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  • Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta and McGill 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.

    The collaborative study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and published in PLOS One, examined the molecular mechanisms that lead...

  • Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting active cancerous tumour cells. This way of injecting medication ensures optimal targeting of...

  • An age-related drop in body temperature may aggravate the main manifestations of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), suggests a study by Université de Laval researchers. Although the phenomenon was demonstrated using transgenic mice, researchers believe that the
    findings are convincing enough to warrant further investigation in humans.

    “We know that the incidence of Alzheimer’s is low before...

  • Stem cells were but a glint in the medical community’s eye in 1988 when rap pioneers Public Enemy released their hit song Don’t Believe the Hype.

    In the intervening years, the wonder of stem cell research has come to dominate headlines, and for good reason – the potential medical applications are almost limitless. The song, on the other hand, has become ever more prophetic in a...

  • Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University have made an important discovery about the human auditory system and how to study it. These findings could lead to better testing and diagnosis of hearing-related disorders.

    The researchers detected frequency-following responses (FFR) coming from a part of the brain not previously known to emit them....

  • The 2016 Sanofi Pasteur Medal of Excellence in Health Research Journalism was awarded in June as part of the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association, which was held at the University of Guelph in Guelph, ON.

    Although this year’s winner, Quebec Science writer Marine Corniou, could not attend, CHR board chair Tim Lougheed described her accomplishment for the...

  • A pan-Canadian study, led by scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), suggests that gender* roles rather than sex is associated with the risk of recurrence of cardiovascular events in adults. The results of this innovative research are published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

    “Our study suggests...

  • After a year in which CHR faced major challenges in financial and administrative restructuring, we have made a major step forward with the work of Jenny Long, a student retained through the federal Mitacs program to analyse the various options available to our organization. Ms. Long, who is a PhD candidate in biology at McGill University, compiled an extensive report, outlining both the...

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMRD) could be treated by transplanting photoreceptors produced by the directed differentiation of stem cells, thanks to findings published by Professor Gilbert Bernier of the University of Montreal and its affiliated Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital.

    ARMD is a common eye problem caused by the loss of retinal cones. Bernier’s team has developed a highly...

  • New research released in Nature Neuroscience 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...

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