CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: May 17, 2018: Human Genetics Research Day


Dear HG Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows:

Please note this year’s Human Genetics Research Day will be held on May 17th, 2018 and is open to not only M.Sc./Ph.D. students, but to Postdoctoral Fellows, as well.

Details regarding the submission of abstracts can be found here.

Deadline for abstract submission is April 06th, 2018

Registration details will follow in a separate email in April.


FireCloud Workshop – Registration Open

The McGill Department of Human Genetics and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT are hosting a FireCloud Workshop. This workshop will be taught by 4 members of the Broad Institute invited here at McGill.

This workshop series consists of 4 days combining both lectures and hands-on exercises. It will take place on the McGill Campus from Tuesday, March 20 to Friday, March 23, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM every day, with a one-hour lunch break.

This workshop is aimed at both novice and intermediate cancer genomics users who are seeking guidance with FireCloud, GATK, pipelining with WDL/Cromwell, and related tools. Participants should be familiar with basic concepts of genomics. Familiarity with the command line environment is also an asset. Participants will be expected to bring their own laptops.

The workshop requires mandatory registration with a $50 CAD registration fee. As space is limited, registration will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Human Genetics graduate students will have the possibility of having their registration fee reimbursed by applying for a registration award through the Department of Human Genetics. If awarded, reimbursements would follow in September 2018 for Human Genetics students actively registered under full-time or thesis evaluation status only.

For more information or any questions, contact us at

This is an initiative of William Foulkes and Dominique Geoffrion (Foulkes Lab, Dept Human Genetics) together with Paz Polak, PhD (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY).

**Please Note**: McGill Human Genetics graduate students are being provided a one-week priority (until March 2, 2018) to express their intent to register and reserve a seat.

Register NOW


March 02 – Info Session on international opportunities in Germany for graduate and postdocs

This information session will explore international opportunities for graduate students and postdocs in all academic fields at two top-ranked universities in Germany – Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

Participants will learn about the universities’ research profile, grants and fellowships for short-term research stays, as well as resources and services available to students and postdocs. The session will also look at other important steps for planning a stay abroad like accommodation and costs of living.

Please RSVP here.

Date: March 2, 2018

Location: James Administration Building Room 301

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

For more info contact:


March 22 – Annual McGill Biomedical Graduate Conference (AMBCG)

Each year the Experimental Medicine Graduate Student Council organizes the Annual McGill Biomedical Graduate Conference (AMBCG) as opportunity for trainees within the division of Experimental Medicine as well as other departments at McGill to showcase their research achievements through a poster or an oral presentation.

This year the conference will take place on March 22nd at McGill’s New Residence Hall. 

We are thrilled to have Dr. Laurie Goodyear join us for the keynote address. Dr. Goodyear is a senior investigator at the Joslin Diabetes Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard University. Dr. Goodyear’s research focuses on the underlying molecular mechanisms behind the beneficial effects of exercise on health. See her full bio here. If you are interested in meeting Dr. Goodyear separately, please let us know.

Abstract submission for a poster or an optional oral presentation is due on Friday, February 16th by 11:59pm. We will not accept any abstract submissions after this date. To submit, please visit our website, and complete the abstract submission form. 

We have several monetary prizes to be won for best poster and oral presentations!

If you are not submitting an abstract, but would like to attend the conference, please let us know before March 1st by registering here

Any questions regarding AMBGC should be directed to Co-VP-Academics, Alex at, and/or Nida at


May 16-18: Montreal World Health Organization Simulation (MonWHO 2018)

The Montreal World Health Organization Simulation (MonWHO) is a conference that aims to promote a macroscopic perspective of global health, and to draw attention towards the social, cultural, ethnic, economic, and political factors of international relations that affect the global health care system. In 2007, MonWHO executives hoped to create a conference where students from any field of study could collaborate together to broaden their perspectives of international health.

This year’s conference features 9 unique, action-filled crisis committees. Committee delegates’ main mission will be to produce a delegation paper to be approved in order to manage the crisis while navigating the complex delegations’ politics.

The committee topics are as follows:

  • Crisis 1: HIV/AIDS Crisis, 1980s
  • Crisis 2: Tuberculosis and Antibiotic Resistance
  • Crisis 3: Malaria in Africa Today
  • Crisis 4: The Black Plague
  • Crisis 5: Cholera
  • Crisis 6: The Obesity Epidemic
  • Crisis 7: Le Désastre de Fukushima (French/English bilingual committee. Delegates may debate in their preferred language, fluency in both French and English is required)
  • Crisis 8: The Day Humanity Was Almost Wiped Out – Mystery Epidemic
  • Crisis 9: The Spanish Flu

Delegate registration is now open for the 2018 conference, which will take place on March 16th-18th at the Delta Hotel in Downtown Montreal.

Registration deadline: March 1st at 11:59PM

For complete registration information, please see the Theme Guide and visit the MonWHO 2018 website.

For more info contact:


May 08-11: 7th International Symposium on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Presented by the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Foundation in collaboration with the Program in Cancer Genetics at McGill University, this biennial Symposium brings together some of the finest researchers and world-renowned experts from Canada, the USA, Australia, Brazil, Israel and Europe to present their most current research findings and latest innovations in clinical care related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. To be held on May 8 – 11, 2018 at Centre Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec, Canada

The Symposium includes sessions on:

·        BRCA biology and gene variants;
·        Molecular genetics and pathology of inherited forms of breast and gynecological cancers;
·        DNA Repair in the clinic: origins, diagnosis and outcomes;
·        Prevention of HBOC;
·        Treatment of HBOC;
·        New challenges in Genetic Counselling;
·        New and old genes for breast cancer;
·        Modifying, classifying and assessing risk for HBOC;
·        Special Round Table: BRCA1/2 clinical practice – global perspectives;
·        Genomic analysis of inherited breast and ovarian cancer: From gene discovery to precision medicine and public health;
·        and an Introductory Session for Newcomers to the Field.

Plus Special Interest Group Discussions on:
·        Moderate Risk Genes: Risks, counselling and outcomes
·        Next Generation Tumor Sequencing: beyond tumor genotyping
·        Surgery for HBOC and its aftermath
·        Next Generation Genetic Counseling – Tools for Challenging Psychosocial Cases

For more information, please visit


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