McGill University is a public research university in Montreal, Canada, officially founded by royal charter in 1821. The University bears the name of James McGill, a prominent Montreal merchant from Scotland and alumnus of Glasgow University, whose bequest in 1813 formed precursory McGill College.McGill's main campus is set at the foot of Mount Royal in Downtown Montreal with the second campus, situated near fields and forested lands in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, 30 kilometres west of the downtown campus on the Montreal Island. All the academic units are organized into 11 main Faculties and Schools, and the institution is one of the two members of Association of American Universities located outside the United States. Valued at $33,421 per student, the University maintains one of the largest endowments among Canadian universities on a per-student basis.McGill offers degrees and diplomas in over 300 fields of study. Most students are enrolled in five larger Faculties, namely Arts, Science, Medicine, Engineering, and Management, with the highest entering grade of any Canadian university. Tuition fees vary significantly between in-province, out-of-province, and international students, and the scholarships are very generous yet highly competitive and relatively difficult to attain, compared to other Canadian universities.McGill counts among its alumni 12 Nobel laureates and 138 Rhodes Scholars, both the most in the country, as well as three astronauts, two Canadian prime ministers, 13 justices of the Canadian Supreme Court, four foreign leaders, 28 foreign ambassadors, nine Academy Award winners, three Pulitzer Prize winners, and 28 Olympic medalists. Throughout its long history, McGill alumni were also instrumental in inventing or initially organizing football, basketball, and ice hockey and founding several other universities, including the Universities of British Columbia, Victoria, and Alberta, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Wikipedia.
McGill University | Date: 2017-02-22
The present invention provides novel cancer therapeutics for treating pancreatic cancer, and novel diagnostic methods for detecting chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. The invention pertains to antagonists of dopamine receptors that inhibit the growth of pancreatic cancer cells. The invention in particular offers new therapy options based on the inhibition of the activity or expression of dopamine receptor D2 (DRD2). Diagnostic methods of the invention comprise the detection of the expression of DRD2 in pancreatic tissue. Diagnostic kits are also comprised.
Ltd Partnership and McGill University | Date: 2017-02-15
There is disclosed a method for assessing a cancer status of biological tissue having the steps of: obtaining a Raman spectrum indicating a Raman spectroscopy response of the biological tissue, the Raman spectrum captured using a fiber-optic probe of a fiber-optic Raman spectroscopy system; inputting the Raman spectrum into a boosted tree classification algorithm of a computer program, and using the boosted tree classification algorithm for comparing, in real-time, the captured Raman spectrum to reference data and assessing the cancer status of the biological tissue based on said comparison, the reference data being previously determined based on a set of reference Raman spectra indicating Raman spectroscopy responses of reference biological tissues wherein each of the reference biological tissues is associated with a known cancer status; and generating a real-time output indicating the assessed cancer status of the biological tissue.
McGill University | Date: 2017-03-08
An implant comprising a porous microstructure is disclosed which has an external surface, where at least a region of the external surface is formed of the porous microstructure. The microstructure is defined by at least one lattice of cells. Each cell has a predetermined cell topology and a plurality of edges. One or more of the edges of each cell connect to an adjacent cell along a corresponding edge thereof. Collectively, the cells have a periodic or aperiodic arrangement within the at least one lattice.
McGill University | Date: 2017-01-04
The invention encompasses the novel class of compounds represented by the Formula (I) below, which are inhibitors of the TC-PTP enzyme. The invention also encompasses pharmaceutical compositions which include the compounds shown above and methods of treating or preventing TC-PTP mediated diseases, including cancer, via their use in the activation of antigen-presenting cells, like dendritic cells, for applications in the immunotherapeutic treatment of diseases.
The Hospital For Sick Children and McGill University | Date: 2017-04-12
The present disclosure relates to methods of treating or preventing a biofilm-related infection and methods of preventing and treating biofilm formation on indwelling medical devices, implants, and non-medical surfaces comprising administering at least one soluble microbial protein that is encoded by an exopolysaccharide biosynthetic operon or functional gene cluster, wherein the protein comprises a glycosyl hydrolase domain. The present disclosure further provides particular soluble glycosyl hydrolases and compositions thereof.
Haro Pharmaceutical, Inc. and McGill University | Date: 2017-04-12
The invention relates to 18-20 member bi-polycyclic compounds, methods of making these compounds, and methods of using them in treating hyperproliferative disorders (e.g., cancer) and non-malignant tumors; promoting muscle formation; inhibiting muscle degeneration or the loss of muscle mass or muscle function; and myofibers ex vivo.
McGill University | Date: 2017-03-29
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is one of a series of catheter intervention procedures to deliver a prosthesis, in this case prosthetic valve, two structures, the aortic annular plane and the tip of the delivery catheter, must be are optimally visualized by the surgeon and in many instances there exists only one viewing angle for this. The preferred viewing angle being determined by obtaining angulation data for two views perpendicular to first and second planar structures, calculating normal vectors of each of the first and second planar structures using the angulation data, calculating a perpendicular unit vector using the normal vectors, and calculating angulation of the unit vector to establish the preferred viewing angle.
McGill University | Date: 2017-01-25
A building product is made from granular material and a binder that includes steel slag. A process for making the building product includes combining the granular material and the binder and then curing the combined granular material and binder with carbon dioxide. A building material includes a mixture of steel slag and a silica-rich material. The steel slag and silica-rich material is treated by heating. The silica-rich material may be waste glass and/or fly ash. A process for making the building material includes mixing the steel slag and silica-rich material and further heating the mixture.
McGill University | Date: 2017-04-12
Borate-glass biomaterials comprising: aNa2O. bCaO. cP2O5. dB2O3 wherein a is from about 1- 40 wt%, b is from about 10 - 40 wt%, c is from about 1 - 40 wt%, and d is from about 35 -80 wt%; and wherein the biomaterial has a surface area per mass of more than about 5 m2/g. Methods of making and uses of these biomaterials.
Pollak M.,McGill University
Nature Reviews Cancer | Year: 2012
Although several early phase clinical trials raised enthusiasm for the use of insulin-like growth factor I receptor (IGF1R)-specific antibodies for cancer treatment, initial Phase III results in unselected patients have been disappointing. Further clinical studies may benefit from the use of predictive biomarkers to identify probable responders, the use of rational combination therapies and the consideration of alternative targeting strategies, such as ligand-specific antibodies and receptor-specific tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Targeting insulin and IGF signalling also needs to be considered in the broader context of the pathophysiology that relates obesity and diabetes to neoplasia, and the effects of anti-diabetic drugs, including metformin, on cancer risk and prognosis. The insulin and IGFI receptor family is also relevant to the development of PI3K-AKT pathway inhibitors. © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.