.</p> Tue, 20 Dec 2022 21:36:11 +0000 ϲ University Story ideas: Environmental impact of holiday shopping; increasing vaccine uptake in Parc Extension /newsroom/node/288581 <h2>Circular economy may alleviate environmental impact of holiday shopping</h2> Fri, 16 Dec 2022 16:22:27 +0000 ϲ University Bots with feelings: Study explores how human customers react to AI chatbots with emotions /newsroom/node/288568 <p>Artificial intelligence chatbots that show positive feelings — such as adding an “I am excited to do so!” or a few exclamation marks — do not necessarily translate into positive reactions or contribute to higher customer satisfaction, according to a recent study by researchers from the University of South Florida, the Georgia Institute of Technology and ϲ University.</p> Mon, 12 Dec 2022 17:28:49 +0000 ϲ University The hidden secrets of flowers /newsroom/node/288564 <p>To better understand the evolution of flowers, researchers from Montreal are harnessing photogrammetry – a technique commonly used by geographers to reconstruct landscape topography. This is the first time scientists have used the technique to study flowers.</p> <p>The team, including researchers from ϲ University, Université de Montréal, and the Montreal Botanical Garden, published the results of their work in the journal <a href=""><i>New Phytologist</i></a>.</p> Fri, 09 Dec 2022 21:21:56 +0000 ϲ University Methane from manholes and historic landfills: significant sources of gas go unrecognized /newsroom/node/288571 <p>Cities are responsible for almost 1/5<sup>th</sup> of the global methane emissions caused by human activities. But most cities don’t capture information about the full range of sources of this powerful greenhouse gas. In 2020, a team led by ϲ University, measured methane emissions from various sources across the city of Montreal.</p> Mon, 12 Dec 2022 21:16:53 +0000 ϲ University Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play /newsroom/node/288544 <p>Research shows that early childhood gambling experiences, including those with lottery products, can be a risk factor for gambling problems later in life.</p> <p>This research prompted the <b><a href="/ihdw/projects/gambling">International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors</a></b> at ϲ University and the U.S. National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) to join forces in developing the Gift Responsibly Campaign. Since 2001, the simple goal of the Campaign is to raise awareness about the risks of underage lottery play.</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2022 17:33:09 +0000 ϲ University Eleven Quebec universities unite for biodiversity /newsroom/node/288562 <p>Eleven Quebec universities have joined forces and signed the Nature Positive Pledge, becoming founding members of an international movement that includes 117 universities worldwide.</p> Thu, 08 Dec 2022 13:54:49 +0000 ϲ University Enhancing and protecting Canada's carbon stocks is essential but insufficient to meet GHG emission targets: expert panel report /newsroom/node/288560 <p>Enhancing carbon storage in natural ecosystems could put a small but significant dent in Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but an aggressive commitment to reducing human-caused emissions remains critically important, according to a new expert panel report from the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), co-authored by ϲ Professor <b><a href="/geography/people-0/chmura" target="_blank">Gail L. Chmura</a></b> in the Department of Geography.</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2022 16:21:21 +0000 ϲ University What AI-generated COVID news tells us that journalists don’t /newsroom/node/288558 <p>AI can help identify biases in news reporting that we wouldn't otherwise see. Researchers from ϲ University got a computer program to generate news coverage of COVID-19 using headlines from CBC articles as prompts. They then compared the simulated news coverage to the actual reporting at the time and found that CBC coverage was less focused on the medical emergency and more positively focused on personalities and geo-politics.</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2022 21:03:51 +0000 ϲ University Cindy Blackstock Awarded SSHRC’s highest honour /newsroom/node/288541 <p>Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the five winners of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) 2022 Impact Awards.</p> <p>ϲ’s Cindy Blackstock, one of Canada’s most important social work scholars and an indefatigable advocate for Indigenous children’s rights and welfare, has won the SSHRC Gold Medal, the federal agency’s highest honour. The Gold Medal is awarded to an individual whose sustained leadership, dedication, and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike.</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2022 15:51:03 +0000 ϲ University An ecological rule breaker shows the effects of climate change on body size evolution /newsroom/node/288538 <p>Does evolution follow certain rules? Can these rules be predicted? Southeast Asia’s tree shrews break multiple rules when it comes to body size variation – with an unexpected twist – according to researchers from ϲ University, University of Cambridge, and Yale University. The <a href="">findings</a> shed new light on the effects of climate change on the evolution of body size in animals.</p> Fri, 25 Nov 2022 19:14:10 +0000 ϲ University Stories: Poverty and Instagram addiction; Dungeons & Dragons theatre /newsroom/node/288536 <h2> </h2> <h2> </h2> <h2> </h2> <h2><br /> Poverty linked to Facebook and Instagram addiction in teens</h2> Wed, 23 Nov 2022 21:19:19 +0000 ϲ University ϲ receives $4.8 million to advance climate change science and technology /newsroom/node/288531 <p>The Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund, administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), is investing more than $4 million in three ϲ-led projects through the Climate Awareness and Action Fund (CAAF). Nationally, the funding was part of a $58 million investment in research that will advance climate change science and technology, an announcement made by the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change today.</p> Wed, 23 Nov 2022 19:46:17 +0000 ϲ University To infinity and beyond: $26 million to propel space research at ϲ University and Université de Montréal to the outer limits /newsroom/node/288516 <p>The <b>ϲ Space Institute (MSI)</b> and the <b>Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx)</b> at Université de Montréal are at the forefront of the exhilarating pace of space research, helping to advance our knowledge of extrasolar planets, fast radio bursts, the dark universe, and other extraterrestrial mysteries. Now their stellar work and efforts to recruit top students and researchers are getting a huge boost thanks to extraordinary<b> </b>gifts to <b>ϲ University</b> and the <b>Université de Montréal</b> from the Trottier Family Foundation.</p> Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:46:06 +0000 ϲ University Tick-borne pathogens increasingly widespread in Central Canada /newsroom/node/288511 <p>Tick-borne pathogens, known for causing illnesses such as Lyme disease, are on the rise in Central Canada – presenting new risks in areas where they were never previously detected.</p> <p>The findings from researchers at ϲ University and the University of Ottawa demonstrate the need for more comprehensive testing and tracking to detect the spread and potential risk of tick-borne pathogens to human and wildlife populations throughout Canada.</p> Wed, 16 Nov 2022 16:39:13 +0000 ϲ University ϲ and RI-MUHC awarded $5.1 million for infectious disease research /newsroom/node/288505 <p>New funding of $5.1 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), announced today by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, will help researchers Marcel Behr, MD, PhD, and Silvia Vidal, PhD, ensure that Canada is better prepared for the next pandemic. This funding is part of the more than $127 million investment being made through the CFI to support upgrades to eight biocontainment facilities across the country as part of its new Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund (BRIF) program.</p> Wed, 16 Nov 2022 12:56:10 +0000 ϲ University A suite of government funding in support of ϲ research /newsroom/node/288503 <p>Today, the Government of Canada announced an investment of more than $ 301 million in support of social sciences and humanities research, bioscience infrastructure and the Canada Research Chairs Program. The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry made the announcement at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa. ϲ was awarded 35 Insight Development Grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and 11 renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRC) from the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP).</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2022 20:23:04 +0000 ϲ University $15.3 million gift for brain research at ϲ University will bring new insights into neurological diseases and disorders /newsroom/node/288500 <p>Scientists around the world are beginning to use new techniques in analyzing single brain cells to understand conditions like depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2022 17:19:57 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University appoints H. Deep Saini as new Principal and Vice-Chancellor /newsroom/node/288496 <p>The Board of Governors of ϲ University is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. H. Deep Saini as the University's 18th Principal and Vice-Chancellor. He will begin his five-year, renewable term on April 1, 2023.</p> <p>Prof. Saini was chosen by a unanimous vote of the Board of Governors, following a recommendation of an Advisory Committee formed to lead an extensive, international search.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2022 17:35:58 +0000 ϲ University Stories: Childhood honesty, mental health for Ukrainians & support for dementia caregivers /newsroom/node/288480 <p><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/honesty_children.jpg" style="width:50%" /></p> Mon, 07 Nov 2022 20:00:18 +0000 ϲ University Low levels of air pollution deadlier than previously thought /newsroom/node/288473 <p>The World Health Organization’s <a href="">most recent estimates (2016)</a> are that over 4.2 million people die prematurely each year due to long-term exposure to fine particulate outdoor air pollution (often referred to as PM<sub>2.5</sub>,). A recent study involving ϲ researchers now suggests that the annual global death toll from outdoor PM<sub>2.5</sub> may be significantly higher than previously thought.</p> Fri, 04 Nov 2022 18:46:10 +0000 ϲ University Vaccine uptake remains low among at-risk Canadians /newsroom/node/288465 <p>As the flu season begins and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, pneumococcal vaccination is more important than ever to prevent disease and death from pneumonia and other forms of pneumococcal disease. But vaccine uptake remains low among adults at high risk, say researchers from ϲ University.</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2022 17:14:41 +0000 ϲ University Witchcraft on trial and impacts of Halloween fast fashion /newsroom/node/288460 <p><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/witchcraft_law_1_0.jpeg" style="width:60%" /></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2022 13:21:14 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University to establish high-profile discussion series on Canada’s place in the world /newsroom/node/288458 <p>Thanks to an endowment of $5 million from Canadian philanthropist Charles Bronfman, LLD’90, the ϲ Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) is launching a new flagship event entitled Conversations, sponsored by Charles Bronfman, a series of high-profile and broadly accessible discussions about issues of global importance and the challenges and opportunities facing Canada.  </p> Wed, 26 Oct 2022 13:49:11 +0000 ϲ University Penguin feathers may be secret to effective anti-icing technology /newsroom/node/288451 <p>Ice buildup on powerlines and electric towers brought the northern US and southern Canada to a standstill during the Great Ice Storm of 1998, leaving many in the cold and dark for days and even weeks. Whether it is on wind turbines, electric towers, drones, or airplane wings, dealing with ice buildup typically depends on techniques that are time consuming, costly and/or use a lot of energy, along with various chemicals. But, by looking to nature, ϲ researchers believe that they have found a promising new way of dealing with the problem.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2022 21:13:56 +0000 ϲ University Seawater: memory keeper, energy source, and pollution tracking /newsroom/node/288427 <h6><img alt="Sampling seawater just below the surface of a seagrass bed in Quatsino Sound, British Columbia" src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/channels/image/seawater-bottled.png" style="width:60%" /><br /> <i>Sampling seawater just below the surface of a seagrass bed in Quatsino Sound, British Columbia. Credit: Mike McDermid</i></h6> <h2>What can a bottle of seawater tell you about the fish living below?</h2> Mon, 17 Oct 2022 17:58:01 +0000 ϲ University Forging a healthier future through research: ϲ University launches new Institute of Genomic Medicine /newsroom/node/288439 <p>A landmark donation to support ϲ University’s renowned genomics research and education programs from UK-based alumnus and long-time donor Victor Dahdaleh is a catalyst for advancements in genomics research. Thanks to gifts from Victor Dahdaleh totalling more than $30 million, ϲ will launch the <b>Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Institute of Genomic Medicine</b>.</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2022 14:11:11 +0000 ϲ University Advancing climate research thanks to new satellite mission co-led by ϲ University /newsroom/node/288436 <p>Canadian scientists will contribute to assessing and addressing climate change thanks to a new satellite mission that has received more than $200 million from the Canadian federal government. This is Canada’s contribution to a major multi-satellite mission led by NASA, the <a href="">Atmosphere Observing System</a> (AOS) mission, and will improve extreme weather prediction, climate modelling, and the monitoring of disasters.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2022 21:13:13 +0000 ϲ University Transparent face masks restore emotional understanding, but not empathy /newsroom/node/288425 <p>Mask-wearing has become the norm for many since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite their effectiveness in preventing the spread of viruses, opaque masks impair our ability to understand and convey emotions, a group of ϲ University researchers has found.</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2022 15:53:07 +0000 ϲ University Flatworm-inspired medical adhesives stop blood loss /newsroom/node/288419 <p>Every year around 2 million people die worldwide from hemorrhaging or blood loss. Uncontrolled hemorrhaging accounts for more than 30% of trauma deaths. To stop the bleeding, doctors often apply pressure to the wound and seal the site with medical glue. But what happens when applying pressure is difficult or could make things worse? Or the surface of the wound is too bloody for glue? Drawing inspiration from nature, researchers from ϲ University have developed a medical adhesive that could save lives, modeled after structures found in marine animals like mussels and flatworms.</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2022 20:56:32 +0000 ϲ University AI that can learn patterns of human language /newsroom/node/288415 <p>Human languages are notoriously complex, and linguists have long thought it would be impossible to teach a machine how to analyze speech sounds and word structures in the way humans do. But researchers from ϲ University, MIT, and Cornell University have taken a step in this direction. They have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can learn the rules and patterns of human languages on its own.</p> Fri, 07 Oct 2022 20:33:32 +0000 ϲ University Why leaves change colour, a bilingual theatre journey, and how Uber could help cities cut carbon emissions /newsroom/node/288413 <p><img alt="leaves" src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/gettyimages-1053614486.jpg" style="width:60%" /></p> Thu, 06 Oct 2022 20:02:31 +0000 ϲ University A more sustainable production of industrial chemicals /newsroom/node/288409 <p>Two renewable resources – cellulose from wood pulp and chitin from the shells of crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans – are known to industrial chemists for their potential for creating highly versatile nanocrystals, useful for making pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial additives and much more. </p> Mon, 03 Oct 2022 20:22:48 +0000 ϲ University Hats off: ϲ University celebrates graduates and honorary doctorate recipients at Fall Convocation /newsroom/node/288406 <p>On <b>October 26, 2022</b>, 1,800 graduating students will cross the stage at ϲ University’s Fall 2022 convocation ceremonies. They will celebrate with family and friends at <b>Place des Arts</b>, 175 St. Catherine Street West.</p> <p>As part of the ceremonies, ϲ will continue its tradition of conferring honorary degrees to highly talented and engaged individuals who serve as an inspiration for its community of students, professors, researchers, and staff.</p> <p>At the Fall 2022 ceremonies, the university will confer its highest honours upon two accomplished ϲ alumni:</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2022 20:58:04 +0000 ϲ University The surprising Swiss-Army-knife-like functions of a powerful enzyme /newsroom/node/288404 <p>Blue-green algae (AKA cyanobacteria) have a superpower which likely helps them be highly successful as invaders of waterways. They have an extraordinary ability to <a href="/newsroom/channels/news/how-bacteria-create-piggy-bank-lean-times-334147">store energy and nitrogen in their cells</a> for times of need. But how exactly they do so remains only partly understood.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2022 13:17:05 +0000 ϲ University Predicting the next volcanic eruption /newsroom/node/288400 <p>Volcanic eruptions can be tricky to predict. Magma stored below volcanoes contains dissolved gases, including carbon dioxide, which escape to the surface and can be sampled at different times (before, after or during) an eruption to provide clues about the next one.  </p> Wed, 28 Sep 2022 19:21:48 +0000 ϲ University CFI invests $3.9 M in ϲ research /newsroom/node/288375 <p>Announced today by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, 15 ϲ researchers received a total of $3.9 million from the <a href="" target="_blank">Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (CFI JELF)</a>. The Quebec government will provide matching funds for these awards. Across 40 Canadian institutions, Champagne announced $64 million to support 251 research infrastructure projects.</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:15:25 +0000 ϲ University A new understanding of the neurobiology of impulsivity /newsroom/node/288366 <p>While not all impulsive behaviour speaks of mental illness, a wide range of mental health disorders which often emerge in adolescence, including depression and substance abuse, have been linked to impulsivity. So, finding a way to identify and treat those who may be particularly vulnerable to impulsivity early in life is especially important.</p> Mon, 19 Sep 2022 21:30:55 +0000 ϲ University Sea level rise: rapid and unstoppable unless Paris Agreement targets met /newsroom/node/263032 <p><em>Image Caption: The Mackenzie River Delta on the Beaufort Sea, a low-lying region in the Canadian Arctic that is vulnerable to rising seas in a warming climate. CREDIT: Nadia and Harold Gomez</em></p> Mon, 03 May 2021 16:53:57 +0000 ϲ University Exercise may be key to developing treatments for rare movement disorder /newsroom/node/288363 <p>Spinal cerebellar ataxia 6 (SCA6) is an inherited neurological condition which has a debilitating impact on motor coordination. Affecting around 1 in 100,000 people, the rarity of SCA6 has seen it attract only limited attention from medical researchers. To date, there is no known cure and only limited treatment options exist.</p> <p>Now, a team of ϲ University researchers specializing in SCA6 and other forms of ataxia, have published findings that not only offer hope for SCA6 sufferers but may also open the way to developing treatments for other movement disorders.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2022 16:36:28 +0000 ϲ University Three ϲ Professors Receive Royal Society of Canada Medals /newsroom/node/288360 <p>Three ϲ researchers have been honoured with prestigious medals from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Associate Professor Daryl Haggard of the Department of Physics was awarded the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics—named after one of ϲ's most famous radiation physicists—for her pioneering studies of neutron stars and black holes. James ϲ Professor Graham Bell of the Department of Biology is awarded the Flavelle Medal for his transformational work in experimental evolutionary science.</p> Tue, 13 Sep 2022 14:09:16 +0000 ϲ University Muscle discovery, aging and memory, plus other stories /newsroom/node/288355 <p><img alt="muscle" src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/channels/image/muscle-actin-myosins-web.jpg" style="width:100%" /></p> <h2>Muscle discovery may lead to better drugs</h2> <p>The smallest constituents of muscles, myosin and actin, may be targeted to contribute to more effective treatment methods against heart and muscle diseases, say a group of international researchers at ϲ University and Linnaeus University.</p> Thu, 08 Sep 2022 14:52:06 +0000 ϲ University Ten students at ϲ University receive Canada’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarship /newsroom/node/288351 <p>Ten students have been named ϲ University’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships, Canada’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarships.</p> <p>Created by ϲ alumnus Seymour Schulich, BSc’61, MBA’65, DLitt’04, the Schulich Leader Scholarships are awarded to entrepreneurial-minded students who’ve demonstrated academic excellence and display leadership, charisma and creativity.</p> Tue, 06 Sep 2022 19:07:37 +0000 ϲ University Fifteen ϲ researchers and scholars honoured by the Royal Society of Canada /newsroom/node/288349 <p>Today, The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced 102 new Fellows and 54 new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. Among the 2022 cohort are fifteen ϲ researchers and scholars, including eleven RSC Fellows and four new Members, who will be inducted at the RSC Celebration of Excellence and Engagement on November 25, 2022, in Calgary, Alberta. The newest ϲ cohort will join 238 ϲ researchers who are currently RSC Fellows and Members of the College and 2400 Canada-wide.</p> Tue, 06 Sep 2022 17:46:14 +0000 ϲ University Spiders caught in a web of Internet lies /newsroom/node/288342 <p>It’s no secret that the internet and social media fuel rampant spread of misinformation in many areas of life. A collective of researchers, including <a href="">Catherine Scott</a>, Postdoctoral Fellow in ϲ University’s Lyman Lab, have explored this phenomenon as it applies to news about spiders. The verdict? Don’t blindly trust anything you read online about these eight-legged arthropods—or anything else for that matter—and always consider the source.</p> Thu, 01 Sep 2022 19:45:06 +0000 ϲ University ϲ launches Sylvan Adams Sports Science Institute to advance world-leading research into sports science and human performance /newsroom/node/288339 <p>A $29-million gift from Quebec-born entrepreneur Sylvan Adams will launch an exciting venture for ϲ’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education in the Faculty of Education, ushering in a new era of world-leading research and discovery in sports science, with the long-term goal of improving elite human performance, and promoting healthier living across the human lifespan.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2022 19:53:04 +0000 ϲ University New research pavilion will advance understanding of extreme weather events and ecosystem effects /newsroom/node/288337 <p>The new Adaptable Earth Observation System (AEOS) research facility at the Gault Nature Reserve in Mont-Saint-Hilaire is open for business for those conducting cutting-edge research on extreme weather conditions. It also serves as a lab for advanced ecological research. Thanks to a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant, this new pavilion paves the way to advancing environmental research by linking the Gault Nature Reserve with the project’s research stations in the Saint-Lawrence Valley, and in different parts of the world.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2022 14:53:59 +0000 ϲ University Moshe Safdie, one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential architects, gifts his professional archive to ϲ University /newsroom/node/288327 <p>Moshe Safdie, the renowned architect behind some of the world’s most celebrated buildings, has donated his professional archive to his alma mater, ϲ University, and pledged his personal apartment at Habitat 67 to ensure that it remains a resource for the University and the public at large.</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2022 19:44:53 +0000 ϲ University Greenland’s Indigenous population favours extracting and exporting sand from melting ice sheet /newsroom/node/288307 <p>A national survey of close to 1000 adults in Greenland (where approximately 90% of the population is Indigenous) conducted by a ϲ University-led research team has found that a surprisingly large majority – 3 out of 4 Greenlanders – support extracting and exporting sand left by the melting ice sheet. A significant proportion want Greenland’s leadership to assess the impact of sand extraction and exports on both the environment and economy. Furthermore, when it comes to who mines the sand, the majority prefer local involvement to foreign collaboration.</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 16:47:30 +0000 ϲ University Largest-ever gift to ϲ’s School of Continuing Studies will establish unique professional development program for members of marginalized groups /newsroom/node/288302 <p>ϲ University’s School of Continuing Studies is launching a unique experiential training and professional development program, with support from a $2-million community investment from Scotiabank, to help members of underrepresented local communities and newcomers to Canada, including refugees, build the durable skills they need to pursue their career paths.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2022 14:58:32 +0000 ϲ University Measuring the social impact of disruptive weather, plus other stories /newsroom/node/288305 <p>New research stories from ϲ University.</p> <p><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/disruptive_weather.jpg" style="width:100%" /></p> <h2>Using artificial intelligence to study the social impact of disruptive weather events</h2> <p>Does a “disruptive weather event” imply extreme weather? Not necessarily, say two ϲ University researchers. Instead of focusing on social impacts, weather research tends to focus on meteorology.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2022 15:25:08 +0000 ϲ University Using sound and bubbles to make bandages stickier and longer lasting /newsroom/node/288297 <p>Researchers have discovered that they can control the stickiness of adhesive bandages using ultrasound waves and bubbles. This breakthrough could lead to new advances in medical adhesives, especially in cases where adhesives are difficult to apply such as on wet skin.</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2022 20:45:19 +0000 ϲ University Study challenges attitudes about young people and pandemic preventative measures, plus other stories /newsroom/node/288287 <p><img alt=" Getty Images" src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/channels/image/covid-measures.jpg" style="width:100%" /></p> Tue, 09 Aug 2022 19:59:55 +0000 ϲ University Critical thinking protecting Ukrainians against Russia's disinformation campaign /newsroom/node/288285 <p>In disinformation campaigns, like the long-standing pro-Kremlin campaign targeted at Ukraine by the Russian government, who is most at risk of believing false information? A study led by ϲ University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that Ukrainians who engaged in more analytic thinking were less likely to believe the pro-Kremlin disinformation, even if they were generally pro-Russia.</p> Thu, 04 Aug 2022 14:04:46 +0000 ϲ University Why are some birds more intelligent than others? /newsroom/node/288279 <p>If you’ve ever seen a starling peck open a garbage bag or a grackle steal your dog pellets, you get a sense that some birds have learned to take advantage of new feeding opportunities – a clear sign of their intelligence. Scientists have long wondered why certain species of birds are more innovative than others, and whether these capacities stem from larger brains (which intuitively seems likely) or from a greater number of neurons in specific areas of the brain.</p> Mon, 01 Aug 2022 15:18:53 +0000 ϲ University No 'Safe Space' for 12 key ocean species on North American West Coast /newsroom/node/288277 <p>For the generations who grew up watching <i>Finding Nemo</i>, it might not come as a surprise that the North American West Coast has its own version of the underwater ocean highway – the California Current marine ecosystem (CCME). The CCME extends from the southernmost tip of California up through Washington. Seasonal upward currents of cold, nutrient-rich water are the backbone to a larger food web of krill, squid, fish, seabirds and marine mammals. However, climate change and subsequent changes in ocean pH, temperature and oxygen levels are altering the CCME — and not in a good way.</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2022 13:56:58 +0000 ϲ University The tiny bodies of bats allow perfect balance between flight costs and heat dissipation /newsroom/node/288261 <p>Many mammal species living in cold climates tend to have large bodies and short limbs to reduce heat loss – a general pattern known as Bergmann’s rule. However, bats are the exception to the rule, displaying small body sizes in both hot and cold regions. A ϲ-led team of researchers is shedding light on this long-standing debate over bats’ body sizes and focus on why bats are seemingly non-conforming to ecogeographical patterns found in other mammals. Their findings offer a new method for investigating complex macroecology across bat species.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2022 16:33:35 +0000 ϲ University No pain, no gain? How the brain chooses between pain and profit /newsroom/node/288246 <p>Imagine having to choose over and over between what you enjoy doing and the pain that it might cause you, whether physical or emotional. If you live with conditions such as depression, anxiety, or chronic pain, you are probably familiar with making these difficult choices on a daily or weekly basis. But surprisingly little is known about which areas of the brain are involved in decisions of this kind.</p> Thu, 14 Jul 2022 16:19:57 +0000 ϲ University New Vic: ϲ University welcomes the Quebec government’s support /newsroom/node/288244 <p>The <em>Gazette officielle du Québec </em>published the ministerial decision authorizing the <em>Dossier d’affaires</em> for the New Vic project on July 13th, 2022. This important milestone is a key step in this major visionary and transformative project led by ϲ University.</p> Wed, 13 Jul 2022 20:00:04 +0000 ϲ University Astronomers detect a radio “heartbeat” billions of light-years from Earth /newsroom/node/288242 <p>Astronomers at ϲ University, MIT and elsewhere have detected a strange and persistent radio signal from a far-off galaxy, that appears to be flashing with surprising regularity. Classified as a fast radio burst, or FRB, this new signal persists for up to three seconds, about 1,000 times longer than the average FRB. Within this window, the team detected bursts of radio waves that repeat every 0.2 seconds in a clear periodic pattern.</p> Wed, 13 Jul 2022 13:40:19 +0000 ϲ University Poverty reduction, evolutionary change, and laser cutting /newsroom/node/288232 <p><img alt=" H. Borchers et al." src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/channels/image/laser-cutting.jpg" style="width:100%" /></p> <h6><em>Pac-Man carving by laser cutting. Credit: H. Borchers et al.</em></h6> <h2>A gentler, more precise laser cutting technique</h2> <p>Laser cutting techniques are usually powered by high energy beams, so hot that they melt most materials. Now scientists from ϲ University have developed a gentler, more precise technique using low-power visible light.</p> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:13:10 +0000 ϲ University Is AI good or bad for the climate? It’s complicated /newsroom/node/288219 <p>As the world fights climate change, will the increasingly widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) be a help or a hindrance? In a paper published this week in <a href=""><i>Nature Climate Change</i></a>, a team of experts in AI, climate change, and public policy present a framework for understanding the complex and multifaceted relationship of AI with greenhouse gas emissions, and suggest ways to better align AI with climate change goals.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2022 11:53:49 +0000 ϲ University $26.5 million for ϲ Research from NSERC Discovery Research Programs /newsroom/node/288220 <p>Asked to list the most earthquake prone countries, few people would earmark Canada. Yet, in 2021, Natural Resources Canada identified 46 earthquakes, which registered between 1.8 and 5.3 magnitude and to date, 26 earthquakes have occurred in 2022. Damaging earthquakes are surprisingly common in the Western Quebec Seismic Zone, which encloses the Ottawa Valley from Montreal to Témiscamingue as well as the Laurentians. The question is not if but when a major quake will hit one of Canada’s major urban centres, an event that poses risks to human life and infrastructure.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:35:04 +0000 ϲ University A blueprint for life forms on Mars? /newsroom/node/288211 <p>The extremely salty, very cold, and almost oxygen-free environment under the permafrost of Lost Hammer Spring in Canada’s High Arctic is the one that most closely resembles certain areas on Mars. So, if you want to learn more about the kinds of life forms that could once have existed – or may still exist – on Mars, this is a good place to look. After much searching under extremely difficult conditions, ϲ University researchers have found microbes that have never been identified before.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2022 05:11:48 +0000 ϲ University Melanoma map shows skin cancer is on the rise in Canada /newsroom/node/288209 <p>Rates of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, are on the rise in Canada. Those living in southern and coastal areas are most at risk, according to a new study led by ϲ University.</p> <p>“Cutaneous melanoma causes more deaths than any other skin cancer, accounting for 1.9 per cent of all cancer deaths in men and 1.2 per cent in women in Canada. Globally, there were 290,000 new cases of this form of skin cancer in 2018,” says Dr. <a href="/newsroom/ivan-litvinov">Ivan Litvinov</a>, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at ϲ University.</p> Fri, 17 Jun 2022 20:52:10 +0000 ϲ University A biological super glue from mistletoe berries? /newsroom/node/288198 <p>Each mistletoe berry can produce up to two metres of a gluey thread called viscin. It allows the seeds of this parasitic plant to stick to and infect host plants. Since ancient times, mistletoe berries have been explored as treatments for everything from infertility and epilepsy to cancer. But, until now, no one has fully investigated the potential medical or technical uses of the glue itself.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2022 15:20:17 +0000 ϲ University Fast-fashion, air pollution and women leaders under the media spotlight /newsroom/node/288188 <h2><span><span>Lack of environmental awareness and preference for variety leading causes of waste in fast-fashion production</span></span></h2> <p><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/channels/image/picture1.jpg" style="width:50%" /></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2022 03:25:23 +0000 ϲ University The secret lives of Darwin's finches reveal daily commutes the equivalent of 30 soccer fields /newsroom/node/288186 <p>Using radio transmitters, scientists have gained new insights into the behaviour of medium ground finches in the Galapagos Islands. A study led by ϲ University researchers reveals daily movement patterns covering an area equivalent to the size of 30 soccer fields.</p> Wed, 08 Jun 2022 16:27:58 +0000 ϲ University Decoding the language of immune responses /newsroom/node/288175 <p>Fever, cough, sore throat – symptoms in the spotlight in the era of COVID-19 – are just some of the tell-tale signs of our body’s immune system kicking into action against an unwanted intruder. Whether triggered by an infection, an allergen, or a vaccine, immune responses are driven by a complex array of cellular processes that can play out over several days or even weeks.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2022 14:24:20 +0000 ϲ University Research briefs: Origami-inspired design and why mice fear bananas /newsroom/node/278069 <p>Here are some interesting new stories from ϲ University Media Relations:</p> Mon, 04 Oct 2021 21:42:39 +0000 ϲ University ϲ announces C$6 million chair in architecture to develop turn-key solutions for mass building climate retrofits /newsroom/node/288161 <p>As the impact of climate change intensifies and accelerates, there is growing urgency to radically transform areas that can be substantially decarbonized. Buildings are among the largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) however the vast majority of existing Canadian building stock was constructed with no energy code in place. Developing a systematic and scalable approach to retrofit existing buildings and communities to reduce their GHG emissions will help Canada achieve its carbon reduction targets.</p> Tue, 24 May 2022 17:02:00 +0000 ϲ University Music to our ears: Gift to ϲ and UdeM creates hub for collaborative piano in Montreal /newsroom/node/288152 <p>After two years of health restrictions that have often left concert halls empty and musicians struggling, a generous donation from the Azrieli Foundation is helping to breathe new life into the world of elite music performance.</p> Thu, 19 May 2022 13:00:45 +0000 ϲ University Concussion symptoms in children may have multiple underlying causes /newsroom/node/288147 <p>Different types of brain damage caused by a concussion may lead to similar symptoms in children, according to research led by ϲ University. A new way of studying concussions could help develop future treatments.</p> <p>While most children fully recover after a concussion, some will have lasting symptoms. The findings published in <i><a href="">eLife</a></i> help explain the complex relationships that exist between symptoms and the damage caused by the injury.</p> Tue, 17 May 2022 17:46:34 +0000 ϲ University Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy /newsroom/node/288139 <p>Astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole and yields valuable clues about the workings of such giants, which are thought to reside at the centre of most galaxies. The image was produced by a global research team called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, using observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes. Astronomers from ϲ University were part of this global effort.</p> Thu, 12 May 2022 16:34:23 +0000 ϲ University Discovery reveals blocking inflammation may lead to chronic pain /newsroom/node/288132 <p>Using anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids to relieve pain could increase the chances of developing chronic pain, according to researchers from ϲ University and colleagues in Italy. Their research puts into question conventional practices used to alleviate pain. Normal recovery from a painful injury involves inflammation and blocking that inflammation with drugs could lead to harder-to-treat pain.</p> Tue, 10 May 2022 17:33:06 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University's carbon reduction strategy in investments yields outstanding results /newsroom/node/288131 <p>As part of its ongoing commitment to fighting climate change, ϲ University’s result-oriented strategy has accelerated the effective decarbonization of its investment, and further reduced its exposure to large users of oil, gas, and coal, as well as fossil fuel producers. By taking a holistic approach that looks beyond the traditional carbon-intensive energy sector, the University has achieved a nearly 53 per cent absolute reduction in the carbon footprint of its two-billion-dollar endowment portfolio in just two years.</p> Tue, 10 May 2022 17:32:49 +0000 ϲ University Exposure to wildfires increases risk of cancer /newsroom/node/288123 <p>A new study from ϲ University finds higher incidence of lung cancer and brain tumors in people exposed to wildfires. The study, which tracks over two million Canadians over a period of 20 years, is the first to examine how proximity to forest fires may influence cancer risk.</p> Fri, 06 May 2022 18:43:15 +0000 ϲ University The Future is Bright: ϲ’s Honorary Degree recipients for Spring Convocation 2022 /newsroom/node/288125 <p>This Spring, beloved traditions are returning to ϲ University’s downtown and Macdonald campuses. The University’s newest graduates will again cross the stage to receive their hard-earned degrees and diplomas. To celebrate these students’ outstanding achievements, the University will welcome 14 inspirational individuals who have made exceptional contributions to both their own fields and society as a whole.</p> Fri, 06 May 2022 20:26:08 +0000 ϲ University Shielding children from food insecurity – no protection from psychological problems /newsroom/node/288121 <p>It’s easy to imagine the emotional distress of both parents and children in families where there isn’t enough to eat. Especially if it happens regularly. An increasing number of studies have shown an association between food insecurity and adverse mental health outcomes. Now, new research from ϲ University has looked at the impacts of food insecurity on the mental health of both parents and children separately.</p> Wed, 04 May 2022 03:44:41 +0000 ϲ University An Interactive Sustainability Dashboard for Montreal and beyond /newsroom/node/288100 <p>What if you could gather as much sustainability-related information as possible about a city, and use it to create an interactive website to be used by wide and diverse audiences? That is essentially what three ϲ professors have assembled with Sus – a new, interactive and fully bilingual English and French-language sustainability dashboard for the Montreal urban area will be launched on April 25 (in French) and April 26 (in English). Its name is a playful reference to “sustainability” but its value to the city can be of great consequence. </p> Mon, 25 Apr 2022 17:30:06 +0000 ϲ University Leading ϲ scholars celebrated for sharing their work with the media /newsroom/node/288093 <p>Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier has announced the 2022 winners of the <a href="/newsroom/principals-prize">Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media</a>. The prize was created to recognize exceptional scholars who share their knowledge with the media and the public, whether about sustainability, politics, music, science and engineering or COVID-19.</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2022 15:55:30 +0000 ϲ University Meet the second class of McCall MacBain Scholars /newsroom/node/288085 <p>Aspiring policy-makers, health innovators, entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders are among the 20 newly selected <a href="">McCall MacBain Scholars</a> at ϲ, Canada’s comprehensive leadership scholarship program for master’s and professional studies.</p> <p>The new scholars come from 17 Canadian universities and will begin their degrees in 7 faculties at ϲ in September 2022. Three faculties - Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, Education, and Management - will welcome scholars for the first time.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2022 15:16:33 +0000 ϲ University Hard to change minds when it comes to vaccine willingness /newsroom/node/288072 <p>In the fall of 2020, before vaccines were readily available, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) surveyed nearly 24,000 middle-aged and older adults to test their willingness to get vaccinated. The new study from ϲ and McMaster and Universities, published recently in the <a href=""><i>American Journal of Epidemiology</i></a>, provides insight into the factors that may lead to vaccine hesitancy among older adults, who are known to be at increased risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19.</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2022 14:00:00 +0000 ϲ University $2.9 million from the Government of Canada for ϲ research /newsroom/node/288078 <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disruptive effect on ϲ’s research activities, particularly community and field-based research. The pandemic has also provided a unique opportunity to explore new directions in research methodologies. ϲ’s researchers have developed creative solutions and harnessed science to solve national and global challenges.</p> Wed, 06 Apr 2022 18:52:13 +0000 ϲ University CHIME Outrigger telescopes boost search for fast radio bursts /newsroom/node/287543 <p>In the quest to identify the origins of one of astronomy’s biggest mysteries – fast radio bursts (FRBs) – Canada’s world-renowned telescope, the <a href="">Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME)</a>, is getting backup.</p> Mon, 28 Mar 2022 20:41:45 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University joins Moderna in battle against global health threats /newsroom/node/287084 <p>ϲ University has joined Moderna’s <a href="">mRNA Access</a> program, which aims to accelerate innovation and enable new vaccines and medicines for emerging and neglected infectious diseases through collaborative research and preclinical development. ϲ is the first university in Canada to join this program as it ramps up its international rollout.</p> Wed, 23 Mar 2022 21:04:28 +0000 ϲ University One in four women experience domestic violence before age 50 /newsroom/node/287148 <p>Over one in four women (or 27 per cent) experience intimate partner violence before the age of 50, according to a worldwide analysis led by researchers from ϲ University and the World Health Organization. The largest of its kind, the analysis covers 366 studies involving more than 2 million women in 161 countries.</p> Thu, 24 Mar 2022 13:59:31 +0000 ϲ University Martha Crago Awarded the German Order of Merit /newsroom/node/286882 <p>On March 22, <a href="/research/about/vice-principal">Martha Crago</a>, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, was presented with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The award was handed over by Germany’s Ambassador to Canada, Ms. Sabine Sparwasser, at a special ceremony at ϲ University. The Order of Merit is awarded to Germans as well as foreigners for outstanding achievements in the political, economic, social, or intellectual realms.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2022 18:04:36 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University's New Vic Project moves to next level with support from Quebec government /newsroom/node/286989 <p>ϲ University welcomes the Quebec government's renewed commitment to its New Vic project as part of the 2022-2023 budget documents.</p> <p>This innovative project aims to convert part of the former Royal Victoria Hospital site into a learning, research and teaching hub focused on sustainable development and public policy. To do this, ϲ will transform a portion of the site into a state-of-the-art space designed to support multidisciplinary teaching and research activities, while fostering collaborative research activities with government, private sector and academic partners.</p> Tue, 22 Mar 2022 20:21:07 +0000 ϲ University Amid war and disease, World Happiness Report shows bright spot /newsroom/node/286520 <p>In this troubled time of war and pandemic, the <a href="">World Happiness Report 2022</a> shows a bright light in dark times. According to the team of international researchers, including ϲ University Professor <a href="/newsroom/christopher-barrington-leigh">Christopher Barrington-Leigh</a>, the pandemic brought not only pain and suffering but also an increase in social support and benevolence.</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2022 20:45:45 +0000 ϲ University LSD, a future anti-anxiety pill? /newsroom/node/286503 <p>The craze for psychedelics used for therapeutic purposes is real. However, the scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness and explaining their mode of action in treating mental health disorders is still very thin. A new study led by Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, a senior scientist in the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), sheds light on previously unexplained neurobiological mechanisms by which LSD is believed to relieve anxiety.</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2022 14:21:33 +0000 ϲ University More than half of students who took part in survey on Law 21 say they will leave Quebec to find work /newsroom/node/286360 <p>Researchers from ϲ and Concordia universities have teamed up to examine how Quebec's secularism law, Law 21, is affecting the career choices and experiences of discrimination of students, particularly in the province's faculties of law and education. The law, which bans some public servants, including teachers in the public system and prosecutors, from wearing religious symbols at work, was implemented in June 2019.</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2022 12:28:27 +0000 ϲ University Compulsive exercise is a socially acceptable prison cell /newsroom/node/286293 <p>Compulsive exercise (CE) gets little attention, despite being a fairly common and serious condition. There is no universally recognized definition of compulsive exercise, though it involves being obsessed and all-consumed by exercising, and those who suffer from it often describe themselves as being miserable, in pain, or depressed all the time. Although it is frequently accompanied by an eating disorder (85% of those with eating disorders also exercise compulsively), there are also people who may be hyper-focused on exercise alone.</p> Mon, 14 Mar 2022 17:19:28 +0000 ϲ University Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) & Bensadoun School join forces /newsroom/node/286290 <p>Consumer behaviour has changed dramatically during the pandemic. Public health restrictions have played a major role, but a trend toward e-commerce and omni-channel retail was already underway. It has only accelerated.</p> <p>“Companies now need to show a lot of creativity and resilience. External factors are having a huge impact on operations,” says Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management at ϲ University. “Consumer behaviour changes, technology changes, and now supply chain disruptions are causing inflationary pressures.</p> Sat, 12 Mar 2022 19:14:10 +0000 ϲ University Stemming the tide of invasive species /newsroom/node/286090 <p>Ballast water release from ocean vessels has introduced hundreds of invasive species to coastal ecosystems worldwide, causing major disruptions to fisheries and biodiversity. Attempts to control aquatic invasions have met with mixed success in general. However, a new study suggests that a bi-national regulation targeting ships entering the Great Lakes since the mid-2000s has been remarkably effective in reducing a large proportion of the invasive species in<i> the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem</i>.</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2022 17:52:17 +0000 ϲ University ϲ24 raises $3.95 million for causes across the University in seventh annual day of giving /newsroom/node/286094 <p>On March 9, the global ϲ University community came together once again to make a difference on ϲ24, raising a record $3,949,997 in 24 hours during the seventh edition of the University’s annual day of giving. This year’s ϲ24 took place as the University wraps up its bicentennial celebrations and kicks off its third century, with a theme that inspired the community to reflect on 200 reasons to give.</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2022 21:14:14 +0000 ϲ University Face masks impair nonverbal communication between individuals /newsroom/node/286055 <p>Since the onset of the worldwide pandemic, face masks have been widely adopted to control the spread of COVID-19. While masks are critical for mitigating disease contagion, they hide parts of our faces which are used for nonverbal communication to express our emotions and intentions.</p> Mon, 21 Feb 2022 14:26:41 +0000 ϲ University Child marriages violating statutory rape laws in many U.S. states /newsroom/node/286046 <p>In many U.S. states, children can legally marry at an earlier age than they can consent to sex, leading to situations where sex between spouses may be a criminal act. Some states exempt sex between married spouses from their definition of statutory rape, which may create perverse incentives for child marriage, according to researchers from ϲ University.</p> <p>Their findings, published in the <a href=""><i>Journal of Adolescent Health</i></a>, show that child marriages violated statutory rape laws in 14 states.</p> Wed, 16 Feb 2022 14:23:20 +0000 ϲ University Prioritizing supports to specific neighbourhoods is key to curbing COVID-19 transmission /newsroom/node/286039 <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has uneven impacts across cities and provinces, with some regions struggling more than others. A new study shows hotspots of COVID-19 infections across Canadian cities are linked to occupation, income, housing, and markers for structural racism.</p> Thu, 10 Feb 2022 21:55:32 +0000 ϲ University Understanding how your romantic partner sees your emotions may help couples cope with conflict /newsroom/node/286042 <p>A study by researchers at ϲ University is shedding new light on the importance of the perception of emotion in romantic relationships. The all-ϲ team found that, regardless of how an individual is truly feeling, knowing their partner sees their emotions as a typical reaction to a given situation may lead to better relations within a couple − especially in situations of conflict.</p> Sun, 13 Feb 2022 14:19:39 +0000 ϲ University Are men or women more likely to enjoy aggression in porn? /newsroom/node/286035 <p>After interviewing over 300 regular pornography viewers in a study published in <i>Archives of Sexual Behaviour</i>, Professor <a href="/sociology/contact-us/faculty/shor">Eran Shor</a> found that while most viewers were not interested in watching sexual aggression in pornography, women were more likely than men to say that they enjoyed aggression in the pornography they watch, including harder forms, such as choking.</p> Thu, 10 Feb 2022 17:57:41 +0000 ϲ University Do emotions impact decisions on punishment in the context of crime? /newsroom/node/286013 <p>Anger is a key emotion in understanding public opinion towards crime and punishment: it is frequently mobilized in public discourse and is elicited by specific incidents. But what role do emotions play in questions of punishment for crime?</p> Mon, 07 Feb 2022 15:00:13 +0000 ϲ University What the rise of oxygen on early Earth tells us about life on other planets /newsroom/node/284911 <p>When did the Earth reach oxygen levels sufficient to support animal life? Researchers from ϲ University have discovered that a rise in oxygen levels occurred in step with the evolution and expansion of complex, eukaryotic ecosystems. Their findings represent the strongest evidence to date that extremely low oxygen levels exerted an important limitation on evolution for billions of years.</p> Mon, 24 Jan 2022 21:23:08 +0000 ϲ University Men who paid for sex more likely to live with HIV /newsroom/node/284908 <p>Twenty years’ worth of surveys suggest that nearly one in ten sexually active men in 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have been clients of sex workers. These men are about 50 percent more likely to be living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to a team of international researchers, including <a href="/epi-biostat-occh/mathieu-maheu-giroux">Professor Mathieu Maheu-Giroux</a> and Caroline Hodgins of ϲ University.</p> Mon, 24 Jan 2022 21:03:18 +0000 ϲ University Uncovering the underlying patterns in contemporary evolution /newsroom/node/284331 <p>Wild populations must continuously adapt to environmental changes or risk extinction. For more than fifty years, scientists have described instances of “rapid evolution” in specific populations as their traits (phenotypes) change in response to varying stressors. For example, Spanish clover has developed a tolerance for copper from the mine tailings in which it grows, and the horn size of Alberta bighorn sheep has decreased due to trophy hunting.</p> Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:38:05 +0000 ϲ University Protective gene variant against COVID-19 identified /newsroom/node/283965 <p>In addition to old age and certain underlying diseases, genetics can influence whether we become severely affected or only suffer mild illness from COVID-19. Previous studies on mainly people of European ancestry have found that individuals carrying a particular segment of DNA have a 20 percent lower risk of developing a critical COVID-19 infection. This DNA segment encodes genes in the immune system and is inherited from Neanderthals in about half of all people outside Africa.</p> Fri, 14 Jan 2022 15:15:52 +0000 ϲ University New insights into seasons on a planet outside our solar system /newsroom/node/283870 <p><em>XO-3b, a hot Jupiter on an eccentric orbit. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)</em></p> Thu, 13 Jan 2022 15:41:33 +0000 ϲ University Federal government announces 17 Canada Research Chairs for ϲ /newsroom/node/283775 <p>Plastics, textiles, and electronics have revolutionized our modern world, but their massive production has led to the accumulation of non-biodegradable and toxic wastes. This is a problem ϲ researcher Noémie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne hopes to have a hand in solving. Today she was named a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Biologically-Derived Materials, in recognition of the importance of her research for Canada’s future.</p> Tue, 11 Jan 2022 21:11:37 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier will step down at the end of August 2022 /newsroom/node/283771 <p>Professor Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of ϲ University, announced today that she will be stepping down from her second term on August 31, 2022.</p> <p>“Entering the University’s third century provides a unique opportunity for renewal and for setting new directions and ambitious goals,” said Principal Fortier. “After close to a decade in this role, I believe it is an ideal time to pass the baton to a new leader who will shape the future of our University.”</p> Fri, 07 Jan 2022 16:02:40 +0000 ϲ University Real-time alert system heralds new era in fast radio burst research /newsroom/node/283702 <p>ϲ University scientists have developed a new system for sharing the enormous amount of data being generated by the CHIME radio telescope in its search for fast radio bursts (FRBs), the puzzling extragalactic phenomenon that is one of the hottest topics in modern-day astronomy.</p> Mon, 06 Dec 2021 20:36:52 +0000 ϲ University Message from the Chair of the Board of Governors of ϲ University /newsroom/node/283720 <p>Following recent press coverage regarding ϲ Principal’s compensation this year, I wish to clarify a number of key elements.</p> <p>ϲ University is recognized as one of the world’s leading universities. As such, the University is committed to attracting and retaining the best leaders by maintaining compensation practices competitive with other leading Canadian universities, including those in the U15 group.</p> Mon, 13 Dec 2021 14:07:49 +0000 ϲ University Acfas prizes for two ϲ Professors /newsroom/node/283714 <p>Canada’s most prestigious French-language learned society announced the recipients of its research awards today, and two ϲ professors are among the winners.</p> <p>At its 77th virtual gala ceremony, the non-profit organization <a href="" target="_blank">Acfas</a>, l’Association francophone pour le savoir, awarded ϲ Professor Michel Biron the Prix André-Laurendeau and Professor Susanne Lajoie the Prix Jeanne-Lapointe.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2021 22:53:42 +0000 ϲ University A new understanding of mental illness /newsroom/node/283704 <p>The causes of psychiatric disorders are poorly understood. Now, in work led by researchers at ϲ University, there is evidence that a wide range of early onset psychiatric problems (from depression, anxiety and addictions to dyslexia, bulimia, and ADHD) may be largely due to the combination of just three factors. The first is biological—in the form of individual variability in the brain’s dopamine reward pathway. The second is social—and points to the important role of early childhood neglect or abuse.</p> Mon, 06 Dec 2021 21:34:50 +0000 ϲ University Marjoleine Kars wins 2021 Cundill History Prize /newsroom/node/283683 <p>Marjoleine Kars has been named winner of the 2021 Cundill History Prize for <i>Blood on the River: a Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast</i> (The New Press).<b> </b>Kars accessed a previously untapped Dutch archive to reveal the little-known story of a 1763 slave rebellion in Berbice, a Dutch colony in present-day Guyana.</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2021 17:56:12 +0000 ϲ University Preventing “Alien” Invasions /newsroom/node/283677 <p>The search of life beyond our world is an exciting venture that may yield an enormous discovery in the not-too-distant future. However, space agencies around the world, including NASA and the European Space Agency, have long been aware of the potential risks of biological contamination and have set in place planetary protection policies.</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2021 15:02:40 +0000 ϲ University Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play /newsroom/node/283673 <p>According to research, early childhood gambling experiences, including those with lottery products, increase the risk for developing gambling problems later in life.</p> Tue, 30 Nov 2021 21:04:29 +0000 ϲ University Support for research in carbon-free energy storage and conversion /newsroom/node/283651 <p>As the world reflects on pledges made at the United Nations climate conference (COP26) to reduce carbon emissions, and scientists develop new ways to scale up renewable energy, ϲ University’s efforts to contribute to a cleaner, carbon-free future will take another big leap forward thanks to a $2-million donation from TD Bank Group (TD).</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2021 21:28:07 +0000 ϲ University Synthetic tissue can repair hearts, muscles, and vocal cords /newsroom/node/283670 <p>Combining knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering, scientists from ϲ University develop a <a href="">biomaterial</a> tough enough to repair the heart, muscles, and vocal cords, representing a major advance in regenerative medicine.</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 22:02:03 +0000 ϲ University Extinct swordfish-shaped marine reptile discovered /newsroom/node/283667 <p>A team of international researchers from Canada, Colombia, and Germany has discovered a new marine reptile. The specimen, a stunningly preserved metre-long skull, is one of the last surviving ichthyosaurs – ancient animals that look eerily like living swordfish.</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 16:31:01 +0000 ϲ University $13 million in gifts will help transform ϲ’s Leacock Building, support Indigenous research and knowledge /newsroom/node/283661 <p>Donations totalling $13 million from ϲ alumnus Gerald Rimer and the Rimer family will support a major renovation of the University’s Leacock Building and build the foundation for a future Institute for Indigenous Research and Knowledges (IIRK) at ϲ.</p> Thu, 25 Nov 2021 20:23:47 +0000 ϲ University Marine species in St.Lawrence Estuary endangered by rapid drop in levels of oxygen /newsroom/node/283664 <p>Concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the deep waters of the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary (LSLE) have dropped by over 50% over the past two years. The consequences for many marine species, who depend on oxygen to survive, are potentially very serious. A compilation of historical data reveals that dissolved oxygen concentrations in the deep waters of the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary decreased by about 50% during the fifty years between 1934 and 1985. And then remained fairly constant until 2019, when the situation changed dramatically.</p> Fri, 26 Nov 2021 16:59:10 +0000 ϲ University Message from Principal and Vice Chancellor Suzanne Fortier on the importance of French at ϲ University /newsroom/node/283669 <p>Following this week's media reports, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier would like to clarify the situation regarding the importance of French at ϲ University. Although ϲ is an English-speaking institution of higher education, French holds a special place and the majority of the University's roughly 50,000 students and employees speak French.</p> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 21:55:19 +0000 ϲ University Dopamine plays key role in songbird mating /newsroom/node/283644 <p>In humans, the dopamine system has been tied to rewards and pleasurable sensations. As well as to memory and learning. A recent study from ϲ University, published in <a href=""><i>Current Biology</i></a>, suggests that dopamine may also play a key role in shaping what songs female songbirds enjoy, which may ultimately affect mating as females choose (and then remember) their mates based on the songs they prefer.</p> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 19:32:16 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University celebrates graduates and honorary doctorate recipients at fall convocation /newsroom/node/283648 <p>This fall, 700 graduating students, who completed their programs at the end of Summer 2021 at ϲ University, will cross the stage for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in 2019. The four in-person fall convocation ceremonies will take place on <b>November 25<sup>th</sup> and 26<sup>th</sup>, 2021 at Place des Arts</b>, where graduates will celebrate together with family and friends.</p> Fri, 19 Nov 2021 22:18:01 +0000 ϲ University Caucasian households in U.S. emit most carbon despite greater energy efficiency /newsroom/node/283649 <p>Residential energy use represents roughly one-fifth of annual greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. A team of researchers led by ϲ University has used data from 60 million individual American households to look into how carbon emissions caused by household energy use vary by race and ethnicity across the country. Paradoxically, this first national level analysis found that even though energy-efficient homes are more often found in Caucasian neighbourhoods, carbon emissions from these neighbourhoods are higher than in African American neighbourhoods.</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2021 14:43:54 +0000 ϲ University The global ocean out of balance /newsroom/node/283616 <p>Surprising as it sounds, all life forms in the ocean, from small krill to large tuna, seem to obey a simple mathematical law that links an organism’s abundance to its body size. For example, although small krill are individually only about one millionth of the weight of a large tuna, they also tend to be a million times more numerous throughout the oceans. The idea, known as the Sheldon size spectrum theory, was first advanced in the 1970s, but has never been tested for a wide range of marine species and on a global scale until now.</p> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 20:46:52 +0000 ϲ University COVID-19 lockdowns deepened struggle for work-family balance /newsroom/node/283615 <p>Around the world increasing mental health inequalities between women and men following the COVID-19 pandemic represent a major public health concern. According to a new study, the lockdown measures due to the pandemic profoundly and unequally disrupted the work-family balance for many graduate students, exacerbating mental health problems.</p> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 15:01:57 +0000 ϲ University How to turn specific genes on and off /newsroom/node/283400 <p>Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer are just some of the disorders associated with specific genes not “turning on” and “turning off” as they should. By using new CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology, in a recent paper in <a href=""><i>Nature Communications</i></a><i>, </i>ϲ University researchers have described a new technique that scientists across the world can potentially use to explore novel ways of treating diseases associated with dysregulation in DNA methylation.</p> Fri, 05 Nov 2021 20:55:30 +0000 ϲ University Diet restricted size of hunter-gatherer societies /newsroom/node/283397 <p>Short growing seasons limited the possible size of hunter-gatherer societies by forcing people to rely on meat, according to a recent study by a team of international researchers, including ϲ University professor <a href="/eps/galbraith">Eric Galbraith</a>.</p> Fri, 05 Nov 2021 20:30:08 +0000 ϲ University Revolutionary identity verification technique offers robust solution to hacking /newsroom/node/283202 <p>A team of computer scientists, including Claude Crépeau of ϲ University and physicist colleagues from the University of Geneva, have developed an extremely secure identity verification method based on the fundamental principle that information cannot travel faster than the speed of light. The breakthrough has the potential to greatly improve the security of financial transactions and other applications requiring proof of identity online.</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2021 18:36:14 +0000 ϲ University Can inhaled corticosteroids alleviate early symptoms of COVID-19? /newsroom/node/283084 <p>Despite high hopes, a new pan-Canadian study published today in The BMJ suggests that ciclesonide—an inhaled and nasal steroid drug commonly used for asthma and rhinitis—won’t be the treatment to change the course of the pandemic.</p> Tue, 02 Nov 2021 13:37:42 +0000 ϲ University Advancing agriculture threatens the livelihoods of forest-dependent people /newsroom/node/282072 <div> <p><i>Satellite images reveal where forest-dependent people live inside the forests of the South American Gran Chaco, and how deforestation for cattle ranching leads to an erosion of their resource base. (Background photo: Google Earth<sup>TM </sup>/ Inset photo: I. Gasparri).</i></p></div> Tue, 26 Oct 2021 14:31:46 +0000 ϲ University ϲ conferring honorary degrees to four exceptional individuals /newsroom/node/281130 <p>ϲ University is proud to confer honorary degrees to highly talented and engaged individuals who serve as an inspiration for our community of students, professors, researchers and staff.</p> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 12:32:17 +0000 ϲ University How cultural differences shape responses to COVID-19 /newsroom/node/280622 <p>A study exploring cross-cultural differences in knowledge and attitudes towards COVID-19 reveals that people in Europe had the least knowledge of COVID-19 and lowest tendency to care about the coronavirus, while people in the United States had the lowest tendency to comply with public health restrictions. As the pandemic began to unfold, people in the Middle East and Asia were the most aware of COVID-19. People in the Middle East were also the most afraid of the coronavirus.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:07:00 +0000 ϲ University How bacteria create a piggy bank for the lean times /newsroom/node/279904 <p>Bacteria can store extra resources for the lean times. It’s a bit like keeping a piggy bank or carrying a backup battery pack. One important reserve is known as cyanophycin granules, which were first noticed by an Italian scientist about 150 years ago. He saw big, dark splotches in the cells of the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) he was studying without understanding either what they were or their purpose.</p> Thu, 14 Oct 2021 18:43:19 +0000 ϲ University By 2500 earth could be alien to humans /newsroom/node/279560 <p>To fully grasp and plan for climate impacts under any scenario, researchers and policymakers must look well beyond the 2100 benchmark. Unless CO2 emissions drop significantly, global warming by 2500 will make the Amazon barren, the American Midwest tropical, and India too hot to live in, according to a team of international scientists.</p> Tue, 12 Oct 2021 22:30:51 +0000 ϲ University Older adults are more willing to help others, but mostly those in the same country /newsroom/node/279494 <p>Older adults are more willing to help others compared to younger adults but will prioritize those within their own country – particularly when it comes to donating to charity. This group was also more compliant with public health guidelines for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a team of international researchers.</p> Tue, 12 Oct 2021 14:29:39 +0000 ϲ University $2.5 million for the creation of the Réseau québécois de recherche en agriculture durable /newsroom/node/278759 <p>Today, the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT), along with its partner the ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation (MAPAQ) announced the creation of the Réseau québécois de recherche en agriculture durable (RQRAD), a flagship measure of the <a href="">Plan d’agriculture durable 2020-2030</a> (PAD).</p> Fri, 08 Oct 2021 13:45:39 +0000 ϲ University How mussels make a powerful underwater glue /newsroom/node/278006 <p><i>The mussels’ beards (which cooks remove before preparing them) are made up of byssal threads and are used to help keep the mussels tethered in place. At the end of each thread is a disc-shaped plaque that acts as an underwater glue. The unusual qualities of the glue and the byssal threads have interested people since </i><i>ancient times, when the threads of certain species were </i><i>woven into luxurious berets, purses, gloves, and stockings. </i><i>M</i><i>ore recently, scientists have developed underwater adhesives and surgical glues inspired by byssal thread chemistry.</i></p> Mon, 04 Oct 2021 14:12:22 +0000 ϲ University COVID-19: Coughing without masks, distancing alone is not enough /newsroom/node/277291 <p>To prevent the spread of COVID-19 indoors, the two metres physical distancing guideline is not enough without masks, according to researchers from Quebec, Illinois, and Texas. However, wearing a mask indoors can reduce the contamination range of airborne particles by about 67 percent.</p> Thu, 30 Sep 2021 15:00:58 +0000 ϲ University Unbreakable glass inspired by seashells /newsroom/node/277026 <p>Scientists from ϲ University develop stronger and tougher glass, inspired by the inner layer of mollusk shells. Instead of shattering upon impact, the new material has the resiliency of plastic and could be used to improve cell phone screens in the future, among other applications.</p> Tue, 28 Sep 2021 14:35:19 +0000 ϲ University Discovery of mechanics of drug targets for COVID-19 /newsroom/node/276852 <p>A team of international researchers, including ϲ Professor <a href="/endocrinology/facultydir/laportestephane">Stéphane Laporte</a>, have discovered the working mechanism of potential drug targets for various diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and even COVID-19. The findings published in <i><a href="">Molecular Cell</a></i> uncover the inner workings of cell receptors that are involved in cancer progression and inflammatory diseases.</p> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 15:19:16 +0000 ϲ University Canada’s nitrogen footprint shows regional variation /newsroom/node/275788 <p>Reactive nitrogen emissions contribute to greenhouse gases, as well as air and water pollution. For the first time, researchers from ϲ University have calculated Canada’s nitrogen footprint (akin to a carbon footprint) – at both national and provincial levels. They looked at the three primary sectors that contribute nitrogen to the environment to calculate the annual average nitrogen footprint: food production and consumption, wastewater treatment, and fossil fuel use. There were some surprises when they analyzed their results.</p> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:47:58 +0000 ϲ University Dangers of smoking during pregnancy /newsroom/node/275622 <p>Mothers who smoke are more likely to deliver smaller babies even after a full-term pregnancy, increasing the risks of birth defects and neurological disorders later in life, say researchers from ϲ University. The team of researchers, which includes Assistant Professor <a href="/obgyn/michael-dahan">Michael Dahan</a> and Ido Feferkorn of the ϲ University Health Care Center, examined the effects of smoking on more than nine million deliveries in the Unites States over 11 years, one of the largest studies to date.</p> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 15:36:16 +0000 ϲ University More sleep boosts teens’ ability to cope with pandemic /newsroom/node/275385 <p>While poor sleep was linked to higher levels of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, more teens actually obtained the recommended amount of sleep compared to pre-pandemic sleep patterns, according to a new study from ϲ University. Changes to daily routines triggered by lockdowns allowed teenagers to follow their biological impulse to wake up and sleep later, reducing daytime sleepiness.</p> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:43:24 +0000 ϲ University Helping children with autism and hyperlexia learn to understand what they read /newsroom/node/274689 <p>Hyperlexia is a condition where preschool children display an intense early interest in letters in a way that is very advanced for their age. They can decode words accurately, but without understanding their meaning. It is most common among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – with approximately 6-20% of children with autism demonstrating hyperlexia.</p> Thu, 09 Sep 2021 14:23:56 +0000 ϲ University Freshwater ecosystems at risk due to glyphosate use /newsroom/node/274167 <p><em>One of the few species that was found to be resistant to severe glyphosate contamination was Scapholeberis mucronata, a freshwater zooplankter commonly found in Québec and elsewhere in North America. CREDIT: Marie-Pier Hébert</em></p> Fri, 03 Sep 2021 21:22:00 +0000 ϲ University Fighting brain cancer at its root /newsroom/node/273519 <p>ϲ University researchers identify proteins that drive cancer stem cells. Targeting and supressing a particular protein called galectin1 could provide a more effective treatment for glioblastoma, in combination with radiation therapy.</p> <p>Due to its resistance to therapy, glioblastoma is the most common and aggressive cancerous brain tumour in adults. It grows fast and spreads quickly. While treatments such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy can help ease symptoms for a few months, in most cases tumour cells regrow after treatment and the cancer recurs.</p> Fri, 27 Aug 2021 18:25:55 +0000 ϲ University A skin crawling treatment for acne? /newsroom/node/273800 <p>Drawing inspiration from nature, a team of international scientists have invented a smart device for personalized skin care modeled after the male diving beetle. This tool collects and monitors body fluids while sticking to the skin’s surface, paving the way for more accurate diagnostics and treatment for skin diseases and conditions like acne. The team includes Bo-yong Park, a former postdoctoral researcher at The Neuro at ϲ University.</p> <h2>Q&amp;A with Bo-yong Park</h2> <p><b>What problem did you set out to solve? </b></p> Mon, 30 Aug 2021 21:14:41 +0000 ϲ University Tracking genetically modified animals /newsroom/node/273530 <p>ϲ University researchers have discovered a new way to track genetically modified animals using the artificial transgenes they leave behind in the environment. The discovery provides a powerful new tool to locate and manage genetically modified animals that have escaped or been released into the wild.</p> Fri, 27 Aug 2021 20:38:19 +0000 ϲ University Global sand and gravel extraction conflicts with half of UN Sustainable Development Goals /newsroom/node/273222 <p><i>Sediment mining in the </i><i>Goyain River in northern Bangladesh</i><i>. The sand taken from these beds is used for buildings and infrastructure in nearby towns and cities CREDIT: Jim Best</i></p> Mon, 23 Aug 2021 19:38:07 +0000 ϲ University Six ϲ students receive Canada's largest science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) scholarships /newsroom/node/273393 <p>Six students from across Canada have been named recipients of the country’s largest undergraduate scholarship program, Schulich Leader Scholarships, and will begin their studies this September, in ϲ’s bicentennial year.</p> <p>Out of a pool of 350,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,400 students were nominated. Given the unprecedented circumstances associated with the pandemic, for the second consecutive year, the Schulich Foundation awarded an additional 50 scholarships for a total of 100 in recognition of the challenges facing students and their families.</p> Wed, 25 Aug 2021 18:40:02 +0000 ϲ University Uncovering the relationship between lifestyle, personality and brain structure /newsroom/node/272691 <p>Danilo Bzdok, a researcher at The Neuro, ϲ’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, uses machine learning to identify patterns in human neurological and psychological data. <a href="">One of his team’s recent studies</a> analyzed personality profiles, demographic status and social lifestyle from a cohort of 40,000 <a href="">UK Biobank</a> middle aged participants. Their research focused on how these factors are related to each other and to brain structure.</p> Tue, 17 Aug 2021 21:50:04 +0000 ϲ University Indigenous territories fight climate change /newsroom/node/272661 <p>In a recent study in <a href="" title=""><i>PLOS ONE</i></a>, researchers from 6 different countries, including <a href="/neo/students/currentstudents">Camilo Alejo</a> and <a href="/biology/catherine-potvin">Catherine Potvin</a> of the Department of Biology at ϲ University, examined the importance of Indigenous Territories in climate change mitigation across Panama and the Amazon Basin.</p> Tue, 17 Aug 2021 14:44:50 +0000 ϲ University Over 260,000 kilometres of rivers at risk due to proposed hydro dams /newsroom/node/272178 <p>Over 260,000 kilometres of river could potentially be severed by planned hydroelectric developments according to ϲ University researchers. The Amazon, the Congo, and the Irrawaddy are just a few of the rivers at risk of losing their free-flowing status if the proposed construction of new hydropower dams takes place.</p> Thu, 12 Aug 2021 13:29:17 +0000 ϲ University CFI invests $3.9 M in ϲ research /newsroom/node/272087 <p>ϲ’s researchers will soon acquire the highly specialized tools they need to innovate in their fields thanks to funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, made the announcement today of $77 million across 50 institutions in Canada through the program. In total, twenty-one ϲ research projects have received a combined $3.9 million in federal grants through three rounds of JELF.</p> Wed, 11 Aug 2021 13:47:26 +0000 ϲ University Lighting the way to improved biomaterials /newsroom/node/271828 <p>Researchers from ϲ University believe that they have found a way to improve the development of biomaterials that could be instrumental in drug delivery, tissue regeneration, nano-optics and nanoelectronics.</p> Thu, 05 Aug 2021 20:55:23 +0000 ϲ University Using AI to predict suicidal behaviours in students /newsroom/node/271027 <p>How can we predict suicide risk in students, especially at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people’s mental health? According to researchers from Montreal and France, self-esteem represents an important predictive marker of suicidal risk. The team from ϲ University, University of Montreal, Inserm, and Université de Bordeaux is using artificial intelligence to identify factors that accurately predict suicidal behavior in students.</p> Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:23:08 +0000 ϲ University Measuring creativity, one word at a time /newsroom/node/270373 <p>Can you think of three words that are completely unrelated to one another? What about four, five, or even ten? According to an international team of researchers from ϲ University, Harvard University and the University of Melbourne, this simple exercise of naming unrelated words and then measuring the semantic distance between them could serve as an objective measure of creativity.</p> Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:30:00 +0000 ϲ University Prognosis: The future is bright for the next generation of healthcare leaders /newsroom/node/269928 <p>As the world slowly emerges from a pandemic that exposed the vulnerability of healthcare systems when overwhelmed with multifaceted management challenges, ϲ University has launched a new Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management (GCHM). A collaborative initiative between ϲ’s Desautels Faculty of Management and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the GCHM program is designed to train physicians and other healthcare professionals in the skills needed to make effective decisions and succeed in leadership roles.</p> Wed, 14 Jul 2021 20:55:36 +0000 ϲ University STOPMTL.CA: First interactive map to self-report police stops in Montreal /newsroom/node/269926 <p>In 2019, an <a href="">independent report</a> commissioned by the City of Montreal demonstrated racial and social profiling by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) targeting Black, Arab and Indigenous peoples, and young adults in particular. According to the data, Indigenous and Black people are four to five times more likely to be stopped by police than non-racialized people.</p> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 21:36:45 +0000 ϲ University Cell structure previously associated with disease actually improves brain function /newsroom/node/269920 <p>Researchers at ϲ University have shown that a brain cell structure previously thought to be pathological in fact enhances cells’ ability to transmit information and correlates with better learning on certain tasks.</p> <p>In a study published in <i>Nature Communications</i>, the team investigated swellings that occur in the axons of Purkinje cells in the cerebellum. In results that contradict established expectations, they found that axons with swellings did a better job of conducting electrical signals than those without.</p> Thu, 08 Jul 2021 18:43:29 +0000 ϲ University Understanding our perception of rhythm /newsroom/node/269919 <p>Scientists have long known that while listening to a sequence of sounds, people often perceive a rhythm, even when the sounds are identical and equally spaced. One regularity that was discovered over 100 years ago is the <i>Iambic-Trochaic Law</i>: when every other sound is loud, we tend to hear groups of two sounds with an initial beat. When every other sound is long, we hear groups of two sounds with a final beat. But why does our rhythm perception work this way?</p> Thu, 08 Jul 2021 16:28:02 +0000 ϲ University Arctic seabirds are less heat tolerant, more vulnerable to climate change /newsroom/node/269913 <p>The Arctic is warming at approximately twice the global rate. A new study led by researchers from ϲ University finds that cold-adapted Arctic species, like the thick-billed murre, are especially vulnerable to heat stress caused by climate change.</p> <p>“We discovered that murres have the lowest cooling efficiency ever reported in birds, which means they have an extremely poor ability to dissipate or lose heat,” says lead author Emily Choy, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Natural Resource Sciences Department at ϲ University.</p> Tue, 06 Jul 2021 20:42:55 +0000 ϲ University Painting a picture of the oral health of Canadians /newsroom/node/269916 <p>A new study “Oral health and oral health care of Canadians” led by Prof. Paul Allison of ϲ University’s Faculty of Dentistry, has received $3.3 million of funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to support a collaboration with Statistics Canada’s existing Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) to gather data and address oral health-related knowledge gaps. The study is a partnership involving all ten Canadian dental schools across the country.</p> Tue, 06 Jul 2021 21:54:57 +0000 ϲ University Patently harmful: fewer female inventors a problem for women’s health /newsroom/node/269912 <p>"Necessity is the <em>father</em> of invention," but where is its mother? According to a new study published in <a href=""><i>Science</i></a>, fewer women hold biomedical patents, leading to a reduced number of patented technologies designed to address problems affecting women.</p> Tue, 06 Jul 2021 13:57:12 +0000 ϲ University $4.95 million to make cities smarter /newsroom/node/269909 <p>A smart city—supported by digital solutions to enhance food access and mobility—is a healthy city. That’s the thinking behind the Implementing Smart Cities Interventions to Build Healthy Cities (SMART) Training Platform co-led by ϲ, the University of Guelph and the University of Manitoba. Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced an investment of $4.95 million over six years for SMART.</p> Tue, 29 Jun 2021 22:32:10 +0000 ϲ University Faecal records show Maya population affected by climate change /newsroom/node/269903 <p>A ϲ-led study has shown that the size of the Maya population in the lowland city of <a href="">Itzan</a> (in present-day Guatemala) varied over time in response to climate change. The findings, published recently in <i><a href="">Quaternary Science Reviews</a></i><i>,</i> show that both droughts and very wet periods led to important population declines.</p> Fri, 25 Jun 2021 17:10:13 +0000 ϲ University Songbirds and humans share some common speech patterns /newsroom/node/269888 <p>If you listen to songbirds, you will recognize repeated melodies or phrases. Each phrase is made up of distinct sounds, strung together. A study from researchers at ϲ University has found that the song phrases of many songbird species follow patterns that are similar to those used in human speech. At least in some respects.</p> Mon, 21 Jun 2021 19:43:37 +0000 ϲ University Five ϲ teams awarded funding in new Genomic Integration program /newsroom/node/269886 <p>Today Genome Quebec announced the results of its Genomic Integration Program, Human Health Stream competition. Five ϲ teams from a diverse array of fields were awarded funds, totaling nearly $1 million. One of the defining features of this program is the requirement that institutional applicants must also have an external non-academic partner, thus supporting program goals of stimulating the Quebec economy and encouraging the use of genomic technologies in the Quebec healthcare system.</p> Mon, 21 Jun 2021 17:23:59 +0000 ϲ University Most rivers run dry - now and then /newsroom/node/269864 <p>A new study led by researchers from <a href="/newsroom/">ϲ University</a> and <a href="">INRAE</a> found that between 51-60% of the 64 million kilometres of rivers and streams on Earth that they investigated stop flowing periodically, or run dry for part of the year. It is the first-ever empirically grounded effort to quantify the global distribution of non-perennial rivers and streams.</p> Mon, 14 Jun 2021 15:45:00 +0000 ϲ University Training the next generation of leaders in the responsible use of artificial intelligence /newsroom/node/269871 <p>Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming our world in powerful ways, from improving medical care and changing the retail landscape to enabling convenient features on our smartphones. But as AI increasingly underpins our daily lives, important questions about its application – and potential misuse – will continue to arise.</p> Tue, 15 Jun 2021 19:43:01 +0000 ϲ University Mountain fires burning higher at unprecedented rates /newsroom/node/269868 <p>Forest fires have crept higher up mountains over the past few decades, scorching areas previously too wet to burn, according to researchers from ϲ University. As wildfires advance uphill, a staggering 11% of all Western U.S. forests are now at risk.</p> Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:59:31 +0000 ϲ University Six New Canada Research Chairs, and Three Renewals for ϲ /newsroom/node/269869 <p>Today, at l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced investments of more than $635 million for science, research, and engineering in Canada.</p> Tue, 15 Jun 2021 14:16:37 +0000 ϲ University Partnership agreement between ϲ University’s Gault Nature Reserve and the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki /newsroom/node/269648 <p>Sharing a common interest in the protection of the natural and cultural resources of the Gault Nature Reserve, ϲ University and the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki (W8banaki) are pleased to announce a partnership agreement welcoming the Nation’s members to the site to practice their cultural activities.</p> <p>This agreement grows out of a series of 52 Calls to Action that ϲ established as part of its own project of <a href="">recognition and reconciliation</a> with Indigenous peoples.</p> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 20:44:31 +0000 ϲ University New mothers negatively impacted by COVID-19 pandemic policies /newsroom/node/269535 <p>Giving birth can be a joyous, yet stressful experience in the best of times – but what happens when a global public health crisis is thrown into the mix? ϲ University and the University of Toronto researchers examined the effects certain pandemic policies have had on the mental health of Canadian women who gave birth during the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:56:44 +0000 ϲ University ϲ Engineering youth outreach program awarded NSERC PromoScience grant /newsroom/node/269429 <p>Education that changes outcomes for whole communities—that’s the aim of the project, Engineering Engagement in School Curricula: Multi-year Design-thinking Projects for Indigenous and Marginalized Youth, led by Professor and Chair of the Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, Richard Chromik, Faye Siluk, and Robert Pozeg of the Faculty of Engineering’s E-IDEA initiative (Engineering Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity Advancement), which today received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) PromoScience grants program.</p> Wed, 09 Jun 2021 14:17:17 +0000 ϲ University Over 500 new FRBs detected in single year due to CHIME telescope /newsroom/node/269436 <p>Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, blaze for a few milliseconds before vanishing without a trace. Their origins are unknown, and their appearance is unpredictable. In the decade following their discovery in 2007, only 140 FRBs had been seen. Now, thanks to the launch of a large stationary telescope in the interior of British Columbia in 2018, the number of new FRBs detected has almost quadrupled – for a total of 535.</p> Wed, 09 Jun 2021 15:37:42 +0000 ϲ University The digestive system of cows influences human’s vitamin B12 intake /newsroom/node/269349 <p>Milk is the main source of vitamin B12 consumption for Canadians. A glass of cow’s milk contains about 46% of the daily-recommended dietary intake of vitamin B12 for adults. But what factors influences the concentration of B12 in a glass of milk? Turns out, what cows eat and how they digest it can impact human’s B12 intake.</p> Tue, 08 Jun 2021 17:38:45 +0000 ϲ University Vitamin D may not protect against COVID-19, as previously suggested /newsroom/node/268949 <p>While previous research early in the pandemic suggested that vitamin D cuts the risk of contracting COVID-19, a new study from ϲ University finds there is no genetic evidence that the vitamin works as a protective measure against the coronavirus.</p> <p>"Vitamin D supplementation as a public health measure to improve outcomes is not supported by this study. Most importantly, our results suggest that investment in other therapeutic or preventative avenues should be prioritized for COVID-19 randomized clinical trials," say the authors.</p> Fri, 04 Jun 2021 15:34:04 +0000 ϲ University Early bird or night owl? Study links shift worker sleep to ‘chronotype’ /newsroom/node/268650 <p>Getting enough sleep can be a real challenge for shift workers affecting their overall health. But what role does being an early bird or night owl play in getting good rest? Researchers from ϲ University find a link between chronotype and amount of sleep shift workers can get with their irregular schedules.</p> Tue, 01 Jun 2021 13:26:58 +0000 ϲ University Hidden magma pools pose eruption risks that we can’t yet detect /newsroom/node/268524 <p>Scientists’ ability to estimate eruption risks is largely reliant on knowing where pools of magma are stored, deep in the Earth’s crust. But what happens if the magma can’t be spotted?</p> Mon, 31 May 2021 17:18:01 +0000 ϲ University The secret lives of Canada lynx /newsroom/node/267988 <p>Using a Fitbit and a spy mic, scientists have discovered new insight into the behaviour of the elusive Canada lynx. A <a href="">new study</a> by researchers from ϲ University, University of Alberta, and Trent University provides a first look at how miniaturized technology can open the door to remote wildlife monitoring.</p> Fri, 28 May 2021 20:14:01 +0000 ϲ University Zero-carbon energy from sea water a step closer /newsroom/node/267609 <p>Researchers at ϲ University have demonstrated a technique that could enable the production of robust, high-performance membranes to harness an abundant source of renewable energy.</p> <p>Blue energy, also known as osmotic energy, capitalizes on the energy naturally released when two solutions of different salinities mix – conditions that occur in countless locations around the world where fresh and salt water meet.</p> Wed, 26 May 2021 18:16:33 +0000 ϲ University Preventing the spread of plant pandemics /newsroom/node/265897 <p>Plant diseases don’t stop at national borders and miles of oceans don’t prevent their spread, either. That’s why plant disease surveillance, improved detection systems, and global predictive disease modeling are necessary to mitigate future disease outbreaks and protect the global food supply, according to a team of researchers in a new commentary published in <a href=""><i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i></a>.</p> Mon, 17 May 2021 16:18:09 +0000 ϲ University Clues from soured milk reveal how gold veins form /newsroom/node/266657 <p>For decades scientists have been puzzled by the formation of rare hyper-enriched gold deposits in places like Ballarat in Australia, Serra Palada in Brazil, and Red Lake in Ontario. While such deposits typically form over tens to hundreds of thousands of years, these “ultrahigh-grade” deposits can form in years, month, or even days. So how do they form so quickly?</p> Fri, 21 May 2021 15:24:59 +0000 ϲ University “Stressed out” corals thriving thanks to mangroves /newsroom/node/266086 <p>Tropical coral reefs are the most biodiverse underwater ecosystem, providing a home to more than a quarter of all marine species. No strangers to environmental stressors and the on-going impacts of climate change, the survival of corals has increasingly been under threat in recent years. A collective of researchers, including from ϲ University, have analyzed how environmental factors influence the growth and health of corals and found that more species of corals are living in the mangrove forests than in nearby shallow reefs.</p> Tue, 18 May 2021 15:39:57 +0000 ϲ University Which animals will survive climate change? /newsroom/node/265125 <p>Climate change is exacerbating problems like habitat loss and temperatures swings that have already pushed many animal species to the brink. But can scientists predict which animals will be able to adapt and survive? Using genome sequencing, <a href="">researchers from ϲ University</a> show that some fish, like the threespine stickleback, can adapt very rapidly to extreme seasonal changes. Their findings could help scientists forecast the evolutionary future of these populations.</p> Thu, 13 May 2021 14:02:33 +0000 ϲ University ϲ-Concordia-uOttawa research team finds correlation between COVID-19-based discrimination and poor mental health /newsroom/node/264951 <p>Visible minorities, health-care workers and young people in Quebec have been at higher risk of experiencing COVID-19-related discrimination and more likely to suffer from poor mental health in the past year, according to a collective of researchers from ϲ University, Concordia University and the University of Ottawa.</p> <p>The researchers set out to study how factors such as people’s socioeconomic and minority status, discrimination, stigmatization and mental health impact their understanding and adoption of public health measures to combat the coronavirus.</p> Wed, 12 May 2021 14:12:55 +0000 ϲ University Rules of the road: the navigational ‘strategies’ of bacteria in motion /newsroom/node/264788 <p>Bacteria that move around live on the edge. All the time. Their success, be it in finding nutrients, fending off predators or multiplying depends on how efficiently they navigate through their confining microscopic habitats. Whether these habitats are in animal or plant tissues, in waste, or in other materials.</p> Tue, 11 May 2021 16:58:31 +0000 ϲ University PCB contamination in Icelandic orcas: a matter of diet /newsroom/node/263707 <p><i>Image caption: These killer whales may appear healthy, but a new study has found extremely high levels of PCB contamination in some of the whales. There was a 300-fold difference between the levels of PCBs among the most contaminated orcas compared to the least contaminated ones. The variation was mainly due to their eating habits. CREDIT: Filipa Samarra - Icelandic Orca Project</i></p> Thu, 06 May 2021 14:01:45 +0000 ϲ University Dr. Joanne Liu joins ϲ University /newsroom/node/263218 <p>Dr. Joanne Liu, a Canadian pediatric emergency room physician and former International President of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is joining ϲ University’s School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) as a professor focusing on pandemic and health emergencies.</p> Tue, 04 May 2021 12:28:15 +0000 ϲ University Reduction in wetland areas will affect Afrotropical migratory waterbirds /newsroom/node/262351 <p>Migratory waterbirds are particularly exposed to the effects of climate change at their breeding areas in the High Arctic and in Africa, according to a new study published in <a href=""><i>Bird Conservation International</i></a>.</p> Fri, 30 Apr 2021 20:04:04 +0000 ϲ University Genome Canada and ϲ to track COVID-19 variants of concern /newsroom/node/261655 <p>Genome Canada launched the Canadian VirusSeq Data Portal today to track the evolving COVID-19 pandemic across Canada. ϲ University researcher Guillaume <a href="">Bourque</a>, a professor in the Department of Human Genetics, along with his research team, led the development of the portal. They worked in collaboration with <a href="">CanCOGeN VirusSeq</a> and world-leading genomics scientists, including Drs.</p> Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:34:54 +0000 ϲ University Using online ads to spot human trafficking /newsroom/node/261641 <p>Researchers at ϲ University and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have designed an algorithm that detects organized human trafficking activity in online escort advertisements. Advertising is one the most common use of technology for human trafficking purposes.</p> Tue, 27 Apr 2021 12:52:08 +0000 ϲ University Feeling confinement in the gut /newsroom/node/261078 <p>Crew members who took part in the Mars500 experiment showed significant changes in their gut microbiota from their 520 days in confinement, according to a new study by scientists at ϲ University and the Université de Montreal (UdeM).</p> Fri, 23 Apr 2021 13:20:43 +0000 ϲ University New algorithm reveals birdsong features that may be key for courtship /newsroom/node/260932 <p>Researchers from ϲ University and the University of California, San Francisco have developed a new algorithm capable of identifying features of male zebra finch songs that may underlie the distinction between a short phrase sung during courtship, and the same phrase sung in a non-courtship context.</p> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 13:44:10 +0000 ϲ University Fast radio bursts shown to include lower frequency radio waves than previously detected /newsroom/node/259829 <p>Since fast radio bursts (FRBs) were first discovered over a decade ago, scientists have puzzled over what could be generating these intense flashes of radio waves from outside of our galaxy. In a gradual process of elimination, the field of possible explanations has narrowed as new pieces of information are gathered about FRBs – how long they last, the frequencies of the radio waves detected, and so on.</p> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 18:00:37 +0000 ϲ University Telescopes unite in unprecedented observations of famous black hole /newsroom/node/259819 <p>In April 2019, scientists released the first image of a black hole in the galaxy M87 using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). However, that remarkable achievement was just the beginning of the science story to be told. ϲ University astronomers<i> </i>were part of this global effort.</p> <p>Data from 19 observatories are now being released that promise to give unparalleled insight into this black hole and the system it powers, and to improve tests of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.</p> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:24:06 +0000 ϲ University Surgical sutures inspired by human tendons /newsroom/node/258751 <p>Sutures are used to close wounds and speed up the natural healing process, but they can also complicate matters by causing damage to soft tissues with their stiff fibers. To remedy the problem, researchers from Montreal have developed innovative tough gel sheathed (TGS) sutures inspired by the human tendon.</p> Wed, 07 Apr 2021 01:58:44 +0000 ϲ University Good oral health reduces risk of fatal outcomes from COVID-19 /newsroom/node/258829 <p>Infected and inflamed gums may result in higher rates of complications and more fatal outcomes for individuals diagnosed with the SARS-COV-2 virus, according to a new international study led by ϲ researchers recently published in the <i>Journal of Clinical Periodontology</i>. The study suggests that gum disease may be associated with higher risks of complications from COVID-19, including ICU admission and death.</p> Wed, 07 Apr 2021 14:56:42 +0000 ϲ University Meet the inaugural class of McCall MacBain Scholars /newsroom/node/257979 <p>Twenty aspiring innovators, community-builders, and leaders will join the first class of McCall MacBain Scholars at ϲ, recipients of Canada’s first comprehensive leadership-based scholarship for master’s and professional studies.</p> <p>The newly selected <a href="">McCall MacBain Scholars</a> come from 15 universities in Canada and abroad. The places they have called home span the country and beyond, from Grande Prairie to Brossard to Beirut, Lebanon.</p> Thu, 01 Apr 2021 15:40:11 +0000 ϲ University Americans are super-spreaders of COVID-19 misinformation /newsroom/node/258602 <p>Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading from the United States into Canada, undermining efforts to mitigate the pandemic. A <a href="">study</a> led by ϲ University shows that Canadians who use social media are more likely to consume this misinformation, embrace false beliefs about COVID-19, and subsequently spread them.</p> Tue, 06 Apr 2021 02:06:04 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University receives $5 million in funding from Quebec government to bolster retail sector /newsroom/node/257993 <p>ϲ University’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management will receive $5 million in funding to drive retail innovation and research, and support the province’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).</p> Thu, 01 Apr 2021 17:40:09 +0000 ϲ University Launching our third century: ϲ University celebrates 200 years /newsroom/node/257816 <p>Today marks ϲ University’s 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary. As one of Canada’s first universities to reach this significant milestone, ϲ will commemorate this historic occasion with a special broadcast <a href=""><b><i>Celebrate 200: Launching Our </i></b><b><i>3<sup>rd </sup>Century</i></b></a>, along with a series of signature 200<sup>th</sup> anniversary events and activities planned for this bicentennial year.</p> Wed, 31 Mar 2021 12:26:44 +0000 ϲ University Narwhal tusks reveal mercury exposure related to climate change /newsroom/node/257550 <p>In the Arctic, climate change and pollution are the biggest threats to top predators like narwhals. Studying the animals’ tusks reveals that diet and exposure to pollution have shifted over the past half century in response to sea-ice decline. Human emissions have also led to a sharp rise in the presence of mercury in recent years, according to an international team of researchers.</p> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 14:13:31 +0000 ϲ University First images of magnetic fields at the edge of black hole in M87 Galaxy /newsroom/node/257099 <p>The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, which includes researchers from ϲ University, who produced the first ever image of a black hole, has revealed this week a new view of the massive object at the centre of the M87 galaxy: how it looks in polarized light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarization, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of a black hole. The observations are key to explaining how the M87 galaxy, located 55 million light-years away, is able to launch energetic jets from its core.</p> Thu, 25 Mar 2021 15:34:41 +0000 ϲ University Rural Alaskans struggle to access and afford water /newsroom/node/257024 <p>Water scarcity in rural Alaska is not a new problem, but the situation is getting worse with climate change. Lasting solutions must encourage the use of alternative water supplies like rainwater catchment and grey water recycling. They must also address the affordability of water related to household income, say researchers from ϲ University.</p> Tue, 23 Mar 2021 19:07:31 +0000 ϲ University Bilingual babies prefer baby talk - in any language /newsroom/node/257031 <p>Babies prefer baby talk in any language, but particularly when it’s in a language they’re hearing at home, according to a new study including close to 700 babies on four continents. The research, which was published today in the journal <a href=""><i>Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science</i></a> and included researchers from ϲ University, showed that all babies respond more to infant-directed speech – baby talk –than they do to adult-directed speech.</p> Tue, 23 Mar 2021 22:01:26 +0000 ϲ University It’s snowing plastic /newsroom/node/256716 <p>The snow may be melting, but it is leaving pollution behind in the form of micro- and nano-plastics according to a ϲ study that was recently published in <em><a href="">Environmental Pollution</a></em>. The pollution is largely due to the relatively soluble plastics found in antifreeze products (polyethylene glycols) that can become airborne and picked up by the snow.</p> Wed, 17 Mar 2021 12:29:26 +0000 ϲ University How sperm remember /newsroom/node/256678 <p>It has long been understood that a parent’s DNA is the principal determinant of health and disease in offspring. Yet inheritance via DNA is only part of the story; a father’s lifestyle such as diet, being overweight and stress levels have been linked to health consequences for his offspring. This occurs through the epigenome - heritable biochemical marks associated with the DNA and proteins that bind it. But how the information is transmitted at fertilization along with the exact mechanisms and molecules in sperm that are involved in this process has been unclear until now.</p> Tue, 16 Mar 2021 16:11:13 +0000 ϲ University ϲ24 raises over $3.8 million for causes across the university in sixth annual day of giving /newsroom/node/256667 <p>On March 10, the global ϲ University community came together – in an entirely virtual way this year – to once again make a difference on ϲ24, raising a record $3,810,861 in 24 hours during the sixth edition of the University’s annual day of giving. The final tally, which comes on the strength of 6,885 donations, will support ϲ’s students, student-athletes, future leaders, and the everyday heroes making a difference in their communities. The campaign comes just as the University launches celebrations for its bicentennial anniversary.</p> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 19:51:59 +0000 ϲ University Air pollution: The silent killer called PM2.5 /newsroom/node/256663 <p>Millions of people die prematurely every year from diseases and cancer caused by air pollution. The first line of defence against this carnage is ambient air quality standards. Yet, according to researchers from ϲ University, over half of the world’s population lives without the protection of adequate air quality standards.</p> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 14:43:34 +0000 ϲ University $110M for nine innovative ϲ research projects /newsroom/node/256641 <p>Today, Élisabeth Brière, Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages announced funding results from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Innovation Fund (IF) for universities in Quebec.</p> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 16:28:37 +0000 ϲ University Delay of second doses of COVID-19 vaccines has epidemiological benefits, but long-term effects depend on strength of immunity /newsroom/node/256659 <p>Delaying second doses of COVID-19 vaccines should reduce case numbers in the near term; however, the longer term case burden and the potential for evolution of viral ‘escape’ from immunity will depend on the robustness of immune responses generated by natural infections and one or two vaccine doses, according to a study from ϲ University and Princeton University published today in <i>Science</i>.</p> Tue, 09 Mar 2021 15:07:30 +0000 ϲ University Will climate change outpace species adaptation? /newsroom/node/256647 <p>Many species might be left vulnerable in the face of climate change, unable to adapt their physiologies to respond to rapid global warming. According to a team of international researchers, species evolve heat tolerance more slowly than cold tolerance, and the level of heat they can adapt to has limits.</p> Wed, 03 Mar 2021 22:24:40 +0000 ϲ University "Good bacteria" in breast milk changes over time /newsroom/node/256633 <p>The cocktail of beneficial bacteria passed from mother to infant through breast milk changes significantly over time and could act like a daily booster shot for infant immunity and metabolism.</p> Mon, 22 Feb 2021 22:26:22 +0000 ϲ University There is no one-size-fits-all road to sustainability on “Patchwork Earth” /newsroom/node/256393 <p>In a world as diverse as our own, the journey towards a sustainable future will look different depending on where in the world we live, according to a recent paper published in <a href="">One Earth</a> and led by ϲ University, with researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.</p> Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:04:15 +0000 ϲ University Viruses can ‘hijack’ cellular process to block immune response /newsroom/node/256623 <p>Research led by ϲ University and Queen’s University Belfast has found that viruses can ‘hijack’ an existing molecular process in the cell in order to block the body’s antiviral immune response to a viral infection.</p> <p>The results of the study have been published in the journal <a href=""><em>Molecular Cell</em></a><em>.</em></p> Wed, 17 Feb 2021 14:25:33 +0000 ϲ University Crocodile evolution rebooted by Ice Age glaciations /newsroom/node/256622 <p>Crocodiles are resilient animals from a lineage that has survived for over 200 million years. Skilled swimmers, crocodiles can travel long distances and live in freshwater or marine environments. But they can’t roam far on land. American crocodiles (<i>Crocodylus acutus</i>) are found in the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of the Neotropics but they arrived in the Pacific before Panama existed, according to <a href="">researchers from ϲ University</a>.</p> Mon, 15 Feb 2021 21:33:32 +0000 ϲ University Gender gap: Women represent two-thirds of doctorates, but hold only one-third of academic jobs /newsroom/node/256611 <p>Women today represent two-thirds of all Canadian doctorates in archaeology, but only one-third of Canadian tenure-stream faculty. While men with Canadian PhDs have done well in securing tenure-track jobs in Canada over the past 15 years, women have not, according to a new study from ϲ University. The current COVID-19 pandemic is likely to exacerbate these existing inequalities.</p> Wed, 10 Feb 2021 21:57:01 +0000 ϲ University Astronomers uncover mysterious origins of ‘super-Earths’ /newsroom/node/256608 <p>Mini-Neptunes and super-Earths up to four times the size of our own are the most common exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system. Until now, super-Earths were thought to be the rocky cores of mini-Neptunes whose gassy atmospheres were blown away. In a new study published in <a href=""><i>The Astrophysical Journal</i></a>, astronomers from ϲ University show that some of these exoplanets never had gaseous atmospheres to begin with, shedding new light on their mysterious origins.</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2021 20:44:23 +0000 ϲ University How accurate are first impressions on a first date? /newsroom/node/256599 <p>The high stakes of first dates require would-be partners to make and interpret first impressions. But, can we rely on these first impressions to accurately assess someone’s personality? According to <a href="">researchers from ϲ University</a>, the answer is yes, although it may be more difficult than in more casual settings.</p> Fri, 05 Feb 2021 16:39:55 +0000 ϲ University Happiness really does come for free /newsroom/node/256606 <p>Economic growth is often prescribed as a sure way of increasing the well-being of people in low-income countries, but a study led by ϲ and the<b> </b>Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) suggests that there may be good reason to question this assumption. The researchers set out to find out how people rate their subjective well-being in societies where money plays a minimal role, and which are not usually included in global happiness surveys.</p> Mon, 08 Feb 2021 17:03:28 +0000 ϲ University When the bloom is off: why do some plants produce small and unattractive flowers? /newsroom/node/256588 <p>Picture a flower: what do you see? A bright and showy splash of contrasting colours? Well, not all plants produce flowers that are only like that. Some plant species actually produce two types: “normal” ones that look great, and “runts” that are small, never open and, rather than attract pollinating insects, instead pollinate themselves.</p> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 15:13:28 +0000 ϲ University Biodiversity is its own catalyst – to a point /newsroom/node/256584 <p>For decades, scientists have wrestled with rival theories to explain how interactions between species, like competition, influence biodiversity. Tracking microbial life across the planet, researchers from ϲ University show that biodiversity does in fact foster further diversity in microbiomes that are initially less diverse. However, diversity rates plateau with increased competition for survival and space in more diverse microbiomes.</p> Tue, 02 Feb 2021 15:09:56 +0000 ϲ University LSD may offer viable treatment for certain mental disorders /newsroom/node/256571 <p>Researchers from ϲ University have discovered, for the first time, one of the possible mechanisms that contributes to the ability of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) to increase social interaction. The findings, which could help unlock potential therapeutic applications in treating certain psychiatric diseases, including anxiety and alcohol use disorders, are published in the journal <i>PNAS</i>.</p> Tue, 26 Jan 2021 14:46:16 +0000 ϲ University Methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells underestimated /newsroom/node/256305 <p><i>Bubbles of methane gas in water around an unplugged </i><i>oil/gas well in Pennsylvania</i><i>. CREDIT: Mary Kang</i></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2021 15:25:25 +0000 ϲ University Discovery of new praying mantis species from the time of the dinosaurs /newsroom/node/256302 <p><i>Artist’s interpretation of Labradormantis guilbaulti in liftoff among the leaves of a sycamore tree, Labrador, around 100 million years ago. The interpretation is based on fossils (for the wings) and living and extinct relatives (for the rest of the body). Fossilized sycamore leaves have been found in the same deposits as the mantis wings and show that this new insect species would have lived in a lush warm temperate forest during the Cretaceous. CREDIT: A. Demers-Potvin</i></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2021 15:02:08 +0000 ϲ University A ‘super-puff’ planet like no other /newsroom/node/256265 <p>The core mass of the giant exoplanet WASP-107b is much lower than what was thought necessary to build up the immense gas envelope surrounding giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn, according to a Canadian-led team of astronomers, including ϲ University Professor Eve Lee.</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2021 16:04:54 +0000 ϲ University Using artificial intelligence to manage extreme weather events /newsroom/node/256259 <p>Can combining deep learning (DL)— a subfield of artificial intelligence— with social network analysis (SNA), make social media contributions about extreme weather events a useful tool for crisis managers, first responders and government scientists? An interdisciplinary team of ϲ researchers has brought these tools to the forefront in an effort to understand and manage extreme weather events.</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2021 14:17:59 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers launch Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre /newsroom/node/256257 <p>Bell Let's Talk, ϲ University, The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) and the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital are pleased to announce the official launch of the <a href=";l=en&amp;o=3039650-1&amp;h=3962097836&amp;;a=Multicultural+Mental+Health+Resource+Centre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre</a> (MMHRC).</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2021 14:08:44 +0000 ϲ University Well-built muscles underlie athletic performance in birds /newsroom/node/256067 <p>Muscle structure and body size predict the athletic performance of Olympic athletes, such as sprinters. The same, it appears, is true of wild seabirds that can commute hundreds of kilometres a day to find food, according to a recent paper by scientists from ϲ and Colgate universities published in the <a href=""><i>Journal of Experimental Biology</i></a>.</p> Wed, 13 Jan 2021 22:17:00 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University and Alimentation Couche-Tard launch unique laboratory store to propel retail industry and customers into the future /newsroom/node/256108 <p>ϲ University and Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announce their partnership in the launch of a <a href="/bensadoun-school/ril">retail innovation lab</a> at the Bensadoun School of Retail Management—a live testing ground for innovative and frictionless technologies that address the retail sector’s challenges of the future.</p> Thu, 14 Jan 2021 20:29:03 +0000 ϲ University As oceans warm, large fish struggle /newsroom/node/256057 <p>Warming ocean waters could reduce the ability of fish, especially large ones, to extract the oxygen they need from their environment. Animals require oxygen to generate energy for movement, growth and reproduction.</p> Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:31:27 +0000 ϲ University Mothers, but not fathers, with multiple children report more fragmented sleep /newsroom/node/256016 <p>Mothers with multiple children report more fragmented sleep than mothers of a single child, but the number of children in a family doesn't seem to affect the quality of sleep for fathers, according to a <a href="">study</a> from ϲ University.</p> Tue, 12 Jan 2021 19:48:19 +0000 ϲ University Child marriage is legal and persists across Canada /newsroom/node/255851 <p>Canada is at the forefront of global efforts to end child marriage abroad. Yet this practice remains legal and persists across the country. In Canada, more than 3,600 marriage certificates were issued to children, usually girls, under the age of 18 between 2000 and 2018, according to a <a href="">new study</a> from researchers at ϲ University. In recent years, an increasing number of child marriages have been common-law unions.</p> Fri, 08 Jan 2021 18:58:29 +0000 ϲ University Identifying Canada’s key conservation hot spots highlights problem /newsroom/node/255652 <p>To stop biodiversity loss, Canada recently committed to protecting 30% of its land and sea by 2030. But making conservation decisions about where to locate new protected areas is complicated. It depends on data both about biodiversity and about a range of benefits (e.g. freshwater, climate regulation, recreation) that people get from nature. Surprisingly, despite the size of the country, new mapping suggests that less than 1% of Canada’s land (0.6% of total area or approximately 56,000 km2) is a hotspot, providing all these benefits in one place.</p> Mon, 04 Jan 2021 17:12:48 +0000 ϲ University Climate change: threshold for dangerous warming will likely be crossed between 2027-2042 /newsroom/node/254107 <p>The threshold for dangerous global warming will likely be crossed between 2027 and 2042 – a much narrower window than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s estimate of between now and 2052. In a study published in <i><a href="">Climate Dynamics</a></i>, researchers from ϲ University introduce a new and more precise way to project the Earth’s temperature. Based on historical data, it considerably reduces uncertainties compared to previous approaches.</p> Mon, 21 Dec 2020 15:53:21 +0000 ϲ University Survey says: Canadians asking for better food systems and food sparked by COVID-19 access /newsroom/node/253728 <p>Shopping anxiety, higher food prices and individual income limitations are some of the factors making access to food challenging for Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study suggests.</p> <p>Researchers conducted an online inter-provincial survey with residents of B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces during the first wave of COVID-19. The survey assessed how the pandemic affected food access and behaviour in each region and how perceptions regarding the food systems may have been altered.</p> Fri, 18 Dec 2020 12:43:36 +0000 ϲ University Nurse practitioners bring big savings to long-term care facilities in Quebec /newsroom/node/253364 <p>Countries worldwide face challenges meeting the growing needs for long-term care services because of high costs. A <a href="">study</a> led by researchers from ϲ University and Université du Québec en Outaouais shows that introducing nurse practitioners can significantly reduce costs and improve patient safety.</p> Tue, 15 Dec 2020 22:00:22 +0000 ϲ University How the spread of the Internet is changing migration /newsroom/node/253461 <p>The spread of the Internet is shaping migration in profound ways. A ϲ-led <a href="">study</a> of over 150 countries links Internet penetration with migration intentions and behaviours, suggesting that digital connectivity plays a key role in migration decisions and actively supports the migration process.</p> Wed, 16 Dec 2020 19:01:02 +0000 ϲ University Twenty-five Canada Research Chairs awarded to ϲ /newsroom/node/253436 <p>In its twentieth year, the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) is awarding 25 ϲ researchers with eleven new and fourteen renewed chairs. The projects supported by this round of CRC funding tackle a variety of topics, including, racial inequality in democratic societies, arctic ecology and data mining for cybersecurity.</p> Wed, 16 Dec 2020 14:54:34 +0000 ϲ University New use for an old drug: How does ketamine combat depression? /newsroom/node/253379 <p>A group of proteins called 4E-BPs, involved in memory formation, is the key to unlocking the antidepressant effect of ketamine in the brain, according to researchers from three Canadian universities. The <a href="">discovery</a> could lead to better and safer treatments for certain patients suffering from major depression.</p> Tue, 15 Dec 2020 23:38:03 +0000 ϲ University When dinosaurs disappeared, forests thrived /newsroom/node/253316 <p>It’s known that the primary cause of the mass extinction of dinosaurs, about 66 million years ago, was a meteorite impact. But the exact mechanisms that linked the meteorite impact to mass extinction remain unclear, though climactic changes are thought to have played a part.</p> Tue, 15 Dec 2020 17:35:19 +0000 ϲ University John McCall MacBain named 20th Chancellor of ϲ University /newsroom/node/252754 <p>The Board of Governors of ϲ University approved the nomination of John McCall MacBain, as the 20th Chancellor of ϲ University. Mr. McCall MacBain has been appointed for a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2021. He will succeed Chancellor Michael A. Meighen, whose current term will end on June 30, 2021. His nomination stems from a rigorous process that was launched earlier this fall by the Nominating, Governance and Ethics Committee, and the Recruitment and Succession Planning Sub-committee.</p> Thu, 10 Dec 2020 17:44:36 +0000 ϲ University Big data offers promise of better groundwater management in California /newsroom/node/252518 <p>To ensure that California’s groundwater is sustainably managed in the future and over the long-term, current state definitions of what constitutes groundwater may need to be revised, according to research published this week in <a href=""><em>PNAS</em></a>. A ϲ University-led research team has analyzed big data of more than 200,000 groundwater samples taken from across the state and found that there are problems with the guidelines used for groundwater management.</p> Tue, 08 Dec 2020 20:22:42 +0000 ϲ University ϲ’s Faculty of Education receives $7.3 million in philanthropic support to aid student teachers and launch Canada’s first teaching and learning lab /newsroom/node/252529 <p>At a time when school teachers everywhere are being challenged by the second wave of the pandemic and by technological advances that are changing where, when and how students learn, ϲ’s Faculty of Education is pleased to announce over $7 million in new philanthropic support through a pair of generous gifts from longstanding donors.</p> Tue, 08 Dec 2020 21:14:14 +0000 ϲ University Myriam Denov receives award for her research on children and families affected by war. /newsroom/node/252396 <p><strong>By Meaghan Thurston, Office of Research and Innovation</strong></p> Mon, 07 Dec 2020 17:59:49 +0000 ϲ University Strong social support decreases mental health problems in young adults /newsroom/node/252058 <p>Early adulthood, a transitional life stage marked by major changes in social roles and responsibilities, can bring with it an increase of mental health problems. A team of ϲ University researchers has found that young adults who perceived higher levels of social support reported fewer mental health problems.</p> Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:00:23 +0000 ϲ University Sustainably managed fisheries provide a safeguard against global food insecurity /newsroom/node/251993 <p>Thanks to the pandemic, we know just how quickly food can disappear from supermarket shelves. But it is hard to gauge the vulnerability of our food production system as a whole to abrupt changes, such as those that could be caused by extreme events such as a nuclear war or massive volcanic eruptions.</p> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 23:26:36 +0000 ϲ University "Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs" wins Cundill History Prize /newsroom/node/251963 <p>The winner of the 2020 Cundill History Prize is Camilla Townsend, Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University, for <b><i>Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs</i></b> (Oxford University Press USA). The announcement was made during the virtual Winner Ceremony of the leading international history prize, administered by ϲ University. Prof. Townsend receives US$75,000 – the largest reward for a work of non-fiction in English.</p> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 18:49:16 +0000 ϲ University Scientists warn of the social and environmental risks tied to the energy transition /newsroom/node/251932 <p>To meet the most ambitious 1.5º C climate goal requires a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels and mass use of renewables. However, new international research by ϲ University and the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warns that green energy projects can be as socially and environmentally conflictive as fossil fuel projects.</p> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 14:34:49 +0000 ϲ University What makes certain groups more vulnerable to COVID-19? /newsroom/node/251893 <p>What makes the elderly and people with underlying conditions more vulnerable to COVID-19? According to a new <a href="">study</a> led by ϲ University researchers, clues can be found in the proteins involved in initiating infection, as the virus binds to host cells of different animals. Greater cellular oxidation with aging and sickness may explain why seniors and people with chronic illness get infected more often and more severely.</p> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 02:59:17 +0000 ϲ University Parents shouldn’t worry about their baby’s inconsistent sleep patterns /newsroom/node/251664 <p>New parents often expect their baby to start sleeping through the night around the time they reach six months of age. But according to a new <a href="">study</a> led by Professor Marie-Hélène Pennestri, parents should view sleep consolidation as a process, instead of a milestone to be achieved at a specific age. Tracking 44 infants over a period of two weeks, she found that sleeping patterns vary greatly – not only for different babies, but also night to night for the same baby.</p> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 14:00:00 +0000 ϲ University Lottery tickets aren’t child’s play /newsroom/node/250884 <p>Research shows that early childhood gambling experiences, including those with lottery products, can be a risk factor for gambling problems later in life.</p> Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:38:54 +0000 ϲ University ϲ congratulates Order of Canada honorees /newsroom/node/250916 <p> Fri, 27 Nov 2020 18:21:30 +0000 ϲ University Ice sheets on the move: how north and south poles connect /newsroom/node/250356 <p>Over the past 40,000 years, ice sheets thousands of kilometres apart have influenced one another through sea level changes, according to research published today in <a href=""><i>Nature</i></a>. New modelling of ice sheet changes during the most recent glacial cycle by a ϲ-led team offers a clearer idea of the mechanisms that drive change than had previously existed and explains newly available geological records.</p> Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:29:28 +0000 ϲ University Vertebrate biodiversity- a glimmer of hope /newsroom/node/248851 <p>Vertebrate populations - from birds and fish to antelope - are not, in general, declining. Despite what has previously been thought and said.</p> Mon, 16 Nov 2020 14:05:46 +0000 ϲ University ϲ celebrates 14 researchers on Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List /newsroom/node/249265 <p><em>By Meaghan Thurston (Office of Research and Innovation)</em></p> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:58:17 +0000 ϲ University The ϲ Redbirds: new name for a new era to wear, and cheer for with pride /newsroom/node/248957 <p>ϲ University has chosen a new name that will take its men’s varsity teams into the University’s third century. The name — chosen with the aim of paying homage to Athletics and Recreation’s tradition and history while simultaneously uniting our community — is <b>the ϲ Redbirds</b>.</p> Mon, 16 Nov 2020 22:53:16 +0000 ϲ University Six early-career researchers receive leadership grants /newsroom/node/248040 <p><em>By Shawn Hayward</em></p> <p>Six ϲ University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences researchers — <strong>Boris Bernhardt, Mark Brandon, Yasser Iturria-Medina, Jean-Francois Poulin, Jo Anne Stratton and Masha Prager-Khoutorsky</strong> — have received grants to support their work in the early-career stage, after being chosen from 150 talented applicants.</p> <p>Brain Canada’s Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program, anchored by a $5M gift from the Azrieli Foundation, enables paradigm-changing research of the brain to improve the lives of all Canadians.</p> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 17:56:51 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers awarded $2.5M for COVID-19 infrastructure /newsroom/node/246753 <p>Five projects led by ϲ University researchers are included among the 79 receiving a total of $28 million in research infrastructure support through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Exceptional Opportunities Fund. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry during a news conference this morning.</p> Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:30:12 +0000 ϲ University ϲ teams win big in new ‘Omics’ cancer competition /newsroom/node/246572 <p>Earlier today, a Quebec based consortium of research institutes (Génome Québec, Oncopole and IVADO) announced the winners of their first-ever “Omics Data Against Cancer” competition, and ϲ research teams were dominant. In fact, of the five selected teams no less than four of them included professors from ϲ.</p> Thu, 05 Nov 2020 18:41:24 +0000 ϲ University ϲ Professor earns Quebec’s highest honour for research in biomedicine /newsroom/node/246312 <p>Earlier today, the Quebec government announced the winners of its annual Prix du Quebec competition, a series of 15 awards in science and culture. Among them was Professor William Foulkes, Head of the Cancer Genetics Laboratory at the Lady Davis Institute, a member of the Cancer Research Program of the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre, and Director of the Program in Cancer Genetics at ϲ University. Dr.</p> Wed, 04 Nov 2020 15:13:49 +0000 ϲ University Detection of a short, intense radio burst in Milky Way could help resolve origins of mysterious phenomenon /newsroom/node/245913 <p>New data from a Canadian-led team of astronomers, including researchers from the ϲ <a href="">Space Institute</a> and ϲ University <a href="">Department of Physics,</a> strongly suggest that magnetars - a type of neutron star believed to have an extremely powerful magnetic field - could be the source of some fast radio bursts (FRBs). Though much research has been done to explain the mysterious phenomenon, their source has thus far remained elusive and the subject of some debate.</p> Sun, 01 Nov 2020 19:37:33 +0000 ϲ University Supersonic winds, rocky rains forecasted on lava planet /newsroom/node/245267 <p>Among the most extreme planets discovered beyond the edges of our solar system are lava planets: fiery hot worlds that circle so close to their host star that some regions are likely oceans of molten lava. According to scientists from ϲ University, York University, and the Indian Institute of Science Education, the atmosphere and weather cycle of at least one such exoplanet is even stranger, featuring the evaporation and precipitation of rocks, supersonic winds that rage over 5000 km/hr, and a magma ocean 100 km deep.</p> Tue, 27 Oct 2020 21:31:10 +0000 ϲ University Mind the gap: Discrepancies in walking assessments for people with Multiple Sclerosis /newsroom/node/246015 <p>Significant gaps in how walking capacity and performance is assessed for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) could be harming therapy and treatment development according to ϲ University researchers. The study, published in the <a href="">International Journal of MS Care</a>, examined the differential between measurement tools for clinical walking capacity and real-world performance.</p> Mon, 02 Nov 2020 15:04:10 +0000 ϲ University What do breast cancer cells feel inside the tumour? /newsroom/node/243476 <p>Using a new technique, a team of ϲ University researchers has found tiny and previously undetectable ‘hot spots’ of extremely high stiffness inside aggressive and invasive breast cancer tumours. Their findings suggest, for the first time, that only very tiny regions of a tumor need to stiffen for metastasis to take place. Though still in its infancy, the researchers believe that their technique may prove useful in detecting and mapping the progression of aggressive cancers.<br /> <br /></p> Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:28:06 +0000 ϲ University COVID-19 vaccines: ϲ researchers track the global race /newsroom/node/245081 <p>ϲ University professor Nicole Basta and her team have created an interactive <a href="">online COVID-19 vaccine tracker</a>, that provides real-time updates on progress in developing a safe and effective vaccine.</p> Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:09:01 +0000 ϲ University ϲ co-founded grassroots organization receives major gift to continue COVID-19 fight /newsroom/node/245066 <p>COVID-19 Resources Canada, a grassroots organization co-founded by a ϲ researcher, today announced it received a donation of $250,000 from the <a href="">Trottier Family Foundation</a> to facilitate Canada’s response to the pandemic. Since its launch in March 2020, the organization has developed two of the most comprehensive databases in Canada with more than 600 COVID-19 funded research projects and experts from over 25 Canadian institutions.</p> Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:03:35 +0000 ϲ University Bat-winged dinosaurs that could glide /newsroom/node/244354 <p>Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, <i>Yi</i> and <i>Ambopteryx, </i>struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived, according to a new study led by an international team of researchers, including ϲ University Professor <a href="">Hans Larsson</a>. Unable to compete with other tree-dwelling dinosaurs and early birds, they went extinct after just a few million years.</p> Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:49:44 +0000 ϲ University Mandatory vaccinations required in only half of all countries /newsroom/node/244080 <p>As countries struggle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination uptake is a public health priority now more than ever. Efforts to increase vaccinations vary greatly around the globe. A new ϲ-led study comparing policies around the world finds broad implementation of mandatory vaccination mandates. However, the penalties for failing to vaccinate differ significantly by country, ranging from fines to jail time.</p> Mon, 19 Oct 2020 22:05:54 +0000 ϲ University How are emerging technology and media shaping democracy? /newsroom/node/244174 <p>The <a href="/maxbellschool/">Max Bell School of Public Policy</a> is launching a new <a href="/maxbellschool/research/centre-media-technology-and-democracy">Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy</a> at ϲ University. Collaborating with leading researchers, policy thinkers, and journalists, the Centre works to understand the impact of emerging technology and media on policy and public life.</p> Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:05:51 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University provides job opportunities for students amid pandemic /newsroom/node/243362 <p>As many students struggle to find work amid the pandemic, ϲ University launches new Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities for students to develop important digital skills for the future, with the support of the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program and TECHNATION, Canada’s leading national technology association.</p> Wed, 14 Oct 2020 18:52:14 +0000 ϲ University Next level training for retail leaders of the future /newsroom/node/242629 <p>Calling retail leaders of the future: ϲ University’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management is launching a unique <a href="/bensadoun-school/programs/master-management-retailing-mmr">Master of Management in Retailing</a> (MMR) designed to equip students with the tools they need to thrive in the rapidly evolving post-COVID retail industry.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2020 16:59:47 +0000 ϲ University ϲ receives $15-million gift commitment from agri-food entrepreneur Marc Bieler /newsroom/node/243237 <p>As a man whose career as a successful agri-food entrepreneur has spanned sectors as diverse as cattle breeding, apple growing, maple syrup production and French vineyards, and who almost single-handedly built Quebec’s cranberry industry into one of the largest and most highly regarded in the world, Marc Bieler, DipAgr’58, BA’64, has always had a profound attachment to the land and a deep respect for the natural environment.</p> Tue, 13 Oct 2020 21:18:22 +0000 ϲ University Discovery of a new key player in long-term memory /newsroom/node/242184 <p>A ϲ-led multi-institutional research team has discovered that during memory consolidation, there are at least two distinct processes taking place in two different brain networks – the excitatory and inhibitory networks. The excitatory neurons are involved in creating a memory trace, and the inhibitory neurons block out background noise and allow long-term learning to take place.</p> Tue, 06 Oct 2020 15:32:41 +0000 ϲ University Trust and income inequality fueling spread of COVID-19 /newsroom/node/242191 <p>Trust in public institutions is linked to fewer COVID-19 deaths, but trust and belonging to groups is associated with more deaths, according to a wide-ranging, ϲ-led study of 30-day COVID-19 mortality rates in 84 countries. Greater economic inequality is also associated with COVID-19 mortality.</p> Tue, 06 Oct 2020 15:56:50 +0000 ϲ University Polycystic ovary syndrome increases risk for gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders /newsroom/node/242176 <p>A recent study by researchers at ϲ University has identified polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as an independent risk factor for gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The condition, known to lead to multiple reproductive complications, including infertility, affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age.</p> <p>PCOS was already known for its association to other adverse perinatal conditions, such as insulin resistance. However, there remains significant gaps in understanding the correlation between the syndrome and neonatal complications.</p> Tue, 06 Oct 2020 14:17:28 +0000 ϲ University Holidays bring severe spike in nut allergies for children /newsroom/node/241922 <p>A new study examining the link between peanut and tree-nut anaphylaxis in children and holidays found spikes at Halloween and Easter. The <a href="">study</a>, led by a team of researchers from the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the ϲ University Health Centre (MCH-MUHC), found that most were previously unknown allergies, calling for increased awareness.</p> Fri, 02 Oct 2020 22:16:30 +0000 ϲ University Expert opinion: COVID-19 vaccine rollout unlikely before fall 2021 /newsroom/node/241817 <p>Experts working in the field of vaccine development tend to believe that an effective vaccine is not likely to be available for the general public before the fall of 2021. In a paper published recently in the <a href=""><i>Journal of General Internal Medicine</i></a>, a ϲ-led team published the results of a recent survey of 28 experts working in vaccinology.</p> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:30:00 +0000 ϲ University Disastrous duo: heatwaves and droughts /newsroom/node/241548 <p>Simultaneous heatwaves and droughts are becoming increasingly common in western parts of the United States, according to a new study led by researchers from ϲ University. Periods of dry and hot weather, which can make wildfires more likely, are becoming larger, more intense, and more frequent because of climate change.</p> Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:46:20 +0000 ϲ University Long-term COVID-19 containment will be shaped by strength and duration of natural, vaccine-induced immunity /newsroom/node/241525 <p>New research suggests that the impact of natural and vaccine-induced immunity will be key factors in shaping the future trajectory of the global coronavirus pandemic, known as COVID-19. In particular, a vaccine capable of eliciting a strong immune response could substantially reduce the future burden of infection, according to a study recently published in the journal <i>Science</i>.</p> Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:26:16 +0000 ϲ University Social isolation causing psychological distress among university students /newsroom/node/240897 <p>Surprisingly, university students <u>without </u>pre-existing mental health concerns seem to be suffering greater psychological distress during the pandemic than their peers <u>with</u> pre-existing mental health problems according to a study of close to 800 university students in Toronto carried out by researchers from ϲ and University of Toronto.</p> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 14:58:54 +0000 ϲ University ϲ and Trafalgar School forge new partnership to transform education /newsroom/node/240442 <p>ϲ University’s Faculty of Education and Trafalgar School for Girls are partnering to establish a transformative partnership - the CoLab. A first of its kind in Canada, the CoLab will integrate teacher training, classroom practice and cutting-edge pedagogical research under one roof.</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:35:28 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University researchers working to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 on high-touch metallic surfaces /newsroom/node/239691 <p>ϲ University professor Stephen Yue and Dr. Chen Liang, a researcher at the ϲ AIDS Centre and Lady Davis Institute, received an NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grant to produce a cost-effective, production-ready antiviral coating that could significantly reduce the rate of SARS-CoV-2 transmission on high-touch metallic surfaces in public spaces such as schools, office buildings, and clinics. The work will be carried out in collaboration with a team of researchers from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and industry partners Polycontrols, Hatch, and 5N Plus.</p> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:59:37 +0000 ϲ University Vulnerable groups affected by public transit cuts amid pandemic /newsroom/node/239442 <p>In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, public transport agencies across North America have made significant adjustments to services, including cutting trip frequency in many areas while increasing it in others. In many cases, these changes, especially service cuts, have disproportionately affected areas where lower-income and more vulnerable groups live, according to a new study from ϲ University.</p> Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:17:33 +0000 ϲ University Royal Society of Canada medal and award winners /newsroom/node/239389 <p>Four ϲ researchers are among the sixteen eminent Canadian scientists, scholars and researchers that have been <a href="">recognized</a> by the Royal Society of Canada</p> <p>Read their stories in <em>The ϲ Reporter</em>:<br /> <br /> <strong>Alfonso Mucci</strong><br /> Willet G. Miller Medal / Médaille Willet G. Miller<br /> <a href="">ϲ Reporter stor</a>y</p> Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:13:58 +0000 ϲ University Ten ϲ researchers honoured by the Royal Society of Canada /newsroom/node/238394 <p>On September 8, the Royal Society of Canada announced 87 new Fellows and 50 new members to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Amongst this year’s RSC cohort are ten ϲ researchers, including six scholars who will become RSC Fellows and four researchers who will become new members of the college. The 2020 cohort of RSC Fellows and members of the college will be officially inducted to the RSC at the annual RSC Celebration of Excellence and Engagement on Friday, November 27.</p> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 13:58:26 +0000 ϲ University Origin of a complex life form revealed /newsroom/node/237454 <p>Researchers from ϲ University have revealed the steps by which two very distinct organisms – bacteria and carpenter ants – have come to depend on one another for survival to become a single complex life form. The study, published today in <a href=""><i>Nature</i></a><i>, </i>shows that the two species have collaborated to radically alter the development of the ant embryo to allow this integration to happen. Understanding how such grand unifications originate and evolve is a major puzzle for biologists.</p> Tue, 01 Sep 2020 19:42:22 +0000 ϲ University Keeping the beat – it’s all in your brain /newsroom/node/237459 <p>How do people coordinate their actions with the sounds they hear? This basic ability, which allows people to cross the street safely while hearing oncoming traffic, dance to new music or perform team events such as rowing, has puzzled cognitive neuroscientists for years. A new study led by researchers at ϲ University is shining a light on how auditory perception and motor processes work together.</p> Tue, 01 Sep 2020 20:22:58 +0000 ϲ University Six ϲ Students Receive Canada’s Largest Science, Technology, Engineering And Math (STEM) Scholarships /newsroom/node/236683 <p>A record number of ϲ students have been named recipients of Canada’s largest scholarship program, Schulich Leader Scholarships. This year, the program has doubled in size from 50 to 100 annual scholarships. In total, six Schulich Leader scholars will begin their studies at ϲ in September (up from two last year) with the majority coming from high schools in Western Canada.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 12:29:16 +0000 ϲ University Housing-First strategy proves cost effective especially for the most-vulnerable homeless group /newsroom/node/236216 <p>Canadians spend big money dealing with the consequences of homelessness, but the money spent could be far more effective. According to a new ϲ-led analysis, housing homeless people with severe mental illness is even more cost-effective than housing homeless people with moderate needs. A Housing-First strategy aimed at helping these individuals regain and keep permanent housing generates savings equal to about two-thirds of its cost.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2020 20:14:06 +0000 ϲ University CFI invests $9.3M in ϲ research /newsroom/node/234925 <p><strong><em>By Amanda Testani, Office of VP Research &amp; Innovation</em></strong></p> Tue, 18 Aug 2020 19:57:27 +0000 ϲ University Gene targeting helps overcome the resistance of brain cancer to therapy /newsroom/node/234105 <p>New insight into a gene that controls energy production in cancer stem cells could help in the search for a more effective treatment for glioblastoma. A ϲ-led study published in <i>Nature Communications</i> reveals that suppressing the OSMR gene can improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy.</p> <p>This approach, led by the laboratory of Arezu Jahani-Asl, Assistant Professor of Medicine at ϲ University, was successful in preclinical mouse models where the deletion of the OSMR gene resulted in a significant improvement of tumour response to therapy and expanded lifespan.</p> Fri, 14 Aug 2020 22:10:41 +0000 ϲ University Unlocking how cellular proteins control cancer spread /newsroom/node/233578 <p>A new insight into cell signals that control cancer growth and migration could help in the search for effective anti-cancer drugs. A ϲ-led study reveals key biochemical processes that advance our understanding of colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer among Canadians.</p> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:33:05 +0000 ϲ University Some dinosaurs could fly before they were birds /newsroom/node/232645 <p>New research using the most comprehensive study of feathered dinosaurs and early birds has revised the evolutionary relationships of dinosaurs at the origin of birds.</p> Sat, 08 Aug 2020 02:07:50 +0000 ϲ University Statement: Events in Beirut /newsroom/node/232108 <p>ϲ University is saddened by the tragic events that took place in Beirut yesterday. Our most heartfelt thoughts are with the victims and their families, as well the global Lebanese community, during this difficult time. Support is available to our community members. Students can reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students, the Student Wellness Hub, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and International Student Services. Faculty and staff can seek support through ϲ’s Employee and Family Assistance Program.</p> Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:47:44 +0000 ϲ University May the force be with you: detecting ultrafast light by its force /newsroom/node/231942 <p>A ϲ research team has developed a new technique to detect nano-sized imperfections in materials. They believe this discovery will lead to improvements in the optical detectors used in a wide range of technologies, from cell phones to cameras and fiber optics, as well as in solar cells.</p> Tue, 04 Aug 2020 21:45:40 +0000 ϲ University Inappropriate prescriptions sending hospitalized seniors back to the ER /newsroom/node/216869 <p>Two in three hospitalized seniors are prescribed drugs that should be avoided by older adults, increasing the risk of injury and adverse drug reactions. Improving hospital prescribing practices can reduce the frequency of inappropriate medications and resulting harm, according to a new study led by ϲ University researchers.</p> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 17:55:00 +0000 ϲ University Implications of serology testing in Canada /newsroom/node/231892 <p>Serology testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) will be useful for public health decisions and research but will not have wide application for clinical care, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">review article </a>in <em>CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)</em>.</p> Tue, 04 Aug 2020 18:05:38 +0000 ϲ University $2-million gift from Montreal philanthropist Stephen Jarislowsky to explore the impact of new technology on society /newsroom/node/230812 <p>As society grapples with myriad technology-related issues, including biases in facial recognition software, algorithms to identify hate speech and misinformation, as well as growing concerns over privacy and data protection, a new Chair in ϲ’s Department of Philosophy seeks to bridge the gap between technology and pressing ethical, social and political questions. The Chair will be supported by a $2-million gift from The Jarislowsky Foundation to undertake ground-breaking research and study about technology and its impact on individuals and societies.</p> Thu, 30 Jul 2020 16:43:14 +0000 ϲ University COVID-19: Social media users more likely to believe false information /newsroom/node/230567 <p>A new study led by researchers at ϲ University finds that people who get their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19. Those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow public health recommendations like social distancing.</p> Tue, 28 Jul 2020 20:15:35 +0000 ϲ University COVID-19 pandemic causes a seismic noise quiet period in 2020 /newsroom/node/228780 <p>Research published in the journal <a href=""><i>Science</i> </a>has shown that lockdown measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 led to a 50% reduction in seismic noise observed around the world in early to mid 2020.</p> Thu, 23 Jul 2020 18:41:31 +0000 ϲ University New study offers first glimpse into how widespread COVID-19 antibodies are in Canada’s adult population /newsroom/node/228368 <p>Today, <a href="">Canadian Blood Services</a> and Canada’s <a href="">COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF)</a> are releasing initial results of the first 10,000 blood donor samples assessed for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. This analysis reveals that over the period May 9 through June 8, 2020, fewer than 1 per cent of the 10,000 samples from blood donors tested positive for antibodies to the novel coronavirus.</p> Wed, 22 Jul 2020 21:33:27 +0000 ϲ University Specialized cellular compartments discovered in bacteria /newsroom/node/225571 <p>Researchers at ϲ University have discovered bacterial organelles involved in gene expression, suggesting that bacteria may not be as simple as once thought. This finding could offer new targets for the development of new antibiotics.</p> <p>The study, published in <i><a href="">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a></i>, is the first to show that <i>E. coli </i>uses similar strategies to regulate gene transcription as other more complex cell types.</p> Thu, 16 Jul 2020 19:45:14 +0000 ϲ University Dobson Centre receives $3M gift to bolster entrepreneurship at ϲ /newsroom/node/225459 <p>As the ϲ Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship plans to scale up its programming, it has announced a new $3-million gift from the John Dobson Foundation to help drive innovation and entrepreneurship at ϲ University.</p> <p>The Dobson Centre provides a launching pad for budding entrepreneurs at ϲ University. From helping ideas get off the ground to accelerating later-stage startups, the Dobson Centre offers programming and mentorship that has helped shape and create nearly 1,000 startups—with more than 400 still in development.</p> Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:35:46 +0000 ϲ University SSHRC invests over $17 million to ϲ research /newsroom/node/222997 <p>The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) recently unveiled the recipients of its October 2019 Insights Grant competition where they awarded $91 million in funding to more than 1,253 researchers from 60 different Canadian institutions. Among the recipients are 38 ϲ-led projects, totalling $17.8 million.</p> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 02:49:54 +0000 ϲ University Canada Research Chairs Program announces new and renewed chairs for ϲ Profs /newsroom/node/222996 <p>The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRC) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. The CRCs aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. This season’s cohort reflects Canada’s diverse research talent and ushers on a new era of discovery.</p> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 02:44:09 +0000 ϲ University Sodium found to regulate the biological clock of mice /newsroom/node/222106 <p>A new study from ϲ University shows that increases in the concentrations of blood sodium can have an influence on the biological clock of mice, opening new research avenues for potentially treating the negative effects associated with long distance travel or shift work.</p> Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:59:50 +0000 ϲ University Feeling insecure about your relationship? Your biology may play a role /newsroom/node/221783 <p>Imagine tracking your feelings during daily interactions with your romantic partner. What would you learn? That’s what approximately 100 heterosexual couples in Montreal did each day for 3 weeks during a study run by researchers from ϲ University. They were interested in whether a fairly common genetic variant in the opioid system, seen in about a quarter of the population, was associated with feelings of insecurity in romantic relationships.</p> Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:37:42 +0000 ϲ University New Canadian headquarters for global biodiversity research network /newsroom/node/221775 <p>The Group on Earth Observations - Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), a global research network and community of practice dedicated to improved monitoring of Earth’s biodiversity, announces the relocation of its headquarters from Leipzig, Germany, to Montreal, Canada.</p> <p>GEO BON responds to the urgent need for the best possible data and knowledge to support decisions to avoid unsustainable biodiversity loss. The information it provides will support international and national actions to meet biodiversity targets and Sustainable Development Goals.</p> Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:12:37 +0000 ϲ University New laboratory to advance research in 3D brain modelling /newsroom/node/218389 <p>Launching on June 26, 2020, the <a href="">Helmholtz International BigBrain Analytics Learning Laboratory</a> (HIBALL) will work to create 3D brain models at an unprecedented cellular-level resolution.</p> Mon, 22 Jun 2020 21:58:41 +0000 ϲ University New species of Ichthyosaur discovered in museum collection /newsroom/node/220746 <p><i>Hauffiopteryx altera</i> (Latin for <i>different from</i>) has been identified as a new species of Ichthyosaurs by researchers from ϲ University and the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart in Germany.</p> <p>Ichthyosaurs (‘fish lizards’), a group of tuna-shaped reptiles that inhabited Earth’s seas during the Mesozoic Era, were discovered by scientists in the early 19<sup>th</sup> century. Similar to the modern-day dolphin, ichthyosaurs underwent profound adaptions to aquatic environments including limbs transformed into flippers, a dorsal fin, and a tail fin.</p> Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:37:17 +0000 ϲ University Hydroxychloroquine shortages: when the enthusiasm for a potential cure affects patients /newsroom/node/218662 <p>Amid initial public and scientific optimism for hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a potential treatment for COVID-19, health care professionals raised concerns about shortages of this inexpensive drug, which is widely used in the treatment of several rheumatic diseases such as arthritis. A new national survey of rheumatologists led by researchers at the ϲ University Health Centre (MUHC) shows that most of them reported difficulties accessing or renewing the drug.</p> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 20:53:35 +0000 ϲ University Environmental activists: at high risk of violence and assassination /newsroom/node/218961 <p>Activists protesting against environmental injustices around the world suffer from high rates of criminalization, physical violence and murder, according to a study published this week in <a href=""><i>Global Environmental Change</i></a>. Indeed, despite the fact that they primarily use nonviolent forms of protest, activists are victims of violence in 18% of environmental conflicts, and of murder in 13% of these conflicts. When Indigenous Peoples are involved, violence is especially frequent.</p> Wed, 24 Jun 2020 22:00:29 +0000 ϲ University Smart phones are empowering women worldwide /newsroom/node/216874 <p>By giving women access to information they otherwise wouldn’t have, mobile phones are transforming lives. Putting smart phones in women’s hands could be a powerful tool to support sustainable development goals in the developing world, according to researchers from ϲ University, University of Oxford and Bocconi University.</p> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 18:40:12 +0000 ϲ University Skin cancer: men are genetically more prone /newsroom/node/218302 <p>As COVID-19 restrictions loosen this summer, Canadians will spend more time outdoors and make the most of the sunshine. A new study from ϲ University suggests why men may be more genetically prone to develop skin cancer.</p> Mon, 22 Jun 2020 15:01:05 +0000 ϲ University ϲ and other Canadian universities unite to address climate change /newsroom/node/217230 <p>Today, a group of 15 leading universities across Canada, spearheaded by ϲ University and the University of Toronto, are uniting to tackle the global challenge of climate change by pledging to follow responsible investment practices. Their efforts are outlined in <i><a href="">Investing to Address Climate Change: A Charter for Canadian Universities</a></i>.</p> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 16:57:40 +0000 ϲ University ϲ’s Spring 2020 Virtual Convocation /newsroom/node/217187 <p>Graduation is a pivotal event, whatever the circumstances may be—and while we know there’s no replacement for crossing the stage, ϲ University will mark this once-in-a lifetime occasion by celebrating all of our graduates’ accomplishments. That’s why ϲ will be hosting <b>10 virtual ceremonies, one for each Faculty, on a rolling basis over June 18th and 19th, 2020. </b>During the ceremonies in this exceptional year, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Mr.</p> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 11:43:48 +0000 ϲ University Discovery of a fast radio burst that pulses at regular intervals /newsroom/node/217081 <p>A Canadian-led team of astronomers, including researchers from ϲ University, has discovered that a repeating fast radio burst (FRB) originating from a nearby galaxy pulses at regular intervals.</p> <p>Researchers within the <a href="">Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment</a> (CHIME) Fast Radio Burst Collaboration used the CHIME telescope in British Columbia to show that the repeating radio source known as FRB 180916.J0158+65 – first discovered in 2018 by the same group - pulsates apparently every 16.35 days.</p> Wed, 17 Jun 2020 20:03:22 +0000 ϲ University McCall MacBain Scholarships to fund interdisciplinary global leaders announced at ϲ University /newsroom/node/216638 <p><a href="/newsroom/channels/news/single-largest-gift-canadian-history-create-flagship-graduate-scholarship-program-mcgill-university-294528">Announced in 2019</a> as the first comprehensive leadership scholarship at the master’s level in Canada, the McCall MacBain Scholarships will enable students to broaden their perspective and develop leadership skills while pursuing a graduate education at ϲ University.</p> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 12:50:30 +0000 ϲ University Why do some non-smokers get COPD while many heavy smokers don’t? /newsroom/node/215519 <p>Smoking is the best-known risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a debilitating lung condition that can severely limit a person’s day-to-day activities. But curiously, only a minority of lifelong smokers develops the disease, while non-smokers represent more than 25% of all COPD cases. A new study published today in <i>The Journal of the American Medical Association </i>suggests that a developmental mismatch between airway and lung size—a condition called dysanapsis—could answer why.</p> Tue, 09 Jun 2020 12:55:51 +0000 ϲ University The neurobiology of social distance /newsroom/node/215375 <p>Never before have we experienced social isolation on a massive scale as we have during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. A new paper published in the journal <a href=""><em>Trends in Cognitive Sciences</em></a> explores the wide-ranging, negative consequences that social isolation has on our psychological well-being and physical health, including decreased life span.</p> Mon, 08 Jun 2020 19:06:20 +0000 ϲ University ϲ-led training program receives $1.65M NSERC CREATE grant /newsroom/node/214218 <p>An inter-university collaboration led by Dr. <a href="/bioeng/faculty-and-staff/mark-lefsrud">Mark Lefsrud</a>, Associate Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering, has received a $1.65 million research grant, to be distributed over six years, from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program.</p> Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:50:38 +0000 ϲ University Environmental groups moving beyond conservation /newsroom/node/213153 <p>Although non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become powerful voices in world environmental politics, little is known of the global picture of this sector. A new study shows that environmental groups are increasingly focused on advocacy in climate change politics and environmental justice. How they do their work is largely determined by regional disparities in human and financial resources.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 21:01:59 +0000 ϲ University Quality of continuing education for psychotherapists questioned, unsupported by research /newsroom/node/213102 <p>New research from ϲ University has found that nearly half of psychotherapies promoted in workshops approved by <i>l’Ordre des Psychologues du Québec</i> are not supported by scientific research, raising questions with regards to accreditation and legitimacy.</p> <p>To ensure that psychologists and psychotherapists maintain and develop their professional skills, the <i>Ordre des Psychologues du Québec</i> (OPQ) requires that accredited therapists follow 90 hours of continuing education activities over the course of a five-year period.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 15:09:41 +0000 ϲ University Two ϲ professors awarded prestigious Killam Research Fellowships /newsroom/node/212907 <p>The Canada Council for the Arts recently announced the recipients of the prestigious 2020 Killam Research Fellowship, including two from ϲ. Professors Myriam Denov and Nathalie Tufenkji were awarded Killam Research Fellowships in support of their outstanding research excellence and their commitment to pursue trail-blazing projects in their field. In addition to the fellowships, the Council also awarded the Killam Prize to Professor <a href="/newsroom/channels/news/alan-evans-receives-prestigious-killam-prize-322339">Alan Evans</a>.</p> Tue, 26 May 2020 14:02:28 +0000 ϲ University COVID-19 pandemic uniting Canadians like no other event in decades /newsroom/node/212201 <p>A new study by researchers from ϲ University and the University of Toronto finds a cross-partisan consensus on battling COVID-19 in Canada. Unlike in the U.S., this consensus is fostering broad agreement on the threats posed by the pandemic and the actions necessary to contain it – all of which is crucial to efforts to fight the virus.</p> Fri, 22 May 2020 20:09:16 +0000 ϲ University Sex bias in pain research /newsroom/node/212044 <p>It is increasingly clear that male and female humans and rodents process pain in different ways. And that there are important differences in the underlying mechanisms involved at genetic, molecular, cellular, and physiological levels. Despite this fact, according to a review paper from ϲ University published today in <a href=""><i>Nature Reviews Neuroscience</i></a>, most pain research remains overwhelmingly based on the study of male rodents, continuing to test hypotheses derived from earlier experiments on males.</p> Thu, 21 May 2020 14:04:36 +0000 ϲ University Team of Canadian and Italian researchers breaking new ground in materials science /newsroom/node/211845 <p>A study by a team of researchers from Canada and Italy recently published in <a href=""><i>Nature Materials</i></a> could usher in a revolutionary development in materials science, leading to big changes in the way companies create modern electronics.</p> <p>The goal was to develop two-dimensional materials, which are a single atomic layer thick, with added functionality to extend the revolutionary developments in materials science that started with the discovery of graphene in 2004.</p> Wed, 20 May 2020 13:35:01 +0000 ϲ University Ancient reptile had mammal-like tooth enamel, study shows /newsroom/node/211716 <p>A new study by ϲ University and the University of Alberta (UofA) paleontologists shows that one type of ancient reptiles evolved a special type of tooth enamel, similar to that of mammals, with high resistance to wear and tear. The <a href="">study</a> is the first to report this kind of enamel in a fossil reptile.</p> Tue, 19 May 2020 19:37:24 +0000 ϲ University Indigenous Peoples around the globe are disproportionately affected by pollution /newsroom/node/211673 <p>Indigenous Peoples around the world are suffering disproportionately from the impacts of pollution. After surveying close to 700 articles covering different disciplines and regions of the world, a research team led by Helsinki University and involving ϲ has highlighted key factors that contribute to this situation.</p> Tue, 19 May 2020 14:08:43 +0000 ϲ University ϲ welcomes support for research system /newsroom/node/211163 <p>ϲ University welcomed the <a href="">announcement by the Prime Minister</a> of $450M to ensure continuity in Canada’s academic research system, as well as the <a href="">announcement by Minister Mendicino</a> granting flexibility in post-graduation work permit rules to help attract international students to our programs.</p> Sat, 16 May 2020 21:09:42 +0000 ϲ University T. rex was a champion walker, super-efficient at lower speeds /newsroom/node/210711 <p>While smaller dinosaurs needed speed, huge predators like T. rex were optimized for energy-efficient walking, according to a <a href="">study</a> published in PLOS ONE.</p> Wed, 13 May 2020 18:19:54 +0000 ϲ University ϲ's Fall 2020 Semester /newsroom/node/210410 <p>ϲ University, like universities worldwide, has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During these past months of uncertainty, ϲ academic leadership and teaching staff have been fully dedicated to developing robust and high-quality programs and courses that will offer the needed flexibility to all its students during the Fall 2020 semester, with the objective of ensuring the least possible disruption to their educational experiences.  </p> Mon, 11 May 2020 13:35:00 +0000 ϲ University Better understanding of nature’s nanomachines may help in design of future drugs /newsroom/node/209636 <p>Many of the drugs and medicines that we rely on today are natural products taken from microbes like bacteria and fungi. Within these microbes, the drugs are made by tiny natural machines – mega-enzymes known as nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs). A research team led by ϲ University has gained a better understanding of the structures of NRPSs and the processes by which they work.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 14:15:11 +0000 ϲ University New partnership to unravel genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in Quebec /newsroom/node/209574 <p>The <a href="">Institut national de santé publique du Québec</a> (INSPQ) and the ϲ Genome Centre today announced they will partner to sequence the viral genomes of Quebec patients with COVID-19 disease. The collaboration, termed “Coronavirus Sequencing in Quebec,” (CoVSeQ) is led by Profs Sandrine Moreira, Hugues Charest and Michel Roger at the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ) of the INSPQ. The viral samples are taken from a Quebec viral biobank, termed the CoVBanQ, which is hosted in LSPQ.</p> Tue, 28 Apr 2020 13:53:45 +0000 ϲ University New study finds connection between fault roughness and the magnitude of earthquakes /newsroom/node/209219 <p>A new study led by ϲ University has found that tectonic plates beneath the Earth’s surface can show varying degrees of roughness and could help explain why certain earthquakes are stronger than others.</p> <p>Earthquakes happen when the rocks beneath the Earth’s surface break along geological fault lines and slide past each other. The properties of these faults - such as the roughness of their surface - can have an influence on the size of seismic events, however their study has been challenging because they are buried deep beneath the Earth’s surface.</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 16:01:27 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University to accelerate the carbon footprint reduction of its endowment investments /newsroom/node/209150 <p>ϲ University announced today a series of impactful measures and timelines designed to accelerate the responsible decarbonisation of the ϲ Investment Pool (MIP), a collection of more than 60 investment mandates and fund investments. These measures were recommended by the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR) to the University’s Board of Governors last week to operationalize the carbon footprint reduction of its endowment investments.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 21:43:24 +0000 ϲ University ϲ Genome Centre to share in $20M funding for COVID-related DNA research /newsroom/node/209144 <p>The ϲ Genome Centre today announced it has received funding from the Canadian government to sequence the genomes of people affected by COVID-19. The Federal Government is committing $40 million to support Genome Canada’s launch of the newly formed Canadian COVID Genomics Network (CanCOGeN). The ϲ Genome Centre and the other members of CGEn, the national facility for genome sequencing and analysis, will join this network and receive $20 million to support human sequencing as part of this program.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 20:31:30 +0000 ϲ University Canada launches serological testing initiative to help manage COVID-19 /newsroom/node/209134 <p>The Government of Canada <a href="">is launching a task force</a> to measure the scope of coronavirus infection in Canada and rapidly provide information needed to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and safely get Canadians back to work.</p> <p>The COVID-19 Immunity Task Force will generate this vital information, drawing on experts from universities and hospitals across Canada and working closely with provincial and territorial public health officials.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 18:22:38 +0000 ϲ University COVID 19 treatments and vaccines: the importance of rigorous science /newsroom/node/209027 <p>Ethicists from Carnegie Mellon and ϲ universities are calling on the global research community to resist treating the urgency of the current COVID-19 outbreak as grounds for making exceptions to rigorous research standards in pursuit of treatments and vaccines. Their paper, published online today in <a href="">Science</a>, provides recommendations for conducting clinical research during times of crises.</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2020 17:25:04 +0000 ϲ University National study to collect data on aging adults’ experiences during COVID-19 pandemic /newsroom/node/209009 <p>How does a pandemic affect the physical and psychological health of adults as they age? Does COVID-19 have an impact on the delivery of regular health-care services? Does a COVID-19 infection lead to long-term health problems affecting the lungs or brain?</p> Wed, 22 Apr 2020 13:53:18 +0000 ϲ University North pole will be ice-free in summer /newsroom/node/208911 <p>Summer Arctic sea-ice is predicted to disappear before 2050, resulting in devastating consequences for the Arctic ecosystem. The efficacy of climate-protection measures will determine how often and for how long. These are the results of a new study involving 21 research institutes from around the world, including ϲ University.</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2020 13:25:00 +0000 ϲ University International consortium investigates overactive immune cells as cause of COVID-19 deaths /newsroom/node/208570 <p>In the urgent battle to treat COVID-19 patients, a group of eleven international medical research organizations is investigating whether overactive immune cells that produce Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs) cause the most severe cases. The consortium, called the NETwork, includes Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, and the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC).</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 22:03:36 +0000 ϲ University ϲ Board of Governors receives proposed action plan to accelerate the carbon footprint reduction of its endowment investments /newsroom/node/208562 <p>ϲ University’s Board of Governors received today recommendations for an ambitious action plan to reduce significantly the carbon footprint of its endowment investments, as part of a report from the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR).</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 20:13:44 +0000 ϲ University With a heavy heart: how men and women develop heart disease differently /newsroom/node/208448 <p>A new study by researchers from ϲ University has uncovered that minerals causing aortic heart valve blockage in men and women are different, a discovery that could change how heart disease is diagnosed and treated.</p> <p>Using the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan, <a href="/materials/people-0/faculty/marta-cerruti">Marta Cerruti</a>, an Associate Professor in ϲ’s Department of Materials Engineering, and her team analyzed damaged heart valves from patients who had undergone transplants.</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2020 15:42:39 +0000 ϲ University Over $1 million for students at ϲ affected by the COVID-19 crisis /newsroom/node/208359 <p>The ϲ University community has come forward in a remarkable way to assist students who are being seriously affected financially by the COVID-19 crisis, with donors contributing over $650,000 on the strength of more than 1,500 gifts to the ϲ Student Emergency Support Fund within the last two weeks. </p> Wed, 15 Apr 2020 18:33:34 +0000 ϲ University Volcanic CO2 emissions helped trigger Triassic climate change /newsroom/node/208241 <p>A new study finds volcanic activity played a direct role in triggering extreme climate change at the end of the Triassic period 201 million year ago, wiping out almost half of all existing species. The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from these volcanic eruptions is comparable to the amount of CO<sub>2</sub> expected to be produced by all human activity in the 21st century.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:54:46 +0000 ϲ University Together for our parks /newsroom/node/207104 <p>City parks provide priceless green space for citizens living in metropolitan areas. In these challenging times, not only do they offer a place to relax and renew with nature, they are essential to our health and well-being.</p> <p>Today, local park groups, sports clubs and public interest organizations are joining together to appeal to all Montrealers:</p> <p> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:50:30 +0000 ϲ University FRQS to fund new structural biology centre at ϲ University /newsroom/node/207299 <p>The health sciences research arm of the Quebec government [Fonds de recherche du Québec – santé (FRQS)] today announced it will provide $2 million to assist in the establishment of the Centre de Recherche en Biologie Structurale (CRBS) at ϲ University. The new centre will become the premiere Structural Biology facility in Quebec and a leading centre in Canada, and aims to facilitate structural biology and biophysics for the broader scientific community for the next wave of scientific breakthroughs</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 20:27:51 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers identify correlation between mild behavioural impairment and Alzheimer’s /newsroom/node/207272 <p>New research from ϲ University has found that the presence and severity of mild behavioural impairment (MBI) in cognitively healthy individuals is strongly associated with the presence of amyloid plaques deposits in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 17:21:43 +0000 ϲ University Promising advance in depression research /newsroom/node/207065 <p>Depression is a common psychiatric disorder and one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Antidepressants are the first-line treatment for moderate to severe major depressive episodes. Despite their effectiveness, only 40% of patients respond to the first antidepressant they try. A recent paper in <a href="">Nature Communication</a> strongly suggests that a particular protein, GPR56, is involved in the biology of depression and the effect of antidepressants.</p> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:20:23 +0000 ϲ University New video game enlists players to help advance scientific research /newsroom/node/207066 <p>ϲ researchers are turning to video games to harness the power of citizen scientists in order to map the gut microbiome.</p> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:39:55 +0000 ϲ University Innovative birds are less vulnerable to extinction /newsroom/node/206856 <p>Bird species that have the capacity to express novel foraging behaviors are less vulnerable to extinction than species that do not, according to a collaborative study involving ϲ University and CREAF Barcelona and published today in <a href=""><i>Nature Ecology &amp; Evolution</i></a>.</p> Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:18:33 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University receives Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Award /newsroom/node/206121 <p>The Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health has awarded a CAD$3.5 million operating grant to Dr. Treena Wasontí:io Delormier of ϲ University’s School of Human Nutrition. The grant will help to establish a Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) over the next five years in the province of Quebec</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:56:53 +0000 ϲ University COVID-19 and labour constraints: Recalling former health care workers not enough /newsroom/node/206092 <p>While the COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in mass layoffs in several industries, other essential industries will instead face critical workforce shortages, according to a <a href="">new report</a>. Social distancing, school and daycare closures, and measures to protect those people who are most at-risk limit the pool of workers firms can draw upon. How important will these constraints turn out to be, especially in essential industries?</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:30:44 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers help create COVID-19 Resources Canada /newsroom/node/205549 <p> ϲ University announced it has joined the network of senior researchers, students, and web developers, in the launch of the national <b><u><a href="">COVID-19 Resources Canada</a></u> </b>portal, a central hub designed to help those involved in COVID-19 R&amp;D in Canada to locate expertise and equipment in a timely manner. Since launching, over 1,800 volunteers have already signed up via the portal to help in the fight against COVID-19.</p> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 18:29:13 +0000 ϲ University The placebo effect and psychedelic drugs: tripping on nothing? /newsroom/node/205554 <p>There has been a lot of recent interest in the use of psychedelic drugs to treat depression. A new study from ϲ suggests that, in the right context, some people may experience psychedelic-like effects from placebos alone. The researchers reported some of the strongest placebo effects (these are effects from “fake” medication) on consciousness in the literature relating to psychedelic drugs. Indeed, 61% of the participants in the experiment reported some effect after consuming the placebo.</p> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 18:56:53 +0000 ϲ University FRQ to create a province-wide COVID-19 Biobank /newsroom/node/204982 <p>The Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) and Genome Québec today announced the launch of the Québec COVID-19 Biobank, a Province-wide initiative to enable the collection, storage and sharing of samples and data related to the COVID-19 crisis. The task force that has been mobilized to take on this role is led by ϲ University’s <b>Dr. Vincent Mooser</b>, with additional medical and scientific expertise from ϲ and several other Quebec institutions. The Biobank will begin operations on April 1, 2020.</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:33:10 +0000 ϲ University Increasingly mobile sea ice risks polluting Arctic neighbours /newsroom/node/203540 <p>The movement of sea ice between Arctic countries is expected to significantly increase this century, raising the risk of more widely transporting pollutants like microplastics and oil between neighbouring coastal states, according to new research from ϲ University in collaboration with University of Colorado Boulder, Columbia University, and Arizona State University.</p> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:53:17 +0000 ϲ University ϲ24 raises $2.95 million in just one day /newsroom/node/202241 <p>On March 11, the ϲ University community rose to the challenge to make a difference on ϲ24, the University’s fifth annual day of giving, by contributing $2,956,106 for causes across the University. The final tally, which comes on the strength of 5,379 donations, demonstrated the collective power of bringing people together to give what they can. It represents a new high-water mark for the annual campaign and sets another record for the largest one-day fundraiser of its kind in Canadian university history.</p> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 18:28:01 +0000 ϲ University Homeless Health Research Network releases evidence-based clinical guideline /newsroom/node/201632 <p>A collaborative approach is required to build healthcare pathways that will end homelessness in Canada, says the Homeless Health Research Network, a pan-Canadian team of experts including researchers from ϲ University. Clinicians can play a role by tailoring their interventions using a comprehensive new clinical guideline on homelessness published in the <a href=""><i>Canadian Medical Association Journal</i></a><i>.</i></p> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 12:22:33 +0000 ϲ University Seismic biomarkers in Japan Trench fault zone reveal history of large earthquakes /newsroom/node/201112 <p>In the aftermath of the devastating Tohoku-Oki earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan in March 2011, scientists were stunned by the unprecedented 50 meters of displacement along the fault, which ruptured all the way to the surface of the seafloor. This extreme slip at shallow depths exacerbated the massive tsunami that, together with the magnitude 9.1 earthquake, caused extensive damage and loss of life in Japan.</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 16:53:07 +0000 ϲ University Using molecules to draw on quantum materials /newsroom/node/200735 <p>Over millennia, civilizations progressed through the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages. Now the time has come for quantum materials to change the way we live, thanks in part to research conducted at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) and ϲ University.</p> Wed, 04 Mar 2020 14:50:09 +0000 ϲ University Widely used weed killer harming biodiversity /newsroom/node/200011 <p>One of the world’s most widely used glyphosate-based herbicides, Roundup, can trigger loss of biodiversity, making ecosystems more vulnerable to pollution and climate change, say <a href="">researchers from ϲ University</a>.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:29:15 +0000 ϲ University Adaptation: Competition and predation may not be the driving force scientists thought /newsroom/node/199491 <p>Species adapt to their local climates, but how often they adapt to their local communities remains a mystery. To find answers, researchers at ϲ University and the University of British Columbia examined over 125 studies testing local adaptation in over 100 species of plants and animals in an article published in <a href=""><i>The American Naturalist</i></a>.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:44:41 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers end decade-long search for mechanical pain sensor /newsroom/node/199495 <p>Researchers at ϲ University have discovered that a protein found in the membrane of our sensory neurons are involved in our capacity to feel mechanical pain, laying the foundation for the development of powerful new analgesic drugs.</p> <p>The study, published in <a href=""><i>Cell</i></a>, is the first to show that TACAN, a highly conserved protein among vertebrates whose function remained unclear, is in fact involved in detecting mechanical pain by converting mechanical pressures into electric signals.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:38:07 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers claim three spots in demanding AI funding competition /newsroom/node/199303 <p>Earlier today, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) announced the results of the competition for the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative, and three ϲ teams were among the selected projects. The initiative supports the development of collaborations in AI projects between researchers in Canada and in the UK. Each winning project will receive up to $173,333 per year up to three years, for a total of $520,000 CAD per project.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:27:15 +0000 ϲ University Fossilized wing gives clues about Labrador’s biodiversity during the Cretaceous /newsroom/node/199213 <p>A fossilised insect wing discovered in an abandoned mine in Labrador has led palaeontologists from ϲ University and the University of Gdańsk to identify a new hairy cicada species that lived around 100 million years ago.</p> <p><i>Maculaferrum blaisi</i>,<i> </i>described in a study published in <i><a href="">Acta Palaeontologica Polonica</a></i>, is the first hemipteran insect (true bug) to be discovered at the Redmond Formation, a fossil site from the Cretaceous period near Schefferville, Labrador.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:11:44 +0000 ϲ University Prospects of new treatments for diabetes through metabolic products of the intestinal flora /newsroom/node/199034 <p>In a study published in the journal <a href=""><i>Cell Reports</i></a>, researchers at ϲ University, Kyoto University and INSERM/University of Paris show that an organic compound produced by the intestinal flora, the metabolite 4-Cresol, exhibits protective effects against type 1 and type 2 diabetes by stimulating the proliferation and function of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. These results pave the way for new therapeutic options that could improve the situation of millions of patients.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:03:25 +0000 ϲ University Boys with inattention-hyperactivity face increased risk for traumatic brain injuries /newsroom/node/198932 <p>ϲ-led research shows that boys exhibiting inattention-hyperactivity at age 10 have a higher risk for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in adolescence and adulthood. Treatments to reduce these behaviours may decrease the risk for TBIs. </p> Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:08:52 +0000 ϲ University Love matters: how parents' love shapes children’s lives /newsroom/node/198465 <p>Parents often put their own relationship on the back burner to concentrate on their children, but a new study shows that when spouses love each other, children stay in school longer and marry later in life.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:16:47 +0000 ϲ University Pediatric researchers in Montreal unite to tackle infection and immunity on two different fronts /newsroom/node/198450 <p>Researchers at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the ϲ University Health Centre – the Children’s - and the CHU Sainte-Justine are coming together within the scope of two new projects, funded under the auspices of the ϲ Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4): improving the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial pneumonia and better understanding rare immune disorders.</p> <p><b>Improving the appropriateness of antibiotic use to treat pneumonia</b></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:21:21 +0000 ϲ University Bacteriophages may play a role in childhood stunting… and be able to help treat it /newsroom/node/198445 <p>New research spearheaded by ϲ University has discovered that bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) found in the intestinal tracts of children may play a role in childhood stunting, a significant impediment to growth that affects 22% of children under the age of five around the world.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:25:03 +0000 ϲ University Three ϲ researchers among 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows /newsroom/node/198427 <p><b>By Amanda Testani</b></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2020 17:59:18 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University partners with the Université du Québec en Outaouais to offer its Medicine Preparatory Program as of September 2020 /newsroom/node/198430 <p>ϲ University is partnering with the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) to offer the ϲ Faculty of Science’s Medicine Preparatory (Med-P) Program in Gatineau. In September 2020, the program will welcome its first cohort of approximately 20 CEGEP graduates. With the addition of the program, ϲ and its partners now offer the full range of its medical training programs in Outaouais: Med-P, Undergraduate Medical Education and Postgraduate Medical Education in Family Medicine. All programs will be offered 100% in French.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2020 23:29:33 +0000 ϲ University Bridging the gap between AI and the clinic /newsroom/node/198428 <p>The power of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine lies in its ability to find important statistical patterns in large datasets. A study published today is an important proof of concept for how AI can help doctors and brain tumour patients make better treatment decisions.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2020 19:25:14 +0000 ϲ University Is it possible to reduce political polarization? /newsroom/node/198420 <p>In the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an unusual experiment suggested that it might be possible to influence American voters to adopt less polarized positions.</p> <p>Posing as political researchers, a research team from ϲ and Lund Universities approached 136 voters at the first Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton presidential debate in New York. Participants were asked to compare Trump and Clinton on various <b>leadership traits </b>(such as courage, vision, and analytic skills) by putting an X on a sliding scale.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2020 19:45:45 +0000 ϲ University Most comprehensive map of cancer genome to date /newsroom/node/198414 <p>An international team, that includes researchers from ϲ, has completed the most comprehensive study of whole cancer genomes to date, significantly improving our fundamental understanding of cancer and signposting new directions for its diagnosis and treatment.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2020 13:19:51 +0000 ϲ University February 2 | World Wetlands Day: Fostering global biodiversity and mitigating climate change /newsroom/node/198400 <p>Though they make up less than 6% of Earth’s surface, wetlands burst with biodiversity and play a key role in cleaning waterways, preventing floods, and sequestering carbon. For World Wetlands Day on February 2, researchers from ϲ University are launching interactive story maps to illustrate the valuable contributions these ecosystems make to our planet.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 22:20:03 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers lay foundation for next generation aortic grafts /newsroom/node/198385 <p>A new study by researchers at ϲ University has measured the dynamic physical properties of the human aorta, laying the foundation for the development of grafts capable of mimicking the native behaviour of the human body’s largest artery.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2020 18:59:31 +0000 ϲ University Male fertility after chemotherapy: new questions raised /newsroom/node/197716 <p>A pilot study conducted by INRS and ϲ researchers highlights the effect of chemotherapy on male fertility before and after puberty.</p> <p>"It is often thought that cancer treatments for prepubescent boys will have no effect on their fertility because their testicles would be "dormant". But in fact, the prepubertal testis are not immune to chemotherapy that affects dividing cells and it is now well recognized that there can be long-term effects," explains Géraldine Delbès, a professor at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Laval.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:31:04 +0000 ϲ University Our biological clock plays crucial role in healing from surgery /newsroom/node/197601 <p>If you have just had knee, shoulder or hip surgery, you may want to take anti-inflammatories in the morning or at noon, but not at night. A ϲ-led study shows, for the first time, that circadian clock genes are involved in healing from surgery. Indeed, the researchers demonstrated that<b> </b>anti-inflammatory medications are most effective in promoting post-operative healing and recovery when taken during the active periods of our biological clocks.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:26:20 +0000 ϲ University Street network patterns reveal worrying worldwide trend towards urban sprawl /newsroom/node/196395 <p>New research from ϲ University and the University of California, Santa Cruz has found that the local streets of the world’s cities are becoming less connected, a global trend that is driving urban sprawl and discouraging the use of public transportation.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:25:01 +0000 ϲ University New technique nets scientists haul of key proteins /newsroom/node/195047 <p>Using a new microscopic "fishing" technique, scientists from the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM), Université de Montréal and ϲ University have successfully snagged thousands of proteins that play a key role in the formation of the cell skeletons or cytoskeletons. Cell skeletons, whose primary function is to give the cells their shapes, are also involved in things like muscle contraction. They are made up of an interlocking network of protein filaments that connect the cell nucleus to the cell membrane.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:07:32 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers honoured in Québec Science 2019 list of top discoveries /newsroom/node/195275 <p>Research from ϲ University topped <i><a href="">Québec Science</a></i>’s annual list of the 10 most important scientific breakthroughs. This year, Günther Grill, Bernhard Lehner, Tomislav Friščić, Heidi M. McBride, Samantha Gruenheid, and Ehab Abouheif were recognized for their trailblazing work, by a jury of researchers and journalists reviewing the most influential discoveries made in Quebec.</p> <p>Here is a closer look at the selected discoveries:</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2020 15:56:19 +0000 ϲ University Oil companies' ad spending: Driven by climate change legislation & media coverage /newsroom/node/195048 <p>Spending on advertising by major oil corporations has reached an all-time high over the past decade. In a recent paper in <i><a href="">Climatic Change</a></i>, researchers from ϲ, Brown and Rutgers Universities tried to determine the factors that might explain this increase (from an average total annual expenditure of $35 million between 1986-1996 for the five biggest companies together to an average of $217 million annually between 2008-2016 for the same companies).</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:11:14 +0000 ϲ University A fast radio burst tracked down to a nearby galaxy /newsroom/node/194880 <p>Astronomers in Europe, working with members of Canada’s CHIME Fast Radio Burst collaboration, have pinpointed the location of a repeating fast radio burst (FRB) first detected by the CHIME telescope in British Columbia in 2018. The breakthrough is only the second time that scientists have determined the precise location of a repeating source of these millisecond bursts of radio waves from space.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:59:24 +0000 ϲ University ϲ study identifies new role of major genetic risk factor in Alzheimer’s disease /newsroom/node/191700 <p>For years, physicians have been aware that patients carrying the apolipoprotein ꜫ4 (APOE <i>ꜫ4</i>) gene are at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. New research from ϲ University has now found the gene plays an even greater role in dementia.<br /> <br /></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:57:15 +0000 ϲ University Perpetual predator-prey population cycles /newsroom/node/191327 <p>How can predators coexist with their prey over long periods without the predators completely depleting the resource that keeps them alive? Experiments performed over a period of 10 years by researchers from ϲ University and the Universities of Oldenburg and Potsdam have now confirmed that regular oscillations in predator-prey populations can persist over very long periods</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2019 16:10:27 +0000 ϲ University Quebec government gearing up to face income inequality head on /newsroom/node/191106 <p>The arrival of the holiday season often signals joy and celebration but for many it is a painful demonstration of the growing inequality in North American society. While online sales have soared to levels never seen before, food banks are struggling to meet demand, and despite being in a so-called ‘full-employment’ situation, the proportion of food bank users who are employed is also on the rise.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2019 02:58:14 +0000 ϲ University Nine ϲ researchers selected in newest round of Canada CIFAR AI Chairs /newsroom/node/190439 <p>CIFAR today announced its newest cohort of Canada CIFAR AI Chairs, which includes nine researchers from ϲ University, bringing the total number of ϲ researchers named to the program to 17. These top academic researchers are part of the $125 million Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, the world’s first national strategy of its kind. The Canada CIFAR AI Chair Program represents an investment of $30 million at nine universities, and mobilizes over 150 researchers across the country.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2019 17:09:29 +0000 ϲ University World’s most detailed database maps characteristics of Earth’s rivers and catchments /newsroom/node/190438 <p>Two researchers and friends from opposite ends of the Earth have created a world-first high spatial resolution atlas that maps the environmental characteristics of all the globe's rivers and catchments.</p> <p>HydroATLAS was co-developed by Bernhard Lehner and his team from ϲ University’s Department of Geography and Simon Linke from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2019 16:12:17 +0000 ϲ University Cities and their rising impacts on biodiversity - a global overview /newsroom/node/190437 <p><b>Cities and their rising impacts on biodiversity </b>versity. To gain a clearer picture of the situation, an international group of scientists, including <a href="/ssti/andrew-gonzalez">Professor Andrew Gonzalez</a> from ϲ’s Biology Department, surveyed over 600 studies on the impacts of urban growth on biodiversity. They published their findings today in <i>Nature Sustainability</i>.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:37:53 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University to decrease carbon intensity of investment portfolio /newsroom/node/190123 <p>ϲ University is moving forward to reduce the overall carbon footprint of its investment portfolio, as part of its ongoing commitment to fighting climate change and its own stewardship role with respect to sustainability.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:45:36 +0000 ϲ University As rural China rapidly adopts clean energy, use of traditional wood and coal stoves persists /newsroom/node/190089 <p>Old habits are hard to break. A ϲ-led study of replacement of traditional wood and coal burning stoves with clean energy in China suggests that, without a better understanding of the reasons behind people’s reluctance to give up traditional stoves, it will be difficult for policies in China and elsewhere in the world to succeed in encouraging this shift towards clean energy. The study was published recently in <i><a href="">Nature Sustainability</a></i>.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:02:13 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University project on zero-carbon metal fuels launches into space /newsroom/node/189922 <p>Recently, a project testing metal combustion led by the Alternative Fuels Laboratory at ϲ University launched on a European Space Agency rocket.</p> <p>The project, an international collaboration between the Alternative Fuels Laboratory at ϲ, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, and Airbus Defence and Space, aims to improve scientific understanding of metal flames, laying the groundwork for a new type of green engine that burns iron powder, with only rust as a by-product.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:28:22 +0000 ϲ University ϲ Board of Governors receives recommendations to decrease carbon footprint of investment portfolio /newsroom/node/189918 <p>ϲ University’s Board of Governors received today recommendations to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the University’s investments, as part of a report from the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR).</p> <p>Prepared for the Board in response to a ϲ Senate resolution on divestment from the fossil fuel industry, the CAMSR report and recommendations support the continued evolution of the University’s investment portfolio towards a more sustainable and less carbon-intensive investment strategy.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2019 20:50:45 +0000 ϲ University ϲ-led research unravels mystery of how early animals survived ice age /newsroom/node/189789 <p>How did life survive the most severe ice age? A ϲ University-led research team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball Earth, when the oceans were cut off from life-giving oxygen, answering a question puzzling scientists for years.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2019 14:27:54 +0000 ϲ University Ensuring a respectful debate /newsroom/node/189815 <p><em>This message is sent on behalf of Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning).</em><br />  </p> <p>Dear members of the ϲ community,</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2019 19:19:54 +0000 ϲ University Puffins stay cool thanks to their large beak /newsroom/node/189310 <p>Tufted puffins regulate their body temperature thanks to their large bills, an evolutionary trait that might explain their capacity to fly for long periods in search for food.</p> <p>In a new <a href="">study</a> published in the <em>Journal of </em><i>Experimental Biology</i>, researchers from ϲ University and the University of California, Davis, used thermal imaging cameras to measure heat dissipation off the bodies and beaks of wild tufted puffins in the minutes after flying.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2019 21:18:23 +0000 ϲ University ϲ team awarded contract to advance potential Canadian contribution for LiteBIRD space telescope /newsroom/node/189298 <p><b>November 7, 2019 (MONTREAL, Quebec)</b> - A team of researchers from the ϲ Space Institute has secured a Phase 0 contract with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to advance a proposed Canadian contribution – including technology deliverables and scientific know-how -- for the LiteBIRD (Light satellite for the studies of B-mode polarization and Inflation from cosmic background Radiation Detection) mission.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:55:47 +0000 ϲ University Artificial turf crumb rubber leaches environmental toxins /newsroom/node/188799 <p>New research spearheaded by scientists at ϲ University reports that exposing chicken embryos, a model of higher vertebrate development, to leachate from crumb rubber used for example in artificial turf infill allowed to assess the toxicity of environmental pollutants contained in such material.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:55:55 +0000 ϲ University Cellular origins of pediatric brain tumors identified /newsroom/node/189175 <p>A research team led by Dr. Claudia Kleinman, an investigator at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, together with Dr. Nada Jabado, of the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), and Dr. Michael Taylor, of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), discovered that several types of highly aggressive and, ultimately, fatal pediatric brain tumors originate during brain development. The genetic event that triggers the disease happens in the very earliest phases of cellular development, most likely prenatal.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2019 14:08:27 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers among the world’s most cited: Web of Science /newsroom/node/188889 <p>In the world of research, one of the most meaningful measures of success is the number of times a paper has been cited by another researcher. Based on this yardstick, ϲ researchers are among the most influential in the world, according to the respected research news website, <a href="">Web of Science</a>. The annual list identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:43:42 +0000 ϲ University Human song is universal /newsroom/node/188800 <p>Music, including songs with words, appears to be a universal phenomenon according to a paper published this week in Science. An international team of researchers involving musicians, data scientists, psychologists, political scientists and linguists, including one from ϲ University, reached this conclusion after five years of collaboration, bringing together a broad range of skills and tools to the question of whether music is universal.</p> <p><b>Using broad datasets to arrive at deep conclusions about music</b></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:04:31 +0000 ϲ University An ancient snake's cheekbone sheds light on evolution of modern snake skulls /newsroom/node/188699 <p>New research from a collaboration between Argentinian and University of Alberta and ϲ University palaeontologists adds a new piece to the puzzle of snake evolution.</p> <p>The researchers examined a strikingly well-preserved fossil of the rear-limbed snake Najash rionegrina, found in Argentina. The study shows that nearly 100 million years ago, these legged snakes still had a cheekbone—also known as a jugal bone—that has all but disappeared in their modern descendants.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2019 18:09:28 +0000 ϲ University Pollution from Athabasca oil sands affects weather processes /newsroom/node/188193 <p>Scientists have been looking at pollution affecting the air, land and water around the Athabasca Oil Sands for some time. After looking at contaminants in snow taken from up-to 25 km away from the oil sands, a ϲ-led scientific team now suggests that oil sand pollution is also affecting the weather patterns in the surrounding regions.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:03:30 +0000 ϲ University Julia Lovell wins 2019 Cundill History Prize /newsroom/node/188195 <p>Julia Lovell, China expert and translator of Chinese literature has been named the winner of the 2019 Cundill History Prize for Maoism: A Global History, published by The Bodley Head (UK) and Knopf (US). At a time when tensions between China and the west are on the rise, Lovell’s sweeping work of history provides a re-evaluation of Maoism as a force that played out around the world – and continues to shape political practice in China today.<br /> <br /></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:22:07 +0000 ϲ University Air pollution nanoparticles linked to brain cancer /newsroom/node/188192 <p>New research from ϲ University links air pollution nanoparticles to brain cancer.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:11:08 +0000 ϲ University Promising discovery could lead to a better, cheaper solar cell /newsroom/node/188126 <p>ϲ University researchers have gained tantalizing new insights into the properties of perovskites, one of the world’s most promising materials in the quest to produce a more efficient, robust and cheaper solar cell.<br /> <br /></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2019 14:15:04 +0000 ϲ University Abrupt shifts in Arctic climate projected /newsroom/node/188119 <p>Researchers from ϲ University project that as the permafrost continues to degrade, the climate in various regions of the Arctic could potentially change abruptly, in the relatively near future. Their research, which was published today in <em><a href="">Nature Climate Change</a></em>, also suggests that as the permafrost degrades, the severity of wildfires will double from one year to the next and remain at the new and higher rate for regions in the Northwestern Territories and the Yukon.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2019 20:41:36 +0000 ϲ University Scientists identify key knowledge gaps in sustainability research /newsroom/node/188096 <p>The loss of biodiversity continues at an alarming rate despite decades of research and international policies setting out clear goals in the area. In an article published this week in Nature Sustainability, an international team of scientists including researchers from ϲ identified seven key areas for future research in order to tackle, effectively, the root causes of the problem.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:54:52 +0000 ϲ University Greater local earthworm diversity in temperate regions than in the tropics /newsroom/node/188090 <p>Surprisingly, in any single location, there are typically more earthworms and more earthworm species found in temperate regions than in the tropics, according to a study published this week in Science. Global climate change could lead to significant shifts in earthworm communities worldwide, threatening the many functions they provide.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2019 20:17:09 +0000 ϲ University Mapping international drug use by looking at wastewater /newsroom/node/188089 <p>Wastewater-based epidemiology is a rapidly developing scientific discipline with the potential for monitoring close to real-time, population-level trends in illicit drug use. By sampling a known source of wastewater, such as a sewage influent to a wastewater treatment plant, scientists can estimate the quantity of drugs used in a community from the measured levels of illicit drugs and their metabolites excreted in urine.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2019 13:36:19 +0000 ϲ University Are humans changing animal genetic diversity worldwide? /newsroom/node/188085 <p>Human population density and land use is causing changes in animal genetic diversity, according to researchers at ϲ University.</p> <p>The findings reported in the journal <em>Ecology Letters</em>, show that environmental changes caused by humans are leading to changes in genetic variation in thousands of species of birds, fish, insects, and mammals. The evidence for human impacts was most clear for insects and fish species.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:05:14 +0000 ϲ University Mapping global biodiversity change /newsroom/node/188077 <p>A new study, published in Science, which focuses on mapping biodiversity change in marine and land ecosystems shows that loss of biodiversity is most prevalent in the tropic, with changes in marine ecosystems outpacing those on land. The research, led by scientists from the University of St Andrews, in collaboration with leading universities across Europe, the USA and Canada, including ϲ, aimed at reaching a consensus about variation in biodiversity change.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:22:46 +0000 ϲ University Interactive map shows nature’s contributions to people /newsroom/node/188054 <p>Nature supports people in critical ways, often at a highly local level. A wild bee buzzes through a farm, pollinating vegetables as it goes. Nearby, wetlands remove chemicals from the farm’s runoff, protecting a community drinking water source. In communities all around the world, nature’s contributions are constantly flowing to people. A team of international scientists including from ϲ University, have mapped these contributions at local levels for years, but a new Stanford-led study closes a critical gap in how this information can be used to drive global policy and development.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:23:23 +0000 ϲ University UNAIDS likely not to meet its HIV targets among gay men in Africa /newsroom/node/188047 <p>Despite improvements in HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa, they are missing out on HIV treatment.</p> <p>This is the finding of research, published in <i>The Lancet HIV, </i>led by Imperial College London, which analysed data from 75 independent studies involving 44,993 MSM across 28 African countries, between 2004 and 2018.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2019 15:08:13 +0000 ϲ University Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity /newsroom/node/188046 <p>The diversity of life is staggering. From microscopic algae to elephants, life has devised countless ways to thrive in every environment on the planet. But while biologists have tended to focus on the many varied forms that species have evolved, the age of ‘big data’ offers an unprecedented view of some surprisingly common features shared by all creatures, great and small.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:59:51 +0000 ϲ University Students, researchers, and future-ready global leaders are at the core of ϲ University’s $2-billion fundraising campaign  /newsroom/node/188001 <p>ϲ University today unveiled a $2-billion fundraising campaign designed to propel ϲ into its third century by boosting resources for financial aid and scholarships, equipping students with the skills they need to become “future-ready” global leaders, and supporting research and innovation in some of the most pressing societal challenges. </p> <p>Made by ϲ: the Campaign for Our Third Century is the most ambitious fundraising drive in ϲ’s history. It comes as the University prepares to mark its 200th anniversary in 2021. </p> Mon, 23 Sep 2019 19:44:16 +0000 ϲ University Some plastic with your tea? /newsroom/node/188014 <p>A cup of tea may be a cure for rainy days, but the soothing cup of the brewed beverage may also come with a dose of micro- and nano-sized plastics shed from plastic bags, according to researchers at ϲ University. While the possible health effects of ingesting these particles are currently unknown, the new research published in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science &amp; Technology suggests further investigation is needed.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:58:53 +0000 ϲ University Jane Goodall, Irving Ludmer, and Stuart (Kip) Cobbett to receive honorary degrees /newsroom/node/187990 <p> Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:04:26 +0000 ϲ University $5.5M support for new Canadian ecosystem service network /newsroom/node/187950 <p>Protecting Canada’s vast wealth of natural resources, which contribute significantly to our national economy, will depend on our ability to manage ecosystems and all the services they provide for human well-being now and in the future. Leading sustainability scientist, Elena Bennett, a professor in the School of the Environment and Department of Natural Resource Sciences at ϲ University, has assembled a network of researchers to ensure that Canada’s working landscapes—land actively used for production of resources such as food—remain biologically diverse, resilient, and adaptive.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:36:01 +0000 ϲ University ϲ to host Harvard in Covo Cup Classic on Sept. 7 to mark anniversary of historic 1874 rugby-football game /newsroom/node/187938 <p>The ϲ University men’s rugby team will celebrate the 145th anniversary of the first rugby-football game ever played in the United States when they host Harvard in the annual Covo Cup confrontation on Saturday (Sept. 7). Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Percival Molson Stadium (475 Pine Avenue West).</p> <p>Advance tickets are available online at: <a href=""></a></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:55:42 +0000 ϲ University Government of Canada funds Collaborative Research to Clean Arctic Oil Spills /newsroom/node/187704 <p>Today, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard-Verdun, announced on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, that ϲ University will receive more than $3.7 million for two research projects that will help minimize the environmental impact of oil spills. Minister Lametti also announced funding for two research projects led by Concordia University. Together, this investment will top $8.2 million and support 19 scientific trainee positions.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:45:56 +0000 ϲ University Students at ϲ University receive Canada’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarship  /newsroom/node/186856 <p>Cyril Mani and Marin Schultz have been named ϲ University’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship. </p> <p>Out of a pool of more than 300,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,400 students were nominated, of whom 50 received this celebrated award. </p> Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:46:36 +0000 ϲ University Canadian astronomers determine Earth’s fingerprint in hopes of finding habitable planets beyond the Solar System /newsroom/node/187513 <p>Two ϲ University astronomers have assembled a “fingerprint” for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting life.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2019 18:32:43 +0000 ϲ University The dark side of extrasolar planets share surprisingly similar temperatures  /newsroom/node/186850 <p>A new study by ϲ University astronomers has found that the temperature on the nightsides of different hot Jupiters is surprisingly uniform, suggesting the dark side of these massive gaseous planets have clouds made of minerals and rocks.  </p> <p>Using data from the Spitzer Space and the Hubble Space telescopes, the researchers from the ϲ Space Institute found that the nightside temperature of 12 hot Jupiters they studied was about 800°C. </p> Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:51:32 +0000 ϲ University Move to single-patient rooms at MUHC’s Glen site resulted in immediate and long-lasting decrease of infection rates /newsroom/node/186846 <p>The move to single-patient rooms at the ϲ University Health Centre’s (MUHC) Glen site in 2015 resulted in significantly reduced rates of hospital-acquired infections, suggests a study published today in the highly respected journal <a href=";utm_source=For_The_Media&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=ftm_links&amp;utm_content=tfl&amp;utm_term=081919">JAMA: Internal Medicine</a>published by the American Medical Association.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:26:08 +0000 ϲ University Glitch in Neutron Star Reveals Its Hidden Secrets /newsroom/node/185538 <p>If parts of the neutron star interior start to move outwards, the star spins faster. This is called a “glitch,” and it’s providing astronomers with a brief insight into what lies within these mysterious objects.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:29:45 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers receive $6.5M in funding from the CFI and the Government of Quebec  /newsroom/node/186253 <p><em>By Amanda Testani</em></p> <p>Twelve ϲ researchers have received federal grants through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, made the announcement today at the University of Alberta. Each ϲ recipient will also receive matching funds from the Quebec government for their research endeavours. </p> Mon, 12 Aug 2019 16:10:25 +0000 ϲ University Two ϲ professors lead new Stand Up to Cancer Canada Metastatic Breast Cancer Dream Team /newsroom/node/185734 <p>Marc Miller, Member of Parliament (Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Sœurs, Quebec) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced today at ϲ an investment of up to $6 million for a scientific task force of top researchers to develop new and improved approaches to cancer treatment and care. The funding will be distributed over four years to the new pan-Canadian program, the Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) Canada Metastatic Breast Cancer Dream Team.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:01:38 +0000 ϲ University Professor Maryam Tabrizian receives Collaborative Health Research Project Grant /newsroom/node/185764 <p>Funding from the country’s three federal granting councils—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council— was awarded to Professor Maryam Tabrizian and a multidisciplinary team composed of Professors Reggie Hamdy, Monzur Murshed, Bettina Willie (Shriners Hospitals for Children) and Dr. Vahab Soleimani(Lady Davis Research Institute). With the $767,184 received over three years, the researchers will continue developing an innovative, non-invasive solution for bone regeneration.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2019 17:33:02 +0000 ϲ University Puzzling shapes: unlocking the mysteries of plant cell morphology  /newsroom/node/185016 <p>The discovery of the mechanics and molecular mechanism that dictate cell shape formation in plants by a team of ϲ researchers offers new clues about the fundamental processes governing tissue formation in multicellular organisms. </p> <p>Plants are made of cells that come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, each of which is closely related and essential to the function of a specific tissue. </p> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 20:38:21 +0000 ϲ University Newly discovered Labrador fossils give clues about ancient climate /newsroom/node/183892 <p>The discovery of fossilized plants in Labrador, Canada, by a team of ϲ directed paleontologists provides the first quantitative estimate of the area’s climate during the Cretaceous period, a time when the earth was dominated by dinosaurs. The specimens were found in the Redmond no.1 mine, in a remote area of Labrador near Schefferville, in August 2018. Together with specimens collected in previous expeditions, they are now at the core of a recent study published in Palaeontology.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2019 14:40:22 +0000 ϲ University ComSciCon Launches in Canada /newsroom/node/183061 <p>The first national science communications workshop for graduate students launched in Canada on July 18th-20th, 2019. For two and a half days, fifty graduate students, selected from over 400 applicants, and heralding from twenty-six institutions across Canada, gathered at McMaster University for ComSciConCAN – a fully immersive experience in science communications.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2019 17:21:35 +0000 ϲ University Time heals all wounds, but this adhesive can help /newsroom/node/181370 <p>Cuts, scrapes, blisters, burns, splinters, and punctures - there are a number of ways our skin can be broken. Most treatments for skin wounds involve simply placing a barrier over them (usually an adhesive gauze bandage) to keep it moist, limit pain, and reduce exposure to infectious microbes, but do not actively assist in the healing process.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:06:50 +0000 ϲ University Big Sugar and neglect by global health community fuel oral health crisis /newsroom/node/179795 <p> Thu, 18 Jul 2019 18:49:40 +0000 ϲ University SSHRC invests $8.9M in ϲ research /newsroom/node/179810 <p><em>By Amanda Testani</em></p> <p>On July 17, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of more than $285 million through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to support research in social sciences and humanities across Canada. In addition to 35 SSHRC Insight Development Grants, ϲ faculty were awarded 34 Insight Grants, and four Partnership Development Grants. Cumulatively, these grants bring a total of $8.9 million to the University’s research community.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2019 19:59:20 +0000 ϲ University Two ϲ Researchers receive $3.3M from NSERC CREATE program funding /newsroom/node/177509 <p><a href="/chemistry/faculty/hanadi-sleiman">Hanadi Sleiman</a> of the Department of Chemistry and <a href="/plant/faculty/singh">Jaswinder Singh</a>of the Department of Plant Science have each received $1.65 million in research grants, to be distributed over six years, from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) <a href="">Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE)</a>Program.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2019 20:38:07 +0000 ϲ University Government of Canada Promotes Equity and Invests in Discovery Research at ϲ /newsroom/node/177135 <p>In conjunction with a $35 million <a href="">research funding announcement</a> to support 128 researchers through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) <a href="">Discovery Grants program</a>, Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport, Kirsty Duncan, was on campus today to sign the <a href="">Dimensions Charter.</a></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 17:57:21 +0000 ϲ University Airbnb is removing rental housing in Canadian cities and rural areas /newsroom/node/170476 <p>The American online marketplace Airbnb has likely removed approximately 31,100 units from Canada’s long-term rental markets. This could make it difficult for Canadian cities and provinces to prevent growing housing affordability issues.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:12:25 +0000 ϲ University Serotonin linked to somatic awareness, a condition long thought to be imaginary /newsroom/node/170391 <div> <p>An international team spearheaded by researchers at ϲ University has discovered a biological mechanism that could explain heightened somatic awareness, a condition where patients experience physical discomforts for which there is no physiological explanation.</p></div> Wed, 19 Jun 2019 14:30:27 +0000 ϲ University 26 New and Renewed Canada Research Chairs for ϲ /newsroom/node/170048 <p>Today in Victoria, British Columbia, the Honourable <a href="">Kirsty Duncan</a>, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of over $275 million for 346 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 52 institutions across Canada. The <a href="">Canada Foundation for Innovation</a> also made an important investment towards these Chairs in providing more than $5.2 million in new funding for research infrastructure, supporting 30 Chairs at 18 institutions.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:46:19 +0000 ϲ University Pregnancy-specific anxiety may impact how long a woman exclusively breastfeeds her child /newsroom/node/169775 <p>Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended by the World Health Organization for the first six months of life because of the benefits for both mom and baby. In Canada, approximately 32% of women meet this recommendation.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 17:44:22 +0000 ϲ University ϲ receives its largest gift for Indigenous education /newsroom/node/169062 <p>The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a US$1.25-million grant to ϲ University, in support of a new Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative. The Initiative will be implemented over the next five years.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:04:20 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University’s Centre of Genomics and Policy Receives Funding to Create Ethics and Governance Resources for the Human Cell Atlas Initiative /newsroom/node/168516 <p>The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and the Klarman Family Foundation today announced $468,860 in collaborative funding to support ethical biomedical research and responsible data sharing for the Human Cell Atlas (HCA), an international effort to map all cells in the human body. The Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP) at ϲ University will help guide and inform the approach and governance of data sharing to assist participating investigators to collect and share data.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 19:53:03 +0000 ϲ University To study invasive predators, watch the prey /newsroom/node/166887 <p> Wed, 05 Jun 2019 19:09:01 +0000 ϲ University Towards a new era of small animal imaging research /newsroom/node/165931 <p>Have you ever spent half an hour trying to take the best photo of your pets but they won't stay still in the perfect angle? This is also true for small animal imaging research using positron emission tomography (PET). Because of this, the use of anesthesia is a widespread practice in animal imaging. It’s one of the biggest limitations to imaging studies because anesthesia alters the animal’s normal physiological state, blurring the answers to the questions that many researchers have been asking.</p> Thu, 30 May 2019 14:40:08 +0000 ϲ University Chandra finds stellar duos banished from galaxies /newsroom/node/165711 <p>Astronomers use the term "binary" system to refer to pairs of stars orbiting around each other. These stellar pairs can consist of combinations of stars like our Sun, or more exotic and denser varieties such as neutron stars or even black holes.</p> Tue, 28 May 2019 15:43:37 +0000 ϲ University Cranberries join forces with antibiotics to fight bacteria /newsroom/node/165548 <p> Mon, 27 May 2019 18:59:09 +0000 ϲ University Thirteen early-career researchers explore new frontiers /newsroom/node/164376 <p><em>By Meaghan Thurston</em></p> Thu, 23 May 2019 10:51:50 +0000 ϲ University Detecting bacteria in space /newsroom/node/164254 <p>Scientists at the University of Montreal and ϲ University have pioneered and tested a new genomic methodology which reveals a complex bacterial ecosystem at work on the International Space Station.</p> <p>Until now, relatively little was known about the different types of microbes found on the space station. The new approach enables researchers to identify and map different species inside the ISS, which will ultimately help safeguard astronauts’ health and be key to future long-term space travel.</p> Wed, 22 May 2019 18:24:35 +0000 ϲ University Widespread permafrost degradation seen in high Arctic terrain /newsroom/node/164247 <p>Rapid changes in terrain are taking place in Canada’s high Arctic polar deserts due to increases in summer air temperatures.</p> Wed, 22 May 2019 17:50:07 +0000 ϲ University Canadian researchers on promising path towards developing flu treatment using lipid target /newsroom/node/164227 <p>For most people, the influenza A virus (IAV), commonly known as the flu, is cleared from the body by our own immune system. In some cases, however, the immune response becomes dysregulated and if left uncontrolled, the inflammation caused by our own immune cells can lead to extensive lung tissue damage and enhanced morbidity and mortality.</p> <p>How can we help our immune system to balance the two main host defense strategies: attacking pathogens (called <i>host resistance</i>) and preserving our own tissue (called <i>disease tolerance</i>)?</p> Wed, 22 May 2019 15:59:07 +0000 ϲ University NSERC awards $35 M to ϲ-led research projects /newsroom/node/163268 <p>Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of more than $588 million through the <a href="">Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC)</a> <a href="">Discovery Grants program.</a> Nearly $35 million of this investment will go to 128 ϲ-led projects. ϲ’s early career researchers, those who have held an independent academic position for 5 years or less, lead thirty of these projects.</p> Fri, 17 May 2019 14:52:29 +0000 ϲ University Children in Quebec are not diagnosed early enough with type 1 diabetes /newsroom/node/162710 <p>Elwyn was a healthy 13 month-old toddler when she started drinking water from the bathtub. Over time, she became increasingly thirsty and demanded more and more breast milk. For her parents, this seemed like typical behaviour related to a growth spurt. One day, however, they noticed that she was abnormally weak and rushed her to the emergency department. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and had already developed a life-threatening complication of the disease known as diabetic ketoacidosis.</p> Tue, 14 May 2019 17:04:33 +0000 ϲ University A Governor General’s Innovation Award for AI Pioneer Joelle Pineau  /newsroom/node/162523 <p><em>By Meaghan Thurston </em></p> Mon, 13 May 2019 18:39:36 +0000 ϲ University A cautionary tale for researchers working on selective drug delivery /newsroom/node/161961 <p>Many studies indicating that DNA nanostructures can enter cells more readily than simple DNA strands are flawed, according to researchers at ϲ University. In a paper published in the American Chemical Society journal <i>ACS Central Science, </i>the ϲ scientists demonstrate that many DNA cage nanostructures aren’t taken up by cells to a significant extent.</p> Fri, 10 May 2019 18:46:15 +0000 ϲ University New Study in Nature: Just One-Third of the World’s Longest Rivers Remain Free-Flowing /newsroom/node/161354 <p> Tue, 07 May 2019 13:46:21 +0000 ϲ University NSERC awards $3.7M to ϲ-led research projects /newsroom/node/160586 <p>On May 3, the <a href="">Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)</a> announced the recent recipients of the NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants program. Six ϲ-led projects in the Faculty of Engineering and one in the Faculty of Medicine are receiving more than $3.7 million to conduct research in collaboration with a supporting organization.</p> Fri, 03 May 2019 13:11:34 +0000 ϲ University More in-depth tumor analysis presents new therapeutic options for patients with advanced cancer /newsroom/node/160051 <p> Mon, 29 Apr 2019 13:56:12 +0000 ϲ University Béluga: The latest supercomputer for Canadian researchers /newsroom/node/159625 <p>Imagine a computer 300,000 times faster than a PC, and with 67,000 times more storage space. Such is Béluga, a supercomputer now serving ϲ, Québec, and Canadian researchers.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2019 14:55:05 +0000 ϲ University Government of Canada announces funding for training to enhance access to justice in both official languages /newsroom/node/159485 <p>Canadians expect that their official language should not be a barrier to accessing justice. This is why the Government of Canada is working to enhance the capacity of Canada’s justice system to offer legal services and information to French-speaking and English-speaking communities across the country.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2019 15:26:23 +0000 ϲ University Québec siblings with rare orphan disease lead to discovery of rare genetic diseases /newsroom/node/159474 <p>Mutations in a gene involved in brain development have led to the discovery of two new neurodevelopmental diseases by an international team led by researchers at ϲ University and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center.</p> <p>The first clues about the rare disorder arose after doctors were unable to diagnose why two siblings from Québec City were experiencing seizures and neurodevelopmental deficits. Desperate, the children’s family turned to Carl Ernst at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal for answers.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:07:42 +0000 ϲ University Matt Dobbs awarded 2019 Killam Research Fellowship in Natural Sciences /newsroom/node/159435 <p>ϲ University astrophysicist <a href=""><strong>Matt Dobbs</strong></a> is the recipient of the 2019 Killam Research Fellowship in Natural Sciences.</p> <p>The announcement was made today by the Canada Council for the Arts, which revealed this year's winners of the prestigious Killam Program, composed of the Killam Prizes and the Killam Research Fellowships. </p> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:44:19 +0000 ϲ University Global warming hits sea creatures hardest  /newsroom/node/159335 <p>The greater vulnerability of sea creatures may significantly impact human communities that rely on fish and shellfish for food and economic activity, according to the study published in the journal Nature. </p> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:07:28 +0000 ϲ University Discovery made at Polytechnique Montréal in partnership with ϲ University paves the way for new automated biological-sample analysis sytems /newsroom/node/158587 <p><strong>From conventional microfluidics to open-space microfluidics</strong></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 16:25:05 +0000 ϲ University Advancing genomic medicine for next generation therapies /newsroom/node/158136 <p>The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, this morning announced a new Canada Excellence Research Chair in Genomic Medicine: Genes to Drug Targets for Next-Generation Therapies</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2019 15:45:29 +0000 ϲ University Maternal gestational diabetes linked to diabetes in children /newsroom/node/158281 <p>Children of mothers who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy could be at increased risk of type 1 diabetes themselves, according to a new study led by a team at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) that was published in the <a href=""><em>Canadian Medical Association Journal</em> (CMAJ)</a>.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:35:11 +0000 ϲ University ϲ’s Honorary Degree recipients for Spring Convocation 2019 /newsroom/node/158173 <p>Alain Bouchard, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Michel de la Chenelière,  The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Dame Ann Dowling, Paul Farmer,  Giuliana Elena Garzone, Michael Harris, Agnes Kalibata, John Michael Kosterlitz,  Margaret MacMillan, Pat Metheny, Charles Mulli, Alfred Sommer </p> Mon, 15 Apr 2019 20:53:30 +0000 ϲ University Same-sex marriage legalization associated with reduced anti-gay bias in the U.S. /newsroom/node/158154 <p>A new study of evolving attitudes toward gay marriage across the U.S. suggests that state legislation has had a significant impact in reducing anti-gay bias in many parts of the country.</p> <p>The findings, published in <i>PNAS</i>, provide evidence that public policy can shape social norms and alter individuals’ attitudes, says senior author Eric Hehman, a professor in ϲ University’s Department of Psychology.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2019 18:11:50 +0000 ϲ University Celebrity fat shaming has ripple effects on women’s implicit anti-fat attitudes /newsroom/node/157603 <p>Celebrities, particularly female celebrities, are routinely criticized about their appearance—indeed, celebrity “fat-shaming” is a fairly regular pop-cultural phenomenon. Although we might assume that these comments are trivial and inconsequential, the effects of these messages can extend well beyond the celebrity target and ripple through the population at large.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2019 18:47:34 +0000 ϲ University Decision about Redmen name /newsroom/node/157560 <p>Principal Suzanne Fortier has announced her decision regarding the name of ϲ’s men’s varsity sports teams. <a href="/x/ZUu">Read her statement</a></p> <hr /> <p>La principale Suzanne Fortier a rendu publique sa décision par rapport au nom des équipes sportives masculines de l’Université ϲ.<a href="/principal/fr/communications/enonces/decision-concernant-le-nom-redmen"> Lisez son message</a></p> <p> </p> Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:57:12 +0000 ϲ University Astronomers Capture First Image of a Black Hole /newsroom/node/157147 <p>The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that they have succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:14:13 +0000 ϲ University Rocket fuel that’s cleaner, safer and still full of energy /newsroom/node/155729 <p></p><div class="mediaelement-video"><video src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/safer_cleaner_rocket_fuel_6.mp4" class="mediaelement-formatter-identifier-1720849901-7" controls="controls" height="385" width="640"></video></div> Tue, 02 Apr 2019 18:09:46 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University announces the naming of the McCall MacBain Arts Building /newsroom/node/156127 <p>At a ceremony this evening, ϲ University announced that its Arts Building, a landmark at the centre of its downtown campus, will be named after <a href="/newsroom/article/bios">alumnus John McCall MacBain and Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain</a>, in recognition of the recent $200-million gift from the McCall MacBain Foundation.</p> <p>The new name will be the McCall MacBain Arts Building.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2019 19:27:16 +0000 ϲ University ϲ’s New Survivor-Focused Sexual Violence Policy Reinforces Prevention, Support and Response /newsroom/node/154554 <p>ϲ University’s Board of Governors has adopted its new <a href="/secretariat/files/secretariat/policy_against_sexual_violence.pdf">Policy against Sexual Violence</a>, confirming the University’s commitment to ensuring that its campuses are free of acts of sexual violence. To support the Policy, the University has dedicated substantial resources – including three full-time staff members and an independent special investigator – dedicated to fostering safe, respectful, and inclusive learning and work environments for all.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2019 19:04:21 +0000 ϲ University The bigger the evolutionary jump, the more lethal cross-species diseases could be /newsroom/node/154549 <p>Some diseases which are fatal in one species can cause only mild discomfort in another—but it’s hard for scientists to predict how lethal a disease will be if it leaps across species.</p> <p>However, a new paper published this week in PNAS indicates that the evolutionary relationship between infected hosts can predict the impact of diseases.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2019 18:34:56 +0000 ϲ University Using laser light to study how epilepsy arises in the healthy brain /newsroom/node/154370 <p>Scientists at ϲ University have developed a new method to study how seizures arise in the healthy brain. Using laser light guided through ultra-thin optic fibers in the brain of rodents, the researchers “turned on” light-sensitive proteins in selective brain cells and were able to eventually cause seizures through repeated laser stimulation. These findings were published March 27, 2019 in the journal Scientific Reports.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2019 18:52:15 +0000 ϲ University Bengio co-recipient of A.M. Turing Award /newsroom/node/154298 <p><em>by Daniel McCabe</em></p> <p>Congratulations to ϲ graduate Yoshua Bengio, BEng’86, MSc’88, PhD’91, on being named a co-recipient of the 2018 A.M. Turing Award. Frequently referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” the Turing Award, presented by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), recognizes individuals for major contributions of lasting importance to computing. </p> Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:12:31 +0000 ϲ University Anti-TB drugs can increase risk of TB re-infection /newsroom/node/153422 <p>Current treatments for tuberculosis (TB) are very effective in controlling TB infection caused by <i>Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb).</i> They don’t, however, always prevent reinfection. Why this happens is one of the long-standing questions in TB research.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:56:54 +0000 ϲ University Montreal and ϲ University Become Blue Communities /newsroom/node/153382 <p>The Ville de Montréal and ϲ University today received Blue Community certification on the occasion of World Water Day. To obtain this certification, they have undertaken to recognize water and sanitation as human rights, to promote publicly managed water services and to ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in their buildings and at their events. Hence Montreal has joined some forty Blue Communities worldwide, including major cities like Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Victoria. For its part, ϲ has become the fourth university in the world to obtain this certification.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:15:38 +0000 ϲ University Bartha Knoppers awarded 2019 Friesen Prize /newsroom/node/152864 <p>ϲ University Professor Bartha Knoppers, a global leader in the study of legal, social and ethical issues related to biomedical research in human genetics and genomics, has been awarded the 2019 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research by the Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FCIHR).</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:22:43 +0000 ϲ University Rising global shipping traffic could lead to surge in invasive species /newsroom/node/152591 <p>Rising global maritime traffic could lead to sharp increases in invasive species around the world over the next 30 years, according to a new study by ϲ University researchers.</p> <p>The findings, published in the journal <i>Nature Sustainability</i>, suggest that shipping growth will far outweigh climate change in the spread of non-indigenous pests to new environments in coming decades.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:35:01 +0000 ϲ University New cause for concern over weedkiller glyphosate /newsroom/node/151440 <p>New research from ϲ University reveals an overlooked impact that the widely used herbicide glyphosate may be having on the environment.</p> <p>First commercialized by Monsanto under the name Roundup, glyphosate has come under scrutiny in the past, mostly in relation to its potential toxicity. This new research, published recently in the Ecological Society of America’s Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, focuses not on direct health risks associated with the herbicide, but on its contribution to environmental phosphorus levels, an issue that has yet to receive much attention.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 16:08:50 +0000 ϲ University Canadian researchers and international collaborators seek to improve the care of people living with dementia and their families /newsroom/node/151492 <p>Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be a disorienting experience for the person diagnosed and their families. A diagnosis often leaves the person and their families searching for information and guidance on health and social services that are available to assist them in their daily lives.</p> <p>The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, today announced funding from the Government of Canada to support Canadian researchers who will work with international collaborators to improve health and social services for people living with dementia and their families.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 20:19:55 +0000 ϲ University 
Impostor Cities exhibition to represent Canada at the 2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture

 /newsroom/node/151703 <p>Impostor Cities explores how Canadian cities double as other places on screen. 
The exhibition will represent Canada at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia 
in 2020.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:34:27 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers receive $3.7M in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Government of Quebec /newsroom/node/151426 <p><em>By Amanda Testani</em></p> <p>Fifteen ϲ researchers have received federal grants through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). Minister of Science and Sport, Kirsty Duncan, made the announcement today at the University of Western Ontario. Each ϲ recipient will also receive matching funds from the Quebec government for their research endeavors.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:13:54 +0000 ϲ University European-Canadian Cancer Network chosen as a driver project of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health /newsroom/node/149724 <p>The <a href="">Global Alliance for Genomics and Health</a> (GA4GH) has selected the <a href="">European-Canadian Cancer Network</a> (EUCANCan) as one of seven 2019 Driver Projects to advance and pilot standards for sharing genomic health-related data.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 14:46:14 +0000 ϲ University Dr. Arjun Krishnaswamy selected as 2019 Sloan Research Fellow  /newsroom/node/147775 <p>An Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology at ϲ University’s Faculty of Medicine and a member of the Cell Information Systems group at ϲ’s Life Sciences Complex, Dr. Arjun Krishnaswamy was recently included among the 126 outstanding early-career researchers selected for 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships. Yang Chai, formerly an Assistant Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the School of Computer Science—now at Yale University—was also the recipient of a Sloan Fellowship for his work on algorithmic mechanism design and tools. </p> Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:42:17 +0000 ϲ University International team of scientists detect cause of rare pediatric brain disorder /newsroom/node/147229 <p>Mathilde came into the world with chubby cheeks and a full head of auburn hair. But she was a very sick baby, and was immediately transferred on January 19, 2013 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the ϲ University Health Centre (MCH-MUHC). By the time she arrived, she was sicker than initially expected; Mathilde’s small head was of particular concern to doctors. She underwent neurological tests, and sadly, they came back abnormal: her brain hadn’t developed properly and her brain white matter (or myelin) was found to be atypical.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 15:05:32 +0000 ϲ University Mega-experiment shows species interactions stronger towards tropics and lowlands /newsroom/node/145346 <p>An international research team led by a ϲ University researcher used a simple experiment that mimics how plants and animals interact with each other—leaving seeds out for 24 hours to see how many get eaten. Seven thousand seed beds were deployed across a huge geographic scale, with 70 sites cutting across 18 mountains from Alaska to the equator.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:47:05 +0000 ϲ University Citizenship ceremony at ϲ University celebrates new citizens and Black History Month /newsroom/node/144644 <p>The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and ϲ University, tomorrow will celebrate 50 citizens from 22 countries in a special citizenship ceremony marking Black History Month.</p> <p>The ICC will host roundtable discussions during which the new Canadian citizens will share their journeys to citizenship and reflect on what Canadian citizenship means to them. ϲ University staff and students will join in the discussions.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:59:05 +0000 ϲ University Single-largest gift in Canadian history to create a flagship graduate scholarship program at ϲ University /newsroom/node/142026 <p>Today, John and Marcy McCall MacBain announced the creation of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at ϲ through a landmark gift of $200 million (Canadian), the single-largest gift in Canadian history.</p> <p>The McCall MacBain Scholarships at ϲ will provide outstanding students from Canada and internationally with the opportunity to pursue a master’s or professional degree, combined with a world-class enrichment program.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:08:23 +0000 ϲ University Classes cancelled, University open / Annulation des cours, l’Université est ouverte /newsroom/node/142680 <p>Classes scheduled for today, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, have been cancelled at both campuses due to difficult conditions following yesterday’s blizzard. Evening classes are cancelled.</p> <p>The University will remain open, but we are urging staff to make safety their priority when trying to get to work. Employees who cannot make it in today should notify their supervisors as soon as possible. We ask that supervisors be understanding about employee absences and lateness today.</p> <p>If you have off-campus activities, please consult with your host institution.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:17:50 +0000 ϲ University Viral communications hacking boosts Leishmania infections /newsroom/node/140216 <p>New research from ϲ University has found that a virus infecting the <i>Leishmania</i> parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used for cell-to-cell communication, a discovery that could pave the way to new vaccines against infections that cause severe disfiguration.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2019 21:46:36 +0000 ϲ University Melting ice sheets may cause ‘climate chaos’ according to new modelling /newsroom/node/139741 <p>The weather these days is wild and will be wilder still within a century. In part, because the water from melting ice sheets off Greenland and in the Antarctic will cause extreme weather and unpredictable temperatures around the globe. A study published today in <i>Nature</i> is the first to simulate the effects, under current climate policies, that the two melting ice sheets will have on ocean temperatures and circulation patterns as well as on air temperatures by the year 2100.</p> <p><b>Consequences for</b><b> ocean circulation and water and air temperatures</b></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2019 16:39:50 +0000 ϲ University ϲ genomics research projects to receive $10M in federal, provincial funding /newsroom/node/139750 <p><em>Major federal and provincial investments in genomics research were announced this week following three recent Genome Canada competitions. The announcement, made at University of Guelph, includes over $10 million in funding to seven projects led by ϲ researchers. Here's a quick look at one of those projects. (A complete list follows.)</em></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2019 17:02:42 +0000 ϲ University Infertility treatment linked with slightly higher risk of pregnancy complications /newsroom/node/139434 <p>Women who become pregnant using infertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, have a slightly higher risk of a complication according to a new study by researchers at ICES, Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and St. Michael’s Hospital. These complications can include bleeding, serious infections and admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) around the time of delivery.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2019 20:31:57 +0000 ϲ University Global well-being in coming decades hinges on non-material factors /newsroom/node/139424 <p>To improve people’s well-being as much as possible in coming decades, policy makers should look beyond narrow economic calculations and prioritize non-material factors when making big decisions.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2019 20:07:03 +0000 ϲ University ϲ-led EpiShare project named a 2019 GA4GH Driver Project /newsroom/node/138594 <p>EpiShare will join the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) as a 2019 Driver Project. GA4GH, an international group of 22 leading genomic data initiatives, works collaboratively to develop and pilot standards for sharing genomic and health-related data.</p> <blockquote> <p>“EpiShare represents a unique opportunity to contribute to the field of epigenomics by extending global standards and tools, which have so far been developed only for genetic and genomic information.” --Guillaume Bourque, Project Champion and Associate Professor of Human Genetics at ϲ University.</p></blockquote> Sat, 02 Feb 2019 15:25:59 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers to receive over $10 M for thirty projects and SSHRC doctoral, master and postdoc awards /newsroom/node/138223 <p>Social sciences and humanities research plays an important role in building a healthier, stronger and more prosperous Canada. To create a thriving economy powered by homegrown discoveries and innovations, and for Canada to be world-renowned as a research leader, we need to continue to invest in talented graduate students, scholars and researchers.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2019 16:06:51 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers for 2019 /newsroom/node/138213 <p>First published in 2006, Montréal's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in Greater Montréal that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year's winners, including ϲ University, were announced on January 31, 2019 in a special magazine published in the Montreal Gazette. This is the 11th year in a row ϲ has been included in the annual list.<br /> <br /></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:34:19 +0000 ϲ University Evolution, illustrated /newsroom/node/138214 <p>What do you get when you put together several tons of steel plates, hundreds of mice, a few evolutionary and molecular biologists and a tiny Nebraska town near the South Dakota border?</p> <p>Would you believe one of the most complete pictures ever of vertebrate evolution?</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:47:54 +0000 ϲ University Measuring stress around cells /newsroom/node/137175 <p>Tissues and organs in the human body are shaped through forces generated by cells, that push and pull, to “sculpt” biological structures. Thanks to a new tool developed at ϲ University, scientists will now be able to watch, and map these forces.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2019 20:11:04 +0000 ϲ University Mila inaugurates its new premises in Mile-Ex /newsroom/node/137466 <p>Mila – Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence officially inaugurated its new premises at the O Mile-Ex complex this week, in the presence of the Minister of Economy and Innovation for the government of Quebec, Pierre Fitzgibbon, and more than 200 partners and players in the Quebec artificial intelligence ecosystem.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2019 14:54:15 +0000 ϲ University Student mental health services at ϲ transformed by new 
Rossy Student Wellness Hub /newsroom/node/135699 <p>ϲ University announced today a new approach to student mental health and well-being that includes the Rossy Student Wellness Hub. The ambitious $14-million initiative reimagines the way health services are provided, with a newly integrated, campus-wide approach to physical and mental health and wellness, and a greater emphasis on awareness, prevention and earlier intervention. ϲ’s Faculties will also play a role in developing on-site wellness and mental health programs specific to the needs of their students.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2019 19:57:00 +0000 ϲ University Four Burning Questions for Harriet Kuhnlein, Professor Emerita, Commissioner, Lancet Report on Obesity /newsroom/node/135718 <p>The Lancet commission on Obesity published a report today on the joint pandemics of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change. In the report, the commissioners point to the fact that malnutrition in all its forms, including undernutrition and obesity, is by far the biggest cause of ill-health and premature death globally. Excess body weight affects 2 billion people worldwide, 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiency, and both are expected to be made significantly worse by climate change.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2019 21:01:06 +0000 ϲ University COMMENTARY: ‘CRISPR babies’: What does this mean for science and Canada? /newsroom/node/134997 <p>In the wake of the announcement in China last November of the first ‘CRISPR babies’, Prof. Bartha Knoppers and researcher Erika Kleiderman from ϲ’s Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP) have published a commentary article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the use of CRISPR gene-editing techniques.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:14:50 +0000 ϲ University Canada, EU, and Africa combine to allow researchers to analyze health data on the largest, most diverse scale /newsroom/node/135088 <p>A patient develops a rare condition and needs answers, so their clinician searches frantically to find patients with similar, rare, symptoms and similar possible causes. To understand the mechanisms of one debilitating disease, a medical researcher tries to separate the “signal” of causes of that disease, in particular, from the “noise” of natural biological variation of human lives and conditions.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 02:17:53 +0000 ϲ University Creating attraction between molecules deep in the periodic table /newsroom/node/134668 <p>Imagine a waterproof computer. It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but it may no longer be a pipedream since a ϲ-led international research team has shown for the first time that it is possible to form strong, stable attractions between some of the heavier elements in the periodic table.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:08:15 +0000 ϲ University Landmark gift to ϲ’s Faculty of Engineering deepens support for doctoral students and graduate research /newsroom/node/132756 <p>A landmark $15-million gift from ϲ alumnus Les Vadasz, a founding member of Intel Corporation, and his wife Judy Vadasz, will enhance the prestigious doctoral fellowship program that bears their name in ϲ’s Faculty of Engineering, deepening their support for outstanding PhD students who pursue innovative research at ϲ.</p> <p>Their gift also aims to strengthen Montreal as an engineering and technology hub by attracting more top talent to ϲ.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:02:02 +0000 ϲ University Men and women remember pain differently /newsroom/node/130874 <p>Scientists increasingly believe that one of the driving forces in chronic pain—the number one health problem in both prevalence and burden—appears to be the memory of earlier pain. Research published today in <i>Current Biology</i> suggests that there may be variations, based on sex, in the way that pain is remembered in both mice and humans.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 19:25:48 +0000 ϲ University Canada’s CHIME telescope detects second repeating fast radio burst /newsroom/node/130456 <p>A Canadian-led team of scientists has found the second repeating fast radio burst (FRB) ever recorded. FRBs are short bursts of radio waves coming from far outside our Milky Way galaxy. Scientists believe FRBs emanate from powerful astrophysical phenomena billions of light years away.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 17:29:39 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University helps to inform understanding of cancer risk /newsroom/node/130405 <p>ϲ University has helped develop a global resource that includes data on thousands of inherited variants in the <i>BRCA1</i> and <i>BRCA2</i> genes. The BRCA Exchange was created through the BRCA Challenge, a long-term demonstration project initiated by the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) to enhance sharing of <i>BRCA1/BRCA2</i> data.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 14:32:28 +0000 ϲ University A new 'atlas' of genetic influences on osteoporosis /newsroom/node/128200 <p>A ground-breaking new study led by researchers from the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) has succeeded in compiling an atlas of genetic factors associated with estimated bone mineral density (BMD), one of the most clinically relevant factors in diagnosing osteoporosis. The paper, published in Nature Genetics, identifies 518 genome-wide loci, of which 301 are newly discovered, that explain 20% of the genetic variance associated with osteoporosis.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:36:56 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers honoured in Québec Science list of top discoveries /newsroom/node/121874 <p> Fri, 21 Dec 2018 15:25:50 +0000 ϲ University Undergraduate student Juan Fernández González makes math discovery /newsroom/node/121333 <p>One year ago, the Bulletin AMQ of the Association Mathématique du Québec published the article Le polygone du cercle d’Euler (The Polygon of Euler’s Circle). Written by third-year student Juan Fernández González, it defines and explores a convex polygon that can be associated to any triangle.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:33:36 +0000 ϲ University Suboptimal, inconsistent treatment for anaphylaxis due to unknown cause /newsroom/node/121306 <p>A new Canadian study, led by a team at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), is shedding light on anaphylaxis due to an unknown trigger (AUT)—an unpredictable and potentially fatal allergic reaction, about which surprisingly little is known.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:37:06 +0000 ϲ University The importance of ‘edge populations’ to biodiversity /newsroom/node/119724 <p>More than two-thirds of Canada’s biodiversity is made up of species that occur within the country’s borders only at the very northern edge of their range. Biologists have long debated how much effort should be dedicated to conserving these “edge populations.” One argument in their favour is that they may be especially well suited to lead northward range shifts for their species as the climate warms.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:40:18 +0000 ϲ University Wound care revolution: Put away your rulers and reach for your phone /newsroom/node/119703 <p>Monitoring a wound is critical, especially in diabetic patients, whose lack of sensation due to nerve damage can lead to infection of a lesion and, ultimately, amputation. New research from the ϲ University Health Centre (MUHC) and ϲ University shows that the use of a new app, called Swift Skin and Wound™, which accurately measures and charts the progression of skin wounds, could potentially have a significant impact on clinical management and patient outcomes.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:37:53 +0000 ϲ University Tomislav Friščić awarded Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences /newsroom/node/118056 <p>Professor <a href="">Tomislav Friščić</a> is the recipient of the prestigious <a href="">Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences</a> for his exceptional contributions to Green Chemistry research in Canada. He is the third ϲ professor to win the Steacie Prize, and the first ever ϲ professor to win it for chemistry. The two previous winners from ϲ are Vicky Kaspi, Physics and Astronomy (2006) and Phil Gold, Medicine (1973).</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:01:27 +0000 ϲ University How does cancer spread? /newsroom/node/115826 <p>How does cancer spread?<b> </b>While studying human brain tumour cells, a team of scientists at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) found some answers to this crucial, yet so far unanswered question. They looked at a gene called EGFRvIII, which is present in patients with glioblastoma – a highly aggressive form of brain cancer that spreads quickly and that is difficult to treat.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:48:58 +0000 ϲ University ​​​​​​​Predicting the transmission of rare, genetically based diseases /newsroom/node/113017 <p>There are only 25 people in the whole of Quebec at the moment who have a rare recessive genetic disease called chronic atrial and intestinal dysrhythmia (CAID). It is a serious disease that affects both heart rate and intestinal movements. A ϲ-led research team has been able to trace the gene mutations underlying the disease back to two European founding families who arrived in the province in the 17th century.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2018 19:54:35 +0000 ϲ University Another Medical Cold Case Cracked by the MUHC’s ‘Dr. House’ /newsroom/node/113513 <p>A team from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) led by Dr. Donald Vinh, the RI’s so-called “Dr. House” because of his research into rare diseases, has discovered a new human disease and the gene responsible for it, paving the way for the proper diagnosis of patients globally and the development of new therapies. Their findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:18:20 +0000 ϲ University Are scientists studying the wrong kind of mice? /newsroom/node/112352 <p>Mice represent well over half of the non-human subjects of biomedical research, and the vast majority of those mice are inbred. Formed by generation after generation of mating between brothers and sisters, inbred mice are genetically identical to each other, like twins or clones. Inbreeding is well known to reduce health and vigor across species; this biological fact is the reason that incest is a universal taboo.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 15:45:15 +0000 ϲ University Six ϲ researchers named Canada CIFAR AI (CCAI) Chairs /newsroom/node/110236 <p>The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) today announced the inaugural cohort of 29 Canada CIFAR AI (CCAI) Chairs, including six from ϲ. These top academic researchers—including Doina Precup and Joëlle  Pineau—are named as part of the $125 million Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, and will help maintain Canada’s leadership in artificial intelligence research. The CCAI Chair Program represents an investment of $30 million at nine universities across the country.  </p> Fri, 30 Nov 2018 21:36:06 +0000 ϲ University Can a smart app encourage HIV-self testing in Canada? /newsroom/node/110210 <p>HIV self-testing strategies have been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2016, as they empower people to find out HIV their status at their convenience. However, home-based testing kits have yet to be approved for sale in Canada.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2018 20:28:45 +0000 ϲ University When a city feels good, people take more risks /newsroom/node/108424 <p>What makes people take risks? Not stunt women or formula 1 drivers. Just ordinary people like you and me. Research published this week in PLOS ONE suggests that unexpected improvements in everyday life (sunshine after many days of rain or a win by a local sports team) are correlated with a change in a city’s mood and an increased likelihood that it’s citizens will do risky things like gamble.</p> <p><strong>Social media and city mood</strong></p> <p>Cities seem to have moods that fluctuate from day to day. Now, thanks to social media, these city moods are also measurable.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:20:14 +0000 ϲ University Digital Democracy Project to examine online disinformation /newsroom/node/108585 <p><em>Source: <a href="/maxbellschool/channels/news/digital-democracy-project-examine-online-disinformation-292156">Max Bell School of Public Policy</a></em></p> <p>Public Policy Forum President &amp; CEO Edward Greenspon and recently appointed Max Bell School of Public Policy professor Taylor Owen announced the launch of a multi-year project to analyze and respond to the increasing amounts of disinformation and hate in the digital public sphere.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 23:48:40 +0000 ϲ University ϲ and Ubisoft join forces to create believable virtual characters /newsroom/node/107987 <p><em>By Meaghan Thurston</em></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 18:31:29 +0000 ϲ University Nahum Sonenberg honoured with a Prix du Québec /newsroom/node/105974 <p>By Jason Clement</p> <p>“My father, who inspired me very much, would tell me ‘You must study and make a contribution to science’,” says renowned ϲ Professor Nahum Sonenberg reflecting back beyond the beginning of his remarkable career. “My exact career path of course I couldn’t predict, but I knew that I wanted to better understand how the human body works, how to cure disease, and that’s what I’m doing.”</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:39:14 +0000 ϲ University Two brains prove better than one in the inaugural round of 
the ϲ-Western Collaboration Grant program /newsroom/node/105560 <p>The first round of the ϲ-Western Collaboration Grant awards were announced today, showcasing the unique research partnership between <a href="">Western University’s BrainsCAN</a> and <a href="/hbhl/">ϲ University’s Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL)</a> initiative.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:36:51 +0000 ϲ University Alfonso Mucci awarded Prix Acfas Michel-Jurdant /newsroom/node/105157 <p>By Fergus Grieve, Communications Strategist, Faculty of Science</p> <p>Alfonso presented with the Prix Acfas Michel-Jurdant in recognition of his outstanding work on the health of the St. Lawrence Estuary and the world’s oceans Hombeline Dumas<br /> Alfonso Mucci, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was among nine of Quebec’s leading academics honoured by the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) for their exceptional contribution to research at the Acfas Gala held in Montreal on November 13.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:17:04 +0000 ϲ University Fish can detox too – but not so well, when it comes to mercury /newsroom/node/102391 <p>It takes six months to get really good at accurately gauging the age of yelloweye rockfish. Because they can live for up to 120 years, this species is of particular interest to Benjamin Barst and scientists like him who study the effects of toxic chemicals on living organisms. Over the course of their lifetime, the fish can accumulate high levels of mercury and other trace elements in their tissues. But it wasn’t known how much of those elements accumulate in sensitive sites within yelloweye cells.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:27:24 +0000 ϲ University Scientists identify new genetic causes linked to abnormal pregnancies and miscarriages /newsroom/node/105083 <p>A team of scientists at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and ϲ University have identified three genes responsible for recurrent molar pregnancies, a rare complication that occurs when a non-viable pregnancy with no embryo implants in the uterus. The results of this study could have important implications, since until now very little is known about the genetic causes of all forms of fetal loss. Their study has recently been published in The American Journal of Human Genetics.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:59:30 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University’s Dobson Cup receives $4-million contribution from National Bank /newsroom/node/102875 <p>The Dobson Cup, ϲ University’s flagship startup competition and fertile training ground for students and professors with bold business dreams, has received a significant financial injection on its 10th anniversary in the form of a $4-million contribution from National Bank, one of its long-time supporters.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:32:16 +0000 ϲ University ϲ Chemistry researchers find cleaner, easier way to make biaryls /newsroom/node/103265 <p>Researchers from ϲ University’s Department of Chemistry have found a cleaner, easier way to make biaryls, an important ingredient in synthetic chemistry with applications across a wide range of fields including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, pigments, natural products and polymers. Conventional processes for making biaryls rely on stoichiometric metal reagents, resulting in large amounts of metal waste. In their paper published in Nature Communications in November 2018, the ϲ scientists describe a new method for synthesizing biaryls using hydrazine (N2H4) as a metal surrogate.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:28:59 +0000 ϲ University Open for Business: ϲ University’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management dedicated to the future of retail /newsroom/node/102801 <p>At a time of significant transformation in the retail industry worldwide, the newly opened Bensadoun School of Retail Management (BSRM) at ϲ University will act as a hub in the heart of Montreal for students, researchers and practitioners to work collaboratively towards addressing the host of real-world challenges facing retailers today. An interdisciplinary, forward-looking school dedicated to all facets of the retail industry, its researchers will focus on fostering sustainable consumption and healthy societies.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:37:13 +0000 ϲ University Walking in Joseph Conrad's footsteps, Maya Jasanoff Wins 2018 Cundill History Prize /newsroom/node/102412 <p><em>The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World</em> blends history, biography, travelogue, and literary criticism into a unique work of scholarship that identifies Conrad as a pioneer in understanding the modern world, as he grapples with issues such as migration, terrorism, and a communications revolution.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:28:42 +0000 ϲ University Parents shouldn’t worry if their infant doesn’t sleep through the night by 6-12 months of age /newsroom/node/100552 <p>New parents often expect their baby to start sleeping through the night by around six months of age. Indeed, they often receive messages from paediatricians and others about the importance of early sleep consolidation. But authors of a study in the December 2018 issue of <em>Pediatrics</em> found that a large percentage of healthy babies don’t reach that milestone by six months of age, or even at a year old.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:10:29 +0000 ϲ University Key molecule responsible for learning and memory discovered /newsroom/node/98979 <p>Unlike old dogs, old adults can indeed learn new tricks thanks to a protein molecule called netrin.</p> <p>Netrin is known to help set up the healthy nervous system in an infant’s developing brain by directing brain cells to make appropriate connections with other brain cells. New research conducted by scientists at The Neuro has found that netrin in the adult brain can make neural connections stronger, which is crucial not only for learning new tricks but also for maintaining a good memory.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 16:07:31 +0000 ϲ University Music improves social communication in autistic children /newsroom/node/97926 <p>Engaging in musical activities such as singing and playing instruments in one-on-one therapy can improve autistic children’s social communication skills, improve their family’s quality of life, as well as increased brain connectivity in key networks, according to researchers at Université de Montréal and ϲ University.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 18:37:01 +0000 ϲ University Cundill History Prize jury pushes the boundaries of history writing with finalists that are "Great Literature" /newsroom/node/97122 <p>Three exceptional American historians – writing passionate, innovative works of history about new frontiers at times when the world was undergoing dramatic change – have been named as finalists for the world’s leading history prize, run by ϲ University.</p> <p>Making the announcement on behalf of the jury at an exclusive event in Toronto this evening, eminent Canadian journalist and author Jeffrey Simpson said:</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:50:18 +0000 ϲ University Scientific breakthrough: promising new target for immunotherapy /newsroom/node/96739 <p>Following the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine, global attention is now more than ever turned toward the promise of immunotherapy in oncology. An international team’s work has shed new light on a molecule called TIM-3 that might play a key role in the regulation of the immune response.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2018 14:45:24 +0000 ϲ University Alterations to seabed raise fears for future /newsroom/node/96290 <p>The ocean floor as we know it is dissolving rapidly as a result of human activity.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:48:34 +0000 ϲ University The spiders who came in from the cold /newsroom/node/90060 <p>A sprawling study of spiders across northern Canada has turned up more than 100 species in provinces or territories where they had never before been recorded. The findings, by researchers from ϲ University, provide a valuable new benchmark for monitoring biodiversity across Canada’s vast northern expanses.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:26:49 +0000 ϲ University Safe cannabis pain relief without the “high” /newsroom/node/94451 <p>In the wake of cannabis legalization, a team of scientists at the <a href="">Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre</a> (MUHC) and ϲ University have delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol (CBD) for safe pain relief without the typical “high” or euphoria produced by the THC. The findings of their study have been published in the journal PAIN.</p> <p> </p> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:58:16 +0000 ϲ University Naomi Azrieli, Ken Dryden to receive honorary degrees /newsroom/node/93444 <p>Naomi Azrieli, a passionate champion of support for brain research, and hockey great-turned-public servant Ken Dryden will be honoured at ϲ University’s Fall Convocation ceremonies.</p> <p>The two honorary doctorate recipients will address graduating students at the Nov. 26 ceremonies at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts. In all, more than 1,640 students will be graduating this fall.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2018 18:04:41 +0000 ϲ University Good spatial memory? You’re likely to be good at identifying smells too /newsroom/node/90970 <p>People who have better spatial memory are also better at identifying odors, according to a study published this week in <a href="">Nature Communications</a>. The study builds on a <a href="">recent theory</a> that the main reason that a sense of smell evolved was to aid in navigation, since most animals rely primarily on smell to find food and avoid predators.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:06:11 +0000 ϲ University Bone cell response to mechanical force is balance of injury and repair /newsroom/node/90558 <p>Scientists have revealed the intricate process that bone cells use to repair themselves after mechanical injury, according to a study in the open-access journal eLife.</p> <p>The research provides new insight on how the body adapts to all kinds of mechanical stresses – from pressure placed on bones during simple walking, to extreme forces experienced during intense exercise.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:19:34 +0000 ϲ University How Brexit Can Transform the Governance of Global Civil Aviation /newsroom/node/90050 <p>The ϲ University Institute of Air and Space Law has released a detailed new paper by its Director, Professor Brian F. Havel, that comprehensively analyses the legal and policy consequences of Brexit for the airline industries of the United Kingdom (UK), the European Union (EU), and the United States (US).</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:00:56 +0000 ϲ University VIU And ϲ Partner To Create Learning And Research Opportunities In Indigenous Studies /newsroom/node/90040 <p>A deep and shared commitment to supporting the recommendations of Canada’s <a href="">Truth and Reconciliation Commission</a> (TRC) have led ϲ University and Vancouver Island University (VIU) to form a unique collaboration to create new opportunities in Indigenous studies.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:35:45 +0000 ϲ University Youth violence lower in countries with complete ban on corporal punishment /newsroom/node/89689 <p>A study published today in the BMJ Open shows that in countries where there is a complete ban on all corporal punishment of children there is less fighting among young people. There was 31% less physical fighting in young men and 42% less physical fighting in young women in countries where corporal punishment was banned in all settings, compared with those where corporal punishment was permitted both at school and at home.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:58:08 +0000 ϲ University Why heart contractions are weaker in those with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy /newsroom/node/89690 <p>When a young athlete suddenly dies of a heart attack, chances are high that they suffer from familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Itis the most common genetic heart disease in the US and affects an estimated 1 in 500 people around the world. A protein called myosin acts as the molecular motor which makes the muscles in the heart contract. Researchers had suspected for some time that the R403Q mutation in some of the myosin genes is among those that play a role in causing HCM. But experiments using mice models failed to show that this was indeed the case.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:03:54 +0000 ϲ University Expanded financial support for new and returning Indigenous students at ϲ /newsroom/node/89672 <p>ϲ University’s Indigenous students can now rely on dedicated financial support thanks to a new partnership with Indspire, an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of Indigenous peoples. Indspire will manage the awarding process through its Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program to secure matching funds from the Government of Canada. This nearly doubles ϲ’s $500,000 investment towards its prospective and enrolled Indigenous students over the next two years.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:50:58 +0000 ϲ University Young Canadians face heightened crash risk after consuming cannabis, new study finds /newsroom/node/88562 <p>Young Canadians are more at risk of a vehicle crash even five hours after inhaling cannabis, according to results of a clinical trial conducted at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and ϲ University, and funded by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 20:38:55 +0000 ϲ University Quantifying evolutionary impacts of humans on the biosphere is harder than it seems /newsroom/node/88447 <p>Are human disturbances to the environment driving evolutionary changes in animals and plants? A new study conducted by ϲ researchers finds that, on average, human disturbances don’t appear to accelerate the process of natural selection. While the finding may seem reassuring, this unexpected pattern could reflect the limited number of species for which data were available.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:03:06 +0000 ϲ University Cognitive Aging Research: Agreeing on Key Terms’ Definitions /newsroom/node/88187 <p>Interpreting age-related changes and differences in brain structure, activation and functional connectivity is an ongoing challenge. Ambiguous terminology is a major source of this challenge. For example, the terms “compensation”, “maintenance”, and “reserve” are used in different ways by researchers. Most of the time, they disagree about the kind of evidence or patterns of results required to interpret findings related to these concepts.</p> <p> </p> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:06:59 +0000 ϲ University Seemingly 'useless' organ makes huge soldier ants /newsroom/node/87919 <p> </p> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 17:11:41 +0000 ϲ University $5-million gift to ϲ’s global food security institute supports efforts to understand and reverse world hunger and malnutrition /newsroom/node/87740 <p>Every night, some 800 million people – one in nine people on earth – go to bed hungry. And projections suggest that unless creative solutions are found, the world will need to increase food production by an additional 50% in the next 30 years, when the planet’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2018 19:46:10 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers share in largest investment in discovery science in Canadian history /newsroom/node/87715 <p>Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced more than $558 million in discovery research funding across Canada, including the largest investment in research from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) this year. Through the 2018 Discovery Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships competition, 130 ϲ researchers received funding totaling more than $30 million.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 09 Oct 2018 16:50:17 +0000 ϲ University Sibling rivalry: When the fighting crosses the line /newsroom/node/87691 <p>Sibling rivalry. Every parent and every sibling understands what this means. Siblings fight. A lot. And sometimes those fights escalate to involve physical, verbal, and psychological aggression. Aggression between siblings is so common that people often believe that these behaviors are part of the normal process of growing up, but recent research shows us that sibling aggression can cross the line and parents need to know when to seek help.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:24:20 +0000 ϲ University Existing cancer drugs could prove beneficial for more patients /newsroom/node/86967 <p>A set of targeted cancer drugs, known as BRAF and MEK inhibitors, have proven to be beneficial for some metastatic melanoma patients whose tumours include a specific mutation in the BRAF gene, known as V600E. A recent study conducted in the lab of Dr. Peter Siegel at ϲ University’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre suggests that these same drugs may prove beneficial for a broader range of cancer patients.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:30:58 +0000 ϲ University No-Nonsense Approach to Genetic Kidney Disease in Children /newsroom/node/86750 <p>The Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre’s (RI-MUHC) push to treat a rare genetic disease in children – with a higher percentage found in French Canadians – has received $2 million as part of a <a href=";page=1&amp;year=2018&amp;tri=H">national genomic contest</a> led by Genome Canada.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:34:56 +0000 ϲ University AI Could Predict Cognitive Decline Leading to Alzheimer’s Disease in the Next 5 Years /newsroom/node/86748 <p>A team of scientists has successfully trained a new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to make accurate predictions regarding cognitive decline leading to Alzheimer’s disease.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:16:31 +0000 ϲ University ArcelorMittal Mining Canada G.P. to fund major mining research collaboration at ϲ University /newsroom/node/86551 <p>ArcelorMittal Mining Canada G.P. announced today a long-term funding programme to support mining and materials engineering R&amp;D in the Faculty of Engineering at ϲ University. The strategic partnership pledges to provide $360,000 over four years to create the ArcelorMittal Mining and Mineral Processing Fund, which will finance research projects and program development in the University’s Mining Department.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:52:20 +0000 ϲ University Mixed-metal catalysts split up water /newsroom/node/85626 <p>An inexpensive new catalyst for water splitting could support the development of a future hydrogen economy by enabling hydrogen to be produced readily and inexpensively, according to researchers from ϲ University in Canada and Queen Mary University of London in the UK [Merle et al., Materials Today Energy 9 (2018) 247].</p> <p><strong><a href="">Read More</a></strong></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 18:17:22 +0000 ϲ University Habit change is key to success for weight loss /newsroom/node/85430 <p>Can experts in behaviour change help boost weight loss for overweight people? ϲ University researchers think so: they report significant results -- up to 10% of body-mass loss with this approach.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 18:00:09 +0000 ϲ University Podcast: An interview with Prof. Merve Emre, author of The Personality Brokers /newsroom/node/85404 <p>The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world. It’s used regularly by Fortune 500 companies and lots of other organizations. Its language of personality types has inspired TV shows and online-dating platforms. Yet, experts in the field of psychometric testing have struggled to validate its results – let alone account for its success.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 14:56:20 +0000 ϲ University ϲ receives $5-million gift from noted Canadian geologist Bob Wares /newsroom/node/85200 <p>As an entrepreneurial geologist, Bob Wares, (BSc’79, DSc’12), became a mining rock star when he discovered one of Canada’s largest gold deposits in the Abitibi region of Quebec. Now, he is bringing that Midas touch to his alma mater in the form of a landmark $5-million gift that will support research programs, fellowships, innovative research, a lecture series and outreach efforts in ϲ University’s Faculty of Science, with a particular focus on his home department, Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS).</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:57:10 +0000 ϲ University New study uncovers vast variation and significant deficits in tuberculosis care in urban India /newsroom/node/85035 <p>On September 26, Heads of State will gather in New York at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) to accelerate efforts to end TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:12:59 +0000 ϲ University Sex in plants requires thrust /newsroom/node/84864 <p>Plant sex relies on a combination of prodding and a lot of communication and guidance suggests a study published in the September 2018 issue of Technology. Read more: <a href="/newsroom/article/sex-plants-requires-thrust">/newsroom/article/sex-plants-requires-thrust</a></p> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:57:21 +0000 ϲ University A $3.5-million gift to ϲ aims to level playing field for female athletes /newsroom/node/84222 <p>ϲ alumni and long-time Athletics benefactors Sheryl Kerr (BCom'67) and David Kerr (BSc'65) are chalking up another important "assist" for Team ϲ with a $3.5-million gift to create the Kerr Family Women in Sport program. This "WIS" initiative aims to advance the role of women as athletes, coaches and decision-makers by increasing the number of full-time female coaches and helping female athletes become future leaders.<br /> <br /></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:22:29 +0000 ϲ University World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions /newsroom/node/84177 <p>The 4th Industrial Revolution topped the agenda at The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions as leaders met to shape the impact and use of sci &amp; tech on geopolitical, economic &amp; social agendas. ϲ Principal Suzanne Fortier co-chaired the Meeting which took place in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China</p> <p><strong>On video: </strong></p> <p><a href="">Panel with the co-chairs</a> </p> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:28:23 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University to partner with Xebec to develop Power-to Gas process for renewable energy storage /newsroom/node/84019 <p>ϲ University today announces it will co-develop with Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSXV: XBC) a prototype reactor to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) using the Power-to-Gas (P2G) process which combines electricity generated by renewable sources and CO2 generated from waste. The project is being partially funded by a Collaborative Research and Development grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The value of the grant is $360,000 for a period of three years.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:42:36 +0000 ϲ University Do we trust people who speak with an accent? /newsroom/node/83989 <p>You are in a strange neighbourhood, your cell phone’s dead, and you desperately need to find the closest garage. A couple of people on the street chime in, each sending you in opposite directions. One person sounds like a local and speaks in a nonchalant manner, while the other uses a loud, confident voice but speaks with a strong accent. Who are you going to trust?</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:16:15 +0000 ϲ University Wild African monkeys are infected with the bacterium causing yaws in humans /newsroom/node/83796 <p><em>By Katherine Gombay</em></p> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:49:49 +0000 ϲ University Nuclear pasta, the hardest known substance in the universe /newsroom/node/83778 <p>A team of scientists has calculated the strength of the material deep inside the crust of neutron stars and found it to be the strongest known material in the universe.</p> <p>Matthew Caplan, a postdoctoral research fellow at ϲ University, and his colleagues from Indiana University and the California Institute of Technology, successfully ran the largest computer simulations ever conducted of neutron star crusts, becoming the first to describe how these break.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:38:49 +0000 ϲ University New means to fight ‘un-killable’ bacteria in healthcare settings /newsroom/node/82663 <p>Scientists at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have identified new means of fighting drug-tolerant bacteria, a growing global threat as menacing as drug-resistant microbes. Little is known about the mechanisms leading to tolerance, a strategy that makes bacteria “indifferent” to antibiotics and almost “un-killable,” which results in chronic infections extremely difficult to treat and cure.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:39:23 +0000 ϲ University Eleven ϲ scholars honoured by the Royal Society of Canada /newsroom/node/82130 <p>Today, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced the induction of 89 new Fellows, five of which are ϲ researchers and scholars. The RSC also announced 52 new members to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, including six ϲ scholars. The new cohorts of Fellows and Members will be formally inducted into the RSC in November, in Halifax.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:56:11 +0000 ϲ University Complete make-over in fight of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis /newsroom/node/81061 <p>Several new medicines have been found to be more effective than traditional ones used to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), according to a new international collaborative study led by Dr. Dick Menzies, senior scientist at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal. These findings precipitated a complete overhaul of worldwide TB treatment guidelines, with the results of this work published today in the British medical journal <i>The Lancet</i>.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 19:59:02 +0000 ϲ University Life-saving epinephrine underused during anaphylaxis outside of hospital, study finds /newsroom/node/81041 <p>Fewer than half of adults and children experiencing food-induced anaphylaxis use their epinephrine autoinjector (EAI) before being treated at a hospital emergency room, according to a new Canadian study.</p> <p>“It’s a disappointing reality that epinephrine is seriously underused,” says lead researcher Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan, a pediatric allergist and immunologist at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at ϲ University.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 17:56:19 +0000 ϲ University Preterm birth: The "Nodal" gene under the microscope /newsroom/node/80205 <p>Preterm birth is a major global public health problem. Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely and many will suffer from neurodegenerative disorders, including cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, impaired vision, and behavioural problems.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:33:59 +0000 ϲ University Students at ϲ University receive Canada’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarship /newsroom/node/78623 <p>Miasya Bulger and Raphael Hotter have been named ϲ’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leaders Scholarship.</p> <p>This year, out of a pool of 350,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,400 students were nominated, of which 50 received this celebrated award.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 19:55:31 +0000 ϲ University New genetics findings unravel key components of fracture risk in osteoporosis /newsroom/node/78585 <p>The largest study ever to investigate the genetics of osteoporosis and fracture risk determined that only two examined factors – bone mineral density (BMD) and muscle strength – play a potentially causal role in the risk of suffering osteoporotic fracture, a major health problem affecting more than 9 million people worldwide very year. Other clinical risk factors like vitamin D levels and calcium intake, historically considered to be crucial mediators of fracture, were not found to directly predispose people in the general population to fracture. This research was published in the BMJ.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:42:36 +0000 ϲ University How we judge personality from faces depends on our pre-existing beliefs about how personality works /newsroom/node/78024 <p><em>PHOTO: In a series of experiments, NYU researchers tested how much we believe different traits co-occur in other people's personalities—for instance, how much we think competence co-occurs with friendliness in others. They then used a method able to visualize the subjects’ mental image of a personality trait, allowing them to see if subjects who believe competent people tend to also be friendly have mental images of a competent face and friendly face that are physically more resembling. (Image courtesy of Ryan Stolier and Jonathan Freeman, New York University.)</em></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:00:35 +0000 ϲ University Analyzing extreme weather and climate: a new statistical tool /newsroom/node/76729 <p>Due to processes occurring over vast ranges of scale, from fast to slow and from small to large, extreme weather and climate events aren’t as rare as scientists have thought – and that could complicate efforts to determine when extreme events signal perilous climate change, according to a new analysis published in the journal <em>Scientific Reports</em>.<br /> <br /></p> Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:58:54 +0000 ϲ University Carbon reserves in Central American soils still affected by ancient Mayan deforestation /newsroom/node/73091 <p><span>Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago. A new study shows that the forest-clearing also decimated carbon reservoirs in the tropical soils of the Yucatan peninsula region long after ancient cities were abandoned and the forests grew back.</span></p> <p>The findings, published in the journal <em>Nature Geoscience,</em> underscore how important soils and our treatment of them could be in determining future levels of greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:49:25 +0000 ϲ University New technology can detect hundreds of proteins in a single sample /newsroom/node/72524 <p>New technology developed by a team of ϲ University scientists shows potential to streamline the analysis of proteins, offering a quick, high volume and cost-effective tool to hospitals and research labs alike.</p> <p>Proteins found in blood provide scientists and clinicians with key information on our health. These biological markers can determine if a chest pain is caused by a cardiac event or if a patient has cancer.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:59:03 +0000 ϲ University NSERC awards $9.9M to ϲ-led research projects /newsroom/node/70410 <p><em><span>By Amanda Testani</span></em></p> <p><span>On August 10, the <a href="">Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)</a> announced the recipients of the 2018 NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants program. Eight ϲ-led projects are receiving more than $4.4 million to collaborate with a supporting organization on strategic research in hopes of enhancing Canada’s economy, society, and environment within the next 10 years.</span></p> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:17:36 +0000 ϲ University Nordic nations, North Americans and Antipodeans rank top in navigation skills /newsroom/node/70298 <p>People in Nordic countries, North America, Australia, and New Zealand have the best spatial navigational abilities, according to a new study led by UCL and the University of East Anglia.</p> <p>Researchers assessed data from over half a million people in 57 countries who played a specially-designed mobile game, which has been developed to aid understanding into spatial navigation, a key indicator in Alzheimer’s disease.</p> <p>With so many people taking part the team were able to reveal that spatial navigation ability across all countries declines steadily across adulthood.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:51:21 +0000 ϲ University “Citizen Science” field observations yield updated predicted distributions for rare species /newsroom/node/69714 <p>Online “citizen science” data initiatives may be able to help map the distribution of rare species in the wild, according to a study published August 8 in the open access journal <em><a href="">PLOS ONE</a></em> by Yifu Wang of ϲ University and colleagues. </p> Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:25:22 +0000 ϲ University Paul Gérin-Lajoie 1920 - 2018 /newsroom/node/68154 <p>The University Flag is lowered August 9, 2018, on the day of the state funeral, for The Honourable Paul Gerin-Lajoie; C.C., G.O.Q., L.L.D. honoris causa.</p> <p>Mr. Gérin-Lajoie put forward several principles: free public education, the obligation to attend school until age 16 for all Quebec youth, the establishment of the secondary education network, exchanges of higher-level students with France and improved teacher training. He created CEGEPs in 1967 and established the Université du Québec in 1968.</p> Sun, 05 Aug 2018 20:01:10 +0000 ϲ University Update: McIntyre Medical Building /newsroom/node/67000 <p>Following the July 13 <a href="/newsroom/channels/news/mcintyre-fire-damage-building-closed-288020">McIntyre fire</a>, regular activities have gradually resumed in roughly half of the building. Floors 7 and up have largely seen a return to normal operations.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2018 17:49:30 +0000 ϲ University Latent TB Treatment: Shorter is Better /newsroom/node/66316 <p>Treatment of latent tuberculosis is set to transform after a pair of studies from the Research-Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) revealed that a shorter treatment was safer and more effective in children and adults compared to the current standard. These findings are published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:38:58 +0000 ϲ University Chirality switching in biomineral structures /newsroom/node/65874 <p align="left">Researchers at ϲ University have discovered a mechanism by which helical biomineral structures can be synthesized to spiral clockwise or counterclockwise using only either the left-handed or right-handed version of a single acidic amino acid.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 14:10:40 +0000 ϲ University Nano-sized traps show promise in diagnosing pathogenic bacterial infections /newsroom/node/64951 <p>A new type of “lab on a chip” developed by ϲ University scientists has the potential to become a clinical tool capable of detecting very small quantities of disease-causing bacteria in just minutes.</p> <p>The device designed by Sara Mahshid, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at ϲ, is made of nano-sized “islands,” about one tenth of the thickness of a single human hair, which act as bacterial traps or snares.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:09:44 +0000 ϲ University AACR Announces New Editors-in-Chief of Cancer Prevention Research /newsroom/node/63159 <p><span>PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to announce the appointments of Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD, and <strong>Michael N. Pollak</strong>, MD, as editors-in-chief of Cancer Prevention Research, one of eight highly esteemed journals published by the AACR. DuBois and Pollak began their tenures as editors-in-chief July 1, 2018.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jul 2018 16:55:10 +0000 ϲ University Rewriting our understanding of gastric tumours /newsroom/node/62581 <p><span>The immune system can be an important ally in the fight against cancer. A study from ϲ scientists published today in </span><em>Science</em><span> suggests that the reverse may also be true – that abnormal inflammation triggered by the immune system may underlie the development of stomach tumours in patients with a hereditary cancer syndrome known as Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome (PJS). The findings are likely to prompt a re-thinking of how gastric tumours form in patients with this syndrome and in others with gastrointestinal cancers.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:00:49 +0000 ϲ University Bystanders in cyberbullying /newsroom/node/62674 <p>Your child is in elementary school and is begging you to buy them a cell phone, an iPod and iPad.  Anything, as long as they can communicate with their friends, either by texting or through social media.  As a parent, you’re worried about cyberbullying.  Indeed, up to 30% of children and adolescents admit to cyberbullying others, while 25% of students report being victimized on electronic platforms.  You rationalize that your child has lots of friends and that they will stand up for them in a bullying situation.  Do they?  What is the role of the bystander/friend during a bullying incident?</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2018 15:29:01 +0000 ϲ University McIntyre Update /newsroom/node/60367 <p> </p> <p>Following the fire at the McIntyre Medical Building on Friday, July 13, teams of ϲ and external experts have been working around the clock to return the building to normal operations as soon as possible. We are taking occupants’ research, work, studies, and safety extremely seriously.</p> <p>The McIntyre will remain closed until at least the morning of Wednesday, July 25, as further assessment, remediation, and preparation take place. However, we hope to potentially begin reopening portions of the building as early as mid-next week.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:19:23 +0000 ϲ University Billion-year-old lake deposit yields clues to Earth’s ancient biosphere /newsroom/node/58963 <p>A sample of ancient oxygen, teased out of a 1.4 billion-year-old evaporative lake deposit in Ontario, provides fresh evidence of what the Earth’s atmosphere and biosphere were like during the interval leading up to the emergence of animal life. </p> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:05:54 +0000 ϲ University McIntyre Medical Building Closed /newsroom/node/58061 <p>Following the weekend <a href="/newsroom/channels/news/mcintyre-fire-damage-building-closed-288020">fire at the McIntyre Medical Building</a>, McIntyre will remain closed until further notice. We are working around the clock to verify the integrity of the structure, replace damaged fire systems, and complete other crucial assessments and remediations. We may be able to re-open some unaffected portions of the building in the coming days. Other areas may remain off-limits longer.</p> Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:57:33 +0000 ϲ University McIntyre fire damage: building closed /newsroom/node/57507 <p style="margin-left:36pt">(July 14, 2018 - 12:15 pm - <em>updated 9:25 pm</em>) On the evening of July 13, a fire was reported on the outdoor terrace of the McIntyre Medical Building. Authorities arrived quickly and the fire was soon extinguished. No one was injured. We ask that people continue to avoid the area.</p> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 16:16:36 +0000 ϲ University 15-minutes of exercise creates optimal brain state for mastering new motor skills /newsroom/node/53779 <p>If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, it’s a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session. That’s because a recent study in <a href="">NeuroImage</a> demonstrates that exercise performed immediately after practicing a new motor skill improves its long-term retention. More specifically, the research shows, for the first time, that as little as a single fifteen-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2018 15:24:51 +0000 ϲ University Towards a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease /newsroom/node/52456 <p>A new study, published today in <a href="">Nature Structural &amp; Molecular Biology</a>, moves researchers closer to understanding one of the crucial proteins involved in Parkinson’s disease.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 18:33:34 +0000 ϲ University Canada to lead ‘coldbox’ technology for Large Hadron Collider upgrade with $10M from Government of Canada /newsroom/node/49595 <p>The <a href="">Large Hadron Collider </a>(LHC) at the <a href="">European Organization for Nuclear Research</a> (CERN), the most massive and complex science experiment in human history, is a prime example of global achievement through collaboration. Driven by a multinational community of researchers, engineers, and technicians from over 100 countries, the LHC has enabled us to push the boundaries of scientific knowledge.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2018 16:06:37 +0000 ϲ University New Insight Into How Autism Might Develop in Human Brain /newsroom/node/49265 <p>In a study published in <em>Stem Cell Reports</em>, a ϲ University team of scientists led by Dr. Carl Ernst, researcher at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, revealed a molecular mechanism that may play a role in the development of autism.</p> <p>By taking skin cells from patients and reprogramming those cells to become brain cells through genetic engineering, Dr. Ernst, graduate student Scott Bell, and Edward A. Fon and Thomas M. Durcan, colleagues at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, tracked how a brain cell with the patient’s own mutation develops improperly.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:41:18 +0000 ϲ University Quebec funds next steps in RVH project /newsroom/node/47417 <p><span>The Government of Quebec is investing $37 million for ϲ University to continue its plans to transform the old Royal Victoria Hospital into a global hub for learning, research and innovation in environmental sustainability and public policy. The <a href=";type=1&amp;idArticle=2606223238">announcement was made at ϲ </a>on Friday, June 22, by three cabinet ministers: Hélène David, Minister responsible for Higher Education; Dr.</span></p> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:24:33 +0000 ϲ University $10-million gift strengthens ϲ's commitment to brain research, young researchers and faster results for patients /newsroom/node/46649 <p><span>A transformative gift of $10 million from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation in support of the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics &amp; Mental Health will expand the Centre’s internationally renowned role in brain research and establish a Global Brain Consortium of leading research institutions. The consortium will focus on sharing research methodologies and results, with the goal of accelerating the finding of novel and ground-breaking solutions to mental health and neurodegenerative diseases.</span></p> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:36:37 +0000 ϲ University Rare mutation of gene carried by Québec family gives insight into how the brain is wired /newsroom/node/46329 <p>The study of a Québec family with an unusual gene provides novel insight into how our brain is built and, according to the ϲ led team of scientists, offers a better understanding of psychiatric disorders such as depression, addictions and schizophrenia.</p> <p>Very little is known about how the human brain wires itself. Mouse studies conducted by Cecilia Flores, Professor in ϲ’s Department of Psychiatry, have previously shown that the gene, <em>DCC</em>, helps dopamine producing cells in the developing adolescent brain make specific connections.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:24:27 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University to partner with industry in developing virtual-reality training platform for spinal surgery /newsroom/node/44442 <p>ϲ University today announces an agreement with CAE Healthcare, and DePuy Synthes Products, Inc., part of the Johnson &amp; Johnson Medical Devices Companies, to develop a Virtual Reality (VR) platform to train orthopedic and neurosurgeons in advanced spinal surgery techniques. The new platform will leverage Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) technology and Finite Element Method (FEM) modeling to create a real life surgical simulation environment using haptics with the potential to drastically reduce the training time for spine surgeons.</p> Sun, 10 Jun 2018 20:18:55 +0000 ϲ University AIDS and aging focus of research study /newsroom/node/44060 <p><em><span>By Neuro Staff</span></em></p> <p>When the general public thinks of HIV, they do not think of a neurological disease, yet people living with HIV infection know they need to worry about their brain health.</p> <p>Untreated, HIV can cause severe dementia. Even with good control of the infection, a third or more of patients have problems with thinking or concentration, and many have mental health challenges. These issues are of particular concern in those over 50, a rapidly expanding group given the success of modern antiretroviral treatment.</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2018 19:51:33 +0000 ϲ University No grain self-sufficiency in China without changes to land policies /newsroom/node/43835 <p>If China is to achieve its target of 95% grain self-sufficiency by 2030 it will need to restrict the conversion of arable land to other uses say researchers from ϲ. This may prove challenging in a country with a population of almost 1.4 billion, but with just under 13% of arable land, close to half of which is suffering from soil degradation. After analyzing the potential impacts of various current trade-related food policies, the researchers have arrived at the conclusion that the current Red Line arable land protection policy is insufficient to reach the government’s desired goal.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:28:52 +0000 ϲ University Male guppies grow larger brains in response to predator exposure /newsroom/node/43306 <p><span>Male guppies exposed to predators in the wild or in captivity have heavier brains than those living in relatively predator-free conditions, according to new research published in the journal <em>Functional Ecology</em>.</span></p> <p>Behavioural ecologists at ϲ University in Montreal sampled guppies from two rivers in northern Trinidad. In each river, guppies live both above a waterfall, a location that only guppies and a few other small species of fish have managed to colonize, and below the fall, where many predators including pike cichlids live.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:48:51 +0000 ϲ University Bright warning colours on poison dart frogs also act as camouflage /newsroom/node/42603 <p><span>Poison dart frogs are well known for their deadly toxins and bright colours, which have made them a classic example of warning coloration.</span></p> <p>The Dyeing Dart Frog, for example, is highly toxic and warns its predators with a bright yellow-and-black pattern.</p> <p>However, new research led by scientists at the University of Bristol has revealed that the colour pattern does more than simply signal “danger”. Counterintuitively, it also works as camouflage.</p> <hr /> <p><a href="/newsroom/dendrobates-tinctorius">Gallery</a> </p> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 18:10:04 +0000 ϲ University Older men with higher levels of sex hormones could be less religious /newsroom/node/42350 <p>The level of sex hormones such as testosterone in a man's body could influence his religiosity. A new study by Aniruddha Das of ϲ University in the Springer journal <em>Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology</em> adds to the growing body of evidence that religiosity is influenced not only by upbringing or psychological makeup, but that physiological factors could also play a role.</p> Thu, 31 May 2018 20:54:41 +0000 ϲ University Canadians are aging well, but … /newsroom/node/42340 <p>It's not every day that one receives a call from a researcher asking if they want to participate in a study on aging for the next 20 years of their lives. That's what 50,000 Canadians aged 45 to 85 have agreed to do in taking part of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), one of the largest and most comprehensive studies on the health and well-being of the country’s aging population.</p> Thu, 31 May 2018 19:25:06 +0000 ϲ University The secret to longevity is in the microbiome and the gut /newsroom/node/42149 <p>You are what you eat. Or so the saying goes. Science now tells us that we are what the bacteria living in our intestinal tract eat and this could have an influence on how well we age. Building on this, ϲ University scientists fed fruit flies with a combination of probiotics and an herbal supplement called Triphala that was able to prolong the flies’ longevity by 60 % and protect them against chronic diseases associated with aging.</p> Wed, 30 May 2018 18:42:07 +0000 ϲ University Pain-induced changes in the brain’s opioid system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain /newsroom/node/41564 <div><span>Pain-induced changes in the brain’s opioid receptor system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain and may play a role in the depression that often accompanies it, according to a study from the NIH’s Intramural Research Program and ϲ University. Although the study, published in the journal Pain, was conducted in rats, and the results of animal studies may not be directly applicable to people, the findings provide new insights into how the brain may respond to pain and opioids.</span></div> <div> </div> Sun, 27 May 2018 16:19:57 +0000 ϲ University As harmful as dehydration? /newsroom/node/40938 <p>We are all familiar with the drawbacks of dehydration, but we rarely hear about the harmful effects of overhydration. It is known that excess fluid accumulation can lead to dangerously low sodium levels in the blood or hyponatremia – a life-threatening condition that can result in brain swelling. Similarly, more is known about the mechanisms in the body that detect and drive thirst while little is known about how the brain detects a state of overhydration.</p> Tue, 22 May 2018 19:59:32 +0000 ϲ University New approach to global-warming projections could make regional estimates more precise /newsroom/node/40248 <p>A new method for projecting how the temperature will respond to human impacts supports the outlook for substantial global warming throughout this century – but also indicates that, in many regions, warming patterns are likely to vary significantly from those estimated by widely used computer models.</p> Tue, 15 May 2018 15:01:54 +0000 ϲ University Climate change = a much greater diversity of species + a need to rethink conservation paradigms /newsroom/node/39582 <p>A team of researchers believe that Quebec’s protected areas are poised to become biodiversity refuges of continental importance. They used ecological niche modeling to calculate potential changes in the presence of 529 species in about 1/3 of the protected areas in southern Quebec almost all of which were under 50 km2 in size. Their results suggest that fifty - eighty years from now (between 2071–2100) close to half of the protected regions of southern Quebec may see a species turnover of greater than 80 %.</p> Tue, 08 May 2018 19:13:57 +0000 ϲ University Beyond Killing Tuberculosis /newsroom/node/39879 <p>Historically, our view of host defense against infection was that we must eliminate pathogens to eradicate disease. However, this perspective has recently been challenged as scientists have taken a lesson from plant biologists about an ancient strategy involving the ability to “tolerate” rather than “resist” infection to maintain health. This concept, referred to as “disease tolerance”, provides an opportunity to develop new strategies that mitigate the consequences of infection.</p> Fri, 11 May 2018 19:03:57 +0000 ϲ University How heart tissue combines mechanical strength and electrical reliability /newsroom/node/39762 <div><span>The human heart can be viewed as both a mechanical and an electrical device – one that contracts and pumps billions of times over an average lifespan. How does it manage to achieve this feat without lapsing into dangerous irregularities?</span></div> <div> </div> Thu, 10 May 2018 15:40:16 +0000 ϲ University Hanadi Sleiman, C.J. Li awarded Killam Research Fellowships /newsroom/node/39501 <hr /> <div>ϲ chemistry professors <a href="/chemistry/faculty/hanadi-sleiman"><strong>Hanadi Sleiman</strong></a> and <a href="/chemistry/faculty/cj-li"><strong>Chao-Jun Li</strong></a> are among the six recipients of this year’s Killam Research Fellowships. The two-year fellowships, awarded to exceptional researchers working on groundbreaking projects of broad significance, are valued at $70,000 a year.</div> <div> </div> Mon, 07 May 2018 23:08:15 +0000 ϲ University The effect of night shifts: gene expression fails to adapt to new sleep patterns /newsroom/node/39487 <p>Have you ever considered that working night shifts may, in the long run, have an impact on your health? A team of researchers from the ϲ University affiliated Douglas Mental Health University Institute (DMHUI) has discovered that genes regulating important biological processes are incapable of adapting to new sleeping and eating patterns and that most of them stay tuned to their daytime biological clock rhythms.</p> Mon, 07 May 2018 19:28:49 +0000 ϲ University A new molecular target identified in depression /newsroom/node/39464 <p>The discovery of a new mechanism involved in depression – and a way to target it with a drug as effective as classical antidepressants -- provides new understanding of this illness and could pave the way for treatments with fewer side effects.</p> Mon, 07 May 2018 14:23:36 +0000 ϲ University Nine ϲ experts named new Canada Research Chairs /newsroom/node/39104 <p><em>By Meaghan Thurston</em></p> <p>New chair holder Sarah Harrison, who holds joint appointments in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics, will continue her investigations in string theory, a theoretical framework that proposes a unified description of all particles and forces in nature, including gravity. Among the questions Professor Harrison explores, the mysterious relationship in mathematics between finite groups and modular forms (ominously named “monstrous moonshine”), which appears to have deep connections to physics and string theory.</p> Thu, 03 May 2018 20:50:39 +0000 ϲ University NEOMED Institute partners with ϲ University to identify small molecule inhibitors of a novel oncology target: Cut-Like Homeobox 1 (CUX1) /newsroom/node/38991 <p>The NEOMED Institute announced today that it has entered into a development collaboration with ϲ University. Kemal Payza, Senior Project Director at NEOMED Institute will collaborate with Professor Alain Nepveu, Professor at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre and Departments of Oncology, Biochemistry and Medicine at ϲ University, to discover new therapeutic small molecules to inhibit the protein target, <strong>Cut-Like Homeobox 1 (CUX1)</strong>.</p> Wed, 02 May 2018 17:44:46 +0000 ϲ University Garvin Brown & Steffanie Diamond Brown boost public policy at ϲ, endowing Chair in Democratic Studies /newsroom/node/38999 <p><span>A $5-million gift from ϲians G. Garvin Brown IV, BA’91, and his wife Steffanie Diamond Brown, will make a major contribution to research and teaching at ϲ’s Max Bell School of Public Policy by establishing an endowed Chair in Democratic Studies. The Chair will promote further scholarship and public outreach, encourage public discussion of key challenges facing the world’s democracies, and contribute to evidence-based policy decision-making.</span></p> Wed, 02 May 2018 19:41:16 +0000 ϲ University Nurses’ care of young mothers leaves traces in babies’ DNA /newsroom/node/38901 <div><span>Researchers have known for a couple of decades that early life adversity can affect the way that particular genes function through a process called epigenetics - a bit like a dimmer switch on a light, pushing gene activity up or down. What they haven’t been able to show until now is that POSITIVE early life experiences can have a similar effect, and that these effects can be seen over thirty years later.  </span></div> <div> </div> Tue, 01 May 2018 19:24:32 +0000 ϲ University Jozsef Kövecses awarded NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation /newsroom/node/38879 <p>By Meaghan Thurston</p> Tue, 01 May 2018 14:24:33 +0000 ϲ University Joelle Pineau awarded NSERC’s Steacie Memorial Fellowship /newsroom/node/38807 <p>By Meaghan Thurston</p> <p>For Joelle Pineau, becoming a medical doctor was—in her words—not in the cards. However, this Associate Professor from ϲ`s School of Computer Science is now the driving force behind promising research whose aim is to use AI to improve the treatment of cancer and heart disease.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 20:57:33 +0000 ϲ University Introducing ϲ’s Honorary Degree recipients for Spring Convocation 2018 /newsroom/node/38412 <p><span> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:44:06 +0000 ϲ University Extraordinary $15-million gift will create unique powerhouse initiative to fight infections and immune threats to human health /newsroom/node/38394 <p> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:08:08 +0000 ϲ University Major funding awarded to RI-MUHC scientists for innovative genomics geared to Quebec patients /newsroom/node/38304 <p>Pioneering work to advance genomics and precision health treatments at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has been rewarded by Génome Québec. Dr. Nada Jabado and Dr. Ruth Sapir-Hichhadze, the RI-MUHC scientists who received the reward, were among the winners of a nation-wide competition emphasizing precision treatments in genomics.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:39:29 +0000 ϲ University Suicide and homicide rates show large racial disparities across U.S. states /newsroom/node/38100 <p>Southern and Western states have the highest rates of white firearm suicide, while Midwestern states have highest rates of black firearm homicide, according to new research from ϲ University. The findings place a spotlight on states where firearm policies may help reduce homicide and suicide rates.</p> <p>Gun violence has a long history in the U.S. Less understood is how homicide or suicide varies amongst black and white men across US states and how household gun ownership influences them.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:44:19 +0000 ϲ University Potential gender bias against female researchers in peer review of research grants /newsroom/node/38111 <p>Female health researchers who applied for grants from Canada's major health research funder were funded less often than male counterparts because of potential bias, and characteristics of peer reviewers can also affect the result, found a study in the <a href="">Canadian Medical Association Journal</a>.</p> <p>Applicants who had not been previously funded also received lower scores, making them less likely to be funded.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:02:21 +0000 ϲ University Low-Income HIV Patients Suffer with Healthcare Access /newsroom/node/37701 <div><span>Quebeckers do not have equal access to anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for HIV and AIDS, a long-term study undertaken by a team from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in collaboration with clinics and university health centres in Montreal, has revealed. Researchers observed that HIV-infected persons who count on social assistance and other income security programs in Quebec do not have early access to ART due to their presumed lower socio-economic status. </span></div> <div> </div> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:34:57 +0000 ϲ University Safety concerns over tungsten /newsroom/node/37449 <p> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:00:34 +0000 ϲ University UPDATE: Freezing rain warning /newsroom/node/37365 <p>UPDATE:</p> Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:16:58 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers to get $2.2M in CFI funding /newsroom/node/36981 <div>Eleven ϲ researchers have received grants totaling $2.2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The announcement was made earlier today by Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC. The ϲ recipients will receive matching funds from the Quebec government.</div> <div> </div> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:22:21 +0000 ϲ University Protecting young adults’ sexual health /newsroom/node/36763 <p><em><span>Gilla Shapiro studies clinical psychology at ϲ. She earned her BA and MA in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge and dual degrees in public policy and public administration at the Hertie School of Governance and London School of Economics and Political Science. Gilla became interested in understanding and promoting sexual health during her doctoral research examining the relationship between sexually transmitted diseases (such as HPV) and cancer prevention. </span></em></p> <p> </p> Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:23:02 +0000 ϲ University Like babies, eggs send signals when “hungry” /newsroom/node/36759 <div> Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:45:48 +0000 ϲ University Cracking eggshell nanostructure /newsroom/node/35641 <p> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:06:09 +0000 ϲ University Jonathan Sievers and Jennifer Welsh named Canada 150 Research Chairs /newsroom/node/35629 <p><span>Cosmologist Jonathan Sievers and international-relations scholar Jennifer Welsh will become Canada 150 Research Chairs at ϲ University. The appointments were among the <a href="">24 Chairs announced t</a>oday at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, by Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan.  </span></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:18:53 +0000 ϲ University Plants, fungi and bacteria work together to clean polluted land /newsroom/node/35543 <p><span>Highly complex interactions among roots, fungi and bacteria underlie the ability of some trees to clean polluted land, according to a novel study by bioinformatics and plant-biology experts from ϲ University and Université de Montréal.</span></p> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:36:37 +0000 ϲ University Tackling adherence to treatment on several fronts /newsroom/node/35549 <p><span>Learning to become self-sufficient and responsible is part of life’s journey through the teen and young adult years. Mistakes are often made, and lessons are learned. However, for young kidney-graft patients, any mistake or failure in keeping to their strict immunosuppressive therapy can lead to tragic results. In fact, low-adherence to medication remains a major contributor to the high level of organ rejection in this age group.</span></p> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 19:14:28 +0000 ϲ University Workplace wellness programs yield positive effects for Canadian employees /newsroom/node/35155 <p>Employee wellness programs in the workplace have been shown to work with some success in the United States, particularly when participation is tied to substantial incentives like a reduction in health insurance premiums for participating employees. In Canada, as a result of the publicly funded health care system, incentives for employers and their employees to participate in such programs are primarily focused on the goal of becoming healthier -- and the programs are few and far between, despite evidence showing their effectiveness.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:48:06 +0000 ϲ University Bank of Canada announces recipients of 2018 Fellowship and Governor’s awards /newsroom/node/35062 <p>The Bank of Canada has announced that <a href="">Markus Poschke</a>, Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar at ϲ University, was selected as the recipient of this year’s Governor’s Award. Professor Poschke is an increasingly prominent member of the Canadian economics community. His research, which focuses on inequality and economic growth, has been published in some of the top journals in macroeconomics.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:16:04 +0000 ϲ University Pushing screening of ovarian and endometrial cancers one step further /newsroom/node/34960 <div>A team from the Research Institute of ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal has joined forces with researchers at Johns Hopkins to bring screening and early detection of ovarian and uterine cancers one step closer to clinical implementation. Researchers developed a test that provides a safe and minimally invasive method for earlier diagnosis of ovarian and endometrial cancers.</div> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:23:46 +0000 ϲ University Time for bed: Bad sleep habits start early in school-age children /newsroom/node/34832 <p>Bad sleep habits in children begin earlier than many experts assume. That’s the takeaway from a new study led by ϲ University researchers. The findings suggest that official sleep guidelines for young school children should be revisited – and that parents ought to maintain firm bedtime rules throughout children’s primary-school years.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:23:44 +0000 ϲ University Brain genes related to innovation revealed in birds /newsroom/node/34166 <p>Wild birds that are more clever than others at foraging for food  have different levels of a neurotransmitter receptor that has been linked with intelligence in humans, according to a study led by ϲ University researchers.  The findings could provide insight into the evolutionary mechanisms affecting cognitive traits in a range of animals.</p> <p>The study, published in <em>Science Advances</em>, was conducted by ϲ biologists Jean-Nicolas Audet and Louis Lefebvre, in collaboration with researchers from Duke and Harvard universities.</p> <p><strong>Barbados birds</strong></p> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:21:10 +0000 ϲ University Clinical trial reveals that aspirin is effective at preventing venous thromboembolism following major orthopedic surgeries /newsroom/node/34233 <p><em>Montreal, March 12, 2018 </em>– A multicentre, double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial of patients who underwent total hip or knee replacement surgery showed that aspirin was as effective as rivaroxaban, the standard anti-coagulation medication, at preventing post-operative venous thromboembolism (VTE). Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital (JGH) was among the participating institutions. The results were published in the prestigious <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:01:58 +0000 ϲ University Canadian researchers open a new front in the fight against MS /newsroom/node/33842 <p>By Ross Neitz, University of Alberta</p> <p>A discovery led by scientists at the University of Alberta and ϲ University is providing hope of a new therapeutic target in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients, which could one day be used to prevent the symptoms and progression of the disease.</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:14:25 +0000 ϲ University A near-universal way to measure enzyme inhibition /newsroom/node/33174 <p>Researchers at ϲ University have invented a new technique for measuring how quickly drugs interact with their molecular targets. The discovery provides scientists with a new way to investigate the effectiveness of drug candidates that might otherwise have been overlooked.</p> <p>The new method centres on the principle of enzyme inhibition. Countless pharmaceuticals, ranging from antibiotics to chemotherapy drugs, work by blocking the action of enzymes, and the search for new enzyme-inhibiting substances remains a major focus of drug development.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:26:43 +0000 ϲ University ϲ welcomes major injection of federal funds to support research /newsroom/node/33010 <div><span>The federal government’s announcement of a major investment in research in Tuesday’s 2018 budget was welcomed by ϲ University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier.</span></div> <div> </div> <div>“I am delighted to see increased federal support for fundamental research,” Prof. Fortier said. “This investment will open up opportunities for our country’s talented researchers to explore new areas of knowledge and train the next generations of researchers.”</div> <div> </div> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:32:57 +0000 ϲ University Building bridges: Ashukin program connects ϲ Nursing students with Quebec Indigenous communities /newsroom/node/33005 <p><em>By Christina Kozakiewicz, <a href="/nursing/article/building-bridges-ison-launches-ashukin-program-students-and-quebec-indigenous-communities">Ingram School of Nursing</a></em></p> <p>Source: <a href="">Med-e-News</a></p> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:25:54 +0000 ϲ University ϲ Dobson Centre ranked among world’s top incubation programs /newsroom/node/33000 <p><em><span>By Rosalie Nardelli</span></em></p> <p><span>UBI Global has released its World University-linked Business Incubator and Accelerator Ranking and has placed the ϲ Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship in the eight position of the </span><em>World Top Business Incubator – Managed by a University</em><span> category.</span></p> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:48:25 +0000 ϲ University ϲ-led genomics centres win $9.8 M, three-year funding support from Genome Canada /newsroom/node/32998 <p><span>The ϲ University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre and the Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics will receive a total of $9.8 million in funding over three years through Genome Canada awards announced Feb. 21.</span></p> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:23:59 +0000 ϲ University National study to shed light on aging /newsroom/node/32990 <div> </div> <div><em>by Brenda Branswell</em></div> <div> </div> <div>Source: <a href=";gid=2&amp;pgid=1885">ϲ News Magazine</a></div> <div> </div> <div>Imagine getting a phone call asking if you’d like to take part in a study … for the next 20 years.</div> <div> </div> <div>It’s a pitch that makes telemarketing look like child’s play.</div> <div> </div> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:18:00 +0000 ϲ University Products derived from plants offer potential as dual-targeting agents for experimental cerebral malaria /newsroom/node/32983 <p>Malaria, a life-threatening disease usually caused when parasites from the Plasmodium family enter the bloodstream of a person bitten by a parasite-carrying mosquito, is a severe health threat globally, with 200 to 300 million cases annually and 445,000 deaths in 2016.</p> <p>With pregnant women and children most vulnerable from infection, complications including anemia and cerebral malaria, the most severe neurological complication from malaria, are responsible for approximately 25% of the infant mortality rate in some regions of Africa.</p> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:49:29 +0000 ϲ University Media advisory: Who Pays for Canada? Taxes and Fairness /newsroom/node/32972 <p>Are Canadians fair or is that just a story we tell ourselves? Can we reason our way to lessened inequality or are violent cataclysms the only levelling power, as Thomas Piketty and Walter Schiedel argue? How do we maintain a sense and an approximation of fairness in our globalizing and polarizing world? Certainly there can be no fairness without tax fairness: tax policy is where we negotiate the relationship between wealth and poverty.</p> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:06:33 +0000 ϲ University ϲ to participate in two of Canada’s five new ‘superclusters’ /newsroom/node/32966 <p>ϲ University will participate in two of the five “<a href="">superclusters</a>” selected by the Government of Canada for funding under its <a href="">Innovation Superclusters Initiative</a>:</p> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:37:29 +0000 ϲ University Not being aware of memory problems predicts onset of Alzheimer’s disease /newsroom/node/32964 <p>Doctors who work with individuals at risk of developing dementia have long suspected that patients who do not realize they experience memory problems are at greater risk of seeing their condition worsen in a short time frame, a suspicion that now has been confirmed by a team of ϲ University clinician scientists.</p> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:02:05 +0000 ϲ University Najafabadi, Trenholm named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows /newsroom/node/32962 <p> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:53:43 +0000 ϲ University Canadian Genomics Cloud launched to provide widespread access to genomics infrastructure for Canada /newsroom/node/32960 <p><span>A national consortium of industry and academic collaborators announced today the launch of the Canadian Genomics Cloud (</span><a href=""></a><span>), an integrated software platform to manage, analyze, and share genome sequence and clinical data. This public cloud computing platform, the first of its kind in Canada, promises to give every scientist in the country unfettered access to award-winning technology empowering precision medicine and other applications in genome research.</span></p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:10:02 +0000 ϲ University Meet RIPK3: Good Cop, Bad Cop, all in one /newsroom/node/32954 <p><span>Each year, influenza kills half a million people globally with the elderly and very young most often the victims. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 37 children have died in the United States during the current flu season. Aside from getting the flu shot and employing smart hand hygiene, there are no other methods of prevention. However, a team of scientists from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and ϲ University, led by Immunologist Dr.</span></p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:08:59 +0000 ϲ University Global project to reduce health inequalities in cities around the world /newsroom/node/32938 <div><span>A major new research partnership has been launched to explore ways of reducing health inequalities in cities around the world.</span></div> <div> </div> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 20:02:56 +0000 ϲ University We’re not addicted to smartphones, we’re addicted to social interaction /newsroom/node/32937 <p>We all know people who, seemingly incapable of living without the bright screen of their phone for more than a few minutes, are constantly texting and checking out what friends are up to on social media.</p> <p>These are examples of what many consider to be the antisocial behaviour brought on by smartphone addiction, a phenomenon that has garnered media attention in the past few months and led  investors and consumers to demand that tech giants address this problem.</p> <p>But what if we were looking at things the wrong way? Could smartphone addiction be hyper-social, not anti-social?</p> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:43:51 +0000 ϲ University Unusual lung structures may raise risk of pulmonary disease /newsroom/node/32921 <p><span>The internal anatomy of our lungs is surprisingly variable, and some of those variations are associated with a greater risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study led by researchers at ϲ University and the </span><a href="">Columbia University Irving Medical Center</a><span> has found.</span></p> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:27:41 +0000 ϲ University How viruses disarm the immune system /newsroom/node/32932 <p>How do viruses that cause chronic infections, such as HIV or hepatitis C virus, manage to outsmart their hosts’ immune systems?</p> <p>The answer to that question has long eluded scientists, but <a href="">new research from ϲ University</a> has uncovered a molecular mechanism that may be a key piece of the puzzle. The discovery could provide new targets for treating a wide range of diseases.</p> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:53:43 +0000 ϲ University ϲ benefactor Richard Tomlinson made history /newsroom/node/32927 <p><span>Dr. Richard Tomlinson made philanthropic history for Canadian universities in 2000 when he donated $64 million to ϲ. At the time, it was the largest gift ever made in support of higher education in Canada by an alumnus, and still ranks as the largest single gift ϲ has ever received from an individual.</span></p> Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:24:07 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers for 2018 /newsroom/node/32918 <div>First published in 2006, Montréal's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by  the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in Greater Montréal that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year's winners, including ϲ University, were announced on February 1, 2018 in a special magazine published in the Montreal Gazette.</div> <div> </div> <div>Here are some of the reasons why <strong>ϲ University </strong>was selected as one of <em>Montreal's Top Employers (2018)</em>:</div> <div> </div> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:31:12 +0000 ϲ University Misery does not love company /newsroom/node/32913 <div><span>Comparing to a role model may help reduce burnout among teachers. </span></div> <div> </div> <div><span>With as many as four in 10 Canadian teachers leaving the field within their first five years, what can be done to keep more of them in the classroom?</span></div> <div> </div> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:56:11 +0000 ϲ University Misery does not love company /newsroom/node/32912 <div><span>With as many as four in 10 Canadian teachers leaving the field within their first five years, what can be done to keep more of them in the classroom?</span></div> <div> </div> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:54:01 +0000 ϲ University ϲ research team studies how calcium compounds accumulate in the arteries /newsroom/node/32911 <p><span>Team leader Marta Cerruti, using the tools of the Canadian Light Source, has examined the mineralized arteries of genetically modified laboratory mice and found that the pathway in the body that leads to what laypeople call “hardening of the arteries” is not what medical experts previously assumed.</span></p> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:07:08 +0000 ϲ University Epigenetic alteration of a vitamin B12 processing gene shines new light on our understanding of rare diseases /newsroom/node/32909 <p>Rare hereditary recessive diseases were thought to be expressed in offspring only when both parents carry a mutation in the causal gene, but a new study is changing this paradigm. An international research team led by scientists at the University of Lorraine in France along with ϲ University and the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Canada discovered a new cause of a rare condition known as<em> cblC</em>, that they named “epi-<em>cblC</em>”. They reported it in patients from Europe and the United States.</p> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:16:41 +0000 ϲ University The high cost of short-term rentals in New York City /newsroom/node/32904 <div>A <a href="/newsroom/files/newsroom/channels/attach/airbnb-report.pdf">new report</a> from ϲ Urban Planning professor <a href="/urbanplanning/people-0/wachsmuth">David Wachsmuth</a> and his team provides an analysis of Airbnb activity in New York City and the surrounding region in the last three years (September 2014 - August 2017). Relying on new methodologies to analyze big data, here are <span>some of the findings:</span></div> <div> </div> <ul></ul> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:00:46 +0000 ϲ University Nutritionally speaking, soy milk is best plant-based milk /newsroom/node/32895 <p>How healthy is your almond milk really? It may taste good and may not cause you any of the unpleasant reactions caused by cow’s milk. But though plant-based milk beverages of this kind have been on the market for a couple of decades and are advertised as being healthy and wholesome for those who are lactose-intolerant, little research has been done to compare the benefits and drawbacks of the various kinds of plant-based milk.</p> Fri, 26 Jan 2018 18:28:02 +0000 ϲ University Financial Times Global MBA rankings place Desautels MBA #1 in Canada /newsroom/node/32900 <p>ϲ's Desautels MBA program is ranked #1 in Canada and 78th in the world by the <a href="">2018 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking</a>—one of only three Canadian schools which made the list, released January 29, 2018.<br /> Every year, the FT ranks the world’s best 100 MBA programs using multiple criteria. Read more about the <a href="">methodology here</a>. The MBA Class of 2014 was surveyed for this ranking.<br />  <br /> <em> Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:46:12 +0000 ϲ University A greener way to make ketones /newsroom/node/32897 <p>Researchers at ϲ University have discovered a new, more environmentally friendly way to make ketones, an important chemical ingredient in pharmaceuticals.  While ketones are found in a wide range of useful chemicals, they are commonly prepared through energy-intensive, multi-step technologies that create significant chemical waste.  In an article published online last month in <em>Nature Chemistry</em>, the ϲ scientists demonstrate how carbon monoxide, a widely available by-product of combustion, can instead be used to form high-energy chemicals that react directly with benzene to</p> Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:22:13 +0000 ϲ University Canadian brain bank network to advance research on Alzheimer’s disease /newsroom/node/32886 <p>More than 400,000 Canadians aged 65 and over live with diagnosed dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 70 percent of cases. The cause of this degenerative brain disease is largely unknown and no effective treatment exists. The disease has a devastating effect on individuals and their families.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:07:54 +0000 ϲ University Discovery of a 'pioneer' that opens the genome /newsroom/node/32885 <p>Our genome contains all the information necessary to form a complete human being. This information, encoded in our DNA, stretches over one to two metres long but still manages to squeeze into a cell about 100 times smaller than a green pea. To do so, the genome has to be compacted.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:26:28 +0000 ϲ University A ‘hot Jupiter’ with unusual winds /newsroom/node/32859 <p>The hottest point on a gaseous planet near a distant star isn’t where astrophysicists expected it to be – a discovery that challenges scientists’ understanding of the many planets of this type found in solar systems outside our own.</p> <p><span>Unlike our familiar planet Jupiter, so-called hot Jupiters circle astonishingly close to their host star -- so close that it typically takes fewer than three days to complete an orbit.  And one hemisphere of these planets always faces its host star, while the other faces permanently out into the dark.</span></p> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:53:02 +0000 ϲ University More than $59 million awarded by the CFI and the Government of Quebec to six ϲ research projects /newsroom/node/32854 <div><em>By Meaghan Thurston</em></div> <div> </div> <div>New labs and equipment through the CFI’s Innovation Fund will help six transformative ϲ research projects to collaborate, innovate and train the next generation of scientists for the jobs of tomorrow.</div> <div> </div> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:05:17 +0000 ϲ University New technique for finding life on Mars /newsroom/node/32856 <p>Researchers demonstrate for the first time the potential of existing technology to directly detect and characterize life on Mars and other planets. The study, published in <a href=";utm_medium=WEXT&amp;utm_campaign=ECO_FMICB_20180119_mars">Frontiers in Microbiology</a>, used miniaturized scientific instruments and  new microbiology techniques to identify and examine microorganisms in the Canadian high Arctic — one of the closest analogs to Mars on Earth.</p> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:16:00 +0000 ϲ University Neutron-star merger yields new puzzle for astrophysicists /newsroom/node/32839 <p>The afterglow from the distant neutron-star merger <a href="/newsroom/channels/news/latest-gravitational-wave-detection-opens-new-era-astronomy-278031">detected last August</a> has continued to brighten – much to the surprise of astrophysicists studying the aftermath of the massive collision that took place about 138 million light years away and sent gravitational waves rippling through the universe.</p> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:56:53 +0000 ϲ University Flawed research methods exaggerate the prevalence of depression /newsroom/node/32843 <p>An over-reliance on self-report screening questionnaires, wherein patients essentially define their own condition, in place of diagnostic interviews conducted by a health care professional, has resulted in over-estimation of the prevalence of people with depression in many research studies – often by a factor of two to three times. This is according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study found that over 75% of recent research on depression prevalence has been based exclusively on patient completed questionnaires.</p> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:28:57 +0000 ϲ University Alzheimer’s disease: neuronal loss very limited /newsroom/node/32837 <p>Frequently encountered in the elderly, Alzheimer’s is considered a neurodegenerative disease, which means that it is accompanied by a significant, progressive loss of neurons and their nerve endings, or synapses. A joint French and Canadian study published in Scientific Reports now challenges this view.</p> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:09:32 +0000 ϲ University Being bilingual may help autistic children /newsroom/node/32830 <p>Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have a hard time switching gears from one task to another. But being bilingual may actually make it a bit easier for them to do so, according to a new study which was recently published in Child Development.</p> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:04:30 +0000 ϲ University Re-programming innate immune cells to fight tuberculosis /newsroom/node/32828 <p align="center"> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:59:57 +0000 ϲ University Progression of Parkinson’s disease follows brain connectivity /newsroom/node/32826 <p>A study by a group of researchers including those from The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of ϲ University has tested the theory that brain degeneration in Parkinson’s disease (PD) originates in subcortical regions and spreads along neural networks to the cerebral cortex. By analyzing data on PD patients and healthy controls collected over one year, the researchers found that brain regions closely connected to subcortical regions showed the most degeneration over the one-year period in PD patients, and that this happens earlier than previously thought.</p> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:37:18 +0000 ϲ University A repeating fast radio burst from an extreme environment /newsroom/node/32822 <p>New detections of radio waves from a repeating fast radio burst have revealed an astonishingly potent magnetic field in the source’s environment, indicating that it is situated near a massive black hole or within a nebula of unprecedented power.</p> <p><span>The findings by an international team of astronomers, including Victoria Kaspi and Shriharsh Tendulkar of ϲ University, appear in the January 11 edition of <em>Nature</em> and are highlighted on the cover of the journal.</span></p> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:23:56 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers contribute to three of 10 ‘discoveries of year’ selected by Quebec Science for 2017 /newsroom/node/32816 <p>Québec Science magazine has selected its <a href="">10 Discoveries of the Year</a> for 2017, including three involving ϲ researchers. The annual list has highlighted top scientific research from across Quebec for the past 25 years, and ϲ has been cited more than any other institution during that quarter-century.</p> <p>Here are the selected discoveries involving ϲ scientists for the past year:</p> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:20:56 +0000 ϲ University Clinical trial of novel approach to treating osteoporosis represents “significant breakthrough,” according to clinician-scientist at the Lady Davis Institute /newsroom/node/32812 <p>A regimen of a novel bone anabolic medication (which builds bone mass) followed by an antiresorptive agent (which maintains bone mass) has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of fracture among post-menopausal women with severe osteoporosis, according to results of a clinical trial published in <em>The New England Journal of Medicine</em>.</p> Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:06:47 +0000 ϲ University Origins of photosynthesis in plants dated to 1.25 billion years ago /newsroom/node/32810 <p>The world’s oldest algae fossils are a billion years old, according to a new analysis by earth scientists at ϲ University. Based on this finding, the researchers also estimate that the basis for photosynthesis in today’s plants was set in place 1.25 billion years ago.</p> Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:00:28 +0000 ϲ University A non-invasive method to detect Alzheimer’s disease /newsroom/node/32807 <p>New research has drawn a link between changes in the brain’s anatomy and biomarkers that are known to appear at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), findings that could one day provide a sensitive but non-invasive test for AD before cognitive symptoms appear.</p> <p>Scientists have known for some time that one of the first signs of AD is buildup of amyloid-Beta and tau proteins in the brain. They have also known that the hippocampus atrophies and loses volume in some AD patients years before cognitive decline.</p> Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:21:00 +0000 ϲ University Using DNA strands to design new polymer materials /newsroom/node/32803 <p>ϲ University researchers have chemically imprinted polymer particles with DNA strands – a technique that could lead to new materials for applications ranging from biomedicine to the promising field of “soft robotics.”</p> <p>In a study published in <em>Nature Chemistry</em>, the researchers describe a method to create asymmetrical polymer particles that bind together in a spatially defined manner, the way that atoms come together to make molecules.</p> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:56:12 +0000 ϲ University Does Chagas disease present a health risk to Canadians? /newsroom/node/32781 <p>Believe it or not, a tropical blood parasite native to Latin America could be harmful to Canadians. Infectious diseases like malaria or Zika may have dominated recent headlines but Chagas – the “Kissing Bug” disease – is in the spotlight following the publication of a new case study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Tropical and laboratory medicine experts from Winnipeg and Montreal warn natives of specific Central and South American nations and their offspring are at risk of contracting Chagas disease - even after they have moved to Canada.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:57:50 +0000 ϲ University American cities with large Hispanic populations are less likely to police the police /newsroom/node/32779 <p><span>How individual police forces treat those that they suspect of being illegal immigrants varies greatly from one city to the next in the U.S. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the police department has a policy that states clearly, “Officers shall not stop, question, detain or arrest any person on the ground that they may be undocumented and deportable foreign nationals.” But this is unusual. Local police departments across the U.S. have become increasingly involved in enforcing federal immigration laws since the mid-1990s.</span></p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:53:01 +0000 ϲ University Borrowing a leaf from biology to preserve threatened languages /newsroom/node/32765 <p>One of the world’s 7,000 languages vanishes every other week, and half – including scores of indigenous North American languages -- might not survive the 21st century, experts say. To preserve as much linguistic diversity as possible in the face of this threat, ϲ University scientists are proposing to borrow a leaf from conservation biology.</p> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:53:52 +0000 ϲ University Being a musician can help you decipher language in loud environments  /newsroom/node/32766 <p>A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that musical training helps people hear speech syllables in loud environments, and has shown how this happens. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers Yi Du and Robert Zatorre monitored brain function as musicians and non-musicians listened to speech fragments and varying background noise levels.</p> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:57:48 +0000 ϲ University Get up and boogie /newsroom/node/32763 <p> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:54:26 +0000 ϲ University Clinical trial reveals risky clot busters do not benefit most patients suffering from deep vein thrombosis /newsroom/node/32758 <p>A clinical trial almost ten years in the making has revealed that risky, but powerful, clot busting drugs and medical devices do not improve outcomes for patients experiencing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), nor do they prevent the development of post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) when compared with conventional blood thinning medications. The results of the Acute Venous Thrombosis: Thrombus Removal with Adjunctive Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis (ATTRACT) study are published in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>.</p> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:36:55 +0000 ϲ University Digging in the dirt – history revealed and shared /newsroom/node/32756 <p><em>By Jennifer Bracewell</em></p> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:23:49 +0000 ϲ University Lotteries Join Campaign Urging Adults to Give Responsibly this Holiday Season /newsroom/node/32742 <p><span>For the past ten years, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at ϲ University and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in Washington, D.C. have come together for the annual Holiday Lottery Campaign, a corporate social responsibility program designed to help lotteries make adults aware of the risks of giving lottery products as holiday gifts to minors.</span></p> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:07:16 +0000 ϲ University ϲ study finds people infected with HIV more likely to develop fatty liver /newsroom/node/32730 <p>Fatty liver is among the most frequent causes of liver disease in Canada and in Western countries and is one of the main indications for liver transplant. For some time, researchers have suspected that people living with HIV could be at higher risk of developing liver disease, which, as a result of longer life expectancy thanks to antiretroviral therapy, has become the major cause of their mortality in North America.</p> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:43:25 +0000 ϲ University Why some European countries are more hostile to immigrants than others /newsroom/node/32711 <p><em>By Katherine Gombay</em></p> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:13:24 +0000 ϲ University ϲ commits to carbon neutrality by 2040 /newsroom/node/32707 <p>ϲ University is committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, under its new <a href="/sustainability/sustainability-strategy">Climate &amp; Sustainability Action Plan (2017-2020)</a>, released today.</p> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:21:54 +0000 ϲ University Caroline Palmer receives 2017 NSERC CREATE program funding /newsroom/node/32704 <p><em><span>By Amanda Testani</span></em></p> <p>Professor Palmer is one of the few researchers to receive two CREATE training grants to date. From 2009-2015, Professor Palmer led an NSERC funded CREATE program in auditory cognitive neuroscience, training over 180 students and postdoctoral fellows. Her significant findings from that program informed her training program application in Complex Dynamics. </p> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:37:36 +0000 ϲ University As climate warms, mice morph /newsroom/node/32700 <p>New research by ϲ University biologists shows that milder winters have led to physical alterations in two species of mice in southern Quebec in the past 50 years – providing a textbook example of the consequences of climate change for small mammals.</p> <p>The findings also reveal a stark reversal in the proportions of the two mice populations present in the area, adding to evidence that warming temperatures are driving wildlife north.  </p> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:20:29 +0000 ϲ University Mindfulness training shows promise for maintaining weight loss /newsroom/node/32695 <p>Can mindfulness training help overweight people shed pounds and keep them off?  ϲ University researchers surveyed the growing body of studies investigating that question, and came away encouraged.</p> <p>Kimberly Carrière, Bärbel Knäuper and Bassam Khoury examined 19 studies conducted over the past decade. Mindfulness interventions in these studies involved either formal meditation, informal mindfulness strategies that focused on eating activity, or some combination of these two approaches.</p> <p>The researchers found that:</p> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:29:28 +0000 ϲ University Do birdsong and human speech share biological roots? /newsroom/node/32691 <p>Do songbirds and humans have common biological hardwiring that shapes how they produce and perceive sounds?</p> <p>Scientists who study birdsong have been intrigued for some time by the possibility that human speech and music may be rooted in biological processes shared across a variety of animals. Now, research by ϲ University biologists provides new evidence to support this idea.</p> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:32:11 +0000 ϲ University Imagining the cities of the future through a better understanding of Montreal today /newsroom/node/32678 <p>Montreal, with its multilingual, multiethnic population, is an ideal living laboratory for researchers and students from the city’s four universities and many specialized research centres. How can Montreal be designed to better accommodate the needs of its children? What measures need to be put in place to accommodate people of different cultures and religions living in close proximity? How is the city’s nighttime economy different from that of the daytime and what are the implications?</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:45:15 +0000 ϲ University British historian Daniel Beer wins US$75,000 International Cundill History Prize /newsroom/node/32676 <p><span>The international Cundill History Prize today announced the British historian <strong>Daniel Beer</strong> as the 2017 winner of the US$75,000 prize – the richest in non-fiction for a single work in English. The London-based historian was awarded for his ground-breaking study of Siberian penal colonies, <em><strong>The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars (Allen Lane)</strong></em></span></p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:51:59 +0000 ϲ University Better data for governments /newsroom/node/32675 <p>Today, the <a href="">Center for Government Excellence (GovEx)</a><u>,</u> part of Johns Hopkins University, and GeoThink, a part of <a href="/">ϲ University</a>, launched a new <a href="">open data standards directory</a> that will identify standards for open data regularly shared by governments. The directory will ensure reliability and coordinated information for many city government data sets on services ranging from public safety, to building permits, to public transit, and budgets.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:59:50 +0000 ϲ University Pregnancy-related conditions taken together leave moms – and dads – at risk /newsroom/node/32666 <p>Research has already shown that women who develop either diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease years later. Now, a new study from a team at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and ϲ University shows that the risk of developing those conditions post pregnancy is drastically higher if the women had both diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy. The study, published today in the <em>American Journal of Epidemiology</em>, doesn’t end with the mother’s risks.</p> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:51:30 +0000 ϲ University Breastfed babies are less likely to develop eczema as teenagers, study shows. /newsroom/node/32636 <p><span>A new study, which is published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, and was led by researchers from King’s College London, Harvard University, University of Bristol and ϲ University,</span><span> examined more than 13,000 Belarussian teenagers enrolled in the PROmotion of Breastfeeding Intervention Trial (PROBIT) and found a 54% reduction in cases of eczema amongst teenagers whose mothers had received support to breastfeed exclusively.</span></p> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:19:28 +0000 ϲ University A $10-million donation establishes a new school of public policy at ϲ University /newsroom/node/32643 <p><span>In a world of political polarization, environmental threats, a changing labour market and growing gaps between rich and poor, there has never been a greater need to engage in a thoughtful examination of public policy and train a new generation of policy leaders.</span></p> <p>Against this backdrop, ϲ University is pleased to announce that it has received a $10-million donation from Max Bell Foundation to establish a new school of public policy at ϲ. The School will reside in ϲ’s Faculty of Arts.</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:23:20 +0000 ϲ University Statistical tool reveals climate change impacts on plants /newsroom/node/32639 <p>Early flowering, early fruiting: Anecdotal evidence of climate change is popping up as quickly as spring crocuses, but is it coincidence or confirmation that plants’ timing is shifting in response to warming temperatures?</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 18:08:05 +0000 ϲ University Identification of a new gene causing scoliosis and bone malformations /newsroom/node/32634 <p>A unique collaboration among Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada, CHU Sainte-Justine and ϲ University has enabled researchers to identify genetic mutations involved in a rare disease that causes scoliosis and bone malformations.</p> <p>The findings, published in <em>The American Journal of Human Genetics,</em> are likely to help doctors recognize the genetic disease, and could someday lead to therapies for the condition.</p> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:53:22 +0000 ϲ University Giving rookie dads the online info they really need /newsroom/node/32629 <p>Expectant and new parents often turn to the internet for parenting prep, but it turns out that dads often don’t seem to find the information they say they need about pregnancy, parenthood and routes to their own mental health and well-being. Now, a new study from a Canadian team led by the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) with funding from global men’s health charity the Movember Foundation highlights just what soon-to-be and new fathers want to see in a dad-focused website and how best to meet those needs.</p> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:07:37 +0000 ϲ University Three historians shortlisted for international Cundill History Prize /newsroom/node/32621 <p>Montreal-based historian Christopher Goscha, US-based historian Walter Scheidel and British historian Daniel Beer are the three contenders for the international Cundill History Prize.   </p> <p>Run by ϲ University, the Cundill History Prize rewards the best history writing in English. The jury of world-class historians and authors has chosen the finalists from a longlist spanning the globe and covering issues ranging from religion to race relations. The winner will be awarded US$75,000; the two runners-up receive US$10,000 each.</p> <p>The 2017 finalists are:</p> Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:16:42 +0000 ϲ University Transformative donation of $16 million establishes new autism research centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute /newsroom/node/32613 <p>A new research centre in Montreal will help lift the shroud of mystery surrounding autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and lead to the development of better diagnostic tools and more effective therapies for people with autism.</p> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:49:47 +0000 ϲ University Pollution linked to nine million deaths each year worldwide, equivalent to 1 in 6 deaths /newsroom/node/32611 <p><strong>Prof. Niladri Basu</strong>, ϲ University, is one of the Commissioners on <em>The Lancet </em>Commission on Pollution and Health which was released today.</p> <p>Nil Basu’s research, mainly in Africa, is on:</p> <p>1.     artisanal and small-scale gold mining (there are approximately 100 million people worldwide practicing mining like this in very unsafe conditions)</p> <p>2.     electronic waste recycling (E-waste). Does work on the world’s largest e-waste dump in Agbogbloshie, Ghana.</p> <p><strong>Report highlights</strong></p> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:27:51 +0000 ϲ University Latest gravitational-wave detection opens new era for astronomy /newsroom/node/32387 <p><span>The discovery of a gravitational wave caused by the merger of two neutron stars, reported today by a collaboration of scientists from around the world, opens a new era in astronomy. It marks the first time that scientists have been able to observe a cosmic event with both light waves -- the basis of traditional astronomy -- and gravitational waves, the ripples in space-time predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.</span></p> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:26:19 +0000 ϲ University New mechanism detected in Alzheimer’s disease /newsroom/node/32382 <p><em>By Chris Chipello</em></p> <p>ϲ University researchers have discovered a cellular mechanism that may contribute to the breakdown of communication between neurons in Alzheimer’s disease.</p> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:02:42 +0000 ϲ University Take two: ϲ duo named CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars /newsroom/node/32381 <div><span>By Meaghan Thurston</span></div> <div> </div> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:43:34 +0000 ϲ University ϲ to honour two trailblazing Canadian leaders /newsroom/node/32368 <p>ϲ will confer honorary doctorates upon two remarkable women during the Fall 2017 convocation ceremonies. Heather Munroe-Blum and Heather Reisman will be awarded the University’s highest honour for their dedication to the advancement of education and literacy.</p> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:20:28 +0000 ϲ University Predicting when a sound will occur relies on the brain’s motor system /newsroom/node/32365 <p><em>By Shawn Hayward</em></p> <p>Whether it is dancing or just tapping one foot to the beat, we all experience how auditory signals like music can induce movement. Now new research suggests that motor signals in the brain actually sharpen sound perception, and this effect is increased when we move in rhythm with the sound.</p> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:02:36 +0000 ϲ University Q&A with Doina Precup /newsroom/node/32363 <div><em><a href="">DeepMind</a>, the AI company famous for its Go-playing AlphaGo program, is setting up an office in Montreal, making it the latest high-profile company to join the city’s artificial-intelligence research community. Doina Precup, an Associate Professor in ϲ’s School of Computer Science, will lead DeepMind’s office here, while continuing to teach and do research at the University. We spoke with Prof. Precup about her new role at DeepMind, her ongoing work at ϲ, and the rapidly evolving AI scene in Montreal.</em></div> <div> </div> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:37:51 +0000 ϲ University Illustrious Chinese architect invests in future of education: landmark $12-million gift to transform teaching and research, build stronger academic ties to China /newsroom/node/32339 <p> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:37:19 +0000 ϲ University RI-MUHC scientist takes HIV self-testing global with HIVSmart!™ /newsroom/node/32342 <p><em>By Julie Robert</em></p> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:50:59 +0000 ϲ University US$75,000 Cundill History Prize reveals longlist that spans the globe /newsroom/node/32337 <p> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:15:27 +0000 ϲ University Child abuse affects brain wiring /newsroom/node/32232 <p><em>By Katherine Gombay</em></p> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:11:42 +0000 ϲ University Mitochondria drive cell survival in times of need /newsroom/node/32316 <p><em>By Cynthia Lee</em></p> <p>ϲ University researchers have discovered a mechanism through which mitochondria, the energy factory of our body’s cells, play a role in preventing cells from dying when the cells are deprived of nutrients – a finding that points to a potential target for next-generation cancer drugs.</p> <p>The research, published in <em>Molecular Cell</em>, builds on previous work by ϲ professor Nahum Sonenberg, one of the senior authors of the new study.</p> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:09:24 +0000 ϲ University Claudia Mitchell named Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow /newsroom/node/32305 <p><em><span>By Meaghan Thurston</span></em></p> <p><span>Professor Claudia Mitchell was in an Ethiopian airport on her way to Russia when she received an email from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation asking her to give them a call. With no phone in sight, Mitchell waited anxiously until landing some hours later to learn that she had garnered a prestigious Fellowship. “They said, ‘you clearly walk the talk because you are traveling from one girl-led project to another’”.</span></p> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:40:56 +0000 ϲ University ϲ duo honoured by the Royal Society of Canada /newsroom/node/32302 <div><span>The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced today that <strong>Professor Michel Tremblay</strong> (Department of Biochemistry and the Director of the ϲ Cancer Institute) has been awarded the McLaughlin Medal for important research of sustained excellence in medical science. Recognized for his leading-edge work on the role and function of particular enzymes in the development of cancer, Professor Tremblay is among the 12 Canadian researchers honoured with an RSC medal or award this year. Also among the RSC 2017 award winners is <strong>Dr.</strong></span></div> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:00:24 +0000 ϲ University Teenage aggression linked to neglect /newsroom/node/32298 <p><em>By Katherine Gombay</em></p> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:39:06 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researcher to head Facebook’s new Montreal AI lab /newsroom/node/32290 <p><span>Facebook is opening a new Artificial Intelligence Research Lab in Montreal — FAIR Montreal. This is the company’s first research and development investment in Canada, and only its fourth AI research lab in all. Prof. Joelle Pineau, from the School of Computer Science and co-director of ϲ’s Reasoning &amp; Learning Lab, will head the new Montreal AI lab while maintaining her academic position at the university.</span></p> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:49:12 +0000 ϲ University NASA's Hubble Captures Blistering Pitch-Black Planet /newsroom/node/32288 <p>NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere.</p> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:13:06 +0000 ϲ University Royal Society of Canada elects seven ϲ scholars to The College /newsroom/node/32276 <p><span>Today, the Royal Society of Canada announced 70 new members to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, including seven ϲ scholars. With seven members, ϲ has more new inductees this year than any other university in the country. The new members of the College will address issues of particular concern to Canadian society, including mental health and environmental management, taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches fostered by the College.</span></p> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:21:44 +0000 ϲ University Message from Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier on the passing of Chancellor Emerita Gretta Chambers /newsroom/node/32270 <p><span>I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our Chancellor Emerita, Gretta Chambers. On behalf of the ϲ University community, I extend my condolences to her family and pay homage to the many ways she supported ϲ throughout her life. She has made an immense contribution to our university and to the society in which she lived.</span></p> Sat, 09 Sep 2017 23:26:20 +0000 ϲ University NSERC awards over $35M to ϲ scientists and engineers /newsroom/node/32264 <blockquote> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:48:44 +0000 ϲ University Meeting a microbe in the morning or in the evening: is it all the same? /newsroom/node/32265 <p>Does the time of day matter when our body is infected by a parasite? According to new research from ϲ University, it matters a great deal.</p> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:20:21 +0000 ϲ University New Canadian telescope will map largest volume of space ever surveyed /newsroom/node/32244 <p>A Canadian effort to build one of the most innovative radio telescopes in the world will open the universe to a new dimension of scientific study. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today installed the final piece of this new radio telescope, which will act as a time machine allowing scientists to create a three-dimensional map of the universe extending deep into space and time.</p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:22:42 +0000 ϲ University The “reality” of accent change /newsroom/node/32230 <p> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:47:30 +0000 ϲ University Students at ϲ University receive Canada’s largest STEM scholarship /newsroom/node/32228 <p>Katherine Sirois of Quebec and Iveta Demirova of British Columbia have been named ϲ University’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships.</p> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:54:09 +0000 ϲ University Hydro-Québec to sponsor TeamMTL’s entry in Solar Decathlon China /newsroom/node/32221 <p> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:53:05 +0000 ϲ University Pinpointing the origins of autism /newsroom/node/32213 <div>The origins of autism remain mysterious. What areas of the brain are involved, and when do the first signs appear? New findings published in Biological Psychiatry bring us closer to understanding the pathology of autism, and the point at which it begins to take shape in the human brain. Such knowledge will allow earlier interventions in the future and better outcomes for autistic children.</div> <div> </div> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:41:55 +0000 ϲ University New understanding of how muscles work /newsroom/node/32196 <p>Muscle malfunctions may be as simple as a slight strain after exercise or as serious as heart failure and muscular dystrophy. A new technique developed at ϲ now makes it possible to look much more closely at how sarcomeres, the basic building blocks within all skeletal and cardiac muscles, work together. It’s a discovery that should advance research into a wide range of muscle malfunctions.</p> <p><strong>Talk about finicky work</strong></p> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:24:05 +0000 ϲ University Artificial intelligence predicts dementia before onset of symptoms /newsroom/node/32189 <p>Imagine if doctors could determine, many years in advance, who is likely to develop dementia. Such prognostic capabilities would give patients and their families time to plan and manage treatment and care. Thanks to artificial intelligence research conducted at ϲ University, this kind of predictive power could soon be available to clinicians everywhere.</p> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:16:47 +0000 ϲ University Searching for the “signature” causes of BRCAness in breast cancer /newsroom/node/32190 <p><em>By Tom Ulrich from the <a href="">Broad Institute</a></em></p> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:18:47 +0000 ϲ University Hypertension during pregnancy may affect women’s long-term cardiovascular health /newsroom/node/32187 <div> <div> <p>Women who experience hypertension during pregnancy face an increased risk of heart disease and hypertension later in life, according to a new study.</p></div></div> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:37:47 +0000 ϲ University MUHC study calls for action to help adolescents with diabetes transition to adult care /newsroom/node/32175 <p>Adolescence can be a turbulent period of life, with struggles to establish autonomy, identity issues and risk-taking behaviours. For young adults with a chronic illness such as type 1 diabetes, this transition phase also brings about other challenges as they assume an increased responsibility for their overall health. A new study from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) sheds light on gaps in transition care practice in Quebec, pointing out a lack of standardized policies across pediatric diabetes centres.</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:38:44 +0000 ϲ University CFI invests $4.2 million to boost 23 ϲ research projects with cutting-edge labs and equipment /newsroom/node/32168 <p>At Laurentian University today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced a total investment of $52 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) <a href="">John R. Evans Leaders Fund</a> for 220 new infrastructure projects nationally. Among the 51 universities across the country with funded projects, ϲ leads the pack with an impressive number—23 projects totaling $4.2 million—in this latest round of the funding competition.</p> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:18:11 +0000 ϲ University Could olfactory loss point to Alzheimer’s disease? /newsroom/node/32169 <p>By the time you start losing your memory, it's almost too late. That's because the damage to your brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may already have been going on for as long as twenty years. Which is why there is so much scientific interest in finding ways to detect the presence of the disease early on. Scientists now believe that simple odour identification tests may help track the progression of the disease before symptoms actually appear, particularly among those at risk.</p> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:26:14 +0000 ϲ University Airbnb’s impact on Canadian housing markets /newsroom/node/32164 <p> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:51:45 +0000 ϲ University Stress heightens fear of threats from the past /newsroom/node/32147 <p>Recognizing threats is an essential function of the human mind — think “fight or flight” — one that is aided by past negative experiences. But when older memories are coupled with stress, individuals are likely to perceive danger in harmless circumstances, according to a paper published today in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em>.</p> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:00:38 +0000 ϲ University Newly discovered pathway for pain processing could lead to new treatments /newsroom/node/32149 <p>The discovery of a new biological pathway involved in pain processing offers hope of using existing cancer drugs to replace the use of opioids in chronic pain treatment, according to scientists at ϲ University.</p> <p>Because many therapeutic options, such as opioids, for patients with chronic pain carry the risk of addiction and undesirable side effects, this breakthrough offers promising lines of research into chronic pain treatment, says Luda Diatchenko, professor at ϲ’s Faculty of Dentistry and co-lead author of the new study</p> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:20:15 +0000 ϲ University Playing with your brain /newsroom/node/32143 <p>Human-computer interactions, such as playing video games, can have a negative impact on the brain, says a new Canadian study published in <em>Molecular Psychiatry</em>. For over 10 years, scientists have told us that action video game players exhibit better visual attention, motor control abilities and short-term memory. But, could these benefits come at a cost?</p> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:31:22 +0000 ϲ University Speeding up SSRIs /newsroom/node/32138 <p>For people suffering from depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can take as long as six weeks to have an effect. The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster acting drugs.</p> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:14:11 +0000 ϲ University Costs associated with homelessness are high, suggesting need for shift to programs to end homelessness /newsroom/node/32122 <p> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:07:44 +0000 ϲ University New MUHC study calls for targeted screening of high-risk healthcare workers for tuberculosis /newsroom/node/32120 <p> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:48:51 +0000 ϲ University Sticky when wet: strong adhesives for wound healing /newsroom/node/32116 <p> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:16:51 +0000 ϲ University UAlberta and ϲ scientists uncover a hidden calcium cholesterol connection /newsroom/node/32097 <p>By Ross Neitz, University of Alberta</p> <p>It’s well known that calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, but new research shows it also plays a key role in moderating another important aspect of health—cholesterol.</p> <p>Scientists at the University of Alberta and ϲ University have discovered a direct link between calcium and cholesterol, a discovery that could pave the way for new ways of treating high blood cholesterol. </p> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:58:46 +0000 ϲ University Fear, fearlessness and animal extinction /newsroom/node/32087 <p>Too much fear can be dangerous for species’ survival. In fact, fear alone, even in the absence of a live predator, can lead to species’ extinction if the population size is small enough suggests a recent study from ϲ and Guelph universities. To read: <a href="/newsroom/article/how-fear-alone-can-cause-animal-extinction">“How fear alone can cause animal extinction”</a></p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:14:36 +0000 ϲ University “Rebalancing society” module launched /newsroom/node/32079 <p>On the occasion of the High Level Political Forum held on 18 and 19 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, PRME in collaboration with ϲ University and KEDGE Business School are pleased to announce the launch of a new <a href="">Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest)</a> module based on Henry Mintzberg’s book <em>Rebalancing Society.</em></p> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:02:25 +0000 ϲ University Brains are more plastic than we thought /newsroom/node/32081 <p>Practice might not always make perfect, but it’s essential for learning a sport or a musical instrument. It's also the basis of brain training, an approach that holds potential as a non-invasive therapy to overcome disabilities caused by neurological disease or trauma.</p> <p>Research at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of ϲ University (The Neuro) has shown just how adaptive the brain can be, knowledge that could one day be applied to recovery from conditions such as stroke.</p> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:32:12 +0000 ϲ University John Dobson Foundation makes its largest donation to ϲ to support X-1 entrepreneurs /newsroom/node/32073 <p>The John Dobson Foundation has announced a donation of $2 million dollars – its largest gift to ϲ yet – to fund the ϲ X-1 Accelerator program run by the ϲ Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. The donation will support the program now in its third year, as it grows to support entrepreneurs across ϲ University.</p> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:14:09 +0000 ϲ University Detecting long-term concussion in athletes /newsroom/node/32066 <p>Lawyers representing both sides in concussion lawsuits against sports leagues may eventually have a new tool at their disposal: a diagnostic signature that uses artificial intelligence to detect brain trauma years after it has occurred. </p> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:43:39 +0000 ϲ University Lost in translation: To the untrained zebra finch ear, jazzy courtship songs fall flat /newsroom/node/32057 <p>Zebra finches brought up without their fathers don’t react to the singing of potential suitors in the same way that female birds usually do, hinting that the environment in which the birds are raised can have a determining effect on their behaviour.</p> <p>The finding, published in the <em>Proceedings of the Royal Society B</em> by ϲ researchers, highlights how learning and experience, including developmental auditory experience, can shape how the brain perceives vocal signals.</p> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:06:30 +0000 ϲ University Crafting better beer /newsroom/node/32038 <p>Canada’s extensive malting and brewing industry could get a further boost from new insight into the science of malting.</p> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:48:18 +0000 ϲ University Differences in U.S. infant mortality rates among black and white babies /newsroom/node/32040 <p>A new research letter published by <em>JAMA Pediatrics</em> examined trends in overall and cause-specific infant mortality rates between non-Hispanic black and white infants because infant mortality is an important indicator of population health.</p> <p>Corinne A. Riddell, Ph.D., of ϲ University, Montreal, Canada, and coauthors analyzed data from the U.S. National Vital Statistics System from 2005 to 2015. The infant mortality rate was calculated as the number of deaths divided by the number of births. Rates for the top four causes of death also were calculated.</p> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:06:48 +0000 ϲ University How a few drops of blood led to a breakthrough in immunology /newsroom/node/32035 <p>Scientists from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) may have cracked the code to understanding the function of special cells called regulatory T Cells. Treg cells, as they are often known, control and regulate our immune system to prevent excessive reactions. The findings, published in <em>Science</em> <em>Immunology</em>, could have a major impact in our understanding and treatment of all autoimmune diseases and most chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s disease as well as broader conditions such as asthma, allergies and cancer. </p> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:21:06 +0000 ϲ University Cancer researchers overestimate reproducibility of preclinical studies /newsroom/node/32027 <p>Cancer scientists overestimate the extent to which high-profile preclinical studies can be successfully replicated, new research from ϲ University suggests.</p> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:40:17 +0000 ϲ University No detectable limit to how long people can live /newsroom/node/32021 <p>Emma Morano passed away last April. At 117 years old, the Italian woman was the oldest known living human being.</p> <p>Super- centenarians, such as Morano and Jeanne Calment of France, who famously lived to be 122 years old, continue to fascinate scientists and have led them to wonder just how long humans can live. A study published in <em>Nature</em> last October concluded that the upper limit of human age is peaking at around 115 years.</p> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:04:07 +0000 ϲ University Erasure of negative memories one step closer to reality /newsroom/node/32013 <p>Scientists have known for some time that a memory is stored in the brain through changes in the strength of particular synapses, the structures that pass signals between neurons. However, how the change in strength persisted remained a mystery. Solving this mystery has important implications for remedying neurological and psychological disorders.</p> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:16:14 +0000 ϲ University Biofilms—the eradication has begun /newsroom/node/32009 <p>Canadian scientists take a step forward in the fight against microbial armour‎.<br /> Read more <a href="/newsroom/article/biofilms-eradication-has-begun">here</a>.</p> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:16:36 +0000 ϲ University $3 million for research to help farmers cut greenhouse gas emissions /newsroom/node/31499 <p>Two ϲ University research projects aimed at helping farmers mitigate greenhouse gas emissions will receive nearly $3 million in funding from the Government of Canada, federal officials announced. </p> <p>Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Jean-Claude Poissant, and Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, made the announcement today at ϲ’s Macdonald Campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Que.</p> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:45:43 +0000 ϲ University Kidney graft success — does age and sex matter? /newsroom/node/31456 <p> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:37:56 +0000 ϲ University A more sustainable way to refine metals /newsroom/node/31385 <div>A team of chemists in Canada has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques, could greatly shrink the environmental impact of producing metals from raw materials or from post-consumer electronics.</div> <div> </div> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:56:20 +0000 ϲ University We’re on the brink of mass extinction — but there’s still time to pull back /newsroom/node/31110 <p> Tue, 30 May 2017 20:18:46 +0000 ϲ University Brain area involved in addiction activated earlier than previously thought in recreational cocaine users /newsroom/node/30305 <p>Even among non-dependent cocaine users, cues associated with consumption of the drug lead to dopamine release in an area of the brain thought to promote compulsive use, according to researchers at ϲ University.</p> <p>The findings, published in <em>Scientific Reports</em>, suggest that people who consider themselves recreational users could be further along the road to addiction than they might have realized.</p> Tue, 23 May 2017 18:19:58 +0000 ϲ University Teaching practices could play an important role in preventing bullying /newsroom/node/29798 <p>Classrooms that encourage competition between students may inadvertently be creating settings where bullying is more likely to take place. That’s one of the conclusions that can be drawn from work led by ϲ University researchers Maria Di Stasio and Robert Savage, who recently published a paper on the subject in the <a href=""><em>Journal of Adolescence.</em></a> But it’s only part of the story.</p> Fri, 19 May 2017 18:51:39 +0000 ϲ University Turning skin cells into brain cells /newsroom/node/29587 <p> Wed, 17 May 2017 17:42:06 +0000 ϲ University Diabetes drug may help symptoms of autism-associated condition /newsroom/node/29365 <p>Metformin, the most widely used drug to treat type 2 diabetes, could potentially be used to treat symptoms of Fragile X syndrome, an inherited form of intellectual disability and a cause of some forms of autism.</p> <p>A new study led by researchers at ϲ University, the University of Edinburgh and Université de Montréal has found that metformin improves social, behavioural and morphological defects in Fragile X mice.</p> Mon, 15 May 2017 15:43:15 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University set to become world leader in retail management education thanks to a $25-million gift from the Bensadoun Family Foundation /newsroom/node/28857 <div> <div><span>Retail icon and philanthropist Aldo Bensadoun has stepped forward with a visionary gift to his alma mater, ϲ University, aimed at creating new knowledge and developing leaders for the rapidly changing retail industry. Thanks to a donation of $25 million from the Bensadoun Family Foundation, announced today, ϲ will work on developing the </span><strong>Bensadoun School of Retail Management</strong><span>: an inter-disciplinary, state-of-the-art school dedicated to all facets of the retail industry.</span></div> <div> </div> </div> Thu, 11 May 2017 14:59:29 +0000 ϲ University Protecting life’s tangled ecological webs /newsroom/node/28600 <p>Ecosystems are a complex web of interactions. These ecological networks are being reorganized by extinctions and colonization events caused by human impacts, such as climate change and habitat destruction. In a paper published this week in <em>Nature Ecology &amp; Evolution</em>, researchers from ϲ University and University of British Columbia have developed a new theory to understand how complex ecological networks will reorganize in the future.</p> Tue, 09 May 2017 13:31:04 +0000 ϲ University Faculty of Engineering Dean Nicell elected vice chair of NCDEAS /newsroom/node/28612 <div><span>The National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science | Conseil canadien des doyens d'ingénierie et des sciences appliquées (NCDEAS│CCDISA) met on April 29, 2017 for its biennial meeting in Ottawa. This national council, comprised of all forty-four engineering deans in Canada, is committed to the continuous improvement of engineering education and research that enhances the innovation and leadership skills of Canadian engineering graduates.</span></div> <div> </div> Tue, 09 May 2017 15:12:23 +0000 ϲ University [UPDATED] Flooding update: Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 9 /newsroom/node/28417 <p><strong><span>[UPDATE - Monday 3:30 pm]</span></strong></p> <p>Day and evening summer classes and exams will resume on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at both ϲ’s Macdonald Campus and its downtown campus.</p> <p><span>Some employees and some students may still be dealing with flooding issues, so we ask supervisors and instructors for their continued understanding.</span></p> <p>The University will send updates as required.</p> <p>---------</p> <p>[SUNDAY, May 7, 11:00 pm]</p> Mon, 08 May 2017 02:35:14 +0000 ϲ University New theory on how Earth’s crust was created /newsroom/node/28078 <p>More than 90% of Earth’s continental crust is made up of silica-rich minerals, such as feldspar and quartz. But where did this silica-enriched material come from? And could it provide a clue in the search for life on other planets?</p> Wed, 03 May 2017 22:40:34 +0000 ϲ University Scientists scan horizon for future invasive species challenges /newsroom/node/28130 <p><span>Shipping and mining in the Arctic. The spread of invasive microbial pathogens around the world. Changing agricultural practices. Use of genomic-modification tools. Those are among the 14 most significant issues that could affect the science and management of invasive species over the next two decades, according to an international team of ecologists, who published their findings in the journal <em>Trends in Ecology and Evolution</em>.</span></p> Thu, 04 May 2017 14:11:54 +0000 ϲ University New hope in the fight against superbugs /newsroom/node/28062 <p><span>Antibiotic resistance is a growing global health threat. So much so that a 2014 study commissioned by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom predicted that, if the problem is left unchecked, in less than 35 years more people will die from antibiotic resistant superbugs than from cancer. It is critical that researchers develop new antibiotics informed by knowledge of how superbugs are resistant to this medication.</span></p> Wed, 03 May 2017 19:16:34 +0000 ϲ University ϲ Honorary Doctorates 2017 /newsroom/node/27397 <div>Each year ϲ University is proud to confer honorary degrees to highly talented and engaged individuals who serve as an inspiration for our community of students, professors, researchers and staff.</div> <div> </div> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:14:32 +0000 ϲ University Bright future for self-charging batteries /newsroom/node/27317 <p>Who hasn’t lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? This could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology being developed by Hydro-Québec and ϲ University.</p> <p>Lithium-ion batteries have allowed the rapid proliferation of all kinds of mobile devices such as phones, tablets and computers. These tools however require frequent re-charging because of the limited energy density of their batteries.</p> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:27:50 +0000 ϲ University ϲ and Schulich School of Music award honorary doctorate to Yannick Nézet-Séguin /newsroom/node/26944 <p>ϲ University is proud to present the degree of doctor <em>honoris causa</em> to a great name on the Quebec cultural scene, Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin.</p> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:46:11 +0000 ϲ University 85th Acfas Annual Congress: May 8 to 12, 2017 at ϲ University /newsroom/node/26901 <p>For the third time in its history, the Acfas Annual Congress, the largest multidisciplinary research event in the<em> Francophonie,</em> will be hosted by ϲ University.</p> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:42:32 +0000 ϲ University When children see war as better than peace /newsroom/node/26862 <p>For most people, the end of a war offers relief, hope, and an end to violence. This may not be the case for children born of wartime rape, however, who often endure continued brutality in the post-war period.</p> <p>That finding emerges from a new study of children born to mothers who were abducted, held captive, and sexually violated by members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group led by Joseph Kony during the civil war in northern Uganda from 1986 to 2007.</p> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:02:16 +0000 ϲ University Students receive $50K from Ottawa for innovative urban green housing design /newsroom/node/26850 <p><span>Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna announced a $50,000 grant from Natural Resources Canada’s Program for Energy Research and Development (PERD) to help TeamMTL participate in the international Solar Decathlon, to be held next year in Dezhou, China.</span></p> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:38:49 +0000 ϲ University Solving medical “cold cases” through genetics /newsroom/node/26852 <div> <div> <div> <p style="text-align:left"><span>Researchers have identified the genetic mutation responsible for one patient's serious health problems, finally solving a medical mystery that has endured for over 30 years. Thanks to this discovery, the researcher developed a therapy that could also help a lot of people who have problems related to the immune system, whether they are genetic or due to a transplant or an illness.</span></p></div></div></div> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:17:44 +0000 ϲ University Melting snow contains a toxic cocktail of pollutants /newsroom/node/26841 <p>With spring finally here and warmer temperatures just around the corner, snow will slowly melt away, releasing us from the clutches of winter. However, that’s not the only thing that the melting snow will release. Researchers from ϲ University and École de technologie supérieure in Montreal have found that urban snow accumulates a toxic cocktail from car emissions - pollutants that are in turn unleashed into the environment as the weather warms up.</p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:30:16 +0000 ϲ University Nearly $3.8 Million for Macdonald Campus’ Farm Management and Technology program /newsroom/node/26836 <div><span>The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Laurent Lessard, and Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs, announced today on behalf of the Government of Quebec $3,772,000 in funding over three years for the Farm Management and Technology Program (FMT), a three-year academic and practical college program offered on the Macdonald campus and taught by the staff of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.</span></div> <div> </div> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:55:10 +0000 ϲ University $5 Million for agri-food innovation /newsroom/node/26833 <div><span>The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Laurent Lessard, and Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs, announced on behalf of the Government of Quebec $5 million for the Consortium de recherche précompétitive en transformation alimentaire at ϲ University’s Macdonald campus today. The funds will be awarded in five annual instalments of $1 million</span></div> <div> </div> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:23:31 +0000 ϲ University Improving memory with magnets /newsroom/node/26820 <p>The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives — without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. New research is shedding light on how sound memory works in the brain, and is even demonstrating a means to improve it.</p> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:30:41 +0000 ϲ University Message from the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of ϲ University /newsroom/node/26810 <p><span>Dear members of the ϲ community,</span></p> <p><span>Professor Andrew Potter resigned from his position as Director of the ϲ Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC). He made his <a href="">letter of resignation</a> public on social media.</span></p> <p>I would like to acknowledge the contributions of Professor Potter and his courage in making this very difficult and painful decision.</p> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:00:03 +0000 ϲ University Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer /newsroom/node/26806 <p>Being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor is devastating news for patients and their loved ones. Whereas some types of tumor respond well to treatment, others such as glioblastomas – the most common and aggressive brain tumors – are known to recur and progress within short times from the diagnosis. Patients diagnosed with this type of cancer, and who undergo current standard treatment, have a median survival of 16 months.</p> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:33:26 +0000 ϲ University Long-term limitations imposed on patients with pulmonary embolism /newsroom/node/26789 <p>A multi-centre clinical study, led by Dr. Susan Kahn at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH), determined that nearly half of the patients who suffer a pulmonary embolism (PE) – a blood clot in the lung – experience long term limitations to their capacity for physical activity and that this had a negative impact on their quality of life. This research, published in <em>Chest</em>, is the first to demonstrate that PE may have a lasting effect on patients.</p> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:10:22 +0000 ϲ University March 16: Back to business as usual /newsroom/node/26781 <p><span>UPDATE: Thursday, 6:00 am</span></p> <p><span>Back to business as usual today, after our very rare snow day. Students should consult with professors about rescheduled tests, exams, assignments and so on. Thanks to all staff who made it in yesterday. Now, let’s look forward to Spring!</span></p> <p><span> </span>-------</p> <p> </p> <p><span>UPDATE: Wednesday, 10:45 am</span></p> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:45:21 +0000 ϲ University Child marriage remains widespread in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa /newsroom/node/26777 <p> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:25:45 +0000 ϲ University A lawyer and a philosopher on “us and them” – the migrant question /newsroom/node/26767 <p>Global migration has stirred questions of human rights, democracy, of living together, of ‘us and them.’ The philosopher Charles Taylor and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, and ϲ law professor, François Crépeau, explore these and other questions at a time of rising populism and what may be called the fear of others.<br /> <a href="">Watch</a><br /> <a href="">Listen</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:31:10 +0000 ϲ University Why guillemot chicks leap from the nest before they can fly /newsroom/node/26762 <p>Before they have the wing span to actually permit them to fly, young guillemots (also known as murres) leap hundreds of metres off towering cliffs and flutter down towards the sea, guided by their fathers. Scientists have long wondered why these tiny chicks make this remarkable leap, hoping to avoid the rocks below them, in what seems an unlikely survival strategy for a species.</p> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:03:53 +0000 ϲ University Molecule shown to repair damaged axons /newsroom/node/26765 <p>A foray into plant biology led one researcher to discover that a natural molecule can repair axons, the thread-like projections that carry electrical signals between cells. Axonal damage is the major culprit underlying disability in conditions such as spinal cord injury and stroke. </p> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:26:31 +0000 ϲ University ϲ ranked world’s 3rd best university for study of Anatomy & Physiology /newsroom/node/26757 <p>ϲ University is the world’s third-best university for the study of Anatomy &amp; Physiology, behind only the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, according to the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject. </p> <p>The seventh edition of QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s analysis of subject-specific university performance, released today, lists the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects. Anatomy &amp; Physiology is one of four new subject categories introduced in this year’s listing.</p> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 20:54:58 +0000 ϲ University Ottawa to provide $70 M to ϲ for research-facility upgrades, energy-saving renovations /newsroom/node/26747 <p>The Government of Canada announced today in Montreal that ϲ University and two of its affiliated hospitals will receive $70.7 million through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, for upgrades to research facilities and energy-saving renovations. The Quebec government will provide an additional $5.1 million toward the cost of the work. </p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:57:14 +0000 ϲ University Access to cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools /newsroom/node/26740 <p><span>At the University of New Brunswick this morning, The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced $51,968,051 for 223 projects at 39 universities across the country, including over $4.5 million across 14 projects at ϲ, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI)<strong> John R. Evans Leaders Fund</strong>. The Fund was established to help universities like ϲ innovate, as well as to attract and retain top research talent, by giving them access to cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools.</span></p> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:18:08 +0000 ϲ University Woodstoves are good for the soul, bad for the heart /newsroom/node/26741 <p><span>The risk of acute myocardial infarction for the elderly living in and around small cities is increased by air pollution caused by biomass burning from woodstoves.  </span></p> <p>It is well documented that air pollution in big cities causes heart and lung problems. But what are its consequences on people in smaller urban centres?</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:35:54 +0000 ϲ University Addressing sexual violence /newsroom/node/26738 <p>Media reports of events involving an executive of one of ϲ's student associations have raised questions from some members of the community about whether the University’s <a href="/secretariat/files/secretariat/policy_against_sexual_violence.pdf">Policy against Sexual Violence</a>, approved by Senate and Board last fall, applies to members of student societies. This Policy was drafted with the deliberate intention of applying universally across the University.</p> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:18:16 +0000 ϲ University Mouse Model Could Shed New Light on Immune System Response to Zika Virus /newsroom/node/26736 <p>A new mouse model with a working immune system could be used in laboratory research to improve understanding of Zika virus infection and aid development of new treatments, according to a study published in <em>PLOS Pathogens</em>.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:56:02 +0000 ϲ University A prescription with legs /newsroom/node/26734 <p> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:40:14 +0000 ϲ University Nine innovative projects backed by NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants /newsroom/node/26718 <p>During an announcement at the University of Ottawa today, 94 research projects in universities across the country were awarded funding from the NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants program. Nine ϲ projects are together receiving more than $4.1 million from the funding envelope to partner with a supporting organization on strategic research, including highly innovative research in green energy storage.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:54:51 +0000 ϲ University Targeting the biological clock could slow the progression of cancer /newsroom/node/26716 <p>Does the biological clock in cancer cells influence tumour growth? Yes, according to a study conducted by Nicolas Cermakian, a professor in ϲ University’s Department of Psychiatry.</p> <p>Published in the journal <em>BMC Biology</em>, these results show for the first time that directly targeting the biological clock in a cancerous tumour has an impact on its development.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:02:51 +0000 ϲ University Montreal named world’s best student city /newsroom/node/26710 <div><span>Montreal has ended Paris’s five-year stint as the world’s best student destination, according to global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds. </span><a href="" target="_blank">The fifth edition</a><span> of the </span><em>QS Best Student Cities </em><span>ranking, featuring a ‘Student View’ indicator for the first time, provides further evidence of Canada’s increasing popularity and desirability as a student destination, particularly following recent political events in the United States and United Kingdom.</span></div> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:54:06 +0000 ϲ University Big Plans for Big Classes /newsroom/node/26701 <p>ϲ University was one of 12 recipients of a mini-grant awarded today by the American Association of Universities (AAU) to support reform in undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. </p> <p>ϲ was the only Canadian institution to receive an award and, in addition to being one of only two Canadian members of the AAU Network, will now join the AAU’s STEM Education Network along with such peer American universities as Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology, and Cornell University.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:27:59 +0000 ϲ University A call for respect /newsroom/node/26705 <p>Dear members of the ϲ community,<br />  <br /> The community received a <a href="/newsroom/channels/news/mcgill-steadfast-support-respectful-discourse-265695">message last week</a> from Provost Christopher Manfredi regarding a disturbing communication on social media that was sent by one of our students. I was shocked to read that Twitter post and want to make it clear that the University condemns all expressions of hatred and attempts to incite violence, including any that have been made in reaction to the post.<br />  <br /></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:54:12 +0000 ϲ University ϲ steadfast in support for respectful discourse /newsroom/node/26697 <p>ϲ recently became aware of a disturbing communication on social media by a student. The University strongly condemns expressions of hatred or incitement to violence against any individual or group. Such statements do not represent the views or the values of the University and we believe they violate a number of our policies, including the <a href="/secretariat/files/secretariat/code_-student_-conduct-discipline-procedures_april_2013_final_revised_3.pdf">Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures</a>.</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:59:04 +0000 ϲ University Sex, drugs, and rock & roll chemistry in the brain /newsroom/node/26679 <p>The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by ϲ University researchers published today in the <em>Nature</em> journal <em>Scientific Reports</em>.</p> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:49:25 +0000 ϲ University Response to U.S. Executive Order restricting travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven countries /newsroom/node/26688 <p>ϲ is responding to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order restricting travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Christopher Manfredi said Tuesday, Feb. 7.</p> <p>More: <a href="/provost/mcgill-university-response-us-executive-order">/provost/mcgill-university-response-us-executive-order</a></p> <p> </p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 22:02:50 +0000 ϲ University Tomislav Friščić awarded NSERC’s Steacie Memorial Fellowship /newsroom/node/26683 <p>The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has awarded an E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship to Prof. Tomislav Friščić, to support his work in an innovative branch of chemistry that aims to develop environmentally friendly alternatives to solvent-based chemical processes.  </p> <p><span>NSERC awards up to six of these two-year, $250,000 fellowships annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers.</span></p> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 21:51:22 +0000 ϲ University The making of Antarctica /newsroom/node/26665 <p>One of the big mysteries in the scientific world is how the ice sheets of Antarctica formed so rapidly about 34 million years ago, at the boundary between the Eocene and Oligocene epochs.</p> <p>There are 2 competing theories:</p> <p>The first explanation is based on <strong>global climate change</strong>: Scientists have shown that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels declined steadily since the beginning of the Cenozoic Era, 66 million years ago. Once CO2 dropped below a critical threshold, cooler global temperatures allowed the ice sheets of Antarctica to form.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:20:06 +0000 ϲ University Why the bar needs to be raised for human clinical trials /newsroom/node/26659 <p>Standards for authorizing first-time trials of drugs in humans are lax, and should be strengthened in several ways, ϲ University researchers argue in a paper published today in <em>Nature</em>.</p> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:02:45 +0000 ϲ University Protective wear inspired by fish scales /newsroom/node/26640 <p>They started with striped bass. Over a two-year period the researchers went through about 50 bass, puncturing or fracturing hundreds of fish scales under the microscope, to try to understand their properties and mechanics better. “The people at the fish market must have wondered what we were up to,” says François Barthelat smiling ruefully.” He teaches in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at ϲ, and is one of a growing number of scientists who look to nature for inspiration as they search for solutions to engineering problems they see around them today.</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:40:07 +0000 ϲ University We need to talk about school start times /newsroom/node/26638 <p> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:52:09 +0000 ϲ University Bell Let’s Talk support for the Neuro will enhance mental health access for multicultural communities /newsroom/node/26625 <p>Bell Let’s Talk today announced a donation of $250,000 to ϲ University’s Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – known as The Neuro – to fund the development of online mental health resources focused on the needs of multicultural communities.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:26:32 +0000 ϲ University A boost for artificial-intelligence research in Montreal /newsroom/node/26621 <p><span>To help spur artificial-intelligence research in Montreal, Microsoft will provide a gift of $1 million to ϲ University.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:45:10 +0000 ϲ University A surprise advance in the treatment of adult cancers /newsroom/node/26603 <p>A team of researchers at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has found an epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat linked to alcohol and tobacco use. This is a first in the field of epigenetics and the researchers are hopeful that the discovery can blaze a path in the development of new, targeted, more effective treatments that could arise over the next few years.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:52:55 +0000 ϲ University Breakthrough in MS treatment /newsroom/node/26593 <p>In separate clinical trials, a drug called ocrelizumab has been shown to reduce new attacks in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), and new symptom progression in primary progressive MS.</p> <p>Three studies conducted by an international team of researchers, which included Amit Bar-Or and Douglas Arnold from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of ϲ University, have discovered that ocrelizumab can significantly reduce new attacks in patients with relapsing MS, as well as slow the progression of symptoms caused by primary progressive MS.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:47:38 +0000 ϲ University Homing in on source of mysterious cosmic radio bursts /newsroom/node/26520 <p>Astronomers have pinpointed for the first time the home galaxy of a Fast Radio Burst, moving scientists a step closer to detecting what causes these powerful but fleeting pulses of radio waves. FRBs, which last just a few thousandths of a second, have puzzled astrophysicists since their discovery a decade ago.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:25:53 +0000 ϲ University Lack of joy from music linked to brain disconnection /newsroom/node/26524 <div>Have you ever met someone who just wasn’t into music? They may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population.</div> <div> </div> <div>Researchers at the University of Barcelona and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of ϲ University have discovered that people with this condition showed reduced functional connectivity between cortical regions responsible for processing sound and subcortical regions related to reward.</div> <div> </div> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:38:40 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers contribute to six of 10 discoveries of year picked by Quebec Science /newsroom/node/26518 <p><em>Québec Science</em> magazine has selected its 10 Discoveries of the Year for 2016, and ϲ researchers figure in six of them. The annual list highlights top scientific research from across Quebec.</p> <p>Two of the discoveries were led by researchers at ϲ:</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:48:47 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University announces a transformative $20 million donation to the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital /newsroom/node/26508 <p> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:51:24 +0000 ϲ University Bacteria control levels of dangerous pollutant in seabirds /newsroom/node/26499 <p>Despite ongoing global pollution, researchers have discovered that levels of mercury in seabirds off the coast of B.C. have remained relatively stable over the past 50 years. Surprisingly, mercury in seabirds is now actually slightly lower. This might appear to be good news, but unfortunately it is due to a decline in fish stocks near the surface which has forced seabirds to change their diet, and in the process to feed in areas low in bacteria (known as sulfate-reducing bacteria) which act to control the levels of mercury in their bodies.</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:06:46 +0000 ϲ University Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits /newsroom/node/26503 <p>From laptops to cellphones, today’s technology advances through the ever-increasing speed at which electric charges are directed through circuits. Similarly, speeding up control over quantum states in atomic and nanoscale systems could lead to leaps for the emerging field of quantum technology.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:32:26 +0000 ϲ University Taking stock of the world’s lakes /newsroom/node/26501 <p>The total shoreline of the world’s lakes is more than four times longer than the global ocean coastline. And if all the water in those lakes were spread over the Earth’s landmass, it would form a layer some four feet (1.3 metres) deep.<br />  <br /></p> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 02:04:57 +0000 ϲ University Lottery tickets aren’t child’s play /newsroom/node/26472 <p>Lottery tickets may be fun-filled and exciting presents, but they are not suitable gifts for minors. Studies suggest that gambling is a popular yet risky activity among youth. Additionally, researchers have reported a correlation between age of gambling onset and problem gambling later in life. Lottery play is sometimes an initial introduction to gambling activities for minors.</p> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:30:38 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers lead development of tool to assess environmental risks of chemicals /newsroom/node/26481 <p><span>Assessing the risks that toxic chemicals pose to natural ecosystems is a huge challenge, given the thousands of chemicals that require testing. But the task is expected soon to become less daunting, thanks to a new tool being developed by ϲ University researchers. </span></p> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:39:57 +0000 ϲ University ϲ announces Dr. Thomas Robinson as the 2016 winner of the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health /newsroom/node/26475 <p>ϲ University, in association with Lawrence and Frances Bloomberg and Manulife, is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Robinson, a Stanford University professor of Pediatric Medicine and pioneer in using novel motivational techniques to combat childhood obesity, is the winner of the 2016 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:12:40 +0000 ϲ University Fast evolution affects everyone, everywhere /newsroom/node/26467 <p>Rapid evolution of other species happens all around us all the time – and many of the most extreme examples are associated with human influences.</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:44:35 +0000 ϲ University 4-week prehabilitation prepares cancer patients for surgery /newsroom/node/26459 <p><span>Just four weeks of prehabilitation (pre-surgery preparation) may be enough to help some cancer patients get in shape for surgery. That’s according to a recent study of close to 120 colorectal cancer patients in Montreal. This potentially means that, barring unforeseen circumstances that stem from the surgery itself, their recovery is likely to be speedier too, according to earlier research from the same ϲ-led team.</span></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:01:09 +0000 ϲ University Gene discovered to cause rare, severe neurological disease /newsroom/node/26446 <p>Researchers have linked a debilitating neurological disease in children to mutations in a gene that regulates neuronal development through control of protein movement within neuronal cells. </p> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:13:15 +0000 ϲ University Major ALS Research Funding Announced /newsroom/node/26437 <p><strong><em>By Shawn Hayward, <a href="/neuro/">Montreal Neurological Institute</a></em></strong></p> <p>Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute of ϲ University are playing key roles in uncovering the mechanisms underlying ALS and will share in $3.9 million, part of $4.5 million in research funding announced on Nov. 23 by the ALS Society of Canada in partnership with Brain Canada. </p> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:25:26 +0000 ϲ University Olfactory perception influenced by background and semantic information /newsroom/node/26422 <p>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.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:23:21 +0000 ϲ University Newly created Jean Béliveau Award recognizes achievements and community leadership of ϲ athletes /newsroom/node/26427 <p>A new athletic financial award -- known as the <strong>Jean B</strong><strong>é</strong><strong>liveau Award</strong> -- has been established at ϲ University to recognize outstanding student-athletes and honour the memory of the legendary Montreal Canadiens captain and inspirational community leader.</p> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:08:41 +0000 ϲ University Prof. Claudia Mitchell receives SSHRC’s top research honour /newsroom/node/26425 <p><span>The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) today awarded its 2016 Gold Medal to </span><a href="/dise/about/academicstaff/mitchell">Prof. Claudia Mitchell</a><span> of ϲ’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education, in recognition of her work to strengthen HIV/AIDS education and prevention. </span></p> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:04:22 +0000 ϲ University Two for the Rhodes /newsroom/node/26421 <p>Source: <a href="">ϲ Reporter staff</a></p> <p>(UPDATED: 6:30 PM NOV. 22)</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:18:27 +0000 ϲ University Men have a lot to learn about their own fertility /newsroom/node/26419 <p>The first large-scale study of its kind has revealed that Canadian men generally lack knowledge about the risk factors contributing to male infertility. Research led by Dr. Phyllis Zelkowitz, head of psychosocial research at the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital, found that men could only identify about 50% of the potential risks and medical conditions that are detrimental to their sperm count and, thus, their prospects to father children.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:09:01 +0000 ϲ University The Work of the Dead wins Cundill Prize in Historical Literature /newsroom/node/26402 <p><span>The winner of the 2016 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at ϲ was announced tonight at a gala awards dinner held in Toronto. Now in its ninth year, the Cundill Prize is one of the world’s most lucrative international awards for a nonfiction book. The Work of the Dead/ The Invention of Science/ The Invention of Nature took home the top prize of US$75,000.</span></p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:03:12 +0000 ϲ University International Human Epigenome Consortium studies mark major step forward for epigenetics research /newsroom/node/26399 <p><span>One of the great mysteries in biology is how the many different cell types that make up our bodies are derived from a single cell and from one DNA sequence, or genome. We have learned a lot from studying the human genome, but have only partially unveiled the processes underlying cell determination. The identity of each cell type is largely defined by an instructive layer of molecular annotations on top of the genome – the epigenome – which acts as a blueprint unique to each cell type and developmental stage.</span></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:00:28 +0000 ϲ University Montreal universities unite to host the 2017 Conference of the Americas on International Education /newsroom/node/26394 <p>Montreal, November 15, 2016 – The <a href="">Université du Québec à Montréal</a> (UQAM), <a href="">Concordia University</a>, <a href="/">ϲ University</a>, <a href="">Université de Montréal</a> and <a href="">ÉTS</a> (<em>École de technologie supérieure</em>) will host the <a href="">Conference of the Americas on International Education</a> (CAIE) in Montreal from October 11 to 13, 2017.</p> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:31:02 +0000 ϲ University Keeping our balance - a tale of two systems /newsroom/node/26383 <p>The transition from being sea creatures to living on land, even if it happened over 300 million years ago, seems to have left its traces on the way we keep our balance today.</p> <p>“It’s a discovery that is likely to be controversial,” says Kathy Cullen, the senior researcher on a paper on the subject that was published recently in <em><a href="">Nature Communications</a>.</em> She has been working on this problem for over a decade with her colleague Maurice Chacron who also teaches in ϲ’s Department of Physiology.</p> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:04:22 +0000 ϲ University Measuring protection of the world’s rivers /newsroom/node/26365 <p>To  what extent are the world’s rivers protected?  </p> <p><span>In 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, </span><a href="">set a 17% target</a><span> for the protection of ‘inland waters,’ including rivers. But there was a problem: there was no good way to measure progress toward that target.  </span></p> Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:16:17 +0000 ϲ University Towards better hip replacements /newsroom/node/26354 <p><span><em>By Katherine Gombay</em><br /> Some potentially good news for aging Baby Boomers: researchers believe that they have developed a hip replacement that will last longer and create fewer problems for the people who receive them than those currently in use. The secret? An implant that “tricks” the host bone into remaining alive by mimicking the varying porosity of real bones.</span></p> <p><span>Interestingly, the key factor that distinguishes the new implant is that is LESS rather than more solid than those in current use, while still being just as strong.</span></p> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:52:16 +0000 ϲ University Murray Humphries named ϲ Northern Research Chair /newsroom/node/26349 <p>Institut nordique du Québec (INQ)’s founding partners have unveiled the first foundational elements of the Institute’s scientific program by simultaneously announcing three northern research chairs and introducing its newly recruited director of science and innovation, Louis Fortier. </p> <p>Representatives from INQ’s three founding universities made a joint announcement of funding for three research chairs supported by INQ, allocated to INRS, ϲ University, and Université Laval—a historic first for northern research.</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:39:08 +0000 ϲ University Researchers identify gene associated with intracranial aneurysm in French-Canadian population /newsroom/node/26344 <p><span>Scientists have identified a gene in the French-Canadian population that predisposes them to the development of intracranial aneurysm (IA), a potentially life threatening neurological condition that is responsible for approximately 500,000 deaths worldwide per year, half of which occur in people less than 50 years of age.</span></p> <p>Using genetic analysis, the team of researchers found rare variations of one gene, RNF213, that appeared more frequently in IA patients than in the control group. Both patients and the control group came from French-Canadian families. </p> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:42:17 +0000 ϲ University AMUSE/Casuals plan to strike Saturday /newsroom/node/26340 <p>ϲ has received an official notice from the Association of ϲ University Support Employees (AMUSE/Casuals)/Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) indicating that the union has called a five-day strike effective Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 a.m. until Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 11:59 p.m.</p> Sat, 29 Oct 2016 11:58:47 +0000 ϲ University It’s what's underneath that counts /newsroom/node/26333 <p>To the naked eye, ancient rocks may look completely inhospitable, but in reality, they can sustain an entire ecosystem of microbial communities in their fracture waters isolated from sunlight for millions, if not billions, of years. New scientific findings discovered the essential energy source to sustain the life kilometres below Earth’s surface with implications for life not only on our planet but also on Mars. </p> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:36:05 +0000 ϲ University ϲ tops Maclean’s ranking for 12th straight year /newsroom/node/26330 <p>ϲ once again ranked first in the “medical-doctoral” category in scholarships and bursaries for students, as well as in social sciences and humanities grants relative to faculty size. <a href="">Maclean’s published the results</a> online Wednesday evening.</p> <p>“Our leading position in scholarships and bursaries in this ranking underscores our commitment to ensuring accessibility to education for all talented students, regardless of their financial means,” said Principal Suzanne Fortier.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:34:02 +0000 ϲ University Why some dental implants work and others don’t /newsroom/node/26319 <p>Each year, about 500,000 North Americans get dental implants. If you are one of them, and are preparing to have an implant, it might be a good idea to start taking beta blockers, medication that controls high blood pressure, for a while. And to stop taking heartburn pills.</p> <p>A body of research from ϲ 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.</p> <p><strong>Bone cell growth, healing and death</strong></p> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:49:59 +0000 ϲ University A key to unlocking the mystery of triple negative breast cancer /newsroom/node/26314 <p>A study conducted at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) suggests screening breast cancer patients for the prolactin receptor could improve the prognosis for patients and may help them avoid unnecessary and invasive treatments. Using a database of 580 women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), the researchers found that survival was prolonged in patients who expressed the prolactin receptor and that prolactin hormone was able to reduce the aggressive behavior of cancerous cells. It does so by decreasing their ability to divide and form new tumors.</p> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:04:44 +0000 ϲ University Essential tremor sufferers needed for groundbreaking study /newsroom/node/26322 <p>You probably know someone who has it. It is the most common movement disorder, yet most people don’t even know its name.</p> <p>Essential tremor affects nearly one per cent of the world’s population, increasing to four per cent of those over 40. The involuntary shaking of hands is the most common symptom, but symptoms can also include shaking of the head and legs.</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:02:01 +0000 ϲ University Is there such a thing as “rape culture” on campuses in Canada? /newsroom/node/26196 <p>Who are the key players and actors on the issue of sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally?</p> <p>Shaheen Shariff, Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education, Director of Define the Line Projects at ϲ University has been awarded a $2.5 million Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant to address sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally.</p> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:55:23 +0000 ϲ University Easing the burden of terminal illness /newsroom/node/26298 <p><span>The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) is pleased to announce the launch of a new clinical program designed to ease the suffering of seriously ill patients through specialized consultation and comprehensive care. </span></p> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:49:40 +0000 ϲ University Public Forum on Electoral Reform (Oct. 20) /newsroom/node/26277 <p>The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at ϲ University and the Research Chair in Electoral Studies at the Université de Montréal will be hosting a <a href="">public forum on the Canadian electoral reform</a> on October 20.</p> <p><strong>When</strong>: October 20, 2016 from 19h30 to 21h30<br /> <span><strong>Where</strong>: ϲ New Residence Hall, 3625 Av du Parc, Montréal</span></p> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:02:40 +0000 ϲ University How migratory cells find their way through body tissue /newsroom/node/26267 <p>A new study published in Nature Communications could help biologists understand how various types of migratory cells, such as immune cells, find their way through tissues in the human body.</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:39:59 +0000 ϲ University 11 new invasive species detected in Canadian ports /newsroom/node/26266 <p>A mussel never reported in Canada was identified in the port of Montreal, a soft shell clam never seen in the Arctic was discovered in the Hudson Bay in Churchill, Manitoba, and a barnacle that was not thought to occur north of San Francisco was detected in Nanaimo, British Columbia. These are invasive species and researchers from ϲ University detected 24 of these non-indigenous species across 16 major ports in Canada, including 11 that were identified in previously unreported locations. Their findings were published Biodiversity Research.</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:33:48 +0000 ϲ University Science and the media /newsroom/node/26264 <p>There is widespread worry today about the health effects of just about everything around us -- from the food we eat and water we drink, to the plastics we use and medications we take. A journalist’s task of sorting through all the latest studies and reporting the findings in a responsible fashion is more critical than ever.</p> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:24:45 +0000 ϲ University Pair of proteins found to drive neuroinflammation
 /newsroom/node/26258 <p><span>ϲ researchers have identified two proteins that work together to drive neuroinflammation in acute conditions such as microbial or autoimmune encephalitis, and in chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis. </span></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:22:54 +0000 ϲ University Joanne Liu, Bertrand Cesvet to receive honorary degrees from ϲ /newsroom/node/26253 <p>Two inspirational ϲ alumni -- Bertrand Cesvet, of the award-winning creative agency Sid Lee, and Joanne Liu, of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders -- will receive honorary doctorate degrees at the university’s fall convocation ceremonies.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:27:04 +0000 ϲ University Short list announced for 2016 Cundill Prize in historical literature /newsroom/node/26248 <p>Today the jury for the world’s most lucrative award for historical non-fiction writing announced this year's short list. Antonia Maioni, Dean of ϲ University’s Faculty of Arts and Chair of the Cundill Prize, said, “With this year's finalists for the Cundill Prize in History, the jury has identified three books that combine tremendous erudition, insight and élan.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:26:08 +0000 ϲ University Our future doesn’t have to be dismal /newsroom/node/26242 <p><strong><em>By  Katherine Gombay, <a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:04:04 +0000 ϲ University The truth about lying? Children’s perceptions get more nuanced with age /newsroom/node/26229 <p>Parents don’t like it when children lie. But what do the kids themselves think about it? New research suggests truth telling isn’t black and white.</p> <p>As children get older, their moral evaluations of both lies and truths is increasingly influenced by whether they think this behaviour will cause harm to either others or themselves.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:41:32 +0000 ϲ University KalGene gears up to manufacture and test promising Alzheimer’s treatment with NRC, ϲ and CIMTEC /newsroom/node/26232 <div> <div> <div> <p>KalGene Pharmaceuticals and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) are proud to announce the signature of an agreement worth over $1M to develop, scale up, and transfer the technology needed to manufacture a promising novel Alzheimer’s treatment in Canada that the parties have been co- developing since 2015.</p> <p>The treatment, a biologic molecule made up of a peptide that fights Alzheimer’s and an antibody-based carrier molecule designed to shuttle the peptide into the brain, is a custom- engineered therapeutic developed at NRC.</p></div></div></div> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:20:08 +0000 ϲ University Socioeconomics play key role in Arctic Search and Rescue /newsroom/node/26228 <p><span>Traveling and harvesting on the land and sea is of vital importance to Indigenous communities in the Canadian Arctic and subarctic, with links to food security, cultural identity, and wellbeing. A new study by the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group at ϲ University however, finds that economic transitions, social shifts, and climate change are dramatically affecting the safety of Inuit during these activities.</span></p> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:24:03 +0000 ϲ University Brain’s biological clock stimulates thirst before sleep /newsroom/node/26206 <p>The brain’s biological clock stimulates thirst in the hours before sleep, according to a study published in the journal <em>Nature</em> by ϲ University researchers.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:02:45 +0000 ϲ University Long List Announced For 2016 Cundill Prize In Historical Literature /newsroom/node/26198 <p> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:13:28 +0000 ϲ University ϲ launches Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Education /newsroom/node/26190 <p>ϲ University launches its Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, mandated by Provost and Vice Principal Academic, Christopher Manfredi, with a public event to be held on September 22 at the new site of the Hochelaga Rock. The Task Force will propose initiatives aimed at integrating indigenous perspectives into the academic curriculum and research, as well as the retention and recruitment of Indigenous students and faculty members.</p> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:44:10 +0000 ϲ University Canada Foundation for Innovation provides $1.1M for CBRAIN computing platform at ϲ /newsroom/node/26181 <div>ϲ University will receive more than $1.1 million for CBRAIN, one of the world’s most advanced computing platforms for brain research, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Cyberinfrastructure Initiative.</div> <div> </div> <div>Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie — Le Sud-ouest — Île-des-sœurs, made the announcement at ϲ on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, the Minister of Science.</div> <div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:08:52 +0000 ϲ University Could quality of sleep have to do with sex differences? /newsroom/node/26163 <p>You may have noticed that women are more prone to sleep disturbances than men. They are, for instance, up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men. Could there be a link between the body clock that regulates sleep and being a female or a male? Yes, according to an original study conducted by Dr. Diane B. Boivin of ϲ University’s Department of Psychiatry and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.</p> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:25:23 +0000 ϲ University Campus-wide consultation launched on sexual-violence policy /newsroom/node/26158 <div><span>Sexual violence on campus is a matter of preeminent importance, meriting a clear response and commitment to action. The adoption of a university policy and protocol is a significant step in ensuring a safe campus environment for all members of the ϲ community. </span></div> <div> </div> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:10:12 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University welcomes Martine Alfonso as Interim President and Executive Director of the ϲ University Health Centre (MUHC). /newsroom/node/26153 <p>In the context of the MUHC’s <a href="">recent announcement</a> regarding Ms. Alfonso’s appointment and the MUHC’s strategic direction, ϲ University is very supportive of any proposal that has as its primary goals to improve patient care and strengthen the academic mission in its affiliated health network.</p> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:39:23 +0000 ϲ University Critical information missing in fight to save wildlife /newsroom/node/26132 <p><span>With global temperatures continuing to rise at an alarming rate, predictions for the impact of climate change on plants and wildlife must improve to give scientists a clearer picture of which species are most at risk of extinction.</span></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:52:33 +0000 ϲ University Mammals, spiny plants and the savanna story /newsroom/node/26130 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>The evolution and distribution of spiny plants holds clue to spread of African savanna</em></p> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:25:18 +0000 ϲ University Medication against schizophrenia inhibits pancreatic cancer /newsroom/node/26128 <p>A receptor for the dopamine neurotransmitter promotes growth and spread of pancreatic cancer -- and schizophrenia drugs, which block the function of this receptor, slowed tumor growth and metastatic spread in mice, according to researchers at ϲ University and the German Cancer Research Center.</p> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 13:22:40 +0000 ϲ University Aerosol emissions in East Asia driven by consumption in developed countries /newsroom/node/26126 <p>Much of the influence on climate from air pollution in East Asia is driven by consumption in the developed countries of Western Europe and North America, according to research co-led by ϲ University atmospheric scientist Yi Huang.</p> <p><span>In a paper published online this week in <em>Nature Geoscience,</em> Huang and colleagues from China, the U.S. and U.K. report that international trade shifts the climate impacts of aerosols -- solid or liquid particles suspended in air -- from net consuming countries to net producing countries.</span></p> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:44:07 +0000 ϲ University ϲ maintains its position as top Canadian university in QS rankings /newsroom/node/26125 <p><span>ϲ remains Canada’s top university according to the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, which were released yesterday.</span></p> <p><span>ϲ University is ranked 30th globally, among the almost 1,000 universities surveyed for the annual report. ϲ has been ranked as the top Canadian university for eleven of the thirteen years that the QS/THE rankings have been published, apart from in 2013 and 2014.</span></p> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 18:50:38 +0000 ϲ University ϲ wins $84 million grant for neuroscience /newsroom/node/26115 <p>ϲ University will launch an ambitious effort to advance understanding of the human brain and ease the burden of neurological and mental-health disorders, thanks to an $84 million, seven-year grant announced today under the federal government's <strong>Canada First Excellence Research Fund (CFREF)</strong>.</p> <p>The program, <strong>Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives</strong>, will build on ϲ's leading position in neuroscience to make the university a global hub for brain research – one of the major frontiers for 21st century medicine.</p> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:59:44 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University moving forward with Faculty of Medicine satellite medical campus in Outaouais /newsroom/node/26123 <p><span>The funding, announced by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, who was joined by Minister of Health and Social Services Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Higher Education Hélène David and Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the Outaouais region Stéphanie Vallée, is earmarked to develop the operational plan for the ϲ satellite medical campus and to break ground on construction of the required infrastructure.</span></p> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:15:39 +0000 ϲ University Seeing Evolution in Fast Motion /newsroom/node/26121 <p><span>A new outdoor laboratory will serve as a facility for studying the effects on our lakes of climate change and chemicals commonly used in Quebec. It features a series of 96 experimental ponds containing 1,000 litres of water from Lac Hertel on ϲ University’s Gault Nature Reserve in Mont St. Hilaire. This network of ponds, named LEAP (Large Experimental Array of Ponds), was opened on September 2, 2016.</span> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 18:01:44 +0000 ϲ University Ferring Canada Donates $2 Million to ϲ University /newsroom/node/26119 <p>TORONTO – September 1, 2016 – Ferring Canada, a subsidiary of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, is proud to announce a $2 million donation to ϲ University in Montreal, Canada that will be used to create fellowships in health and health leadership, and to finance environmental research in the Canadian Arctic.</p> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:49:54 +0000 ϲ University Gaming for gut research /newsroom/node/26117 <p><span>You may not think of yourself in this way – but in some ways your body is just a host for hundreds of trillions of microbes (including bacteria) that colonize us in fairly unique combinations in our guts, inside our various orifices and on the surface of our skin. These tiny creatures are essential to our survival – we couldn’t digest anything without them, for instance.</span> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:16:40 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University, in partnership with CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG, becomes FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence site /newsroom/node/26111 <p>During a ceremony held August 29, 2016 at ϲ University’s Faculty of Medicine, the School of Physical &amp; Occupational Therapy (SPOT), in partnership with CBI-Concordia Physio Sport NDG, was officially recognized as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. Joining the University of British Columbia as one of only two such sites accredited by FIFA in Canada, the primary focus of the Centre will be to educate the soccer community about different aspects of athletic performance from training principles, to nutrition and sport specific skills. </p> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:23:30 +0000 ϲ University Launch of Roddick Roast, ϲ’s Unique Coffee Blend /newsroom/node/26110 <p>On Tuesday, August 30th, at the ϲ a la Carte event, Student Housing and Hospitality Services will launch ϲ’s unique Fairtrade coffee blend. This new coffee will be available across both campuses in all non-branded SHHS food service locations as of August 29th, 2016. The price of the coffee will range from $1.79 to $2.19.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:57:33 +0000 ϲ University Researchers find new role for cannabinoids in vision /newsroom/node/26104 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>Chemicals found to improve low-light vision of tadpoles by sensitizing retinal cells</em></p> <p>A multidisciplinary team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute has improved our understanding of how cannabinoids, the active agent in marijuana, affect vision in vertebrates.</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:38:22 +0000 ϲ University Simulated patient study sheds new light on antibiotic use in India /newsroom/node/26101 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>As a result of the overuse or misus<span>e of antibiotics, antimicrobial resistant superbugs represent an extraordinary threat to global health. This threat is particularly great in India, the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics and the country facing the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the world.</span></em></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:43:10 +0000 ϲ University Students at ϲ receive Canada’s largest STEM scholarship /newsroom/node/26099 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>Universities announce their 2016 Schulich Leader Scholarship winners</em></p> <p>Ontario high school student Abtin Ameri and Mana Moshkforoush of British Columbia have been named ϲ University’s recipients of the prestigious <em>Schulich Leader</em> Scholarships.</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:31:39 +0000 ϲ University ϲ duo named CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars /newsroom/node/26094 <p><b><i>By  James Martin</i></b></p> <p><em>ϲ professors Corinne Maurice and Kieran O’Donnell have been appointed to the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program, a new initiative that helps outstanding early-career researchers develop the leadership and communication skills, and network connections, they’ll need to solve some of our most pressing problems</em></p> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:54:51 +0000 ϲ University Novel therapy holds promise of remission in relapsed patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma /newsroom/node/26092 <p> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:07:14 +0000 ϲ University Gaming camera could aid MS treatment /newsroom/node/26075 <p><a href="/newsroom/"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>3D depth-sensing camera shown to measure walking difficulties</em></p> <p>A commonly used device found in living rooms around the world could be a cheap and effective means of evaluating the walking difficulties of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.</p> <p>The Microsoft Kinect is a 3D depth-sensing camera used in interactive video activities such as tennis and dancing. It can be hooked up to an Xbox gaming console or a Windows computer.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:40:05 +0000 ϲ University Legions of nanorobots target cancerous tumours with precision /newsroom/node/26077 <p> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:10:06 +0000 ϲ University Don’t scan so close to me /newsroom/node/26076 <p><span>What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazzolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”?</span></p> <p><span>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 <strong>Sting</strong>.</span></p> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:35:34 +0000 ϲ University Hot ‘new’ material found to exist in nature /newsroom/node/26070 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>Rare minerals from Siberia found to have same structure as some man-made metal-organic frameworks</em></p> <p>One of the hottest new materials is a class of porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs. These man-made materials were introduced in the 1990s, and researchers around the world are working on ways to use them as molecular sponges for applications such as hydrogen storage, carbon sequestration, or photovoltaics.</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:10:57 +0000 ϲ University DJI and ϲ Go Live with Fish + Forest Project /newsroom/node/26064 <p>DJI is proud to present, together with Canada's ϲ University and Brazil's Federal University of Pará - Altamira Campus, the Fish + Forest Project. Tune in to watch a special livestream from the Amazonian Xingu River in northern Brazil, a home to up to 600 unique species of fish, many found nowhere else, narrated by experts in the river's flora and fauna.You will also have the opportunity to ask questions live on Twitter.</p> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 12:46:03 +0000 ϲ University Dot-drawing with drones /newsroom/node/26057 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>Flying robots could someday help artists create outdoor murals</em></p> <p>You may have heard of plans to use drones for delivering packages, monitoring wildlife, or tracking storms. But painting murals?</p> <p><span>That’s the idea behind a project in Paul Kry’s laboratory at ϲ University’s School of Computer Science. Prof. Kry and a few of his students have teamed up to program tiny drones to create dot drawings – an artistic technique known as stippling.</span></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:17:38 +0000 ϲ University En route for Rio! /newsroom/node/26055 <div><a href="/newsroom/"><em><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></em></a></div> <div> <p><em>Three athletes are among a 23-member entourage of ϲ University students and graduates headed to Rio de Janeiro to serve in an official capacity at the Summer Olympic Games, Aug. 5-21. </em></p></div> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:35:27 +0000 ϲ University Search and rescue in the Arctic /newsroom/node/26045 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>Minimum daily temperature -3 C increases need of search and rescues in Nunavut, affecting culturally valued hunting activities of Inuit</em></p> <p>Search and rescue operations in Nunavut have more than doubled over the past decade. In the communities of the vast northern Canadian territory, it’s commonly felt that climate change is one factor making hunting riskier in the spring and fall. </p> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:55:17 +0000 ϲ University Depression screening in children and adolescents /newsroom/node/26052 <p><a href="/newsroom/"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Researchers find tools inaccurate and advise against routine screening in this age group</em></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:23:23 +0000 ϲ University Adverse effects and incretin-based drugs for diabetes /newsroom/node/26046 <p><a href="/newsroom"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Extensive population-based studies on a popular group of drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes revealed no association with acute pancreatitis, but increased risk of bile duct and gallbladder disease</em></p> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:19:07 +0000 ϲ University ϲ in global top 50 of Nature Index Rising Stars /newsroom/node/26039 <p><a href="/newsroom/"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Ranks first in Canada for increase in high-quality research publications from 2012 to 2015</em></p> <p>ϲ University ranks first in Canada and 37th globally in the <a href="">Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars</a> supplement, which identifies institutions showing the most significant growth in high-quality scientific research publications over the past four years.</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:51:56 +0000 ϲ University Maintaining a healthy heart through bile acids /newsroom/node/26036 <p><a href="/newsroom"><em><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></em></a></p> <p><em>Canadian discovery may soon lead to the prevention of cardiac fibrosis</em></p> <p><span>Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta and ϲ University has opened the door towards the future prevention of cardiac fibrosis—a condition leading to heart failure for which there is currently no treatment.</span></p> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:10:57 +0000 ϲ University Preventable deaths of children with HIV /newsroom/node/26025 <p><a href="/newsroom"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Reducing opportunistic infections such as TB in children with HIV could save both lives and money</em></p> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:28:45 +0000 ϲ University What hibernating toads tell us about climate /newsroom/node/26023 <p><a href="/newsroom"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>24-year study of sp</em><em>ring emergence of Fowler’s Toads creates model for predicting climate-change effects</em></p> <p>The ability to predict when toads come out of hibernation in southern Canada could provide valuable insights into the future effects of climate change on a range of animals and plants.</p> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:15:31 +0000 ϲ University Understanding bone death /newsroom/node/26015 <p><a href="/newsroom"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Researchers discover new genetic mutation linked to osteonecrosis of the hip</em></p> <p><span>Scientists at the Research Institute of ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have discovered a new genetic mutation linked to osteonecrosis of the hip, specifically the femoral head – the spherical-shaped mass at the top of the femur. This breakthrough could allow doctors to identify and treat the disease before symptoms arise and potentially avoid hip replacements.</span></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:36:55 +0000 ϲ University Great performance of Québec researchers at last GAPP /newsroom/node/26013 <p><a href="/newsroom"><em><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></em></a></p> <p><em>Génome Québec is happy to report that Québec has achieved excellent results in the 5th cycle of the Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP).</em></p> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:19:33 +0000 ϲ University Middle-age memory decline a matter of changing focus /newsroom/node/26011 <p><a href="/newsroom"><em><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></em></a></p> <p><em>Research sheds new light on what constitutes healthy aging of the brain</em></p> <p>The inability to remember details, such as the location of objects, begins in early midlife (the 40s) and may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function, according to a study by ϲ University researchers.</p> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:24:07 +0000 ϲ University “Big Data” study discovers earliest sign of Alzheimer’s /newsroom/node/26007 <p><a href="/newsroom"><em><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></em></a></p> <p><em>Research underlines importance of computational power in future neurological breakthrough</em></p> <p>Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital have used a powerful tool to better understand the progression of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD), identifying its first physiological signs.</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:12:54 +0000 ϲ University Dr. Mark Ware, vice-chair of task force on cannabis /newsroom/node/26002 <p>World-renowned pain specialist and medical cannabis researcher Dr. Mark Ware, director of clinical research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of the ϲ University Health Centre (MUHC), has been nominated vice-chair of an important federal task force that will provide guidance to the Canadian government as it prepares to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana in spring 2017.</p> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:54:04 +0000 ϲ University New path of discovery in Parkinson’s disease /newsroom/node/25999 <p><em><b>ϲ Newsroom</b></em></p> <p><em>Neuron cell death may be caused by overactive immune system </em></p> <p>A team of scientists led by Dr. Michel Desjardins from the University of Montreal and Dr. Heidi McBride from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at ϲ University have discovered that two genes associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) are key regulators of the immune system, providing direct evidence linking Parkinson's to autoimmune disease.</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:27:43 +0000 ϲ University $4 million for research on intellectual disabilities /newsroom/node/25995 <p><a href="/newsroom"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Couche-Tard founder gives $4 million to ϲ for groundbreaking research on intellectual disabilities</em></p> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:35:09 +0000 ϲ University Decoding connectivity /newsroom/node/25963 <p><a href="/newsroom"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>It’s all math: How Professor Alan Evans is using cutting-edge statistics to unravel the complexity of brain disorders.</em></p> <p>When Alan Evans was starting out in the 1970s, researchers didn’t ask the boss to foot their bar tab. But that’s exactly what some of the coders in his Montreal Neurological Institute lab recently proposed: a 9-to-5 Saturday hackathon, held in an Irish pub a few blocks from the ϲ University campus.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:25:56 +0000 ϲ University Creation of neuroscience research hub /newsroom/node/25961 <p><a href="/newsroom"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>EMC working with ϲ to support data storage and visualization technologies to help with the NeuroHub project</em></p> <p>The Canadian research team that helped spearhead the international brain-mapping project known as BigBrain is about to get a major boost in its effort to produce sharply higher-resolution brain maps, thanks to technology from EMC Corporation.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:01:25 +0000 ϲ University The impact of night work on our immune system /newsroom/node/25958 <p><a href="/newsroom"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Study reveals the impact of night work</em></p> <p>You cross paths with him at the break of dawn in the corridors of the Metro. He looks bleary-eyed and pallid. This worker’s night shift just ended. His body clocks are out of sync with one another, and, imperceptibly, they’re also out of sync with his environment. In the long run, this night owl could be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular, autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:22:50 +0000 ϲ University New name for ϲ Department of Oncology /newsroom/node/25948 <p><a href="/newsroom/"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Newly named Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology recognizes family’s enduring support</em></p> <p>In recognition of the Bronfman family’s enduring support for oncology programs and research at ϲ University, the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Oncology has been named the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, in honour of one of the family’s major benefactors.</p> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:31:05 +0000 ϲ University New vision, model for genomic and clinical data sharing /newsroom/node/25949 <p><a href="/newsroom/"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:02:38 +0000 ϲ University A molecular on/off switch for antibiotic resistance /newsroom/node/25946 <p><em><a href="/newsroom/"><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></a></em></p> <p><em>Antibiotic resistance represents a major challenge in treating pathogenic bacterial infections.</em></p> <p>Now, researchers at ϲ University have discovered a possible target for fighting back against resistant bacteria.</p> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:11:31 +0000 ϲ University Goodman Cancer Research Gala raises $2.1 million /newsroom/node/25942 <p><a href="/newsroom"><em><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></em></a></p> <p><em>Pioneering research at ϲ’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre gets boost</em></p> <p>The 4th Goodman Cancer Research Gala has raised more than $2.1 million to fund foundational research, more effective diagnostic tools and the development of new treatments and therapies for cancer patients.  The Gala was held on Sunday, June 5 in Montreal, bringing together more than 800 guests in support of ϲ University’s Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre.</p> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:32:04 +0000 ϲ University $17 Million to shape the future of music /newsroom/node/25934 <p><strong><em><a href="/newsroom">​ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong><span> </span></p> <p>This significant investment of public and private support will redefine the future of music research in Canada by transforming the way musicians compose, listen and perform music.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:04:26 +0000 ϲ University Are EEG neurofeedback benefits due to placebo effects? /newsroom/node/25936 <p>Neurofeedback using electroencephalograpy boasts thousands of practitioners and appears to both improve normal brain function and alleviate a wide variety of mental disorders – from anxiety to alcoholism. But after examining the scientific literature and consulting experts in Europe and the U.S., ϲ University researchers Robert Thibault and Amir Raz conclude that clinical improvements from this increasingly popular alternative therapy are due to placebo effects.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:29:41 +0000 ϲ University Podcast: Pedro Valdes-Sosa /newsroom/node/25933 <p><strong><em>By the Media Relations Office, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Spotlight on neurosciences </em></p> <p>Neuroinformatics stands at the intersection of neuroscience and information science. One of the world leaders in this discipline is Prof. Pedro Valdes-Sosa, General Vice-Director for Research of the Cuban Neuroscience Center (CNEURO) which he co-founded in 1990.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:49:13 +0000 ϲ University ‘Baby talk’ can help songbirds learn their tunes /newsroom/node/25902 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>The research has implications for understanding human developmental disorders such as autism</em></p> <p><span>Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light on speech learning and certain developmental disorders in humans, according to a study by ϲ University researchers.</span></p> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:46:05 +0000 ϲ University Impact of minimum wage on child health varies /newsroom/node/25892 <p><a href="/newsroom"><em><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></em></a></p> <p><em>Study of low-, middle-income countries shows increase in minimum wage not always linked to better health</em></p> <p>Raising the minimum wage in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) does not necessarily lead to better health for young children, according to a new study by ϲ University researchers.</p> Fri, 27 May 2016 14:07:10 +0000 ϲ University Great Migration and African-American genomic diversity /newsroom/node/25898 <p><a href="/newsroom"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Study examines genetic data to analyze regional differences in ancestry</em></p> <p><span>A new study of genomic diversity in the U.S. clarifies the role of pre-Civil War admixture and early 20th century transit routes in shaping the migration history and genomic diversity among African-American communities. The research by ϲ University professor Simon Gravel and colleagues, was published May 27 in PLOS Genetics.</span></p> Fri, 27 May 2016 19:04:23 +0000 ϲ University ϲ installs inaugural Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology /newsroom/node/25893 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>ϲ alumnus tagged to boost capacity and discovery in growing field</em></p> <p>Dr. Robert Platt, Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at ϲ University’s Faculty of Medicine was officially announced as the inaugural Albert Boehringer (1<sup>st</sup>) Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology during an event held May 26 at ϲ.</p> Fri, 27 May 2016 14:16:19 +0000 ϲ University Victor Phillip Dahdaleh supports neuroscience research /newsroom/node/25888 <p><a href="/newsroom/"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Gift expands scholarship program at ϲ with $3.5 million gift</em></p> <p><span>$3.5 million gift from ϲ alumnus and long-time university supporter, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh, will make a major contribution to the field of brain research at the University and provide expanded support to the Victor Dahdaleh-Clinton Foundation Scholarship program.  </span></p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:18:53 +0000 ϲ University Why is there no Labor Party in the United States? /newsroom/node/25876 <p><a href="/newsroom"><em><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></em></a></p> <p><em>ϲ Sociologist uses historical data to provide a new take on an old question</em></p> Tue, 24 May 2016 14:02:32 +0000 ϲ University Antidepressants: rise in off-label prescriptions /newsroom/node/25875 <p><strong><em><a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p>Antidepressant use in North America has increased over the last 2 decades. A suspected reason for this trend is that primary care physicians are increasingly prescribing antidepressants for nondepressive indications, including unapproved (off-label) indications that have not been evaluated by regulatory agencies.</p> Tue, 24 May 2016 13:45:21 +0000 ϲ University Your friends have more friends than you do /newsroom/node/25842 <p><em><strong>By Katherine Gombay, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>Research uncovers the inherently hierarchical nature of social media</em></p> Wed, 18 May 2016 14:32:09 +0000 ϲ University Converting cells to burn fat, not store it /newsroom/node/25830 <p><strong><em><a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>ϲ-led discovery could help fight obesity, metabolic disorders</em></p> <p>Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat – a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.</p> Mon, 16 May 2016 13:23:49 +0000 ϲ University Rapid eye movement sleep: keystone of memory formation /newsroom/node/25827 <p><em><strong>By Bruno Geoffroy </strong></em></p> <p>For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase where dreams appear – is directly involved in memory formation.</p> <p><span>Now, a study published in Science by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (ϲ University) and the University of Bern provides evidence that REM sleep does, indeed, play this role – at least in mice.</span></p> Fri, 13 May 2016 15:52:18 +0000 ϲ University New global guidelines for stem cell research /newsroom/node/25822 <p><strong><em><a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Guidance addresses key scientific, ethical, social, and policy challenges raised by new technologies and emerging areas of stem cell discovery and application</em></p> Thu, 12 May 2016 14:09:05 +0000 ϲ University Brain cells that aid appetite control identified /newsroom/node/25820 <p><em><strong><span>By Katherine Gombay, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></span></strong></em></p> <p><em><span>​Discovery opens door to development of new drugs to control weight gain and obesity</span></em></p> <p><span>It’s rare for scientists to get what they describe as “clean” results without spending a lot of time repeating the same experiment over and over again. But when researchers saw the mice they were working with doubling their weight within a month or two, they knew they were on to something.</span></p> Wed, 11 May 2016 14:35:00 +0000 ϲ University Exploring the mathematical universe /newsroom/node/25821 <p>A team of more than 80 mathematicians from 12 countries is charting the terrain of rich, new mathematical worlds, and sharing their discoveries on the Web. The mathematical universe is filled with both familiar and exotic items, many of which are being made available for the first time. The “<a href="">L-functions and Modular Forms Database</a>” abbreviated LMFDB, is an intricate catalog of mathematical objects and the connections between them.</p> Wed, 11 May 2016 20:08:04 +0000 ϲ University Scientists create a new way to categorize music /newsroom/node/25818 <p>A team of scientists from ϲ University, the University of Cambridge, and Stanford Graduate School of Business developed a new method of coding and categorizing music. They found that people’s preference for these musical categories is driven by personality. The researchers say the findings have important implications for industry and health professionals.</p> Tue, 10 May 2016 16:05:05 +0000 ϲ University Gene mutations shown to cause form of HSP /newsroom/node/25816 <p><strong><em>By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital</em></strong></p> <p><em>Discovery will aid development of treatments for this debilitating disease</em></p> <p>Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) have identified novel gene mutations that cause hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a step forward in efforts to treat this debilitating disease.</p> Tue, 10 May 2016 14:15:53 +0000 ϲ University Podcasts: Innovations in global health care /newsroom/node/25807 <p><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/simnovate.jpg" style="width:381px; height:125px" /></p> <p><strong><em>By the ϲ Media Relations Office</em></strong></p> <p><em>The Simnovate Podcasts</em></p> Thu, 05 May 2016 14:56:53 +0000 ϲ University Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis /newsroom/node/25800 <p><em><strong>ϲ University Health Centre</strong></em></p> <p><em>New study reinforces importance of implementing screening in Quebec</em></p> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:27:49 +0000 ϲ University ϲ University joins Global University Leaders Forum /newsroom/node/25798 <p><span>The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of ϲ University, Prof. Suzanne Fortier, has been invited to join the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). This forum acts as an intellectual community within the World Economic Forum to advise its leadership on matters relating to higher education and research, and also serves as a resource for the Forum’s members and constituents.</span></p> Wed, 04 May 2016 13:59:39 +0000 ϲ University Less body fat for toddlers taking vitamin D /newsroom/node/25786 <p><em><strong>By Fergus Grieve, <a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>Supplement given during first year of life critical for muscle-mass development</em></p> <p>A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:01:52 +0000 ϲ University A ‘tropical’ parasitic disease emerges in the Arctic /newsroom/node/25780 <p><em><strong>By Julie Robert, <a href="">ϲ University Health Centre</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>Canadian researchers describe the first outbreak of Cryptosporidium parasite in Nunavik</em></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:31:18 +0000 ϲ University Analyzing the psyche of risky drivers /newsroom/node/25774 <p><strong><em>By Cynthia Lee, <a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Study of repeat drunk drivers, speeding offenders finds distinct behavioural profiles</em></p> <p>Road crashes are the world’s leading cause of preventable death and injury in people under 35, accounting for around 5 million casualties every year. Repeat offenders make a disproportionate contribution to these statistics – and are known for their poor response to education and prevention efforts.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:02:13 +0000 ϲ University Key mechanism identified in brain tumor growth /newsroom/node/25765 <p><em><strong><a href="/newsroom/fr">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>Discovery offers hope for more effective treatments of deadly glioblastomas</em></p> <p>A gene known as OSMR plays a key role in driving the growth of glioblastoma tumors, according to a new study led by a ϲ University researcher and published in the journal <em>Nature Neuroscience</em>.</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:14:36 +0000 ϲ University Increasing cases of anaphylaxis among children /newsroom/node/25756 <p>Anaphylaxis, known to be a sudden and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, seems to be increasing among children, according to a new study led by a team at the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). The findings, published this week in the <em>Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology</em> (JACI), reveal that the percentage of emergency department (ED) visits due to anaphylaxis doubled over a four-year period based on data collected from the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC (MCH-MUHC).</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:25:09 +0000 ϲ University Brighter prospects for chronic pain /newsroom/node/25747 <p><span>The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication was made more apparent thanks to research conducted by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of ϲ University and the ϲ University Health Centre.</span></p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:20:57 +0000 ϲ University Alzheimer’s disease : It takes two (proteins) to tango /newsroom/node/25746 <p>For years, neuroscientists have puzzled over how two abnormal proteins, called amyloid and tau, accumulate in the brain and damage it to cause Alzheimer's disease (AD). Which one is the driving force behind dementia? The answer: both of them, according to a new study by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:20:26 +0000 ϲ University Spring 2016 honorary degree recipients /newsroom/node/25742 <p><b><i>By Katherine Gombay, <a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></i></b></p> <p><em>Fourteen outstanding individuals will inspire and encourage ϲ University’s graduating class of 2016, as they receive honorary degrees during spring convocation ceremonies. </em></p> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:50:45 +0000 ϲ University Isabelle Daunais Wins 2016 Killam Prize in Humanities /newsroom/node/25732 <p><em><strong>By Kathryn Jezer-Morton</strong></em></p> <p><em>Three of the six Killam Research Fellows also teach at ϲ</em></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:56:24 +0000 ϲ University $1.2 M for ϲ from CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund /newsroom/node/25730 <p><strong><em><a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>To support six research projects in fields from neuroscience to food safety and Arctic ecosystems</em></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:34:05 +0000 ϲ University ϲ gets $1.65 M from NSERC for training project /newsroom/node/25719 <p><a href="/newsroom"><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>CREATE project to prepare graduates for high-skills work in surgical-devices industry</em></p> <p>A team led by ϲ University professor Jake Barralet will receive $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to provide nearly 90 students with cross-disciplinary training to prepare them for high-skill jobs in the surgical devices industry.</p> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:59:10 +0000 ϲ University How depression may compound risk of type 2 diabetes /newsroom/node/25701 <p><strong><em>By Fergus Grieve, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Depression, metabolic factors combine to boost risk of developing diabetes, study finds </em></p> <p>Depression may compound the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people with early warning signs of metabolic disease, according to researchers from ϲ University, l'Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the University of Calgary.</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:27:45 +0000 ϲ University Skin tests useless in predicting antibiotic allergies /newsroom/node/25692 <p><a href=""><b><i>ϲ University Health Centre</i></b></a></p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:02:25 +0000 ϲ University HIV target shows surprising resistance /newsroom/node/25686 <p><b><i>By Tod Hoffman, <a href="">Lady Davis Institute </a></i></b></p> <p><i>Research reveals that even a tiny mutation can allow the HIV virus to become resistant to therapies using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing platform</i></p> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:31:31 +0000 ϲ University A new discovery in the human auditory system /newsroom/node/25663 <p><strong><em>By Shawn Hayward, <a href="/neuro/">Montreal Neurological Institute</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Discovery will inform further research into hearing disorders and brain training</em></p> <p>Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at ϲ University have made an important discovery about the human auditory system and how to study it, findings that could lead to better testing and diagnosis of hearing-related disorders.</p> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:14:13 +0000 ϲ University Small increases in sleep improve grades /newsroom/node/25645 <p><strong><em>By Cynthia Lee, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>​Family and community involvement key in empowering students to make healthier choices regarding their sleep</em></p> <p>Elementary school-age children who improved their sleep habits also improved in their academic performance, according to a study by researchers at ϲ University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in partnership with the Riverside School Board in Montreal.</p> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 14:59:05 +0000 ϲ University Exec. Director of ϲ Athletics and Recreation named /newsroom/node/25646 <p>Marc Gélinas, a former Pittsburgh Pirate pitching prospect and a ϲ alum with strong sports leadership background at both federal and provincial levels, has been appointed the new Executive Director of ϲ Athletics and Recreation, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) Ollivier Dyens announced on Monday, April 4.</p> <p><span>Marc Gélinas brings over twenty years of sports leadership experience to his new role . With both undergraduate and graduate degrees from ϲ, Gélinas comes to ϲ from the Institut national du sport (INS) du Québec.</span></p> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 15:57:58 +0000 ϲ University RI-MUHC leads innovative network to support children /newsroom/node/25591 <p><strong><em><a href="">ϲ University Health Centre</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>RI-MUHC will lead an innovative pan-Canadian network that aims to improve life outcomes for children with brain-based development disabilities</em></p> <p><a href=""><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/video_9.jpg" style="height:453px; width:715px" /></a></p> <p><em>RI-MUHC will lead an innovative pan-Canadian network that aims to improve life outcomes for children with brain-based development disabilities</em></p> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:59:47 +0000 ϲ University Link between diabetes drug and bladder cancer confirmed /newsroom/node/25589 <p><strong><em><a href="">Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research</a></em></strong><strong><em><a href=""> </a></em></strong></p> <p><em>A study conducted at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital revealed that pioglitazone is associated with a risk of bladder cancer that increases with duration of use and dosage.</em></p> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:55:49 +0000 ϲ University Longer maternity leave linked to better infant health /newsroom/node/25581 <p><em><strong><a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>ϲ, UCLA study of low- and middle-income countries shows paid maternity leave policies could help prevent infant deaths</em></p> <p>For each additional month of paid maternity leave offered in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), infant mortality is reduced by 13%, according to a new study by researchers from ϲ University and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.</p> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:42:08 +0000 ϲ University Harmonizing ethics review for international research /newsroom/node/25571 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>​Policy experts advocate mutual recognition for reviews of data-intensive international research</em></p> <p>Genomic research holds great potential to advance human health and medicine. But for the millions of data points now being collected through large-scale sequencing efforts to be truly valuable, they must be analyzed in aggregate and shared across institutions and jurisdictions. This raises many challenges, including navigation of complex ethics-approval processes at multiple sites and in multiple jurisdictions.</p> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:19:05 +0000 ϲ University No increased heart failure with incretin-based drugs /newsroom/node/25548 <p><strong><em>ϲ Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>Canadian drug safety network provides reassuring evidence regarding risk of heart failure of anti-diabetes medications</em></p> <p>Incretin-based drugs, a type of medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, do not increase the risk of being hospitalized for heart failure relative to commonly used combinations of oral anti-diabetic drugs, according to a new study published in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>.</p> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:49:58 +0000 ϲ University New Quebec budget includes $1M for agrifood innovation /newsroom/node/25547 <p><strong><em><a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Quebec’s recently unveiled provincial budget includes one new line-item that means a lot for ϲ research.</em></p> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 19:42:19 +0000 ϲ University City birds are smarter than country birds /newsroom/node/25518 <p><strong><em>By Cynthia Lee, <a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Life in the city changes cognition, behavior and physiology of birds to their advantage</em></p> <p>Birds living in urban environments are smarter than birds from rural environments.</p> <p>But, why do city birds have the edge over their country friends? They adapted to their urban environments enabling them to exploit new resources more favorably than their rural counterparts, say a team of all-ϲ University researchers.</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:52:28 +0000 ϲ University Winds hide Atlantic variability from Europe’s winters /newsroom/node/25498 <p><em><strong>By Chris Chipello, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>Study reveals how wind patterns change along with sea-surface temperatures</em></p> <p>Shifting winds may explain why long-term fluctuations in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures have no apparent influence on Europe’s wintertime temperatures. <span>The findings, published in </span><em>Nature Communications</em><span>, could also have implications for how Europe’s climate will evolve amid global warming.</span></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:43:07 +0000 ϲ University Global shift in farmed fish feed raises new questions /newsroom/node/25497 <p><strong><em>By Cynthia Lee, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>A move toward plant-based feeds alters the environmental footprint of farm-raised seafood, may change levels of healthy fatty acids in these fish</em></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:40:50 +0000 ϲ University Heart attacks could be reduced by rethinking statins /newsroom/node/25494 <p><strong><em>By Julie Robert, <a href="">ϲ University Health Centre</a></em></strong></p> <p>Millions of people today take statins to help lower their cholesterol level.</p> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:59:33 +0000 ϲ University Teens test their smarts in the Brain Bee /newsroom/node/25465 <p><strong><em>By Maya-Olivia Eyssen, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital</em></strong></p> <p>Montreal high school students to take part in brain quiz.</p> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:48:38 +0000 ϲ University "Smart soles" help patients recover from a broken hip /newsroom/node/25439 <p><em><strong>By Julie Robert, <a href="">ϲ University Health Centre</a></strong></em></p> <p>Hip fractures are one of the most common injuries sustained by the elderly population following a fall.</p> Fri, 04 Mar 2016 17:35:11 +0000 ϲ University Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat /newsroom/node/25420 <p><em><strong>By Chris Chipello, </strong><a href="/newsroom"><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></a></em></p> <p><em>Astronomers for the first time detect repeat ‘fast radio bursts’ from same sky location</em></p> <p>Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. <span>The findings indicate that these “fast radio bursts” come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under a minute.</span></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:03:23 +0000 ϲ University $2.4M from NSERC for five ϲ researchers /newsroom/node/25415 <p><em><strong>By Katherine Gombay, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p>ϲ is proud to announce that five researchers have been awarded over $2.4 million in NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for 2016.</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:37:30 +0000 ϲ University From backyard pool chemical to nanomaterial /newsroom/node/25406 <p><b><i>By Chris Chipello, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></i></b></p> <p>Could a cheap molecule used to disinfect swimming pools provide the key to creating a new form of DNA nanomaterials?</p> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:17:13 +0000 ϲ University Building living, breathing supercomputers /newsroom/node/25398 <p><em><strong><span>By Katherine Gombay, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></span></strong></em></p> <p>The substance that provides energy to all the cells in our bodies, Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), may also be able to power the next generation of supercomputers.</p> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:48:41 +0000 ϲ University What makes the brain tick so fast? /newsroom/node/25389 <p><em><strong>By Chris Chipello, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p>Surprisingly complex interactions between neurotransmitter receptors and other key proteins help explain the brain’s ability to process information with lightning speed, according to a new study.</p> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:39:34 +0000 ϲ University Diabetes drug found not to cause pancreatic cancer /newsroom/node/25341 <p><em><span><b>By Tod Hoffman, <a href="">Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research</a></b></span></em></p> <p><span>The use of incretin-based drugs is not associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ).</span></p> <p>The research was conducted by the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES), which used the health records of almost 1 million patients with types 2 diabetes.</p> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 19:09:23 +0000 ϲ University The brain gives up more secrets /newsroom/node/25323 <p><em><b>By Julie Robert, <a href="">ϲ University Health Centre</a></b></em></p> <p>A research team, led by the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, has broken new ground in our understanding of the complex functioning of the brain.</p> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:03:15 +0000 ϲ University ϲ alumnus Victor Goldbloom dies at 92 /newsroom/node/25312 <p><em><strong>By Cynthia Lee, <a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p>A distinguished ϲ alumnus, Victor Goldbloom, died Monday night at age 92.</p> <p>A pediatrician by academic training, Goldbloom graduated from ϲ with a BSc in 1944, an MD in 1945 and a DipEd in 1950. In 1992, ϲ presented him with an honorary degree in recognition of his many years of service to Montreal, Quebec and Canadian society.</p> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 20:22:07 +0000 ϲ University Astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi wins top Cdn science prize /newsroom/node/25300 <p><strong><em>By Chris Chipello, </em></strong><em><a href="/newsroom"><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></a></em></p> <p><em>ϲ researchers Elena Bennett and Yasser Gidi also honoured by NSERC</em></p> <p>The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has named ϲ University astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi as this year’s recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, NSERC’s highest honour, in recognition of the excellence and influence of her research contributions.</p> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 17:48:07 +0000 ϲ University Vulnerability to depression linked to noradrenaline /newsroom/node/25292 <p><em><strong>By Bruno Geoffroy, <a href="">Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>First-ever connection between noradrenergic neurons and vulnerability to depression</em></p> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 15:56:32 +0000 ϲ University Same gene can encode proteins with divergent functions /newsroom/node/25278 <p><strong><em>By Cynthia Lee, </em></strong><em><strong><a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p>It’s not unusual for siblings to seem more dissimilar than similar: one becoming a florist, for example, another becoming a flutist, and another becoming a physicist.</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:17:27 +0000 ϲ University ϲ launches Masters of Management in Finance /newsroom/node/25270 <p><em><b>By Leilani Ku, Desautels Faculty of Management at ϲ University</b></em></p> <p>ϲ University’s Desautels Faculty of Management is launching a new twelve-month Masters of Management in Finance (MMF).</p> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:04:31 +0000 ϲ University Common gene variant influences food choices /newsroom/node/25248 <p><strong><em>By Katherine Gombay, </em></strong><em><a href="/newsroom"><strong>ϲ Newsroom</strong></a></em></p> <p>If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity.</p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:12:19 +0000 ϲ University 25 Canada Research Chairs for ϲ /newsroom/node/25262 <p>Twenty-five outstanding ϲ researchers are being awarded Canada Research Chairs (CRC), as announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, at the University of British Columbia.</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:41:45 +0000 ϲ University Find a partner who marches to the beat of your own drum /newsroom/node/25221 <p><strong><em>By Cynthia Lee</em></strong></p> <p><a href="/newsroom/"><strong>Newsroom</strong></a></p> <p>Everyone marches to the beat of their own drum: From walking to talking to producing music, different people’s movements occur at different speeds.</p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:45:11 +0000 ϲ University Suicide: victimized teens more at risk /newsroom/node/25223 <p><span>A new study published in the </span><a href=""><em>Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry</em></a><span> (JAACAP) by the team of Dr Marie-Claude Geoffroy, researcher at the CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (Douglas mental health university institute, ϲ group for suicide studies) and the Sainte-Justine hospital research centre, reports that adolescents chronically victimized during two school years at least, are about five times more at risk of thinking about suicide and six times more at risk of attempting suicide at age 15 </span></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:05:51 +0000 ϲ University Location may be key to effectively controlling pain /newsroom/node/25203 <p><em><strong>By Cynthia Lee</strong></em></p> <p><a href="/newsroom/">Newsroom</a></p> <p>In real estate, location is key. It now seems the same concept holds true when it comes to stopping pain. New research published in <em>Nature Communications</em> indicates that the location of receptors that transmit pain signals<em> is</em> important in how big or small a pain signal will be -- and therefore how effectively drugs can block those signals.</p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:44:57 +0000 ϲ University Anonymous browsing hinders online dating signals /newsroom/node/25218 <p><em><strong><span>By Chris Chipello</span></strong></em></p> <p><strong><span><a href="/newsroom">Newsroom</a> </span></strong></p> <p><span>Big data and the growing popularity of online dating sites may be reshaping a fundamental human activity: finding a mate, or at least a date. Yet a new study in <em>Management Science </em>finds that certain longstanding social norms persist, even online.</span></p> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:51:28 +0000 ϲ University Canada on the Global Stage /newsroom/node/25197 <p><em><strong>By Cynthia Lee</strong></em></p> <p><a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:37:33 +0000 ϲ University Heart attack: Gender matters in predicting outcomes /newsroom/node/25198 <p><strong><a href="/newsroom/">Newsroom</a></strong></p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:10:01 +0000 ϲ University Want to rewire a neuron? You’ve got to take it slow /newsroom/node/25175 <p><em><strong>By Katherine Gombay, </strong></em><em><strong><a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>New technique offers potential to reconnect neurons of people with central nervous system damage</em></p> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:02:11 +0000 ϲ University Chronic pain changes our immune systems /newsroom/node/25165 <p><em><strong>By Cynthia Lee</strong></em><br /> <strong><a href="/newsroom">Newsroom</a></strong></p> <p>Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by ϲ University researchers published in the journal <em>Scientific Reports</em>.  </p> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:04:50 +0000 ϲ University Why do some fish thrive in oil-polluted water? /newsroom/node/25147 <p><strong><em>By Melody Enguix</em></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></p> <p>When scientists from ϲ University learned that some fish were proliferating in rivers and ponds polluted by oil extraction in Southern Trinidad, it caught their attention. They thought they had found a rare example of a species able to adapt to crude oil pollution.</p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:19:43 +0000 ϲ University Leadership: Key to care, retention among nurses /newsroom/node/25145 <p><em><strong>By Cynthia Lee</strong></em></p> <p><a href="/newsroom/"><strong>Newsroom</strong></a></p> <p><span>Nurses faced with abusive managers are more likely to quit. But a recent study by ϲ University and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières researchers finds that the opposite is also true – transformational leadership - a style of management in which employees are encouraged  to work towards a collective goal within a supportive milieu, is linked to nurses’ well-being, and has positive impacts upon job retention.</span></p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:29:27 +0000 ϲ University Word-of-mouth recruitment can help workforce diversity /newsroom/node/25126 <p><em><strong>By Chris Chipello</strong><br /> <strong><a href="/newsroom/">Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p>Word-of-mouth recruitment is the most common way to fill jobs, and management scholars have long thought that this practice contributes to job segregation by gender: women tend to reach out to other women in their networks, and men do likewise.</p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:45:25 +0000 ϲ University Guidelines for human genome editing /newsroom/node/25114 <p><em><strong>By Vincent C. Allaire</strong></em><br /> <a href="/newsroom/"><strong><em>Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/baby_invitro_700x220.jpg" /></p> <p>Human genome editing for both research and therapy is progressing, raising ethical questions among scientists around the world.</p> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:56:57 +0000 ϲ University Fight tumors and infections with targeted drugs /newsroom/node/25106 <p><i>By Cynthia Lee</i></p> <p>Some drug regimens, such as those designed to eliminate tumors, are notorious for nasty side effects. Unwanted symptoms are often the result of medicine going where it’s not needed and harming healthy cells. To minimize this risk, researchers in Quebec have developed nanoparticles that only release a drug when exposed to near-infrared light, which doctors could beam onto a specific site. Their report appears in the <em>Journal of the American Chemical Society</em>.</p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:17:23 +0000 ϲ University Cost burden of Quebec’s carbon market seen as modest /newsroom/node/25104 <p><strong><em>By Chris Chipello, <a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Study by ϲ researchers assesses short-run impacts on households, industries</em></p> <p>The cost burden of Quebec’s carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a ϲ University research team.</p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:57:44 +0000 ϲ University Nearing the limits of life on Earth /newsroom/node/25096 <p><em><strong>By Katherine Gombay, </strong><strong><a href="/newsroom/">ϲ Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>Failure to find active microbes in coldest Antarctic soils has implications for search for life on Mars</em></p> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:11:06 +0000 ϲ University Human sounds convey emotions better than words do /newsroom/node/25070 <p><strong><em>By Katherine Gombay, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Brain uses “older” systems/structures to preferentially process emotion expressed through vocalizations</em></p> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:59:10 +0000 ϲ University 3D images of enzymes may lead to improved antibiotics /newsroom/node/25076 <p><img align="left" p="" src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/thinkstockphotos-503554614.jpg" style="padding-bottom:10px" /></p> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:37:24 +0000 ϲ University Andrew Potter to head the MISC /newsroom/node/25078 <p><span>The ϲ Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) has announced that Andrew Potter, Editor of the Ottawa Citizen, has been appointed to the position of Director of the Institute for a three-year term effective August 2016.</span></p> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:25:42 +0000 ϲ University A ‘printing press’ for nanoparticles /newsroom/node/25060 <p>Gold nanoparticles have unusual optical, electronic and chemical properties, which scientists are seeking to put to use in a range of new technologies, from nanoelectronics to cancer treatments.</p> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:55:23 +0000 ϲ University Overcoming hurdles to Arctic climate change adaptation /newsroom/node/25049 <p><strong><em>By Katherine Gombay, <a href="/newsroom">ϲ Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Arctic peoples inherently able to adapt given changes to various non-climatic factors</em></p> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:03:31 +0000 ϲ University Droughts hit cereal crops harder since 1980s /newsroom/node/25054 <p>Drought and extreme heat events slashed cereal harvests in recent decades by 9% to 10% on average in affected countries – and the impact of these weather disasters was greatest in the developed nations of North America, Europe and Australasia, according to a new study led by researchers from ϲ University and the University of British Columbia.</p> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 18:53:07 +0000 ϲ University Québec Science honours three ϲ discoveries /newsroom/node/25052 <p><em>By Chris Chipello</em></p> <p><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/quebecscience_2.jpg" style="width:690px; height:226px" /></p> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:43:28 +0000 ϲ University $5M for Malaria, Tuberculosis Drug-discovery Research /newsroom/node/25046 <p>University of Toronto and ϲ University scientists are leading an international partnership to discover new and improved drug treatments for tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases  -- thanks to a contribution from Merck Canada Inc., as well as an additional $5 million supplement to a grant from the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation. The new funding brings the total investment from the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation to nearly US $12 million since 2012.</p> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:34:42 +0000 ϲ University Divorce: on the decline in sub-Saharan Africa /newsroom/node/25040 <p><span>With education, employment and income levels all rising for women in sub-Saharan Africa, many observers have speculated that divorce rates would follow suit – as they have in much of the developed world.  But a new study by ϲ University researchers finds that divorce rates across 20 African countries over the past 20 years have remained stable or declined.</span></p> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:52:34 +0000 ϲ University What is your memory style? /newsroom/node/25039 <p>Why is it that some people have richly detailed recollection of past experiences (episodic memory), while others tend to remember just the facts without details (semantic memory)?</p> <p>A research team from the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences has shown for the first time that these different ways of experiencing the past are associated with distinct brain connectivity patterns that may be inherent to the individual and suggest a life-long “memory trait”.  </p> <p>The study was recently published online in the journal Cortex.</p> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 21:35:51 +0000 ϲ University Cleaning wounds: saline water trumps soap and water /newsroom/node/25035 <p>Now, an international team of researchers led by McMaster University in collaboration with the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre has found that soap and water is actually less effective than just using saline water.</p> <p>The findings, which were published in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine, </em>could lead to significant cost savings, particularly in developing countries where open fractures are particularly common.</p> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:54:23 +0000 ϲ University Quebec ecology student scoops trio of BES photo prizes /newsroom/node/25030 <p><span>PhD candidate Kiyoko Gotanda captured the award-winning photos on her Canon 7D Mark II camera while on a research trip to Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos in January 2015.</span></p> <p>The Galápagos Islands inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution almost 150 years ago and have since been crucial to evolutionary biology, including to Gotanda’s own research on Darwin’s Galápagos finches. </p> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:55:57 +0000 ϲ University There’s More Than Meets the Eye When Making Choices /newsroom/node/25031 <p>If you’re pondering whether to buy a Galaxy smartphone or an iPhone this holiday season, a part of the brain called the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (PFC) might ultimately determine your choice. Results of a new study by Avinash Vaidya and Dr. Lesley Fellows, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), suggest that this region of the brain plays a critical role in making choices.</p> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:56:35 +0000 ϲ University H. Arnold Steinberg, Chancellor Emeritus (1933-2015) /newsroom/node/25024 <p>Dear members of the ϲ community:</p> <p>It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of H. Arnold Steinberg, ϲ Chancellor Emeritus. Mr. Steinberg died suddenly this morning in Montreal. He was 82 years old.</p> <p>On behalf of the ϲ community, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Professor emerita Blema Steinberg, their three children, Margot, Donna and Adam, and their families.</p> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 22:01:43 +0000 ϲ University Inside ϲ Inside My Head /newsroom/node/25023 <p>« La demande était pas mal corpo au début, » says Alain Farah with a laugh. He is anything but. Farah teaches in the department of French languages and literature at ϲ. He’s also the author of a novel called Pourquoi Bologne that came out in French in 2013 and appeared in English in 2015 under the title Ravenscrag. The work tells a fractured, spinning kind of story about a writer called Alain Farah who works at ϲ in 1962 and in 2012. In the novel, there are episodes, both in 1962 and 2012, where the character Alain Farah wanders around the ϲ campus, clearly in bad shape.</p> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 21:32:27 +0000 ϲ University Could metal particles be the clean fuel of the future? /newsroom/node/25013 <p><a href="/newsroom/files/newsroom/bergthorson1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/bergthorson1.jpg" /></a></p> <p>Can you imagine a future where your car is fueled by iron powder instead of gasoline?</p> <p>Metal powders, produced using clean primary energy sources, could provide a more viable long-term replacement for fossil fuels than other widely discussed alternatives, such as hydrogen, biofuels or batteries, according to a study in the Dec. 15 issue of the journal <em>Applied Energy</em>.</p> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 21:44:35 +0000 ϲ University Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play /newsroom/node/25007 <p>Lottery tickets are fun-filled and exciting presents, but they are not suitable gifts for minors.  Studies suggest that gambling is a popular yet risky activity among youth. Additionally, researchers have reported a correlation between age of gambling onset and problem gambling later in life. Lottery play is sometimes an initial introduction to gambling activities for minors.</p> Sat, 05 Dec 2015 07:40:55 +0000 ϲ University Treatment for dry eye disease based on ϲ research /newsroom/node/24961 <p><span>The discovery that tavilermide  induces the production of mucin, a crucial lubricant in tears, offers hope of relief to people who suffer from chronic dry eye disease. The invention and the development of a drug based on this small molecule was made by the team of Dr. H. Uri Saragovi, Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital and Professor of Pharmacology at ϲ University.</span></p> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:35:16 +0000 ϲ University First language wires brain for later language-learning /newsroom/node/24955 <p>Research also demonstrates brain's plasticity and ability to adapt to new language environments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:35:58 +0000 ϲ University Improving health, one step at a time /newsroom/node/24906 <p>It may be surprising, but Canadians who live in densely-populated areas where stores, banks, schools and other services are close by do not walk as much as they should. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:25:19 +0000 ϲ University How can I tell if they're lying? /newsroom/node/24861 <p>​<span>Sarcasm, white lies and teasing can be difficult to identify for those with certain disorders – new video inventory developed at ϲ may help</span></p> <p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:30:00 +0000 ϲ University Suzanne Fortier calls for fostering young entrepreneurs /newsroom/node/24892 <p>University head urges Montreal business leaders to help students fulfill their entrepreneurial ambitions Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:18:27 +0000 ϲ University Clinical Trial for Type 1 Diabetes Begins at JGH, MUHC /newsroom/node/24887 <p>Landmark Clinical Trial of a Novel Combination Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes Begins at Jewish General Hospital and ϲ University Health Centre Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:34:56 +0000 ϲ University ϲ announces 2015 Bloomberg Manulife Prize winner /newsroom/node/24871 <p>$50,000 research award to promote active health goes to Dr. Lora Giangregorio, whose work has led to the development of internationally endorsed exercise guidelines for osteoporosis, and tools for physicians, physiotherapists and patients  Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:25:00 +0000 ϲ University Youth violence on a global scale /newsroom/node/24796 <p>Most comprehensive look at youth violence on a global scale Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:38:47 +0000 ϲ University City of Montréal partners with the CIRM /newsroom/node/24792 <p>On the occasion of the first anniversary of the <em>Je fais MTL</em> event, ϲ University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM), the <em>Je fais MTL</em> Office and the Montréal, Smart and Digital City Office today announced a new association that will enable the City of Montréal to expand on the possibilities offered by the<a href=""></a> interactive platform, which features 181 projects overseen by the<em> Je fais MTL</em> movement</p> <p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:14:27 +0000 ϲ University Impact of climate change on the Pike River watershed /newsroom/node/24775 <p>Models provide researchers with a view to the future, allowing stakeholders the opportunity to adapt to the effects of climate change Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:30:25 +0000 ϲ University Top award for spinal cord injury research /newsroom/node/24763 <p>Innovative research aims to improve the quality of life for those living with spinal cord injuries Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:21:45 +0000 ϲ University Statement: Principal Fortier on situation in Paris /newsroom/node/24732 <p>Comme vous tous, je suis profondément choquée et attristée par les événements survenus en France ce soir. Nos pensées vont à nos étudiants français, à leurs familles et amis, ainsi qu’aux étudiants de ϲ qui sont actuellement en France. Nous offrons nos condoléances au peuple français et à tous ceux qui ont perdu des proches dans cette terrible tragédie. Si vous êtes touchés directement par ces événements, que vous soyez étudiant, professeur ou membre du personnel, sachez que l’Université peut vous offrir du soutien.<br />  <br /></p> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 01:49:23 +0000 ϲ University Parkinson’s disease: A new tool for diagnosis /newsroom/node/24722 <p><span>The results of their study, published in the journal </span><em>Movement Disorders</em><span>, could also have a major impact on the quality of research on Parkinson’s disease.</span></p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:34:15 +0000 ϲ University Computer accurately predicts Scotiabank Giller winner /newsroom/node/24703 <p>But then the human intervened...</p> <p> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:36:40 +0000 ϲ University Geophysics could slow Antarctic ice retreat /newsroom/node/24688 <p> Gravitational effects, variations in Earth structure could damp rise in global sea levels Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:17:50 +0000 ϲ University Black women in Canada: higher risk of preterm births /newsroom/node/24671 <p><em>Similar to relative disparities in the United States, although rates lower among both racial groups in Canada</em> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:46:16 +0000 ϲ University Climate change adaptation in high income countries /newsroom/node/24672 <p><em>ϲ-led team developing new ways of tracking adaptation</em> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:19:01 +0000 ϲ University Climate change adaption: a global snapshot /newsroom/node/24674 <p>A ϲ University-led group of researchers (<a href="">TRAC3</a>) are looking at whether progress is being made in designing initiatives and policies to reduce vulnerability to climate change across countries. Their aim is to contribute new ways of monitoring the global climate adaptation process. Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:51:38 +0000 ϲ University No more ‘sugar-coating’ on invasive fungus /newsroom/node/24599 <p>There are believed to be around 1.5 million different species of fungus on Earth, but one mold, known as <em>Aspergillus fumigatus</em>, causes the majority of cases of invasive aspergillosis – a devastating illness that kills 90 per cent of patients with weakened immune systems or lung diseases. Thu, 05 Nov 2015 20:51:24 +0000 ϲ University New Trudeau cabinet welcomed /newsroom/node/24596 <p> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 18:31:15 +0000 ϲ University The Guardians wins Cundill Prize /newsroom/node/24591 <p><span>The winner of the 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at ϲ was announced last night at a gala awards dinner held in Toronto. Now in its eighth year, the Cundill Prize is the world’s most lucrative international award for a nonfiction book.  </span><em>The Guardians</em><span> took home the top prize of US$75,000. </span></p> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:57:27 +0000 ϲ University BEWARE: off-label prescription drug use /newsroom/node/24590 <p>A new study led by researchers in Canada sheds light on the effects of off-label use of prescription drugs with the first-ever investigation in adult populations. Mon, 02 Nov 2015 21:46:26 +0000 ϲ University ϲ tops Maclean’s 2016 Medical Doctoral ranking /newsroom/node/24578 <p><span>ϲ once again ranked first in the “medical-doctoral” category in student awards; budget spent on scholarships and bursaries; and social-sciences and humanities grants, relative to faculty size. </span></p> <p> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:53:46 +0000 ϲ University ϲ launches centre for space research /newsroom/node/24576 <p>$1 million donation from Trottier Family Foundation to fund ϲ Space Institute fellowships Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:30:06 +0000 ϲ University Our head movements convey emotions /newsroom/node/24572 <p>Head movements play an important role in conveying emotions through speech and music. Let your head do the talking. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:46:19 +0000 ϲ University $3.4 million gift from Dr. Yan P. Lin for new centre /newsroom/node/24574 <p>A $3.4 million gift from ϲ alumnus and long-time university supporter, Dr. Yan P. Lin, PhD’92, will establish an innovative interdisciplinary centre to explore the history and development of the fundamental ideas, systems and institutions which govern our lives.</p> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:24:59 +0000 ϲ University New hope for treatment of multiple sclerosis /newsroom/node/24570 <p>A new study led by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of ϲ University and the MUHC, gets closer to identifying the mechanisms responsible for multiple sclerosis and makes headway in the search for better treatments. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:26:38 +0000 ϲ University How parasites take a bigger bite /newsroom/node/24568 <p>Discovery explains how Leishmania parasite boosts its infection Fri, 23 Oct 2015 19:48:44 +0000 ϲ University Two distinguished alumni to receive honorary degrees /newsroom/node/24554 <p>Brodhead, Stoddart to be recognized for contributions in fields of international development, human rights Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:40:47 +0000 ϲ University New vision, new name for health care simulation /newsroom/node/24552 <p>ϲ University announced today a new name and vision that will position the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning at the forefront of simulated training in the health sciences. Thanks to a $7.5 million gift from Arnold and Blema Steinberg, the Centre will be expanding its facilities, enhancing its technologies and broadening its scope of activities.</p> <p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 19:02:24 +0000 ϲ University A new way to starve lung cancer? /newsroom/node/24547 <p>Preventing cancer cells from growing by understanding what they 'eat'. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 18:20:00 +0000 ϲ University Principal congratulates PM-designate Justin Trudeau /newsroom/node/24550 <p><span>Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of ϲ University, extends her congratulations to Mr. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada for the results of the 2015 Canadian federal election.</span></p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 03:12:47 +0000 ϲ University What’s behind your thirst? /newsroom/node/24538 <p>Discovery advances our understanding of how our brain controls body hydration and temperature Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:29:22 +0000 ϲ University Cancer research plagued by poor study design /newsroom/node/24536 <p>Badly designed studies may lead to the efficacy of drugs being overestimated and money being wasted on trials that prove fruitless, according to a new study from ϲ University in Canada.</p> <p> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:41:04 +0000 ϲ University Different types of child abuse: similar consequences /newsroom/node/24532 <p>Emotional abuse may be as harmful as physical abuse and neglect. This finding led by a team of researchers at ϲ University complements previous imaging research showing that emotional and physical pain both activate the same parts of the brain.</p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:43:50 +0000 ϲ University The father effect /newsroom/node/24525 <p>Discovery of how environmental memories may be transmitted from a man to his grandchildren Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:17:20 +0000 ϲ University National research network set on venous thromboembolism /newsroom/node/24523 <p><strong>WORLD THROMBOSIS DAY – OCTOBER 13, 2015 </strong></p> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:01:33 +0000 ϲ University American Placebo /newsroom/node/24521 <p>A new study finds that rising placebo responses may play a part in the increasingly high failure rate for clinical trials of drugs designed to control chronic pain caused by nerve damage. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:16:40 +0000 ϲ University Expectant dads get depressed too /newsroom/node/24516 <p>Transition to parenthood can be a difficult life event. It can have an impact on both parents and on the long-term development of the child. While mother’s "baby blues" have been widely investigated, little research has been conducted on antenatal paternal depression. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:26:30 +0000 ϲ University 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature finalists /newsroom/node/24512 <p> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:11:18 +0000 ϲ University Better donor-recipient match with genomics /newsroom/node/24510 <p>It is all about finding the right person. More than 20,000 organ transplants have been performed in Canada over the last 10 years and routinely extend lives. But sometimes the recipient’s immune system recognizes the new organ as foreign and rejects it, which can lead to serious complications. Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:42:31 +0000 ϲ University The media love men… bad news for women /newsroom/node/24509 <p align="center"> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:36:23 +0000 ϲ University Wrangling proteins gone wild /newsroom/node/24493 <p> </p> <p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:44:18 +0000 ϲ University Medical cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain /newsroom/node/24498 <p><span>“This is the first and largest study of the long term safety of medical cannabis use by patients suffering from chronic pain ever conducted,” says lead author, Dr. Ware, pain specialist at the Montreal General Hospital of the MUHC and associate professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at ϲ University. “We found that medical cannabis, when used by patients who are experienced users, and as part of a monitored treatment program for chronic pain over one year, appears to have a reasonable safety profile.”</span></p> <p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:13:15 +0000 ϲ University Predicting arrhythmias so as to prevent them /newsroom/node/24451 <p>Researchers have discovered how to predict some cardiac arrhythmias several steps before they even occur. It’s a finding that could lead to an improved cardiac device, with equipment designed to detect when arrhythmias are about to occur and then act to prevent them. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:54:13 +0000 ϲ University The future of the Royal Victoria Hospital /newsroom/node/24491 <p> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:05:18 +0000 ϲ University Shortlist: 2015 Cundill Prize in historical literature /newsroom/node/24487 <p><span>The six books vying for the 2015 Cundill Prize in historical literature were announced today by Professor Hudson Meadwell, Interim Dean of ϲ University’s Faculty of Arts.</span></p> <p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:42:11 +0000 ϲ University Perceived threat: Aboriginals and visible minorities /newsroom/node/24472 <p>Canadian cities that have significant visible minority and Aboriginal populations have bigger police forces than those without. No matter what the actual level of crime. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:27:50 +0000 ϲ University Innate immunity may help limit cancer growth /newsroom/node/24473 <p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:57:55 +0000 ϲ University UK10K genome project examines rare variants, disease /newsroom/node/24470 <p>The largest population genome sequencing effort to date is published today in Nature. Based on data collected by the UK10K project, the study was designed to explore the contribution of rare genetic variants to human disease and its impact on risk factors. Rare genetic variants are changes in DNA that are carried only by relatively few people in a population. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:25:36 +0000 ϲ University Breakthrough in fight against muscle wasting diseases /newsroom/node/24468 <p><span>It is estimated that half of all cancer patients suffer from a muscle wasting syndrome called </span><span>cachexia</span><span>. Cancer cachexia impairs quality of life and response to therapy, which increases morbidity and mortality of cancer patients. Currently, there is no approved treatment for muscle wasting but a new study from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and University of Alberta could be a game changer for patients, improving both quality of life and longevity. The research team discovered a new gene involved in muscle wasting that could be a good target for drug development.</span></p> <p> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:57:45 +0000 ϲ University Novel gene implicated in osteoporosis /newsroom/node/24465 <p> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 14:03:44 +0000 ϲ University NASA Telescopes Find Galaxy Cluster with Vibrant Heart /newsroom/node/24463 <p><span>"Usually, the stars at the centers of galaxy clusters are old and dead, essentially fossils," said Tracy Webb of ϲ University, Montreal, Canada, lead author of a new paper on the findings accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. "But we think the giant galaxy at the center of this cluster is furiously making new stars after merging with a smaller galaxy."</span></p> <p> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 01:00:57 +0000 ϲ University Why aren’t there more lions? /newsroom/node/24448 <p> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:21:10 +0000 ϲ University Choosing to end it all /newsroom/node/24442 <p>Difficulty making good choices is one of the factors that make certain people vulnerable to suicide Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:06:22 +0000 ϲ University Association between low vitamin D and MS /newsroom/node/24435 <p>Low levels of vitamin D significantly increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study led by Dr. Brent Richards of the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, and published in PLOS Medicine. This finding, the result of a sophisticated Mendelian randomization analysis, confirms a long-standing hypothesis that low vitamin D is strongly associated with an increased susceptibility to MS. This connection is independent of other factors associated with low vitamin D levels, such as obesity. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:26:01 +0000 ϲ University Harnessing the butterfly effect /newsroom/node/24417 <p><span>The atmosphere is so unstable that a butterfly flapping its wings can, famously, change the course of weather patterns. The celebrated “butterfly effect” also means that the reliability of weather forecasts drops sharply beyond 10 days.</span></p> <p> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:46:07 +0000 ϲ University ϲ students awarded largest Canadian scholarships /newsroom/node/24415 <p><span>Ontario high school students <strong>Alexander Dean</strong>s and <strong>Aditya Mohan</strong> have been named ϲ University’s most recent recipients of the prestigious </span><em>Schulich Leader</em><span> Scholarships.</span></p> <p> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:10:33 +0000 ϲ University Gestational diabetes: A diabetes predictor in fathers /newsroom/node/24407 <p>In a large study analyzing 20 years of data from Quebec, a team from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has demonstrated that gestational diabetes signals future diabetes risk not only in mothers, but also in fathers. The study was recently published in <em>Diabetes Care</em>.</p> <p> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:58:45 +0000 ϲ University Breakthrough in "marriage-broker" protein /newsroom/node/24405 <p>Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at ϲ University and the ϲ University Health Centre, have made a breakthrough in understanding an important protein that appears to act as a kind of cellular “marriage broker.” The protein called Netrin1 brings cells together and maintains their healthy relationships. Netrin1 plays an essential role in the growth of the human organism, directing cell migration and the formation of cell circuits both at the embryo stage and after birth. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:58:52 +0000 ϲ University Pesticides: more toxic than previously thought? /newsroom/node/24391 <p>Insecticides that are sprayed in orchards and fields across North America may be more toxic to spiders than scientists previously believed. Wed, 05 Aug 2015 18:56:52 +0000 ϲ University The personalities of spiders /newsroom/node/24388 <p>Even jumping spiders have personalities scientists have discovered. A "shy" individual will not make the same choices as a "bold" individual. This means that some individuals, because of their personality type, will capture more prey than others, and will therefore have a larger effect on local ecosystems.</p> <p> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:07:06 +0000 ϲ University Scientists identify key gene associated with addiction /newsroom/node/24381 <p>A new study published in the journal <em>Molecular Psychiatry</em> by a team led by Salah El Mestikawy, Ph.D., researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal), professor at ϲ University and head of research at CNRS INSERM UPMC in Paris, opens the field to new understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying addiction in humans. Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:16:24 +0000 ϲ University Waiting for pleasure /newsroom/node/24379 <p>Researchers at ϲ have clearly identified, for the first time, the specific parts of the brain involved in decisions that call for delayed gratification. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:35:45 +0000 ϲ University Our elegant brain: motor learning in the fast lane /newsroom/node/24378 <p>It takes a surprisingly small cluster of brain cells deep within the cerebellum to learn how to serve a tennis ball, or line up a hockey shot.</p> <p> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:07:19 +0000 ϲ University Study sheds light on the causes of cerebral palsy /newsroom/node/24376 <p>Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common cause of physical disability in children. Every year 140 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy in Quebec. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:15:00 +0000 ϲ University ϲ gets $91.5 mln in CIHR funding /newsroom/node/24365 <p>Researchers from ϲ University and its hospital-affiliated research institutes have been awarded $91.5 million in grants in the latest round of funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).</p> <p> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:27:03 +0000 ϲ University Practice doesn’t always make perfect /newsroom/node/24363 <p>How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain’s capacity to learn suggests there’s more to it than the adage that “practise makes perfect.” A music-training study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at ϲ University and colleagues in Germany found evidence to distinguish the parts of the brain that account for individual talent from the parts that are activated through training. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:23:30 +0000 ϲ University MUHC conducts first islet cell transplant in Quebec /newsroom/node/24350 <p> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:18:45 +0000 ϲ University Are fish getting high on cocaine? /newsroom/node/24346 <p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:38:27 +0000 ϲ University Almost $10 million for salmonella research /newsroom/node/24343 <p><span>Poultry used to be the usual suspect in cases of Salmonella poisoning. Today, however, most outbreaks of the illness come from fruit and vegetables that have become infected when the soil in which they grow is polluted by animal waste or non-potable water. There currently is no method of reducing the growth of Salmonella on such produce.</span></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:37:22 +0000 ϲ University HIV uses the immune system’s own tools to suppress it /newsroom/node/24327 <p>A Canadian research team at the IRCM in Montréal, led by molecular virologist Éric A. Cohen, PhD, made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body’s antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its own regulatory process to evade the host’s first line of defence. This breakthrough was published yesterday in the scientific journal PLoS Pathogens and will be presented at the upcoming IAS 2015 conference in Vancouver. The findings pave the way for future HIV prevention or cure strategies. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:19:43 +0000 ϲ University Light can do more /newsroom/node/24321 <p> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:51:48 +0000 ϲ University Big Data genomics researchers call for cloud support /newsroom/node/24302 <p><span>Today in the journal Nature prominent researchers from Canada, Europe and the U.S. have made a powerful call to major funding agencies, asking them to commit to establishing a global genomic data commons in the cloud that could be easily accessed by authorized researchers worldwide.</span></p> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:39:34 +0000 ϲ University A glimmer of hope for patients with leukodystrophies /newsroom/node/24296 <p> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:01:52 +0000 ϲ University Could black phosphorus be the next silicon? /newsroom/node/24293 <p>As scientists continue to hunt for a material that will make it possible to pack more transistors on a chip, new research from ϲ University and Université de Montréal adds to evidence that black phosphorus could emerge as a strong candidate.</p> <p> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:20:21 +0000 ϲ University Taking the pain out of office work /newsroom/node/24282 <p><a href=";index=2&amp;list=PLfMfJihLOASUU1-PZklsyVXrI1vgVktlw" target="_blank" title="Watch the video on treadmill research"><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/cote_video_treadmill_english.png" style="float:left" /></a></p> <p><span>Office work will become much less of a pain in the neck if Julie Côté has her way. </span></p> <p> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:01:22 +0000 ϲ University How insulin calms brain activity /newsroom/node/24281 <p>Insulin has long been known as the hormone which controls the body’s sugar levels: humans who lack or are insensitive to insulin develop diabetes. Although insulin is also made and released in the brain, its effects there have remained unclear.</p> <p> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:01:01 +0000 ϲ University His and her pain circuitry in the spinal cord /newsroom/node/24277 <p>New research released today in <em>Nature Neuroscience</em> reveals for the first time that pain is processed in male and female mice using different cells. These findings have far-reaching implications for our basic understanding of pain, how we develop the next generation of medications for chronic pain—which is by far the most prevalent human health condition—and the way we execute basic biomedical research using mice.</p> <p> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:59:48 +0000 ϲ University Examining dads’ influence on babies’ health /newsroom/node/24274 <p>“Don’t diss dad” might mean more than making sure not to forget dad on Father’s Day, as researchers look at just how influential environmental exposures and genetic interactions are on dad’s sperm and, as a result, his offspring.</p> <p> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:23:21 +0000 ϲ University Proximity to Bixi stations augments property values /newsroom/node/24266 <p>We know that an extra bedroom, and a metro station nearby will make your house more valuable. Now it turns out that a bike-sharing station nearby will do the same.</p> <p> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:27:49 +0000 ϲ University Principal Suzanne Fortier receives honorary doctorate /newsroom/node/24255 <p> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:53:09 +0000 ϲ University Research recommends further safety evaluation of DINCH /newsroom/node/24256 <p>A commonly used  plasticizer known as DINCH, which is found in products that come into close contact with humans, such as medical devices, children's toys and food packaging, was put under the microscope  by Montreal researchers. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:53:21 +0000 ϲ University New Segal Family Chair in Molecular Oncology /newsroom/node/24253 <p>Last night, Dr. Christoph Borchers was formally installed as the inaugural appointment to the Segal Family Chair in Molecular Oncology at ϲ University. He will carry out his research on clinical proteomics at the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH).<br /> By recruiting Dr. Borchers, who continues to serve as Director of the University of Victoria (UVic) – Genome BC Proteomics Centre, the JGH and ϲ become a central hub for the first pan-Canadian proteomics program. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:47:07 +0000 ϲ University Statement on the death of Jean Doré /newsroom/node/24251 <p>On behalf of ϲ University, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier today extended sincere condolences to the family of former Montreal Mayor Jean Doré, who died Monday at age 70.</p> <p> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:20:19 +0000 ϲ University Has the U.S. turned a corner toward less urban sprawl? /newsroom/node/24229 <p>The urban street network is one of the most permanent features of cities. Once laid down, the pattern of streets determines urban form and the level of sprawl for decades to come. In the U.S., urban sprawl has become an enduring hallmark of the past century. Yet, there are some glimmers of hope. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:19:02 +0000 ϲ University Statement on the death of Jacques Parizeau /newsroom/node/24108 <p> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:46:12 +0000 ϲ University Study on cerebral astrocytes in depression and suicide /newsroom/node/24106 <p> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:20:57 +0000 ϲ University Limiting genetic tests for breast cancer susceptibility /newsroom/node/24104 <p>Screening for genes whose risk association with breast cancer has yet to be proven is not justified and potentially harmful, argue an international team of leading geneticists and oncologists in a paper published this week in the prestigious <em>New England Journal of Medicine.</em></p> <p> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:26:01 +0000 ϲ University Over $100M in research infrastructure support to ϲ /newsroom/node/24096 <p> Fri, 29 May 2015 14:03:57 +0000 ϲ University Cocaine addiction, craving and relapse /newsroom/node/24092 <p> Tue, 26 May 2015 20:07:24 +0000 ϲ University Two new deans for ϲ /newsroom/node/24084 <p> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:10:03 +0000 ϲ University $1 Million donation to Macdonald College Campus /newsroom/node/24085 <p><span>A  $1-million gift from Macdonald College of ϲ University  alumnus  J. William Ritchie, BSc(Agr)'51,  will provide  major  support for ϲ’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in its efforts to open its Macdonald campus to more visitors and provide a unique, hands-on education into the critical role of agriculture in the food supply chain.</span></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:13:54 +0000 ϲ University Towards a better understanding of depression /newsroom/node/24082 <p> Fri, 22 May 2015 13:56:10 +0000 ϲ University Impact of video gaming on the brain /newsroom/node/22558 <p>A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B by the teams of Dr. Gregory West (Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal) and Dr. Véronique Bohbot (Douglas Institute researcher and associate Professor at ϲ University and the Douglas Research Institute of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal) shows that while video game players (VGPs) exhibit more efficient visual attention abilities, they are also much more likely to use navigation strategies that rely on the brain’s reward system (the caudate nucleus) and not the brain’s spatial memory system (the hippocampus). Past research has shown that people who use caudate nucleus-dependent navigation strategies have decreased grey matter and lower functional brain activity in the hippocampus.  Wed, 20 May 2015 16:18:47 +0000 ϲ University CREATE grant to help study environmental change /newsroom/node/22556 <p> Wed, 20 May 2015 15:59:37 +0000 ϲ University Gay pay for straight work /newsroom/node/22525 <p> Wed, 06 May 2015 20:26:36 +0000 ϲ University Quantum physics on tap /newsroom/node/22551 Fri, 15 May 2015 17:35:44 +0000 ϲ University Educating the immune system to prevent allergies /newsroom/node/22546 <p><span>With the arrival of spring, millions of Canadians have begun their annual ritual of sneezing and wheezing due to seasonal allergies. </span><span>A research team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital from the Research Institute of the ϲ University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is bringing them hope with a potential vaccine that nudges the immune response away from developing allergies.</span></p> Thu, 14 May 2015 15:07:50 +0000 ϲ University Baby talk: babies prefer listening to their own kind /newsroom/node/22528 Thu, 07 May 2015 18:27:09 +0000 ϲ University Quebec registry for users of medical cannabis /newsroom/node/22532 Mon, 11 May 2015 14:23:40 +0000 ϲ University Half of Canadians don't have enough savings /newsroom/node/22530 <p> Fri, 08 May 2015 20:37:45 +0000 ϲ University A better way to build DNA scaffolds /newsroom/node/22523 Wed, 06 May 2015 15:29:19 +0000 ϲ University Elizabeth Wirth gives $7.5M to Schulich School of Music /newsroom/node/22511 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:17:10 +0000 ϲ University New breast cancer gene identified /newsroom/node/22489 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:36:48 +0000 ϲ University HPV vaccine shows early benefits in young girls /newsroom/node/22488 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:12:50 +0000 ϲ University Finding the body clock’s molecular reset button /newsroom/node/22486 <p> </p> <p>An international team of scientists has discovered what amounts to a molecular reset button for our internal body clock. Their findings reveal a potential target to treat a range of disorders, from sleep disturbances to other behavioral, cognitive, and metabolic abnormalities, commonly associated with jet lag, shift work and exposure to light at night, as well as with neuropsychiatric conditions such as depression and autism.</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:34:45 +0000 ϲ University UAE Fellowships in Science and Engineering /newsroom/node/22482 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:31:00 +0000 ϲ University Flameproof falcons and hawks /newsroom/node/22469 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:46:38 +0000 ϲ University Arctic beetles may be ideal marker of climate change /newsroom/node/22200 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:54:57 +0000 ϲ University Federal budget 2015 /newsroom/node/22463 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:32:07 +0000 ϲ University Understanding the barrier protecting the brain /newsroom/node/22459 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:03:35 +0000 ϲ University ϲ to award 16 honorary degrees
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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:04:20 +0000 ϲ University Clean ride mapper: Cycling the less polluted routes /newsroom/node/22418 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:55:01 +0000 ϲ University Genetic testing for ovarian cancer patients /newsroom/node/22423 <p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:47:05 +0000 ϲ University Tango could benefit Parkinson's disease patients /newsroom/node/22412 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:00:16 +0000 ϲ University Vicky Kaspi wins 2015 Killam Prize in Natural Sciences /newsroom/node/22406 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:30:07 +0000 ϲ University Four new Canada Research Chairs for ϲ /newsroom/node/22379 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:49:35 +0000 ϲ University Skin cells for research into Parkinson's /newsroom/node/22374 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:19:52 +0000 ϲ University Domestic violence deters contraception /newsroom/node/22352 <p>Domestic violence takes many forms. The control of a woman’s reproductive choices by her partner is one of them. A major study published in PLOS One, led by ϲ PhD student Lauren Maxwell, showed that women who are abused by their partner or ex-partner are much less likely to use contraception; this exposes them to sexually transmitted diseases and leads to more frequent unintended pregnancies and abortions. These findings could influence how physicians provide contraceptive counselling.</p> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:22:39 +0000 ϲ University Another step forward for green chemistry /newsroom/node/22345 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:09:46 +0000 ϲ University Bash brothers of chemistry discover unusual material /newsroom/node/22314 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:00:06 +0000 ϲ University Forest fragmentation threatens biodiversity /newsroom/node/22307 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:48:36 +0000 ϲ University Myths and reality about NCRs /newsroom/node/22290 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:07:28 +0000 ϲ University Training of new doctors jeopardized by Bill 20: Quebec’s four Departments of Family Medicine /newsroom/node/22286 <p align="center"><b><i>Directors propose five solutions to improve access to family physicians Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:41:37 +0000 ϲ University Genetics: no evidence of role in racial mortality gap /newsroom/node/22282 <p style="text-align:left" align="center"><em>Despite numerous genomic studies, evidence for a genetic contribution to cardiovascular disease disparities in blacks versus whites provide little insight Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:01:15 +0000 ϲ University Reducing cancer-related fatigue one step at a time /newsroom/node/22259 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:34:25 +0000 ϲ University Should I Stay or Should I Go? Brain drain versus promoting African development /newsroom/node/22257 <p>Since the 1960s, a number of programs have enabled promising students from developing countries to attend institutions of higher education in the global North with the goal of equipping them to contribute more effectively to development in their own countries. But, how do African scholarship recipients today understand their potential contributions to the development of their home societies? Does this differ among students who study in their home countries, in other African countries, or in the global North? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:03:11 +0000 ϲ University Honey, I shrunk the ants: how environment controls size /newsroom/node/22232 <p>Until now scientists have believed that the variations in traits such as our height, skin colour, tendency to gain weight or not, intelligence, tendency to develop certain diseases, etc., all of them traits that exist along a continuum, were a result of both genetic and environmental factors. But they didn’t know how exactly these things worked together. By studying ants, ϲ researchers have identified a key mechanism by which environmental (or epigenetic) factors influence the expression of all of these traits, (along with many more). Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:18:15 +0000 ϲ University Brain development controlled by epigenetic factor /newsroom/node/22230 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:30:39 +0000 ϲ University Most information in drug development is lost /newsroom/node/22199 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:07:25 +0000 ϲ University $ 41 million to unlock the mysteries of aging /newsroom/node/22218 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:31:33 +0000 ϲ University The science of beaks /newsroom/node/22217 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:50:35 +0000 ϲ University Popular antioxidant likely ineffective, study finds /newsroom/node/22214 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:56:02 +0000 ϲ University $1 million for two ϲ projects /newsroom/node/22204 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:02:14 +0000 ϲ University ϲ congratulates new Minister of Education /newsroom/node/22202 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:39:54 +0000 ϲ University Chairs in social pediatrics to be established /newsroom/node/22196 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:29:40 +0000 ϲ University ‘Blue-green algae’ proliferating in lakes /newsroom/node/22192 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:39:01 +0000 ϲ University Current version of Bill 20 not supported /newsroom/node/22151 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:13:04 +0000 ϲ University Communicating emotions /newsroom/node/22096 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:30:50 +0000 ϲ University Building tailor-made DNA nanotubes step by step /newsroom/node/22136 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:24:00 +0000 ϲ University Epigenetic study tabs genes linked to allergies, asthma /newsroom/node/22123 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:46:20 +0000 ϲ University Can you judge a man by his fingers? /newsroom/node/22102 <p><img src="/newsroom/files/newsroom/thinkstockphotos-533666781_0.jpg" style="height:234px; width:715px" /></p> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:18:26 +0000 ϲ University New hope in the fight against pain /newsroom/node/22092 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:19:52 +0000 ϲ University Student mobility: ϲ supports Quebec-France accord /newsroom/node/22080 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:53:44 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers get $4.7M in NSERC project grants /newsroom/node/22071 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:20:12 +0000 ϲ University Pick a card, any card /newsroom/node/22042 <p>Magicians have astonished audiences for centuries by subtly, yet powerfully, influencing their decisions. But there has been little systematic study of the psychological factors that make magic tricks work.</p> <p> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:12:13 +0000 ϲ University Socioeconomic differences in adolescent health widen /newsroom/node/22033 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:18:13 +0000 ϲ University Invasive Species in the Great Lakes by 2063 /newsroom/node/21976 <p>The Great Lakes have been invaded by more non-native species than any other freshwater ecosystem in the world. In spite of increasing efforts to stem the tide of invasion threats, the lakes remain vulnerable, according to scientists from ϲ University and colleagues in Canada and the United States.  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:01:55 +0000 ϲ University Blame it on your brain: salt and hypertension /newsroom/node/21949 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:00:10 +0000 ϲ University Current nutrition labeling is hard to digest /newsroom/node/21932 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:36:16 +0000 ϲ University Daily quiet time to improve new mothers’ health /newsroom/node/21927 <p>A quiet time scheduled every afternoon could improve the health of newborns and mothers in maternity wards according to researchers at ϲ University.</p> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:06:24 +0000 ϲ University Is it possible to reset our biological clocks? /newsroom/node/21917 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:41:14 +0000 ϲ University Systems crucial to stability of planet compromised /newsroom/node/21899 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:24:06 +0000 ϲ University The secret of empathy /newsroom/node/21891 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:52:33 +0000 ϲ University Isotopic memory of atmospheric persistence /newsroom/node/21853 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:16:52 +0000 ϲ University Genetic discovery about childhood blindness /newsroom/node/21850 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:45:58 +0000 ϲ University Canada’s Largest Fair Trade Conference hosted at ϲ /newsroom/node/21848 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:54:13 +0000 ϲ University New strains of parasites identified /newsroom/node/21839 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:04:08 +0000 ϲ University It’s all in a good night’s sleep /newsroom/node/21826 <p><span>Making sure school-aged kids get to sleep at a regular hour is often a struggle for parents. But a study by researchers at ϲ University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal suggests it’s well worth the effort: the researchers found that a good night’s sleep is linked to better performance in math and languages – subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success.</span></p> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:33:47 +0000 ϲ University Music cuts across cultures /newsroom/node/21785 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 21:40:24 +0000 ϲ University Having a hard time focusing? /newsroom/node/21813 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:05:23 +0000 ϲ University Social equity in urban transportation planning /newsroom/node/21811 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:41:21 +0000 ϲ University Better dam planning strategies /newsroom/node/21809 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:14:11 +0000 ϲ University Québec Science’s top 10 discoveries of 2014 /newsroom/node/21778 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:32:06 +0000 ϲ University Tracking down the origins of the Ebola outbreak /newsroom/node/21777 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:25:51 +0000 ϲ University ϲians named to Order of Canada /newsroom/node/21775 Sat, 27 Dec 2014 18:07:48 +0000 ϲ University What the “fecal prints” of microbes can tell us about E /newsroom/node/21769 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:29:00 +0000 ϲ University TB: avoiding and subverting immunity /newsroom/node/21768 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:44:23 +0000 ϲ University Condolences to family of Michelle Tisseyre /newsroom/node/21766 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:23:38 +0000 ϲ University Modern Greek Studies receives new gift of $1.2-million /newsroom/node/21742 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:36:44 +0000 ϲ University Winner of 2014 Bloomberg Manulife Prize /newsroom/node/21737 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:22:34 +0000 ϲ University Controlling obesity with potato extract /newsroom/node/21726 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:46:50 +0000 ϲ University Tramadol and risk of hospitalization for hypoglycemia /newsroom/node/21721 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:59:20 +0000 ϲ University Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work /newsroom/node/21712 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:55:01 +0000 ϲ University HPV vaccine: teen sexual behaviour not affected /newsroom/node/21711 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:47:50 +0000 ϲ University Sovereignty v. neoliberalism: trial over a treasure /newsroom/node/21703 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:01:40 +0000 ϲ University Possible link between air pollution and breast cancer /newsroom/node/21698 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:42:33 +0000 ϲ University Obesity may shorten life expectancy up to 8 years /newsroom/node/21693 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:09:02 +0000 ϲ University Parasites and the evolution of primate culture /newsroom/node/21683 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:15:13 +0000 ϲ University Social media data pose pitfalls for studying behaviour /newsroom/node/21651 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:46:35 +0000 ϲ University Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment /newsroom/node/21647 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:46:59 +0000 ϲ University Gary Bass' The Blood Telegram wins $75,000 prize /newsroom/node/21585 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:59:45 +0000 ϲ University Antibiotics get a “time-out” /newsroom/node/21553 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:52:37 +0000 ϲ University Top 8 Academic All-Canadian commendation /newsroom/node/21542 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:27:01 +0000 ϲ University ϲ joins movement to create momentum for Montreal /newsroom/node/21531 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:45:06 +0000 ϲ University Total recall: the science behind it /newsroom/node/21529 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:09:48 +0000 ϲ University Mars, too, has macroweather /newsroom/node/21508 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:53:34 +0000 ϲ University Oral cancer-causing HPV transmission /newsroom/node/21453 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:14:26 +0000 ϲ University Canadian Government supports CEIM’s Innovation Project /newsroom/node/21450 <p>The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture) was at <a href="">Centre d'entreprises et d'innovation de Montréal</a> this morning to announce a funding contribution of up to $ 6.2 million over the next five years to support the launch of CEIM’s <i>Québec Innovation </i>project.</p> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:06:43 +0000 ϲ University So, you think you can clap to the beat? /newsroom/node/21444 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:46:14 +0000 ϲ University ϲ's Lasko, Meaney among Prix du Québec winners /newsroom/node/21404 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:23:30 +0000 ϲ University ϲ tops Maclean’s university ranking /newsroom/node/21397 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:58:27 +0000 ϲ University Light shed on genetic architecture of kidney cancer /newsroom/node/21387 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:53:41 +0000 ϲ University Key to aortic valve disease prevention /newsroom/node/21384 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:36:38 +0000 ϲ University Busty & the Bass win CBC Music and TD's #RockYourCampus /newsroom/node/21361 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:11:22 +0000 ϲ University Watching the hidden life of materials /newsroom/node/21357 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:38:58 +0000 ϲ University Corber, Winsor to receive honorary degrees /newsroom/node/21302 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:34:44 +0000 ϲ University New funding to boost mental health research /newsroom/node/21293 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:11:27 +0000 ϲ University Six new Canada Research Chairs for ϲ /newsroom/node/21261 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:47:33 +0000 ϲ University ϲ “walks the talk” of sustainability /newsroom/node/21255 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:29:19 +0000 ϲ University Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize goes to Michael Meaney /newsroom/node/21231 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:21:12 +0000 ϲ University Autism spectrum disorders share common molecular causes /newsroom/node/21236 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:03:16 +0000 ϲ University Bell Let’s Talk donates $1M to U de M, ϲ /newsroom/node/21220 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:27:56 +0000 ϲ University ϲ grad John O’Keefe wins Nobel Prize in medicine /newsroom/node/21207 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:39:12 +0000 ϲ University A link between osteoporosis treatment and breast cancer /newsroom/node/21201 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:22:57 +0000 ϲ University $3 million gift in pharmacoepidemiology /newsroom/node/21194 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:53:08 +0000 ϲ University DNA signature found in ice storm babies /newsroom/node/21174 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:34:40 +0000 ϲ University World-renowned green chemist joining ϲ /newsroom/node/21170 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:20:24 +0000 ϲ University Shortlist: 2014 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature /newsroom/node/21171 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:10:35 +0000 ϲ University Microplastic pollution discovered in St. Lawrence River /newsroom/node/21154 <p>A team of researchers from ϲ University and the Quebec government have discovered microplastics (in the form of polyethylene 'microbeads,' less than 2 mm in diameter) widely distributed across the bottom of the St. Lawrence River, the first time such pollutants have been found in freshwater sediments. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:23:09 +0000 ϲ University Philippe Gros Awarded Royal Society's McLaughlin Medal /newsroom/node/21153 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:56:38 +0000 ϲ University Myriam Denov awarded Trudeau Fellowship /newsroom/node/21148 <p>There are thousands of children born of war-time rape worldwide, but very little is known about their lived experiences and their relationships with their families and communities. Professor Myriam Denov, of ϲ's School of Social work, has been awarded one of Canada's most prestigious research awards to help fill this knowledge gap. Named Sept. 16 as one of three recipients of the Trudeau Foundation’s 2014 Trudeau Fellowships, she hopes to shed light on an “invisible, but resilient” population of children and youth. </p> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:39:43 +0000 ϲ University The “hidden injury” in sports /newsroom/node/21146 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:46:07 +0000 ϲ University Clerk, Pai named to RSC’s College of New Scholars /newsroom/node/21139 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:04:07 +0000 ϲ University Two entering students awarded major scholarship /newsroom/node/21134 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:33:50 +0000 ϲ University ϲ-led projects awarded Brain Canada grants /newsroom/node/21129 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:13:24 +0000 ϲ University Depression drugs linked to failure of dental implants /newsroom/node/21123 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:02:11 +0000 ϲ University Memory and Alzheimer’s: towards a better comprehension /newsroom/node/21092 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:40:42 +0000 ϲ University Mintzberg turns 75 and -- to Twitter /newsroom/node/21077 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:01:25 +0000 ϲ University Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying /newsroom/node/21073 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:00:54 +0000 ϲ University Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050 /newsroom/node/21067 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:23:06 +0000 ϲ University ϲ-led partnership projects receive SSHRC funding /newsroom/node/21063 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:26:21 +0000 ϲ University Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto land /newsroom/node/21059 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:52:18 +0000 ϲ University Black carbon linked to risk of cardiovascular disease /newsroom/node/21046 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:40:53 +0000 ϲ University Jeffrey Mogil awarded Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship /newsroom/node/21042 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:45 +0000 ϲ University Two $ 40,000 scholarships to two outstanding managers /newsroom/node/21025 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:58:49 +0000 ϲ University Important advance in brain mapping and memory /newsroom/node/21017 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:22:06 +0000 ϲ University New DNA analysis technique promises speedier diagnosis /newsroom/node/21005 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:13:46 +0000 ϲ University Life expectancy gap varies between blacks and whites /newsroom/node/21000 <p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:01:40 +0000 ϲ University Global warming ‘pause’ reflects natural fluctuation /newsroom/node/20975 <p>Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research by ϲ physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.</p> <p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:06:18 +0000 ϲ University A breakthrough for organic reactions in water /newsroom/node/20923 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:45:24 +0000 ϲ University New hope for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease /newsroom/node/20968 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:51:02 +0000 ϲ University New treatment for a form of childhood blindness /newsroom/node/20966 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:22:58 +0000 ϲ University Radio-burst discovery deepens astrophysics mystery /newsroom/node/20959 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:01:10 +0000 ϲ University ϲ profs among ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds' /newsroom/node/20955 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:58:18 +0000 ϲ University William Tetley (1927 – 2014) /newsroom/node/20937 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:29:20 +0000 ϲ University ϲians named to Order of Canada /newsroom/node/20934 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:54:55 +0000 ϲ University Damien Silès named Executive Director of QI /newsroom/node/20931 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:24:41 +0000 ϲ University CEIM Innovation Québec shortlisted by Gov. of Canada /newsroom/node/20921 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:02:39 +0000 ϲ University ϲ congratulates Order of Quebec recipients /newsroom/node/20902 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:12:05 +0000 ϲ University Stories that motivate children to be honest /newsroom/node/20890 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:35:16 +0000 ϲ University Death by prescription painkiller /newsroom/node/20889 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:24:26 +0000 ϲ University Study yields important clues to genetics of epilepsy /newsroom/node/20881 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:57:25 +0000 ϲ University Condolences on the death of Professor Ellen Aitken /newsroom/node/20871 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:27:05 +0000 ϲ University Roderick A. Macdonald (1948-2014) /newsroom/node/20864 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:46:49 +0000 ϲ University ϲ Principal receives honorary degree from Carleton /newsroom/node/20852 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:46:19 +0000 ϲ University New permafrost is forming around shrinking Arctic lakes /newsroom/node/20850 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:30:09 +0000 ϲ University A tiny molecule may help battle depression /newsroom/node/20846 Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:09:28 +0000 ϲ University What a 66M-year old forest fire reveals about dinosaurs /newsroom/node/20837 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:31:54 +0000 ϲ University Goodman Cancer Research Gala raises $2.5M for ϲ /newsroom/node/20824 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:33:08 +0000 ϲ University One in four of world’s big cities water-stressed /newsroom/node/20823 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:59:49 +0000 ϲ University Slowing The Insect Invasion /newsroom/node/20809 Wed, 28 May 2014 18:52:36 +0000 ϲ University Melatonin makes old bones stronger /newsroom/node/20789 <p> Mon, 26 May 2014 14:22:56 +0000 ϲ University Cole Foundation gives $700,000 /newsroom/node/20762 Fri, 16 May 2014 17:12:36 +0000 ϲ University ϲ researchers receive $3.3M in federal funding /newsroom/node/20760 Fri, 16 May 2014 14:32:17 +0000 ϲ University Students win international competition /newsroom/node/20756 Thu, 15 May 2014 17:43:03 +0000 ϲ University ϲ participe au 82e Congrès de l’Acfas /newsroom/node/20716 Thu, 08 May 2014 18:36:48 +0000 ϲ University What doesn’t kill you may make you live longer /newsroom/node/20712 Thu, 08 May 2014 15:13:09 +0000 ϲ University Neutron star magnetic fields: not so turbulent? /newsroom/node/20697 Tue, 06 May 2014 14:54:24 +0000 ϲ University Over $3.7M awarded to ϲ researchers /newsroom/node/20681 Thu, 01 May 2014 16:46:15 +0000 ϲ University Like puzzle pieces, 3D genomics offers key to disease /newsroom/node/20672 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:25:37 +0000 ϲ University 14 individuals to receive honorary degree from ϲ /newsroom/node/20667 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:36:11 +0000 ϲ University Prostate cancer treatment: a more effective approach /newsroom/node/20661 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:56:29 +0000 ϲ University The scent of a man /newsroom/node/20655 <p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:07:07 +0000 ϲ University Paying closer attention to attention /newsroom/node/20648 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:05:37 +0000 ϲ University Couillard Cabinet: /newsroom/node/20647 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:33:53 +0000 ϲ University Pain curbs sex drive in female mice, but not in males /newsroom/node/20635 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:09:24 +0000 ϲ University Researchers aim to improve health of children in Ghana /newsroom/node/20626 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:33:26 +0000 ϲ University Antibiotics improve growth in children /newsroom/node/20617 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:55:39 +0000 ϲ University Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation? /newsroom/node/20598 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:24:46 +0000 ϲ University Statement on the death of Mr. Jim Flaherty /newsroom/node/20595 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:58:55 +0000 ϲ University Researchers find that influenza has an Achilles’ Heel /newsroom/node/20588 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:54:11 +0000 ϲ University How our immune system kills abnormal blood cells /newsroom/node/20579 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:58:02 +0000 ϲ University What songbirds tell us about how we learn /newsroom/node/20574 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:43:47 +0000 ϲ University ϲ Principal congratulates Philippe Couillard /newsroom/node/20572 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:01:34 +0000 ϲ University ϲ, a partner for Montreal /newsroom/node/20556 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:57:11 +0000 ϲ University Plugged in but powered down /newsroom/node/19935 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:49:37 +0000 ϲ University Whole-genome sequencing as part of newborn screening? /newsroom/node/19901 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:45:35 +0000 ϲ University Malaysian Airlines: message of condolences /newsroom/node/19892 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:14:57 +0000 ϲ University Making life simpler for control freaks /newsroom/node/19870 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:37:41 +0000 ϲ University How the brain recognizes familiar music /newsroom/node/19839 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:57:37 +0000 ϲ University Tracking eating habits to promote healthier diets /newsroom/node/19833 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:55:37 +0000 ϲ University Truth and Reconciliation Commissions /newsroom/node/19814 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:05:19 +0000 ϲ University No medicinal cannabis for rheumatology patients /newsroom/node/19808 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:55:07 +0000 ϲ University Global warming felt to deepest reaches of ocean /newsroom/node/19779 <p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:30:07 +0000 ϲ University Biodiverse agriculture as part of a food-secure future /newsroom/node/19728 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:28:27 +0000 ϲ University Federal budget: Increased university research funding /newsroom/node/19706 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:49:01 +0000 ϲ University Study untangles divergent U.S. job-tenure patterns /newsroom/node/19688 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 ϲ University NSERC celebrates ϲ research /newsroom/node/19680 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 02:20:06 +0000 ϲ University Does vaccinating one sexual partner benefit the other? /newsroom/node/19671 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:51:29 +0000 ϲ University Glass that bends but doesn’t break /newsroom/node/19662 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:39:27 +0000 ϲ University Diabetes: We are in it together /newsroom/node/19647 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:29:13 +0000 ϲ University When nanotech meets quantum physics in one dimension /newsroom/node/19637 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:10:40 +0000 ϲ University Petrocultures 2014: Oil, Energy, and Canada’s Future /newsroom/node/19618 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:23:16 +0000 ϲ University Nahum Sonenberg awarded prestigious Wolf Prize /newsroom/node/19607 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:34:02 +0000 ϲ University Michael A. Meighen named 19th Chancellor of ϲ
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190 years in the making /newsroom/node/15605 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:00:56 +0000 ϲ University Better weather forecasting – now /newsroom/node/14900 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 23:15:37 +0000 ϲ University Counting on bigger mining returns /newsroom/node/14898 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 23:15:27 +0000 ϲ University Rethinking endangered plants /newsroom/node/14896 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 23:15:14 +0000 ϲ University New website aims to help prevent cyber-bullying, promote digital citizenship /newsroom/node/14894 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 23:14:58 +0000 ϲ University Enlarged prostate: decade-long study demonstrates immediate and long-term benefits of holmium laser treatment /newsroom/node/13989 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:43:26 +0000 ϲ University Law student wins prestigious $180,000 
Trudeau Foundation Scholarship /newsroom/node/13987 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:43:20 +0000 ϲ University No pain. Big gain /newsroom/node/13985 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:43:12 +0000 ϲ University New $50,000 Bloomberg Manulife Prize 
to promote research into active lifestyles /newsroom/node/13984 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:43:03 +0000 ϲ University Cole Foundation injects $700,000 into childhood cancer research /newsroom/node/13982 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:42:56 +0000 ϲ University The power of placebos /newsroom/node/13981 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:42:51 +0000 ϲ University Serendipity leads to life-saving discovery /newsroom/node/13979 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:42:44 +0000 ϲ University Successful first year for new program 
in Sustainability, Science and Society /newsroom/node/13977 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:42:37 +0000 ϲ University National Bank Financial Group and ϲ’s Desautels Faculty, partners in supporting tomorrow’s entrepreneurs /newsroom/node/13973 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:42:16 +0000 ϲ University Sean Ferguson named Dean of Schulich School of Music at ϲ /newsroom/node/13975 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:42:27 +0000 ϲ University New blood test for Alzheimer’s /newsroom/node/13969 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:41:52 +0000 ϲ University Shatner to be awarded honorary degree /newsroom/node/13971 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:42:01 +0000 ϲ University Mortimer Zuckerman to be awarded honorary degree /newsroom/node/13967