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  • “Investing in research is the best way to create an innovative economy” written by Paul Armstrong and Carol Herbert in The Globe and Mail. Read here.
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McGill Residency Program in Medical Genetics

The Department of Human Genetics offers a 5 year residency training program in Medical Genetics that meets the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Collège des médecins du Québec, the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG), and the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG). The program involves 2 years of core training including Pediatrics and Internal Medicine followed by 3 years in Medical Genetics. The three years in Medical Genetics include at least eighteen months in clinical genetics (genetic counselling, dysmorphology, teratology, inherited metabolic disease, cancer genetics, neurogenetics and prenatal diagnosis) and six months of clinical laboratory exposure (biochemical genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics). The final year allows for increased training in any of the above areas.

Congratulations to both Ebba Alkhunaizi and Thomas Kitzler on finishing their residency program!


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

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!


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August 2017

EXSU 684: Signal Transduction


For Fall 2017, the Department of Experimental Surgery is offering a new and improved course in Signal Transduction: EXSU 684.

Course Syllabus

Course Schedule

For more information, contact: Sharon Turner or visit


European Registration for Clinical Laboratory Geneticists

The European Board of Medical Genetics (EBMG) has opened the possibility for recognition of practitioners / non-Medical Doctors working in Human Genetics diagnostics laboratories to be recognized as European registered Clinical Laboratory Geneticists (ErCLG).

The EBMG has developed a set of standards and a curriculum for clinical laboratory geneticists undertaking analysis of genetic material. These standards reflect consensus amongst experts in this field from a wide range of European countries and apply to professionals trained in either clinical science or medicine who are working in clinical genetic laboratory settings.

Program Brochure

Program Website

Registration Details


McGill School of Continuing Studies: French credit courses

The School of Continuing Studies offers French credit courses as part of the French for Professional Communication Part-Time Program. This program is specially designed for people who need French for their work and who hope to use French as an important tool or catalyst for their careers.


All Graduate students that are new to the program, and wish to register for the Fall 2017 semester must take an Entrance Placement Test prior to registering for a particular course.

Please click the following link to reserve your spot at the next Entrance Placement Test on August 10th:


Returning students can now register directly on Minerva, or contact our department if you encounter any registration restrictions.

All students enrolled in Graduate-level programs (excluding International students who are Qualifying, classified as  Special or Visiting , or in  Certificate or Diploma programs; and ALL self-funded programs such as MBA) at the time of registration are eligible for the Quebec Tuition Fee Rate when registering for any French credit courses.  See list of exclusions at

Please visit the following website for more details about our Certificate Program:, or the interactive timetable, to help you plan your schedule.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Manon Gadbois


McGill’s Graduate Certificate in Translational Biomedical Eng.

McGill University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering has launched a new exciting graduate certificate in Translational Biomedical Engineering starting Winter 2018. The certificate aims to train students who wish to translate advances in biomedical engineering research into clinical and commercial solutions.  The certificate provides students with complimentary skills needed for careers in industry.

The certificate is composed of three core courses: i) BMDE 653 – patents for medical devices, ii) BMDE 654 – regulatory affairs and quality management systems for medical devices, and iii) BMDE 655 – clinical trials for medical devices. The core courses will draw upon the expertise of invited speakers currently working in the medical devices industry. In addition, the students will take two complementary courses in specialized areas of biomedical engineering.

For more information, please visit our website:


Fall 2017: HGEN 670

HGEN670: Advances in Human Genetics 1: Neurogenetics; current topics in genetics of neurological disorders (3 credits)

This course will deal with recent progress in genetics of neurological disorders, and its applications to health care. A specific focus will be given to current controversies and issues related to proper implementation of genetics research, concepts and methodologies.

HGEN670 Syllabus


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: GPS Graduate Mobility Award 2017-18

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.


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 Papers: The Human Body and World War II, March’18

The Human Body and World War II is a two-day conference, scheduled to take place at the University of Oxford from 23-24 March 2018. The aim of this conference “is to bring together researchers from around the world working in the humanities, medical sciences and modern languages, with a view to engendering a deeper understanding of the impact of the Second World War on the perception and representation of the human body”.

Call for Papers Deadline: October 1st, 2017.


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