Departmental Acknowledgement: William Foulkes

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

50 new Fellows were inducted to the Academy in 2014. The distinctive competencies of these distinguished individuals have led to accomplishments and academic service to the full breadth of academic health sciences that is truly remarkable. The Induction Ceremony, led this year by Linda Rabeneck and Louise Potvin, celebrated their remarkable personal contributions, which included the induction of one of our own, Dr. William Foulkes.


Departmental Acknowledgement: Constantin Polychronakos

***To all the members of the Department of Pediatrics on behalf of Dr. Michael Shevell***

This week’s Departmental Acknowledgment goes to Constantin Polychronakos on the stupendous occasion of his election to the Royal Society of Canada.

Established in 1882 by an Act of the Canadian Parliament, the Society combines the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada and is the senior national pre-eminent collegium of distinguished scientists, scholars and artists. Its efforts are directed at promoting learning and research, scholarly accomplishment, mentoring future scholars and artists, recognizing excellence and advising governments, non-governmental organizations and the Canadian public on matters of general interest to our collective society.

Constantin is currently a Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Pediatrics at McGill University. He served for fifteen years as Director of our Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. As a Division Director, he ably led his Division to prominence in all domains of our academic mission; clinical service, outreach, education and research (basic and clinical). As Chair, I can attest to Constantin’s selfless and steady attention to the continued professional development of his Division members and peers while he was Division Director . He has recently replaced his leadership role as Division Director by taking an even more substantial position in our hospital-based research efforts as the leader for the Child Health and Human Development Program of the MUHC-RI.

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Congratulations to the Recipients of the Best Poster Presentation at the Canadian Human and Statistical Genetics Meeting!

We are happy and proud to congratulate; Andreanne Morin (Dr. Pastinen’s Lab), Fiona Allum ( Dr. Grundberg’s Lab), Kyoko Yuki (Dr. Malo’s Lab) and Cristiana Cruceanu (Dr. Turecki’s Lab) for receiving 4 out of the 5 Best Poster Presentation Awards given out at the Canadian Human and Statistical Genetics Meeting. Excellent work!


Congratulations to the Winners of the Maude Abbott, Haile T. Debas and Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Prizes!

Congratulations to the 2014 winners of the following three major Faculty of Medicine prizes:

Dr. Julie St-Pierre, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and a member of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, McGill Faculty of Medicine, is the 2014 recipient of the Maude Abbott prize, established in 2010.

Dr. Loydie Jerome-Majewska, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Member in the Department of Human Genetics, McGill Faculty of Medicine, and a member of the Research Institute of the MUHC (Montreal Children’s Hospital), is the recipient of the 2014 Haile T. Debas prize, also introduced in 2010.

Dr. Sylvie Lambert, Assistant Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill Faculty of Medicine, is the 2014 recipient of the Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Faculty prize, established in 2013.

The laureates will present their work at a future Town Hall, the date of which will be confirmed.

CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s winners!


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October 16 – October 30

  • October 17, 2014 at 8:00am - Academic Activity to be held at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Room C-417.
  • October 20, 27, 2014 at 12:30pm - JGH Medical Ground Rounds to be held at 3755 chemin de la Cote-Ste-Catherine, in the Block Amphitheater (B-106).
  • October 21, 2014 at 6:30pmGoodman Cancer Research Centre Lecture SeriesFrom Bench to Bedside: Local Discoveries with Global Impact to be held in the McIntyre Medical Building, Palmer Amphitheater (3655 promenade Sir William Osler, 6th Floor)
  • October 22, 2014 at 3:00pmOlga Zurita Rendon’s Ph.D. Oral Defense entitled “Functional characterization of nuclear-encoded genes in the expression of the mitochondrial genome” Supervisor: Dr. Eric Shoubridge. Defense to be held in the Stewart Biology Building, 1205 Dr. Penfield, Room W4/12.
  • October 22, 2014 at 4:00pm The McGill Complex Traits Group presents: Workshop Series entitled “Inflammation at barrier surfaces: From bench to bedside” to be held at McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, Martin Amphitheater, Room #504.
  • October 28, 2014 at 4:00pmBRCA1 MINI Symposium  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven Narod; to be held at the Montreal General Hospital, Room L6-500
  • October 29, 2014 at 3:00pm – Murielle Akpa’s Ph.D. Seminar entitled “The pathogenesis of nephrogenic rests and Wilms tumour: role of WT1 in arrested development”. Supervisor: Dr. Paul Goodyer. To be held in the Stewart Biology Building, 1205 Dr. Penfield, Room W4/12.
  • November 7, 2014 at 8:30am -MUHC Cancer Axis Research Day 2014 - Call for Abstract Submission -Deadline September 19th, Registration  - Deadline September 19th, to be held at the Royal Victoria Hospital Nurses’ LoungeRoom H4. 56

Application for Medical Student Coordinator

Inviting medical students interested in coordinating the McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course.

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Academic Career Series Oct. 2014

Academic career series taking place in Oct designed for doctoral students interested in pursuing academic careers.

Scheduled Events


IABC & SPE Networking Opportunity

IABC & SPE will host a networking opportunity focusing on public relations and innovation September 23 5:30-7:30pm (Registration required with $10 Fee)


 Environment Courses ENVR610 &ENVR630

Professor Peter Brown, jointly appointed with the MSE Geography and NRS with his team will teach - ENVR 610 ENVR630


Research Participants Wanted

Research Participants Wanted - Seeking adults of Ashkenazi Jewish decent


Request for Participation – Educational and Counselling Psychology Program Student Survey

Educational and Counselling Psychology Program Student is looking for participants to take part in their research by completing a survey entitled “professors’ motivation for improvement in teaching’.  For more information, the survey and to view the approval certificate please click here:  ECP Survey Information


Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

FDA tells to immediately stop marketing Personal Genome Service.



Medical Genetics at McGill: The History of a Pioneering Research Group

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Stem Cell Renewal Theory

Over 60 years ago, Yves Clermont and Charles Leblond characterized the steps of sperm differentiation in the testis. This enabled them to identify for the first time the population of spermatogonia responsible for the production of spermatozoa. We celebrate 60 years later the publication of their landmark paper and their discovery which is described by them as “the reappearance at each cycle of a new dormant cell which acts as the stem cell of a subsequent generation of spermatocytes…is described as the ‘Stem Cell Renewal Theory’. This paper reveals the first identified population of stem cells and the first use in the literature of the term stem cells in this biological context. This ground breaking discovery resonates today with the therapeutic application of stem cells in order to alleviate human disease from cancer to devastating degenerative diseases (Y. Clermont and C.P. Leblond. Renewal of spermatogonia in the rat. Am. J. Anat. 1953. 93:475-501).


GAPPS Repository Pregnancy Specimens and Data Available to Researchers

The GAPPS Repository comprises pregnancy specimens and linked phenotypic data that are widely-accessible to researchers. Using GAPPS Repository samples, you can pursue research studies without the burden of creating a unique cohort of pregnant women.  These samples are a valuable resource for researchers in many fields, including genetics, epidemiology, pathophysiology, translational science, fetal origins of adult diseases, and healthcare delivery.

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