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.”

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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

Photo: Owen EganThe 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.


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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:

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.

Funding Opportunities:

Job Opportunities:

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December 2016

  • December 09, 2016 at 9:00am – Scheduled Medical Genetics Academic Half Day. To be held at the MUHC Glen site, Bloc B, Room B02.9390. Last session, will restart in Winter term on January 06, 2017.
  • December 12, 2016 at 2:00pmThe Ludmer Center presents, Neuroscience Guest Lectures by Dr. David Glahn, Yale University entitled “Localizing Genetic Loci for Affective and Psychotic Disorders with Endophenotypes Mechanisms and Molecules” and Dr. David N. Kennedy, University of Massachusetts Medical Center entitled “Advancing Reproducibility in Neuroimaging Computation the ReproNim Concepts”. To be held at the MNI, de Grandpré Communications Centre, followed by a reception. Registration:

Human Genetics – Excellence Awards 2016

Dear Human Genetics Students,

Excellence awards are given annually, in recognition of extraordinary performance over the academic year. The award is a one-time scholarship payment. Both M.Sc. and Ph.D. students registered full-time through the Department of Human Genetics are eligible to apply. The applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated by the Graduate Training Committee and the results of the competition will be announced in February.

Application form: Excellence Award Form 2016, submit to Ross Mackay 

Deadline: January 20, 2017


Winter 2017 Graphos 1-Credit Scholarly Communication Courses

Graphos, McGill’s graduate-level scholarly communication program, offers 1-credit courses designed to improve one’s ability to write clear and coherent prose, and to speak with authority and precision. Offered in a condensed 10-week, pass/fail format, the courses are capped at 23 students so as to allow for personalized feedback on multiple drafts of the work.

For students who wish to learn how to
- better organize complex ideas in writing, take CEAP 642;
- write effective literature reviews, first take CEAP 661, and then CEAP 665 (offered also at Macdonald campus);
- polish presentations skills, take CEAP 652.

For students whose primary language is not English and who want to improve their ability to
- express complex ideas by using appropriate academic phrasing, take CESL 631;
- apply the conventions of English grammar in academic prose, take CESL 641;
- speak clearly in academic and scholarly settings, take CESL 651.

Registration for the winter term is open in Minerva.  Doctoral students and many master’s students can take the courses without paying extra fees.

If you have any questions about these courses or any other Graphos offerings, please contact us by email ( or phone (514-398-8430).


Science Exposed / La Preuve par l’image, Deadline: January 31, 2017

Showcase your research through images!

The Science Exposed contest welcomes researchers in the public or private sector to submit images in the context of their research either individually or as a group. While organized by NSERC (in collaboration with Acfas for the French segment, “La preuve par l’image”), the contest is open to all fields of study.

The contest is open to student researchers at the Master’s or doctoral level, postdoctoral researchers, research professors, and researchers in a public or private research centre.  They are invited to submit a single image of their research.

Images can relate to any field of study: natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities, or health sciences, with the exception of images from the arts, including visual arts, media arts, and research/creation. They must be submitted in English or French with a three-part description: a catchy title, a plain-language explanation of the research presented in the image, and a description of the techniques/technologies used to create the image.

NSERC and Acfas will work together to share the winning images with all Canadians.

For more details on the Science Exposed contest, please visit the NSERC website.

Submission deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (ET)


McGill Continuing Studies: Winter 2017, French credit courses for Graduate Students

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

New and returning graduate students learn more about the French courses here.


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.


GCRC Graduate Recruitment Event and Open House, Jan 12 – 14, 2017

Join the team. Fight cancer at the GCRC.

The Goodman Cancer Research Centre is currently recruiting the best minds to join the cancer biology program. Prospective students are invited to apply by November 14, 2016 to attend the GCRC Graduate Recruitment Event, to be held in Montreal in January 2017. Top applicants will be invited to the GCRC for an introduction to the graduate program and to meet GCRC students and scientists. Selected invitees will be offered admission to the graduate program at the GCRC (Fall 2017 or Winter 2018 admission), including a full scholarship and research allowance.


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IRCM Conferences 2016-17




Dear Human Genetics Students,

Excellence awards are given annually, in recognition of extraordinary performance over the academic year. The award is a one-time scholarship payment. Both M.Sc. and Ph.D. students registered full-time through the Department of Human Genetics are eligible to apply. The applications submitted before the deadline will be evaluated by the Graduate Training Committee and the results of the competition will be announced in February.

Application should be submitting to my attention ( and must be received by January 20, 2017.

The application form is attached to this email.

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