Lung cancer: the numbers don’t lie

Fact: according to statistics from the Canadian Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer for both men and women in Canada. That’s why this month, the Goodman Cancer Research Centre – as part of a new video series – is highlighting lung cancer, and the work of Dr. Logan Walsh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Genetics.

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Dr. Roderick McInnes to receive the CSCI’s 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award

Dr. Roderick McInnes, Director of the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital and Acting President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is being honoured with the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award by the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation (CSCI). Dr. McInnes, who holds the Alva Chair in Human Genetics and a Canada Research Chair in Neurogenetics at McGill University, is being recognized for significant and innovative contributions in the field of human genetics.

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Suggested Articles to Read

  • Investing in research is the best way to create an innovative economy” written by Paul Armstrong and Carol Herbert in The Globe and Mail. Read here.
  • “Scientists can’t be silent” written by Christopher Coons in the Science Magazine. Read here.


McGill Residency Program in Medical Genetics

The Department of Human Genetics offers a 5 year residency training program in Medical Genetics that meets the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Collège des médecins du Québec, the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG), and the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG). The program involves 2 years of core training including Pediatrics and Internal Medicine followed by 3 years in Medical Genetics. The three years in Medical Genetics include at least eighteen months in clinical genetics (genetic counselling, dysmorphology, teratology, inherited metabolic disease, cancer genetics, neurogenetics and prenatal diagnosis) and six months of clinical laboratory exposure (biochemical genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics). The final year allows for increased training in any of the above areas.

Congratulations to both Ebba Alkhunaizi and Thomas Kitzler on finishing their residency program!


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December 2017

  • December 07, 2017 at 3:00pmGabriel Leiva-Torres’ PhD Oral Defence, entitled Mouse chemical mutagenesis to identify new immune mechanisms against cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex virus 1“. Supervisor: Dr. Silvia Vidal. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room W-315F.
  • December 08, 2017 at 9:00am – Scheduled Medical Genetics Academic Half Day activities. To be held at the MUHC Glen Site, Room D 03.5039.
  • December 08, 2017 at 10:30am – MUGQIC presents guest speaker seminar Dr. Daniel Sinnett, talk entitled “The Genomics determinants of childhood leukemia”. To be held at the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room M/48.
  • December 12, 2017 at 3:00pmAmanda Baumholtz’s PhD Oral Defence, entitled “Characterization of Claudin-dependent morphogenetic events during neural tube closure and impact of CLDN variants“. Supervisor: Dr. Aimee Ryan. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room W-315F.
  • December 13, 2017 at 4:00pmDr. Logan Walsh’s talk entitled “Integrated computational approaches for dissecting complex cancer phenotypes“. Presented under the context of HGEN 696 – Advanced Readings in Cancer Genetics, Genomics & Epigenetics. To be held at the McIntrye Medical Building, Room 521.
  • December 20, 2017 at 4:00pm – Zinab Doha’s M.Sc. Seminar entitled “Functional Characterization of CMG2 and its Mutants that Cause the Hyaline Fibromatosis Syndrome“. Supervisor: Dr. David Thomas. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room W-315F.
  • December 15, 2017 at 8:00am – Symposium hosted by the McGill initiative in Computational Medicine (MiCM), entitled “Computational Medicine: Harnessing data for better health. To be held at the McIntyre Medical Building, Room 504 RSVP.

Dec 08: 2nd QLS Beer and Pizza, Thompson House

You are invited to the 2nd QLS beer-and-pizza information session on Quantitative Life Sciences ( The program is designed as the graduate interdisciplinary version of the programs you’re currently enrolled in. Drop in to hear more, meet our director, see friends, and celebrate the end of the term – on us!

When: Friday, Dec. 8.

Where: Thomson House room 404, 3650 Rue McTavish

RSVP*: *Please let us know you are coming so we can make sure there is enough food and space for everyone.

Applications for Fall 2018 close on January 15. For information on application requirements, or to meet with our Program Coordinator please contact

Note: Undergraduate students can join our program without the need of a Master’s!


CALL FOR POSTERS: Dec 14: geXc Symposium, McGill University, Montreal

D-Mark Biosciences & geXc would like to announce an upcoming geXc Montreal 2017 Symposium being co-hosted with McGill University and CGEn, on Dec 14th in Montreal, being held at McIntyre Medical Building, Room No 504.

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. However, registration is required.

A student poster competition and social at the end of the day, where cash prizes for the winning posters (1st place – $250, 2nd place – $150, 3rd place – $50) will be announced. The poster competition and social is a really nice part of the geXc symposia series, as there is an opportunity to learn about the student research and a casual opportunity to network and visit with other attendees of the symposia. RSVP is required for students presenting posters. Please visit the official website:

Program Brochure


Science Exposed / La Preuve par l’image

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 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (ET)


Science, Action! – Show us your science!

Science, Action! is now offering 15 cash prizes for 60-second videos featuring NSERC-funded research that tell a simple story about fascinating science to anyone from ages 7 to 77. The 15 videos that tell the best stories will receive a cash prize and be featured as part of museum exhibits, science fairs and during Science Odyssey and Science Literacy Week.

For detailed information about eligibility and prizes, please visit the Science, Action! website.

Last year, Bryan Lee, a McGill M.Sc student in the Chemistry, won the top prize in NSERC’s Science, Action! video contest with his submission Mercury on the Move.

The deadline to submit your video is Friday, January 19, 2018.


Participate in Gene Program as a Host Lab

Gene researcher for a week program is seeking labs, researchers and graduate students to host 1 or 2 high school students for five days during 2018 spring break. As a part of CIHR-IG community outreach, this program provides an opportunity for those who have not had lab experience from other programs.

The students participating in this program are in grade 11, 12, CEGEP I, Sec5 and have passion for science and human health research.

Program Brochure

Lab of choice: genetic or computational

Program Duration: Five days (Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM)

Dates: last week of February—first to last week of March


SCS French Credit Courses for Graduate Students

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

All Graduate students that are new to the program, and wish to register for the Winter 2018 semester must take an Entrance Placement Test prior to registering for a particular course.

Please click the following link to reserve your spot at the next Entrance Placement Test on November 16th:

(Other dates will be available soon on our page but we encourage you to register ASAP since we have limited spots available: November 22nd; December 12th; late registration: January 4th)

Please visit the website for more details about our Certificate Program:, or the interactive timetable, to help you plan your schedule.



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:


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