Prof. Mark Lathrop re-appointed Scientific Director, McGill University Genome Quebec Innovation Centre
Our congratulations to Prof. Mark Lathrop on being re-appointed as the Scientific Director at McGill University Genome Quebec Innovation Centre.
Vice-Principle and Dean of The Faculty of Medicine, Dr. David Eidelman along with Vice-Dean, Dr. Mara Ludwig made the following announcement “It is with pleasure that we announce the re-appointment of Mark Lathrop, PhD, to the position of Scientific Director, McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, a position he has held since 2011, during which time he has helped strengthen our position as a hub for genomic research in Quebec and a leader nationally and internationally.
A native of British Columbia, Professor Lathrop completed his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees at the University of Alberta before obtaining his PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle) in Biomathematics. He then moved to France, where he was one of the founders of the Centre d’Étude du Polymorphisme Humain, which pioneered international collaboration on the human genome in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1993, Dr. Lathrop moved to the University of Oxford, where he was a Wellcome Trust Principal Fellow and Professor of Human Genetics, during which time he co-founded and was first Scientific Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, an institute created to apply genomic approaches to understanding the molecular basis of human disease. In 1997, he was asked by the French government to form the Centre National de Genotypage outside of Paris in Evry, which he directed until 2012.
Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at McGill, Professor Lathrop’s current research is focused on the use of the human genome sequence, and other information about the human genome, to understand the molecular basis of disease, and how these can be applied to individualize approaches to disease prevention and treatment. His work has been recognized with many honours throughout his career, including the French Order of Merit and the French Legion of Honour.”
Congratulations: Dr. Guy Rouleau awarded the 2016 Prix de l’oeuvre scientifique.
By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neuro
Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, has been chosen to receive another major award recognizing his outstanding scientific career. The national organization representing Canadian francophone doctors, Médecins francophones du Canada, is bestowing on him its 2016 Prix de l’oeuvre scientifique.
“In awarding this prize, our association would like to underlie Dr. Rouleau’s contribution to the advancement of medical knowledge and to recognize his entire scientific career,” says Dr. Marie-Françoise Mégie, president of the Médecins francophones du Canada, a Montreal-based organization dedicated to promoting humane, high-quality medicine through its network of members.The Prix de l’oeuvre scientifique recognizes the career’s work of a Canadian doctor whose activities and scientific publications have had a wide influence on domestic and international clinical practice, and on advancing medicine.
“I am honoured to accept this award from a prestigious organization such as Médecins francophones du Canada,” says Dr. Rouleau. “The previous scientists who have received the Prix de l’oeuvre scientifique have all made impressive achievements and I am proud to count myself among them.”
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Congratulations: 2016 winner of the Dean of Medicine Award of Excellence – Ross MacKay
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.
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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Awards – Call for Nominations:
- Class of Medicine 1970 Educational Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation. Deadline: February 24, 2017.
- McGill Award for Excellence in Service for administrative and support staff. Submit nomination to GPS by deadline Friday, January 13, 2017.
- Carrie M. Derick Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching (less than 10 years of experience). Submit nomination to GPS by deadline Friday, January 13, 2017.
- David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching (more than 10 years of experience). Submit nomination to GPS by deadline Friday, January 13, 2017.
- CONACYT and McGill: Funding to recruit top Mexican students to pursue graduate studies at McGill.
- OceanPath Fellowship for Graduating Students: Year long experiential learning opportunity for up to $25,000. Deadline: January 12, 2017.
- From CCMG: Linda Stevens Award, Hamerton Service Award and Founders Award. Deadlines differ.
- 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.
- McGill University Health Centre, Montreal: Clinical Cytogeneticist position.
- Centre of Pathophysiology of Toulouse Purpan, Toulouse, France: Post-Doc and Research Engineer positions. Deadline: January 01, 2017.
- UHN – Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto: Clinical and Metabolic Geneticist position