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.”
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
The 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.
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.
The annual Department of Human Genetics Teaching Award is given to one member of the clinical faculty and one member of the research faculty to recognize their contributions in the teaching, supervision and mentorship of students.
This year’s winners were chosen from among several nominations submitted by students, residents and faculty members, and were announced at the Department meeting on March 14th and at the Graduate Student research Day on June 21st.
David Rosenblatt, MD
Patricia Tonin, PhD
Congratulations to the winners!
Please keep your ideas in mind for next year’s award nominees.
The Faculty Awards Committee:
Congratulations to the Winners of our Research Day Prizes:
Xiaoyang Liu – 1st prize, oral presentation
Jaeseung Kim – 1st prize, poster presentation
Juan Pablo Lopez – 2nd prize, oral presentation
Lena Dolman – 2nd prize, poster presentation
Gregory Boivin – 3rd prize, oral presentation
Jeremy Saban – 3rd prize, poster presentation
It is our pleasure to announce that Bartha Maria Knoppers, Director of the Centre of Genomics & Policy and Professor in the Department of Human genetics received the Order of Québec on June 7th, 2012 in Québec City. Please see her profile here.
David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Mourns the Loss of Founding President and Genetics Pioneer David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD
After a career that spanned nearly half a century, Dr. David L. Rimoin, founding president of ACMG and in many ways the founder of one of the most fast- paced specialties in modern clinical medicine, passed away on Sunday May 27, 2012 in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer, which had only been diagnosed a few days before.
Dr. Rimoin was a giant in the field of medical genetics. He leaves not only an enduring legacy but also a void in the hearts of the many who loved him, including his beloved wife Ann of 32 years and their three cherished children, Anne, Michael and Lauren.
Clarke Fraser was inducted to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2012 http://www.cdnmedhall.org/list-name?year=2012
If you haven’t heard it already, Dr. Fraser was interviewed by CBC radio. The podcast can be heard here (fast forward to about 19 minutes 30 seconds) http://podcast.cbc.ca/w6/worldatsix.mp3
On April 24, during a ceremony at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Mary Argent-Katwala, Director of Research at the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, presented the William E. Rawls Prize to Dr Nada Jabado, researcher at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at McGill University.
The Canadian Cancer Society wants to recognize “Dr Nada Jabado’s remarkable contribution to our understanding of brain cancers in children in the last decade,” Mary Argent-Katwala said at the award ceremony.
At the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Dr Jabado diagnoses fatal tumours. Brain cancers are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among children because existing treatments are often ineffective. A caring doctor, Dr Jabado focuses on research to one day give hope to the children she treats. “What I am hopeful and proud of is that my work might one day help cure these cancers,” the researcher said.
Innovative in her research, Dr Jabado established a multidisciplinary team composed of pediatric oncologists, bioinformaticians, pathologists and basic scientists. She then equipped the laboratory with a database of childhood tumours, thanks to the collaboration of her peers in Canada and abroad.
To this day, her work has led to great progress in the understanding of brain cancers in children and paved the way for promising treatments. Dr Jabado’s team has most notably identified a genetic mutation present in 40% of glioblastomas, a type of brain cancer. It explains the resistance of glioblastomas to radiation and chemotherapy.
Her recent work has also been the subject of several articles, notably two that appeared in Nature magazine (January and February 2012 issues).
She also won the Maude Abbott prize which was established in 2010 by the Faculty of Medicine in order to recognize outstanding female Faculty Members who excel in Education, Research or Administration with a focus at the early career stage.
Congratulations to our new Human Genetics Students Society (HGSS) members for 2011-2012. We have students from many different sites, which should help with communication and organizing. Click here to find out more about our HGSS members!
The Department’s Human Genetics Graduate Student Research Day was held on June 2, 2011, with many of our students presenting their work, and featuring keynote speaker Dr. Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. – Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH.
Three students were awarded prizes for presenting talks, and four students were awarded for poster presentations. The third prize winner for presenting a talk was Justine Garner, a student in Dr. Jacquetta Trasler’s lab, and winner of a $200 prize.