Nov 3: BtGSS presents 7th Annual Biotechnology Conference


The McGill Biotechnology Graduate Student Society (BtGSS) is organizing its 7th annual Biotechnology Conference called “BioConnect 2017” under the theme “Today’s Passion, Tomorrow’s Innovation” on Friday, November 3rd 2017 at New Residence Hall in Montreal.

To know more about the excellent speakers and panelists at the conference, check out the website

Tickets are available here.


Nov 8-10: CCRM workshop – Cell & Gene Therapies 101

CCRM’s annual Cell and Gene Therapies 101 (CGT 101) workshop will lead attendees through the steps involved in manufacturing a cell and/or gene therapy product and taking it through to clinical trials and beyond. This year’s workshop features a cozy café-style reception on the opening day with a keynote fireside presentation; a group case study exercise that will allow workshop participants to apply and extend their learning; and talks delivered by industry and academic experts. This is an opportunity to scale-up one’s knowledge of commercializing and manufacturing a cell or gene therapy, and provides a chance to network with scientists and leaders in the industry in the beautiful ski resort town of Mont-Tremblant, Québec, Canada.

This two-day event is tailored to postdoctoral fellows, PhDs/MScs, new PIs and early-stage biotech companies.

Visit the program website for the agenda, full list of speakers and registration information

Workshop Flyer


Nov 13: McGill Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Symposium

The annual McGill Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Network Symposium 2017 will be held on November 13th at the MUHC-RI at the Glen Site Auditorium. All researchers and students with interest in stem cell biology are encouraged to attend and participate.

Keynote speakers: Dr. Julie Fradette and Dr. Abba C. Zubair

Abstract Submission deadline for oral or poster presentation is October 20, 2017.

Registration is open until November 05, 2017.


Dec 14: geXc Symposium, McGill University, Montreal

D-Mark Biosciences & geXc would like to announce an upcoming geXc symposium 2017 being co-hosted with McGill University on Dec 14th in Montreal.

geXc, the ‘Genomic Exchange Community’ symposia series is a grassroots initiative with an intent to improve Genomics through collaboration and innovation. The objective of this symposium is to provide a forum for sharing, learning, and networking. The focus of this symposium will be on research and technical advancements in Genomics & Bioinformatics. The symposium is open to anyone who is interested in Genomics and Bioinformatics. It’s a full day event including the revered social and student poster competition at the end of the day. It is completely free for attendees.

Agenda, list of speakers and free registration link will be provided in the near future.

Program Brochure


Call for Abstracts: 4th Canadian Conference on Epigenetics

The CIHR CEEHRC Network is pleased to announce the 4th Canadian Conference on Epigenetics: Mechanisms of Disease.

Date: 26 – 29 November 2017

Location: Westin Resort & Spa + Aava Whistler Hotel, Whistler, BC, Canada

Deadline for abstract submission (for consideration as oral presentation): Thursday, October 26, 2017


For more information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact: Tony Kwan


Backpacking With A Purpose: 2018 Applications Now Open!

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs volunteering programs abroad. We examine various social justice issues while working in solidarity with local activists, non-profit organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world! 

If you’re into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by November 22nd!


Programs of various themes are currently open in the following countries: 

Bolivia – Environmental Justice

Thailand – Alternative Tourism, Environmental Conservation, or Food Justice

India – Alternative Education or Gender & Religion

Guatemala – Human Rights, Food Justice, or Fair Trade

Cambodia – Environmental Justice or Alternative Education

Peru – Human Rights, Environmental Justice, or Alternative Tourism

Ecuador – Food Justice

Bangladesh – Fair Trade


Winter 2018 – HGEN 676 Course

HGEN 676 Lab Course in Genomics 3 Credits: Introduction to Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Based Genomics in the form of seminars and laboratory work. Lectures in state of the art sequencing technologies and their applications. Laboratory work in the preparation of high-quality libraries for analyzing DNA and large/small RNAs. Hands on experience in setting up next Generation Sequencing using specialized equipment. Tutorials in use of Bio-informatics Analysis tools in experimental design, quality control, and in-depth analysis of data. Practicum in using computational tools for personalized data analyses. Technology paper presentation, as well as production of a report on course data generation and analysis.

Submit application:  hgen_676.pdf  by Deadline: October 13, 2017


Student OPUS card order form – now in Minerva!

STM and McGill University have teamed up to create a new online feature that allows students to order their reduced-fare OPUS card directly from Minerva.

For more information, such as the conditions of eligibility, visit:


Machine Learning with Python

Mcgill Department of Physics is hosting a crash course into Linux, Python and a trending topic of Machine Learning (ML) for students with no programming experience. It should be a good start for those interested in using programming for their research!

The event series consists of one 1 hour long lecture and four 4 hour long workshops featuring Sarath Chandar, who has been working in the field of ML previously for IBM and currently at MILA.

Everybody is welcome to attend the lecture – no experience in programming, ML and no registration necessary!

The workshops though require mandatory registration, as space is limited.

For more information check out this: webpage, Facebook event, or contact us at


Fonds de Recherche du Québec: NEW eligibility criteria for non-Canadian and out-of-province applicants

The eligibility criteria for financial support from the three provincial agencies (FRQNT, FRQSC and FRQS) have been updated. The three Fonds will now accept applications from non-Canadian and out-of-province candidates. Certain conditions apply. Please consult the FRQ Common General Rules for detailed information (Section 2; paragraph 2.1).

More information on funding opportunities and application submission deadlines is available on the agency-specific websites listed below.

  • Science and Engineering: FRQNT
  • Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts: FRQSC
  • Health Sciences: FRQS


Writing and Presenting at the Graduate Level

Graphos presents graduate-level courses in scholarly communication, which are available at no cost to doctoral students and many Master’s students.

This fall, Graphos is offering 1-credit (pass/fail) courses in written and oral scholarly communication:

  • Cornerstones of Academic Writing(CEAP 642): develop and refine your writing for structure, flow, and concision.
  • Fundamentals of Academic Presentations (CEAP 652): enhance your ability to deliver effective presentations.
  • Literature Review I: Summary and Critique (CEAP 661): summarize and engage with the work of other scholars.
  • Literature Review II: Establishing Scholarly Niches (CEAP 665): situate your research or argument in a field of study.

They also have courses tailored to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English.

  • Strategies for Academic Communication in English(CESL 631): expand your productive vocabulary to express complex ideas.
  • Fundamentals of Academic Writing in English (CESL 641): integrate rhetorical structures of academic writing with grammar essentials.
  • Pronunciation for Effective Communication (CESL 651): focus on your intelligibility (e.g., word stress, phrasing).

Registration can be completed through Minerva. For more info contact:



McGill graduate students enrolled in an MSc/PhD program, who hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status are eligible to apply for:

  • 3-12 months research stays at a non-Canadian Commonwealth institution as a part of their Master or PhD research;
  • Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

The “Quantitative Biology and Medical Genetics for the World” program offers awards of $6000 to $8000 to help with travel and living expenses during the stay. Institutions at all commonwealth countries are eligible, including:

South Africa, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.

Eligible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Quantitative genetics
  • Population genetics
  • Genetic/genomic epidemiology
  • High-throughput experimental methods in biology associated with quantitative analysis of data
  • Bioinformatics and computational genomics

For further information and application instructions, consult the guidelines.

For more info contact:


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