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  • Applause broke out even before the results of this year’s Sanofi Pasteur Medal for Excellence in Health Research Journalism were announced. The audience was acknowledging the news that both the winnerof the medal and Honourable Mention award go to French-language entrants, the first time that has happened in the history of the medal competition.

    The presentation, held at the Canadian...

  • Researchers at three leading Canadian centres have discovered why bone marrow transplantation (BMT) has positive results in patients with particularly aggressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Clinical examination and brain MRI scans show that the transplantation, which is performed as part of a clinical trial and carries potentially serious risks, virtually stops all new relapsing activity...

  • Researchers have identified an important therapeutic target for alleviating the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and related neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

    In a study published in the online version of Neurobiology of Disease, a team led by Dr. Alex Parker, a...

  • Dr. Salim Yusuf, professor of medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University and scientific director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), has been voted in as president elect of the World Heart Federation, and will assume the role in January, 2015. Based in Switzerland, the World Heart Federation works to prevent and control diseases...

  • A team of researchers from Université Laval, CHU de Québec, and pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has discovered a way to stimulate the brain’s natural defense mechanisms in people with Alzheimer’s disease. This major breakthrough published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) opens the door to the development of a treatment for...

  • McGill researchers have found a region in the genome that may influence the development of psychiatric disease and obesity. The key is the deletion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a nervous system growth factor that plays a crucial role in brain development.

    To determine the role of BDNF, Prof. Carl Ernst from McGill’s Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, screened...

  • Public interest in CHR’s activities substantially increased over the past year, as indicated by a near doubling of visitors to the organization’s Web site. The total number of visitors was more than 44,000, with 72,000 pages of the site being viewed. CHR also set up a Facebook page near the end of 2011, which along with the Web site now features a significant number of links posted to national...

  • Canadian scientists are helping to solve one of the mysteries of blindness. Working with a team of international researchers, scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) have identified a gene responsible for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a devastating genetic form of blindness in newborns.

    What makes the discovery so exceptional is that...

  • A team of researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, has developed a new microfluidics-based microarray that could one day radically change how and when
    cancer is diagnosed. Their findings are published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

    One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during...

  • Scientists now have a better understanding of how precise memories are formed, thanks to research led by Prof. Jean-Claude Lacaille of the University of Montreal’s Department of Physiology.

    “In terms of human applications, these findings could help us to better understand memory impairments in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease,” Lacaille said.

    The study looks...

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