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WHY DOES RUNNING MAKE US HAPPY ?

Sept. 1, 2015

The joy of running. That sense of well-being, freedom and extra energy that runners often experience is not just a matter of endorphins. A study at the Université de Montréal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) shows that the "runner’s high" phenomenon is also caused by dopamine, an important neurotransmitter for motivation.

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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE IS THOUGHT TO BE ACCELERATED BY AN ABNORMAL BUILD-UP OF FAT IN THE BRAIN

Aug. 27, 2015

People with Alzheimer’s disease have fat deposits in the brain. For the first time since the disease was described 109 years ago, researchers affiliated with the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) have discovered accumulations of fat droplets in the brain of patients who died from the disease and have identified the nature of the fat.

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TERRY FOX PARTNERS WITH QUEBEC FUNDERS TO FIGHT A DEADLY FORM OF CHILDREN’S LEUKEMIA AND PROSTATE CANCER

Aug. 26, 2015

Terry Fox undertook his Marathon of Hope 35 years ago after spending months in a pediatric ward for his bone cancer. Today, two of three Quebec researchers to receive funding from Terry Fox will pursue new ways to help children in hospital today who are battling a deadly form of leukemia. A third-funded researcher will test a recent molecular finding to see how the immune system might help kill prostate cancer tumour cells.

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$4.5 MILLION GRANT TO LEAD THE NATIONAL COLLABORATIVE HEPATITIS C NETWORK

July 27, 2015

In advance of World Hepatitis Day on July 28, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $4.5 million in a new national network focused on improving the health of Canadians living with hepatitis C and preventing new infections. The network will be led by Naglaa Shoukry, Principal Scientist at the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM) and Associate Professor at the Université de Montréal, and involve more than 60 researchers, health professionals and partners across the country.

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JANUSZ KACZOROWSKI HONOURED BY THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL

July 16, 2015

Canadian scientist’s article selected as one of BMJ’s Top 20 Papers in 20 years of online publication.

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THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON FRIED EGGS

July 14, 2015

New study shows saturated high-fat feeding can cause impairments in critical motivation brain pathway.

High-fat feeding can cause impairments in the functioning of the mesolimbic dopamine system, says Stephanie Fulton of the University of Montreal and the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM.) This system is a critical brain pathway controlling motivation. Fulton’s findings, published today inNeuropsychopharmacology, may have great health implications.

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WHAT EFFECT DOES MARIJUANA REALLY HAVE ON WEIGHT GAIN?

June 30, 2015

Cannabis and nicotine have theoretically opposing effects on appetite. A new study sheds light on the effects of these substances on weight gain in young adults.

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NEW TREATMENT HOPE FOR AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS

June 10, 2015

A previously unknown link between the immune system and the death of motor neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, has been discovered by scientists at the CHUM Research Centre and the University of Montreal. The finding paves the way to a whole new approach for finding a drug that can cure or at least slow the progression of such neurodegenerative diseases as ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.

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JACK SIEMIATYCKI, THE EPIDEMIOLOGIST WHO HELPED TO DEFEAT BIG TOBACCO

June 4, 2015

Science tipped the balance. The testimony of the epidemiologist Jack Siemiatycki, CRCHUM researcher and University of Montreal professor, was a deciding factor in an historical judgment against Big Tobacco.

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DISCOVERY OF A TREATMENT TO BLOCK THE PROGRESSION OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

May 20, 2015

A drug that could halt the progression of multiple sclerosis may soon be developed thanks to a discovery by a team at the CHUM Research Centre and the University of Montreal.

The researchers have identified a molecule called MCAM, and they have shown that blocking this molecule could delay the onset of the disease and significantly slow its progression. These encouraging results from in vitro tests in humans and in vivo tests in mice were published today in the Annals of Neurology.

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RESEARCHERS “UN-CAN” THE HIV VIRUS

May 4, 2015

If the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a bit like a hermetically sealed tin can no one has yet been able to break open, the good news is that researchers at the CHUM Research Centre, affiliated with the University of Montreal, have identified a way to use a “can opener” to force the virus to open up and to expose its vulnerable parts, allowing the immune system cells to then kill the infected cells.

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$1.8 MILLION GRANT FOR CREATION OF RESEARCH NODE ON DRUG MISUSE

May 1, 2015

Dr. Julie Bruneau, clinical researcher at the Research Centre of the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CRCHUM), is awarded a major grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as Principal Investigator of the Quebec and Maritime Component of the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse. The funding provided amounts to $1.8 million over the next five years.

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