Congratulations: Dr. Guy Rouleau awarded the 2016 Prix de l’oeuvre scientifique.


By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neuro

Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, has been chosen to receive another major award recognizing his outstanding scientific career. The national organization representing Canadian francophone doctors, Médecins francophones du Canada, is bestowing on him its 2016 Prix de l’oeuvre scientifique.

The Prix de l’oeuvre scientifique recognizes the career’s work of a Canadian doctor whose activities and scientific publications have had a wide influence on domestic and international clinical practice, and on advancing medicine.

“In awarding this prize, our association would like to underlie Dr. Rouleau’s contribution to the advancement of medical knowledge and to recognize his entire scientific career,” says Dr. Marie-Françoise Mégie, president of the Médecins francophones du Canada, a Montreal-based organization dedicated to promoting humane, high-quality medicine through its network of members.

“I am honoured to accept this award from a prestigious organization such as Médecins francophones du Canada,” says Dr. Rouleau. “The previous scientists who have received the Prix de l’oeuvre scientifique have all made impressive achievements and I am proud to count myself among them.”

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Congratulations: 2016 winner of the Dean of Medicine Award of Excellence – Ross MacKay

Photo: Owen EganThe Ovation ceremony, honouring this year’s winners of the Dean of Medicine Awards of Excellence was held on Thursday, September 22. The awards are meant to applaud the outstanding contributions of permanent administrative support staff and technicians from across the Faculty and its Schools. They recognize distinction, hard work, determination and dedication of Faculty staff classified as Clerical (C), Technical (T) or Management (M) with three awards:

The Priyabrata “PB” Mukhopadhyay Award, for the T classification, was given to Jamie Brisebois, Technician for the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology; the Anne McCormick Award, for the M classification was presented to Inna Roo, Human Resources Administrator; and the Pamela Chase Award, for the C classification was given to Ross Mackay, Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Human Genetics.

Award winners are selected based on performance above and beyond the call of duty, dedication and caring, creative problem-solving, initiative, motivation and contribution to overall morale.


Dr. Michael Whitehead (1934-2016)

Dr. Michael Whitehead, former Director of Hematology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and husband of bestselling author Louise Penny, died at his home Sunday night at the age of 82.


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Elected Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists


The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced 80 new members to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists on September 13, which included the Faculty of Medicine’s Dr. Brent Richards among the seven McGillians elected.

Brent Richards researches the genetic determinants of common, aging-related endocrine diseases, and the ways in which these findings can be applied to improving clinical care. Dr. Richards has been a Clinical Investigator with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and is currently a Clinician Scientist for the Fonds de recherche du Québec. He was recently awarded the Jody Ginsberg Young Investigator Award by the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

A complete list of the 2016 cohort of the College and their citations is available here.


Elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

The Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada have elected 89 new Fellows, including 2 Foreign Fellows, 2 Specially Elected Fellows and 2 Honorary Fellows. The newly elected Fellows have diverse backgrounds and disciplines. They have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Click here to view a complete list of newly elected Fellows and their nomination citations. In particular, two of which are associated with the Department of Human Genetics:


William Foulkes is an international leader in cancer genetics. He demonstrated the relationship between the breast cancer gene BRCA1 and a principal breast cancer subtype and identified risk-associated genes for goitre, and for tumours of the breast, ovary and brain, among others. He established the role of DICER1 in many childhood cancers and recognized the link between a pediatric brain tumour and a rare ovarian cancer, which has therapeutic implications.


Over the last 25 years, Guy Rouleau focused on identifying genes causing neurological and psychiatric diseases, as well as providing a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms associated with them. Among Dr. Rouleau’s main achievements are his contribution to the identification of >20 genetic risk factors, his discovery of original mechanisms associated with CAG repeats and finally his studies highlighting the contribution of de novo mutation to psychiatric disorders.


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October – November 2016

  • October 28, 2016 at 9:00am – Scheduled Medical Genetics Academic Half Day activities. To be held in MUHC Glen Site, Bloc B, Room B02.9390.
  • November 02, 2016 at 4:00pmForough Noohi’s M.Sc. Seminar entitled “Widening the Spectrum of Titin Myopathies: Identification of a Novel Mutation Causing a Mild Myopathy with Multiple Contractures”. Supervisor: Dr. Bernard Brais. To be held in the Stewart Biology Building, Room W4/12.
  • November 30, 2016 at 4:00pm – Dominic Hou’s Ph.D. Seminar entitled “The role of TMED2 in Murine labyrinth layer development and Non-Alcoholic fatty liver disease”. Supervisor: Dr. Loydie Majewska. To be held at the Glen Site. Room EM1. 2225.
  • December 05, 2016 at 1:00pm- HGEN 670: Guest speaker – Dr. Goodarzi’s talk entitled “Charting the unknown unknowns of breast cancer progression“. OPEN  TO ALL . To be held in the Stewart Biology Building, Room W4/12.

Teaching Assistant Position – HGEN 663

The Department of Human Genetics is currently soliciting applications for a Teaching Assistantship in HGEN 663 – Beyond the Human Genome.

If interested, please submit your application to Ross MacKay no later than November 15, 2016.


CAGC (ACCG) Annual Education Conference, Montreal, November 2-5

Join the 2016 CAGC Annual Education Conference in beautiful downtown Montreal. With exciting scientific programming and plenty to do, this year’s AEC is sure to have something for everyone, including:

* A short course featuring well-known experts on ethics and policy in the genomic era

* Plenary sessions with updates on adult neurogenetics, CRISPR technology and treatment of genetic conditions


Date: November 3 – November 5

Location: Hotel Moni Mount-Royal, 1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal QC H3A2R6


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: GPS Graduate Mobility Award 2016-17

The Graduate Mobility Award encourages graduate students to study and conduct research abroad as part of their McGill degree program by defraying part of the cost of the international experience. The award, funded by the Government of Quebec, is available to all full-time thesis students enrolled in a graduate degree program at McGill who have been nominated by their academic unit and faculty to take part in a mobility opportunity. The mobility award is meant to contribute towards the completion of the student’s thesis. A limited number of Awards are available each year on a competitive basis.

Deadline: Rolling Submission. Submit your request to the Department of Human Genetics.

For information regarding eligibility and how to apply, visit here.


Panel discussion: Establishing a Canadian Egg and Sperm Donor Registry, November 02, 2016

On November 2nd, 2016 the McGill Journal of Law and Health will be hosting its first panel discussion of the year on the establishment of an egg and sperm donor registry in Canada.

Au Canada, l’origine des dons de sperme et d’ovules peut être connue ou anonyme. Lorsque les parents receveurs décident d’utiliser des gamètes données anonymement, les origines biologiques de l’enfant qui en résulte peuvent rester un mystère tout au long de sa vie. Il n’y a pas de registre national des donneurs de gamètes ainsi qu’aucune législation protégeant le droit des personnes issues du don de connaître l’identité de leur(s) parent(s) biologique(s).

Disclosing the identity of sperm and egg donors raises many legal, technical, and bioethical issues. While some countries have adopted open donation policies, recognized the right to know one’s genetic origins, and created donor registries, most donations in Canada remain anonymous. This panel explores why Canada needs an egg and sperm donor registry.

Date and Time: November 02, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 7:30pm, followed by refreshments

Location: McGill University, Chancellor Day Hall, Room 100 (Moot Court)


BioConnect Montreal: From Bench to Bedside, November 18

The sixth annual BioConnect Conference themed “From Bench To Bedside”. BioConnect 2016 will focus on bringing speakers and guests from scientific, business, and policy backgrounds to discuss how advances and contributions from their respective fields will help in the development and commercialization of groundbreaking biotechnology.

This full-day event will consist of interdisciplinary presentations (Science and Business), a panel discussion, a poster competition, and a networking cocktail. It’s a great opportunity to grow your interdisciplinary network and learn something new about the Biotechnology industry as a whole!

We would also like to extend an invitation to submit abstracts for our ‘Translational Research Poster Competition’, with more than $200 in prizes.”

Date and Time: November 18, 9:30am to 8:00pm

Location: New Residence Hall, McGill University


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GCRC Graduate Recruitment Event and Open House, Jan 12 – 14, 2017

Join the team. Fight cancer at the GCRC.

The Goodman Cancer Research Centre is currently recruiting the best minds to join the cancer biology program. Prospective students are invited to apply by November 14, 2016 to attend the GCRC Graduate Recruitment Event, to be held in Montreal in January 2017. Top applicants will be invited to the GCRC for an introduction to the graduate program and to meet GCRC students and scientists. Selected invitees will be offered admission to the graduate program at the GCRC (Fall 2017 or Winter 2018 admission), including a full scholarship and research allowance.


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IRCM Conferences 2016-17



IGES 2016: Toronto, Oct 24-26

25th Annual International Genetics Epidemiology Society meeting, to be held in Toronto, October 24-26, 2016.

A wonderful set of speakers, including Lon Cardon, Gail Jarvik, Joel Schwartz, Nicole Soranzo, Mike Boehnke, Josée Dupuis, Peter St. George-Hyslop & Robert Tibshirani

Educational workshop on October 24th :  Big Data Phenotyping: Opportunities, Analytic Challenges, and Solutions


CHHD Annual Scientific Retreat – Nov 04, 2016

You are invited to attend the 2nd CHHD Annual Scientific Retreat:

Date: November 4th, 2016

Time: 8:30 am – 7:00pm

Location: New Residence Hall on Parc Avenue in Montreal

RSVP: Deadline – October 15th


Get Involved with Open Access, Open Data, or Open Education!

Are you interested in open access, open data, or open education? Do you want to learn more about how research can be conducted – and distributed – in a more equitable way? Here are two amazing opportunities for grad students and post-docs in Canada to get involved with this!

(1) Apply to attend OpenCon 2016 on November 12-14 in Washington, DC. OpenCon seeks to bring together effective, engaged students and early career academic professionals from around the world to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to pay for travel costs. The application is available at: - Applicants can request a travel scholarship, which will be awarded to most of those accepted. The three-day program includes keynotes, panels, workshops, hackathons, and meetings with policy makers. Find out more about the conference at

(2) Join the OOO Canada Research Network. The network supports students and young researchers in their efforts to promote open, transparent approaches to knowledge sharing. We are currently seeking grad students from each Canadian university to join as campus representatives. You will be responsible for:

  • Meeting with members of the core committee monthly via Google Hangouts
  • Leading on-campus initiatives that promote open access, open data, and/or open education
  • Liaising between your institutional librarians and the OOO Canada Research Network

Read more about the network, and apply to join here.


New Course: CMPL 642 Law and Healthcare

For 2016 – 2017, Prof. Lara Khoury, Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Law is offering a new course entitled Law and Health Care.

Course Description

The course is open to non-law students and Prof. Khoury will grant permission to interested students.



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