Mammals Move Less in Human-Modified Landscapes

Most mammals are on the move every day searching for food, finding a mate or seeking shelter. But mammals in human-modified landscapes move much shorter distances on average. A new international study co-authored by University of Guelph biologists found that, over a 10-day period, mammals in areas with high human activity range only half to

Geckos May Hold Key to Human Spinal Cord Repair

Under threat, a gecko can detach its tail, distracting a predator and enabling the lizard to hightail it to safety. In about 30 days, the tail grows back – a feat of tissue regeneration that could hold clues for repairing spinal cord injuries in humans, according to Ontario Veterinary College professor Matthew Vickaryous. Vickaryous discovered

U of G Coding Whiz Improves Access to Music for People With Dementia

Listening to music can reduce anxiety and revive memories for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. But operating devices that play favourite songs can be challenging for those with the conditions. “Independent access to music for people with dementia is hard, because with something like a record or CD player, they slowly lose the ability to

Prof Identifies Protein Key to Spread of Cancer Cells

A U of G researcher has learned that suppressing a protein called cadherin-22 could prevent cancer from migrating throughout the body. Prof. Jim Uniacke and his research team in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology found that cadherin-22 is produced by cancer cells under hypoxia, or low oxygen conditions. While hypoxia harms normal tissue,

Sugar May Contribute to Opioid Addiction, Overdose

A brain wired on refined sugar may be more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose, according to research by Prof. Francesco Leri in the Department of Psychology. Tens of thousands of North Americans have died recently of fentanyl-related overdoses, as government and health officials scramble to address the growing crisis. Leri is studying possible links

U of G Researchers Publish First-Ever Scientific Study on Cannabis Production

As Canada prepares to legalize recreational marijuana, a U of G research team in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES) led by Prof. Youbin Zheng has been formulating growing methods to improve the production of medicinal cannabis plants. Last year, they published what is believed to be the first-ever scientific paper on growing better marijuana

U of G Study Uncovers New Insights Into Cause of Cell Death in Parkinson’s

A U of G researcher has discovered one of the factors behind nerve cell death in Parkinson’s disease, unlocking the potential for treatment to slow the progression of this fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Prof. Scott Ryan has found that cardiolipin, a molecule inside nerve cells, helps ensure that a protein called alpha-synuclein folds properly. Misfolding of

U of G Researcher, 8-Year-Old Team up to Fight ‘Bug’ Bullies, Publish Paper

When Sophia Spencer was bullied at school for her love of bugs, the eight-year-old couldn’t have imagined that she would gain international attention and a credit along with U of G researcher Morgan Jackson as a co-author and subject of a journal article. Spencer and Jackson, a PhD candidate in the School of Environmental Sciences