Simon Papillon-Cavanagh announced April month winner of Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award

From Med e-news

Simon Papillon-Cavanagh, a PhD student in Department of Human Genetics at McGill University, is the award winner of the Fonds Santé, one of the three Fonds awards of the Fonds de recherche du Québec. His Award-winning publication: Impaired H3K36 methylation defines a subset of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas is published in Nature Genetics.

Using public data, Simon Papillon-Cavanagh and his team discovered that head and neck cancers may be classified into five categories according to patients’ specific clinical features.

Read the full abstract here.

In addition to promoting research careers in Quebec, this competition recognizes the exceptional research contributions of university students (master’s, doctorate), postdoctoral fellows and members of professional bodies who are enrolled in advanced research training programs in the areas covered by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec.

To learn more about the awards, click here.

Congratulations Simon!


Dr. Patricia Tonin awarded the Karen Campbell Award for Research Excellence

From RI-MUHC and Med e-news

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Tonin on receiving the 2017 Karen Campbell Award for Research Excellence from Ovarian Cancer Canada.

Dr. Patricia Tonin, professor in the Department of Human Genetics and Faculty of Medicine received this award at The Lady Ball event, the first in a series of special events being held this year to celebrate fearless women everywhere. The Karen Campbell award recognizes overall research excellence and important scientific achievements that impact the understanding and treatment of ovarian cancer. Dr. Tonin’s outstanding contribution to the advanced understanding of the role of specific gene mutations in the development of ovarian cancer, particularly among French Canadians was recognized.

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Dr. Roderick McInnes appointed Acting President of CIHR

Our congratulations to Dr. Roderick McInnes on being appointed the Acting President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

On March 31st, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health has announced that Dr. Roderick McInnes was appointed the responsibility of Acting President of CIHR. Dr. McInnes said, “It is a great honour to be asked to assume this important position at this critical time in CIHR’s history. I look forward to listening to the research community for its guidance in helping me and my CIHR colleagues to build on the opportunities ahead.”

For more information, visit this webpage.


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Funding, Jobs and Other Announcements:

 Job Opportunities:

Awards – Call for Nominations:

  • CGS-ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award: Dissertation award for doctoral students having completed their degree requirements between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017. Deadline to submit nomination and application to the Department by June 08, 2017.
  • McGill GPS Graduate Mobility Award: Participate in international research collaboration. Application on a rolling basis.

Funding Opportunities:

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June 2017

  • June 14, 2017 at 4:00pm – Andreanne Morin’s Ph.D. Seminar entitled “Studying complex traits in the post-GWAS era: applications to investigate asthma and allergy-related traits”. Supervisors: Drs. Tomi Pastinen and Catherine Laprise. To be held in the Stewart Biology Building, Room N2/2
  • June 21, 2017 at 4:00pm – Simon Papillon-Cavanagh’s Ph.D. Seminar entitled “Leveraging Epigenome-Based Subgroups to Uncover Mechanisms of Tumorigenesis ”. Supervisor: Jacek Majewski. To be held in the Stewart Biology Building, Room N2/2

2017-18: HGSS Call for Nominations

To All MSc/PhD Candidates & Postdoctoral Fellows,

HGSS Executives 2017-18 : Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for HGSS Executive Positions until June 7, 2017. Executive positions and duties are available here (under section 4.4).

Please nominate yourself or others here.

If you would like to find out about each position from the current executive members, you may find their contact information here.

Should elections be required, they will be held from June 12-19, 2017.


Human Genetics Research Day 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at the Human Genetics Research Day yesterday, Thursday, May 18th. It was great to hear and see the variety of ongoing research throughout the Department.

Congratulations to:

Oral Presentation Winner (12min Talks): Karine Choquet

Honorable Mentions (Oral Presentations – 12min Talks): Caitlin Fierheller & Jean Monlong

Three-Minute Presentation Winner: Mathieu Mancini

Poster Presentation Winners: Brian Krug, Deepak Saini, Isabella Straub, Mathieu Mancini, Rached Alkallas & Wedad Fallatah

Participation Winners: Patricia Goerner-Potvin & Mathieu Mancini

Left to right: Patricia Goerner-Potvin, Jean Monlong, Brian Krug, Deepak Saini, Caitlin Fierheller, Mathieu Mancini, Karina Choquet & Wedad Fallatah

Lastly, special thanks to the oral and poster presentation judges for volunteering their time!



McGill graduate students enrolled in an MSc/PhD program, who hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status are eligible to apply for:

  • 3-12 months research stays at a non-Canadian Commonwealth institution as a part of their Master or PhD research;
  • Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

The “Quantitative Biology and Medical Genetics for the World” program offers awards of $6000 to $8000 to help with travel and living expenses during the stay. Institutions at all commonwealth countries are eligible, including:

South Africa, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.

Eligible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Quantitative genetics
  • Population genetics
  • Genetic/genomic epidemiology
  • High-throughput experimental methods in biology associated with quantitative analysis of data
  • Bioinformatics and computational genomics

For further information and application instructions, consult the guidelines.

For more info contact:


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.


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