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.


In Memory of


Gillian Elizabeth MacLean

December 17, 1987 – March 21, 2017

A former student of the Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, having completed her M.Sc. in February 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Braverman and whose academic pursuit lead her to the University of British Columbia to pursue a second Masters degree in Genetic Counseling.

Arrangements have been entrusted To Brunswick Funeral Home, Perth-Andover and Plaster Rock.

Resting at St. Andrew’s United Church in Plaster Rock with visitation on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 6-8 pm. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 2 pm from the church. Rev. Sarah Magie officiating.

Should you wish to share your memories or express your condolences, please visit here.

A memorial page has been set up by UBC to share their memories, please visit here.

Our most sincere sympathies to Gillian Elizabeth MacLean’s family and friends.


Canadian House of Commons Passes S-201: Genetic Nondiscrimination Act

A message from the CCMG National Office: “Yesterday, Canadians became closer to being able to make‎ informed decisions about genetic tests without fear. Bill S-201 passed the 3rd reading in the House of Commons. The Bill still needs to go back to the Senate but all indications are that it will be supported. After several attempts by the Liberal Justice Minister to gut the Bill through amendments, it passed in its entirety. The Bill includes Pan-Canada legislation that makes it a criminal act to discriminate against a person based on their genetic test information, as well as amendments to the Canada Labour Code and amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act. The bill passed by a free vote (in which MPs are allowed to vote according to their own personal conscience rather than according to an official party line) with an overwhelming majority of 222-60. This is a historic development, as Canada is the only G8 country without this type of legislation.”


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May 2017

  • May 15, 2017 at 4:00pm – Departments of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Biochemistry presents a seminar by Dr. Fabien Pinaud, PhD, Assitant Professor, University of Souther California, entitled “Investigating the molecular basis of muscular dystrophy diseases by single molecular imaging in cells and live animal models”. To be held in the McIntyre Building, Room 522.
  • May 16, 2017 at 10:00amCentre for Genomics and Policy presents a lecture by the Honorable Senator James Cowan entitled “Preventing Genetic Discrimination: an evolving legal landscape”. To be held in the McIntyre Medical Building, Room 521.
  • May 17, 2017 at 8:00am Pediatric Medical Grand Rounds presents a talk by Dr. Pramod S. Puligandla, Pediatric Surgeon and Associate Professor, entitled “The Canadian congenital diaphragmatic hernia collaborative: Development of an evidence and consensus based national clinical management guideline.” To be held in the RI – MUHC auditorium, Room E.S1.1129.
  • May 17, 2017 at 12:00pm – MRCCT Seminar Series presents a talk by Dr. Fumio Takei, Terry Fox Lab, UBC, entitled “Group 2 innate lymphoid cell memory: what and how do they remember?” To be held in the McIntyre Building, Meakins Amphitheater, Room 521.
  • May 18, 2017Human Genetics Research Day. To be held in the McIntyre Medical Building, Palmer Amphitheater (Room 522).
  • May 18, 2017 at 4:00pmHuman Genetics Research Day’s keynote speaker Dr. Schahram Akbarian presents a talk entitled “Chromosomal Conformations Affecting Cognition and Behavior in Human and Mouse Brain”. To be held in the McIntyre Medical Building, Palmer Amphitheater (Room 522).
  • May 19, 2017 at 9:00am – Scheduled Medical Genetics Academic Half Day activities. To be held at the MUHC Glen Site, Room B 02.9390.
  • May 19, 2017 – CANCELLED – Urology Research Seminars presents a talk by Dr. Carolyn Brown, Professor, UBC, entitled “X-chromosome inactivation – (In)equality of the sexes”. To be held at the Glen RI-MUHC, Room EM1.3509.
  • May 29, 2017 at 12:00pm – MRCCT Seminar Series presents a talk by Dr. Michel Nussenzweig, MD, PhD entitled “The HIV Vaccine Problem.” To be held in the McIntyre Building, Martin Amphitheater, Room #504.

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!


Assemblée générale annuelle de l’Association des médecins généticiens du Québec, 2 Juin

Nous désirons vous informer, qu’une Assemblée générale annuelle de l’Association des médecins généticiens du Québec se tiendra comme suit :

Date: Vendredi, 2 juin 2017
Endroit: Salle Mortagne, Hôtel Mortagne 1228, rue Nobel, Boucherville
Heure: 16 heures 30

Ordre du jour

Nous vous prions de confirmer votre présence par courriel à l’adresse suivante, ou par téléphone au numéro: (514) 350-5141.


Pint of Science, May 15-17

Pint of Science will be back in Montreal between Monday May 15th and Wednesday May 17th.

It brings exciting research from the university labs to your local pubs, showcasing latest scientific discoveries whilst quenching your thirst for both knowledge and drinks!

Register online for FREE

Event Schedule


Human Genetics Research Day: May 18, 2017

 To ALL HG Faculty, Students & Fellows:

This year’s Research Day will be held on May 18, 2017. Talks and poster presentations will not only be offered by M.Sc./Ph.D. students but have been opened up to Postdoctoral Fellows as well.

Keynote Speaker: Schahram Akbarian, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Chief, Division of Psychiatric Epigenomics
Friedman Brain Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Talk entitled: Chromosomal Conformations Affecting Cognition and Behavior in Human and Mouse Brain

The full day’s events, starting at 8:30am will be held in the Palmer Amphitheatre, Room 522, McIntyre Medical Building (3655 Sir William Osler), boxed lunches will be providedfollowed by a wine & cheese after the keynote speaker. 

Event Schedule


4th Annual McGill GMCA Case Competition, May 1st-12th

What is a case competition in a nutshell?

  • Teams are given a case: for example, how company A could expand to a new market/country?
  • Teams have 7 days to:
    • analyze the company, its product, competitors and clients;
    • come up with a recommendation of whether company A should move to the new market and if the answer is yes, suggest a step-by-step implementation plan for the expansion;
    • create a powerpoint presentation of their analysis and recommendations.

On the last day of the competition, deliver their presentations to the CEO of the company A and a board of professional management consultants.

Register individually or within a team of up to 5 members here: Deadline: Friday, April 28th by 23:59.

Program Details


Department of Family Medicine, Summer Sessions this May and June

The Research and Graduate Programs Division of the Department of Family Medicine is proud to present its official summer session for May and June.  Graduate students, health professionals and others are welcome to register for these courses for either professional interest or credit.***Mainpro-M1 CME credits will be available for these courses. 

Courses include:

  • FMED500 Introduction to Research and Scholarly Activity*
  • FMED511 Introduction to Art in Healthcare: Making Art Accessible
  • FMED600 Mixed Studies Reviews
  • FMED603 Participatory Research: Patient and Partner Engagement
  • FMED605 Canadian Healthcare Policy and Decision-making
  • FMED611 Health Care Systems and Primary Care Reform
  • FMED612 Evaluation Research & Implementation Science
  • FMED615 Applied Knowledge Translation and Exchange**

More details on course offerings and research seminars can be found in the Summer Session brochure.

* Faculty Development course only. Not open to graduate students for credit or non credit. 
** This course was not included in our brochure but has been added to our website 

Summer Session Brochure

For more information on how to register:


28th Annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference, May 24-26

The MUHC Centre for Applied Ethics is hosting the 2017 Annual Conference of the Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS), which will address the theme of intersecting vulnerabilities in all its complexity; from conceptual foundations to the need for practical responses. An important challenge for bioethics today is how to help individuals who are at risk of “falling through the cracks” especially when health and social service programs targeting disenfranchised populations are struggling.

Date: May 24 – 26, 2017

Location: Hyatt Regency Montreal, Montreal, QC

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday, April 07

Event Agenda





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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