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How I Became a Leech Expert

Canadian Mark Siddall did his graduate work in blood parasitology at the University of Toronto. It was there that he began to study leeches as a source of blood parasites and went on to become one of the world’s foremost experts in the study of leeches.

Did you know that leeches are used to study animal biodiversity over large geographical territories? Instead of hunting down hundreds of animals in the Amazon, scientists collected leeches and sequenced the blood meal from their feeds in order to find out which rare and endangered species were located in the same geographical areas.

Find out many other cool facts from Dr. Siddall in this video that was filmed this past summer at the World Science Festival.

November 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

McGill profs among ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds’

Highly Cited Researchers 2014 represents some of the world’s leading scientific minds. Over three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.

The lone professor from a Canadian institution cited in the Neuroscience and Behaviour category is Alan C. Evans, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Medical Physics, and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Evans has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers, holds numerous CIHR grants, and serves as co-Principal Investigator on many NIH-funded projects. During his 25 years at the Montreal Neurological Institute, he has held numerous leadership roles, most notably as director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre. Dr. Evans is a founding member of the International Consortium for Brain Mapping. He was one of the founders of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, serving in numerous positions on the OHBM Council since 1995. He regularly participates in NIH workshops, panels and initiatives related to brain imaging research.

Thank you to McGill for contributing this story.

July 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

When Science Mimics Hockey

July 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

Celebrating Tony Pawson’s impact on science

When I was a graduate student at the University of Toronto, the name Tony Pawson stirred up feelings of respect, admiration and awe. Sadly, his untimely passing has left a gaping hole in the Toronto scientific community, however, Tony’s legend lives on.

A symposium was recently held in his honor. See the story below as reported by the Lunenfeld-Tannenbaum Research Institute.

Brilliance, curiosity, passion, humour, generosity, competitiveness.

It was no surprise that these qualities were exemplified throughout How Cells Communicate: A Symposium in Celebration of Tony Pawson’s Impact on Science. One scientific giant after another cited them as qualities that shone throughout Dr. Pawson’s life in science as they presented their latest research and reminisced about their interactions with him.

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May 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Max Cynader Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureate 2014

May 1, 2014 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Sage Advice from a 95 Year-Old Canadian Scientific Wonder Woman

Earlier this month, Dr. Brenda Milner, an active researcher at the age of 95 at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University, was been awarded the 2014 Dan David Prize for her fundamental contributions to the science of memory and the brain.

Milner is remarkable for two reasons:

  1. She is one of the oldest active researchers in Canada
  2. She was one of the first female scientists in an institution dominated primarily by males

Congratulations Dr. Milner. We hope that you remain active for many years to come!

Below is some sage advice from the almost centenarian scientific wonder-woman.

February 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Father of “Selfish DNA” Theory Wins Canada’s Top Science Award

Ford Doolittle admits he enjoys shaking things up.

“I like to make trouble,” he says with a laugh. “So I think I do deliberately seek out ways to explain things differently.”

Explaining things differently has been a common theme in a 40-year career that has rewritten our understanding of DNA and evolutionary biology several times over. Today, that career was celebrated by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, which announced that Dr. Doolittle is receiving its highest honour: the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.

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February 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

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