Dr. David Rosenblatt to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Source: Med e-News

Dr. David Rosenblatt, Holder, Dodd Q. Chu and Family Chair in Medical Genetics and Professor, Departments of Human Genetics, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Biology at McGill University, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) Founders’ Award for Career Achievement.

The award is meant to recognize a CCMG member who has had an outstanding career in medical genetics in Canada or abroad. This award is named in honour of the visionary men and women (known as the “Committee of Seven”) who, along with 17 founding members, established the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists on January 13, 1976. Previously known as the Founders’ Award, it was officially renamed in 2017. In announcing his selection for the award, the CCMG noted Dr. Rosenblatt’s outstanding career across all domains of service, research, teaching, administration, and scholarly activity and highlighted that within the CCMG his presence has been steadfast and ongoing, from its earliest days until now and he remains an enthusiastic advocate for the profession of medical genetics, not only within Quebec but across the Canadian scientific community. [Read More]


Congratulations to Dr. Brent Richards on his promotion to become a Full Professor!

By McGill Reporter Staff

During the closed session of its meeting on Thursday, April 26, McGill’s Board of Governors approved the promotion of eight Associate Professors to the rank of Full Professor, as well as the appointment of a new Full Professor with Tenure.

The appointments were made on the recommendation of the Statutory Selection Committee.

The following Associate Professors were promoted to Full Professor in recognition of their teaching and research excellence:

  • Susan Bartlett (Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine).
  • Brent Richards (Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine)
  • Peter Lakatos (Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine) (Clinical)
  • Richard Leask (Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering)
  • Laila Parsons (Departments of History & Classical Studies and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Arts)
  • Maya Saleh (Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine)
  • Michael Wagner (Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts)
  • Faith Wallis (Departments of History & Classical Studies and Social Studies of Medicine, Faculty of Arts)

The eight promotions are effective May 1, 2018.

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Congratulations to the teams of Dr. Nada Jabado along with Dr. Jacek Majewski and that of Dr. Bartha Knoppers for receiving major funding from Génome Québec

Source: McGill Newsroom

Génome Québec funds two personalized therapy projects at the RI-MUHC aimed at fast-tracking targeted genetic treatments at diagnosis

Pioneering work to advance genomics and precision health treatments at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has been rewarded by Génome Québec. Dr. Nada Jabado and Dr. Ruth Sapir-Hichhadze, the RI-MUHC scientists who received the reward, were among the winners of a nation-wide competition emphasizing precision treatments in genomics.

Dr. Jabado’s work investigating brain cancer in children received $13 million in funding after emerging as one of the four winning projects in Quebec in Genome Canada’s 2017 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition Genomics and Precision Health. A total of $58 million was distributed to projects across the province.

“These major investments see Quebec established as a centre of innovation that will provide a major benefit to Quebec patients, who will have access to the best health care thanks to this technology. Congratulations to the winning teams who are ensuring genomics will be more accessible to citizens and the larger population than ever before,” says Génome Québec President and CEO Daniel Coderre.

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Additional News releases: NewsWire, La Presse


Congratulations! Dr. Hamed Najafabadi named the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

Source: McGill Newsroom

Hamed Najafabadi, an assistant professor in McGill’s Department of Human Genetics, and Stuart Trenholm, assistant professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute, have been selected as 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows – a coveted distinction awarded to highly promising early-career scientists from the United States and Canada. Past recipients include towering figures in the history of science, such as physicists Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann and game theorist John Nash. Forty-five fellows have received a Nobel Prize in their respective field.

The fellowships are open to scholars in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. Candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists and winning fellows are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate’s research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field. Winners receive a two-year, $65,000 fellowship to further their research.

The Sloan Foundation announced this year’s Fellows on www.sloan.org and in an advertisement in the New York Times on Feb. 15.

A look at McGill’s two new Sloan Research Fellows and their work:

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Funding, Jobs and Other Announcements:

 Jobs and Other Opportunities:

Awards – Call for Nominations:

  • McGill Department of Human Genetics Department: 2017-2018 Clinical and Research Faculty Teaching Awards. Deadline: Monday, May 07, 2018.
  • McGill GPS Graduate Mobility Award 2018: Participate in international research collaboration. Application on a rolling basis.

Funding Opportunities:

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June 2018

  • June 12, 2018 at 8:00 amWomen In Bio (WIB) – Greater Montreal is hosting a half-day conference, entitled “Disruptive Technologies in the Life Sciences and Healthcare“. Register for the event here.
  • June 14, 2018 at 3:00 pmVicki Leung’s Ph.D. Oral Defence entitled “The role of the planar cell polarity protein Vangl2 in retinal axon guidance”. Supervisor: Dr. Philippe Gros. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room 2/36.
  • June 18, 2018 at 1:00pm  – Karine Choquet’s Ph.D. Oral Defence entitled “Using genome-wide approaches to investigate rare neurological disorders in French Canadians”. Supervisors: Drs. Bernard Brais and Claudia Kleinman. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room 2/36.
  • June 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm – Mona Wu’s Ph.D. Seminar entitled “In vitro modeling of DICER1-linked tumours”. Supervisors: Drs. William Foulkes and Mark Fabian. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room 2/36.
  • June 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm – Jean Monlong’s Ph.D. Oral Defence entitled “Population-based approaches to characterize copy number variation from whole-genome sequencing in healthy individuals and disease cohorts” . Supervisor: Dr. Guillaume Bourque. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room 2/36.
  • June 28, 2018 at 3:00pm Renata Bahous’ Ph.D. Oral Defence entitled “Impact of folate and homocysteine metabolism disturbances on brain biochemistry and cognitive function”. Supervisor: Dr. Rima Rozen. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room 2/36.
  • July 05, 2018 at 4:00 pm  John Morris’ Ph.D. Seminar entitled “Genetic determinants of osteoporosis”. Supervisors: Dr. Brent Richards. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room 2/36.

Congratulations to the Human Genetics Research Day 2018 winners!

Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at the Human Genetics Research Day, Thursday, May 17th. It was great to hear and see the variety of ongoing research throughout the Department.

Congratulations to our:

Oral Presentation Winners (12min Talks): Katie Teng, Patricia Goerner-Potvin & John Morris

Three-Minute Presentation Winners: Karine Choquet & Saumeh Saeedi

Poster Presentation Winners: Caitlin Fierheller, Graham Lean, Rached Alkallas, Nicholas Anthony, Wejdan Alenezi & Karine Choquet

Left to right: Wejdan Alenezi, Caitlin Fierheller, Katie Teng, Graham Lean, John Morris, Dr. Nancy Cox, Karine Choquet, Nicholas Anthony, Saumeh Saeedi & Patricia Goerner-Potvin Missing: Rached Alkallas

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


May 24: Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives career panel

Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives, in collaboration with the Integrated Program in Neuroscience, is hosting a career panel on May 24, entitled “The Road Less Travelled: Unique careers for neuroscientists”

Discover diverse career paths available to you after your neuroscience-related graduate studies or postdoctoral experience! Join us for a panel discussion featuring 6 inspiring speakers, followed by networking with food provided.

Date and time: Thursday, May 24 from 5:30-8:00pm

Location: Leacock Building, room 232

Register here.

Website with details and registration form: mcgill.ca/hbhl/career-panel


June 15-17: Closing the genomics research gap: Symposium in Montreal

The McGill Genome Centre, with the support of the Gairdner Foundation, is organising a series of events from June 15-17, 2018 that will address the needs for equity in face of the genomic revolution in health care.

Entitled “Closing the genomics research gap: Inequalities in Genomics Research and Health (And What To Do About Them)”, the three-day series will include scientific sessions, training and public lectures from world leaders in genomics, medicine and related disciplines, and from policy makers. The scientific sessions, to be held on June 16th and 17th, will examine the issues and outline concrete strategies to ensure that all can benefit from genomic approaches to medicine.

The questions to be addressed include:  How should we design studies that account for diversity while avoiding confounders? How should genomic research be performed to build trust and promote engagement from diverse communities? Can statistical methods help compensate for sampling biases? How do we account for research disparities in clinical care? What incentives should be in place to encourage representative research?

The afternoon of the June 15th will be devoted to training in statistical methods for genetic research in ethnically diverse populations. An evening of public lectures, along with questions and answers, on Genomes, History, and Medicine will be held on June 15. The public lectures will be given by Dr. Lluis Quintana-Murci, Institut Pasteur, Paris, and by Dr. Joanna Mountain, 23andMe, Mountain View, California.

Attendance at all events is free of charge but registration is mandatory. For more information and to register, please visit the event website www.genomicsgap.com or contact gap.genome@mcgill.ca.

Dates: June 15-17, 2018

Venue: Martin Amphitheatre (Room 504), McIntyre Building McGill University, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Website: www.genomicsgap.com

Email: gap.genome@mcgill.ca



May 24: WIN4Science Forum – You’re Invited!

WIN4Science is an initiative started in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics that has been running a seminar series to create awareness of the challenges that women face in the Life Sciences. WIN4Science wants to further support women in Life Sciences by creating skills training workshops and fundraising to financially support female PhD students and postdocs. To direct such activities towards the greatest needs, the WIN4Science Committee would like to hear back from the McGill Life Sciences community.

The Win4Science Forum will take place on May 24th, 2018 from 8:30-2:30 at the Faculty Club. It will be run using the World Café method where selected questions will be discussed at each table and participants move around. Challenges, opportunities and solutions will be discussed at each level, i.e. graduate students, postdocs and professors.

Win4Science website

Win4Science Forum registration


Community Access Program for Epigenome Profiling

The McGill Epigenome Mapping Centre, in collaboration with our partnered centre at UBC / BC Cancer and the CIHR CEEHRC network, is excited to announce the launch of the Community Access Program for Epigenome Profiling.

Within this program, researchers within the Canadian scientific community can submit applications for samples to be profiled by the McGill or UBC mapping centres. The CEEHRC mapping centres will cover the costs of library generation, sequencing and primary data analysis including submission of the resulting sequence and metadata to a public repository from nominated biological specimens that meet requirements.

The deadline for applications to the program is May 31st, 2018.

To find out more information on the scope of the program, sample requirements, and application form, please click on the Community Access Program for Epigenome Profiling link.

The application form is also available here.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please do not hesitate to contact emc.mcgill@gmail.com.


June 13-14: Bioinformatics of Genomic Medicine workshop in Montreal

McGill University Genome Quebec Innovation Centre along with the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop series, are organizing a workshop on Bioinformatics of Genomic Medicine here in Montreal on June 13-14. Topics include the identification of disease variants and patient classification.

Early registration is until April 26 and there are opportunities to get an award to cover the registration fee. See link or flyer attached: https://bioinformatics.ca/workshops/2018-bioinformatics-of-genomic-medicine/






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