Congratulations to the 2016 winner of the Dean of Medicine Awards of Excellence – Ross MacKay

Photo: Owen Egan

The 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.


CBC News Article




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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Funding, Jobs and Other Announcements:

Funding Opportunities:

  • McGill GPS Graduate Mobility Award: Participate in international research collaboration. Application on rolling basis.
  • Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship: For international, female research students. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
  • DAAD Scholarships and Research Grants for study/research in Germany. Deadline: October 14, 2016 to McGill GPS.
  • MITACS Funding for Collaborative International Research. Deadline: November 09 @ 5:00pm PST.
  • NSERC Doctoral Scholarship Program. Department submission deadline: October 11, 2016 @ 12:00pm, in N5/13 of the STBIO.

Job Opportunities:

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September – October 2016

  • September 30, 2016 at 3:00pm – Dong Anh Khuong Quang’s Ph.D. Oral Defence entitled “Identification of genetic and epigenetic alterations in paediatric high-grade astrocytomas”. Supervisor: Dr. Nada Jabado. To be held in the Stewart Biology Building, Room W4/12.
  • October 05, 2016 at 4:00pm – MonBUG October meeting. To be held in Jacques Genest Auditorium, IRCM.
  • October 11, 2016 at 11:00am – LDI Special Invited Speaker Dr. Matthew Maurano presents a talk entitled “Decoding human regulatory variation: pinpointing trait associations and functional non coding variants“. To be held in LDI Bloomfield Lecture Hall, F- 4 (3999 Chemin de la cote-ste-catherine). The talk will be followed by lunch for students interested in interacting with the speaker. To enlist your name for lunch please contact John Morris.
  • November 02, 2016 at 4:00pm – Forough 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.

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.


Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Network – Oct 13, 2016

The organising committee invites Principal Investigators of the McGill Community working with stem cells and/or in regenerative medicine to encourage their students to submit abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations on their fundamental and clinical researches. This will be an opportunity to exchange with other colleagues sharing similar interests. We trust presenters will inform, inspire, surprise and delight the audience.

Registration: Free

Detailed Invitation

Event Poster

Date: October 13, 2016, 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Research Institute Auditorium, MUHC


JGH Monday Medical Grand Rounds – September 2016



IRCM Conferences 2016-17



CIHR Info Sessions

CIHR will be offering information sessions to students and university staff about CIHR award programs as well as recent improvements made to these. Information will also be provided on relevant CIHR policies, tips for applicants, and guidelines on how to submit an application. These sessions will be interactive and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

The sessions will allow all participants to be connected and discussions will be supported with a view of a PowerPoint presentation. Participants must have access to a computer with internet connection to access the session and view the PowerPoint presentation. Questions may be directed to CIHR via the webinar chat function.

If you are interested in participating in one of these sessions, please follow the instructions below to register to one of the three sessions that will be offered.  Interested participants may also register via our CIHR Website at the following address:

For more info contact:


IGES 2016: Toronto, Oct 24-26; Early Bird Registration

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

Early Bird Registration deadline: July 22, 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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