A one-day workshop organized by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) Molecular Imaging Platform to introduce a variety of state-of-the-art microscopy and imaging techniques and their applications in biomedical research. The workshop will include on-site practical demonstrations of advanced microscopy imaging techniques.

Where: At the Centre for Translational Biology (CTB) – Glen site, 1001 Décarie Boulevard, RI-MUHC Auditorium, Block E, Room S1.1129
When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 9 am – 12:30 pm.
Event: Lectures

Where: At the Centre for Translational Biology (CTB) – Glen site, 1001 Décarie Boulevard, RI-MUHC Molecular Imaging Platform, Room E01.5100
When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 2 – 5 pm.
Event: Demonstration and discussion

Workshop Flyer



Opportunity to Explore Montreal Startups!

Ever wonder what it’s like inside a startup? Maybe you’re looking for a job or internship with an up and coming company? Perhaps you simply want to know what a startup is and does?

Join the McGill Dobson Centre team at the annual Startup Open House and visit more than 100+ local startups that have opened their doors to the public. It’s your opportunity to meet founders, see cool products and have a drink in a casual ambiance.

Partnered with SharetheBus to offer you a $6 all-access pass to the evening, which gets you a lift from McGill and back, with all of your friends and fellow studentrepreneurs. Seats are extremely limited to make sure to get your pass now!

Save Your Seat Now!

Date: Thursday, October 29

Time: 4:00-7:00 pm


Mitacs Funding for International Research in India, France and Tunisia

Mitacs is now accepting applications for competitive international research opportunities, including student travel to and from Canada.

Results will be announced in February 2016 and research projects can begin any time between February 2016 and December 31, 2016.

For students in Canada to do research abroad:

Application Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5:00pm PST

To learn more, visit the Globalink web page or contact Mitacs International at international@mitacs.ca


PARA (665) Statistical Bioinformatics – Winter 2016

Prof. Xia is offering a Special Topics course in Statistical Bioinformatics (PARA 665) in January 2016 at the Institute of Parasitology, Room P-117.

If this is of interest to the graduate students, please feel free to contact Prof. Xia directly @: jeff.xia@mcgill.ca

Registration is open now on Minerva (CRN: 4555 , Term: 201601).


OneStart Bio-Entrepreneurship Program for Students/PostDocs

Win $150k to realize your healthcare business idea! Applications are open NOW

Do you have an innovative idea that could tackle humanity’s most pressing healthcare needs?

Announcing the launch of OneStart 2016, the world’s largest life sciences and healthcare accelerator program. Offering young entrepreneurs the chance to win US$150k, free lab space and on-going advice from an extensive mentor network drawn from McKinsey and Co., Johnson and Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, SR One, Takeda Ventures, and more.

There is no cost to apply, and applications are open now until 1st Dec, 2015.

Learn more at onestart.co today and start building your winning team.

If you have any questions regarding the program please do not hesitate to contact jessica.sutcliffe.10@ucl.ac.uk


ASHG 2015 Award Recipients Reception


On September 16, 2015 the Department of Human Genetics hosted a Reception at the Faculty Club to honor and recognize the recipients of two prestigious awards winners:

ASHG 2015 Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education: Dr. Rodrick McInnes

ASHG 2015 Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award: Dr. Charles Scriver

“Dr. McInnes has contributed to scientific understanding of retina and eye development, as well as retinal degeneration, and currently, his laboratory focuses on neuronal processes. He has served on numerous educational committees since the 1970s, launched a training program for clinician-scientists, and taught genetics and provided guidance at the medical and graduate levels. Since 2001, Drs. Nussbaum, McInnes, and Willard have collaboratively authored the sixth, seventh, and eighth editions of the human genetics textbook Genetics in Medicine. Nearly 60 genetics education programs worldwide currently use the textbook, in levels ranging from undergraduate to graduate and professional study, and in diverse contexts including medical, nursing, public health, speech and language, and dental programs.”

“Dr. Scriver, a clinician-scientist who has dedicated his career to discovering, training, treating, and educating the public about inherited metabolic and other genetic diseases, has worked at McGill University for more than 50 years, having founded the deBelle Laboratory for Biochemical Genetics in 1961. Early in his career, Dr. Scriver encountered a recurrent seasonal epidemic in Quebec that affected infants and children with Vitamin D deficiency. Along with colleagues, he instituted a combination of epidemiological, regulatory, economic, political, demographic, and cultural approaches to address the problem. Over the following years, he studied inborn errors of metabolism in the newly created deBelle Laboratory, where he identified a variety of inborn errors affecting enzymes, metabolic pathways, and membrane transport systems. He served as lead editor of the 6th, 7th, and 8th editions of The Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease and is currently an emeritus editor of its online edition. He developed a Quebec-wide database tracking the incidence of genes that cause metabolic disorders, and since the 1980s, has advocated for the sharing of information to move genetics research forward. “


BioConnect Symposium 2015

The fifth annual BioConnect Conference themed “Revolutionizing Biotechnology:Stimulating Innovation Through Collaboration.”

BioConnect aims to bring students and professionals together in order to network and learn about the current state and future direction of the biotechnology industry. Hosted by graduate students from McGill University’s renowned Masters of Applied Science in Biotechnology program, the conference serves as a valuable resource to connect highly qualified, skilled researchers and industry leaders.

BioConnect is an amazing event which includes discussions from leaders involved in all areas of biotechnology development, as well as a student poster competition. Furthermore, BioConnect provides a fantastic opportunity for those looking to jump-start their career and, a wealth of talented individuals who would be a valuable addition to any company.

Date: Friday, November 06, 2015

Time: 1:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: McGill University New Residence Hall

Tickets and more information: http://bioconnect.conference.mcgill.ca/Bioconnect2015/Home






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Here is a link to the courses being offered this year:


It is recommended that students only take one course at a time. Courses (other than the mandatory HGEN 692) are to be selected in consultation with your supervisor.


For students interested in enrolling in the Bioinformatics Option, here are the details:


Interested students should discuss this program with their supervisor and then submit the letter and application to dept.humangenetics@mcgill.ca


HGSS Executive 2012-13:

Jeremy Saban President
Nick Light Vice President Internal
Emma Brasell Vice President Internal
Juan Lopez Vice President Academic
Nikki Meadows Vice President External/Post-Graduate Student Society Representatives
Shaza Mokhtar Vice President External/Post-Graduate Student Society Representatives
Shian Yea Wong Vice President Communications
VACANT Post-doctoral Fellow Rep
Nikki Meadows HGSS Conference Chair (2012)
Jian Zhang HGSS Conference Chair (2013)
VACANT Hospital/Site Rep.: Medical Residents
Murielle Akpa Hospital/Site Rep.: MCH
Sam Smillie Hospital/Site Rep.: MGH
Nick Light Hospital/Site Rep. Innovation Centre
Cristiana Cruceanu Hospital/Site Rep.: Douglas
Peter Moussa Hospital/Site Rep.: Bellini/Goodman/Life Sciences
VACANT Hospital/Site Rep.: RVH
Shaza Mokhtar Hospital/Site Rep.: JGH
VACANT Hospital/Site Rep.: Shriner’s
VACANT Hospital/Site Rep.: MNI
Michelle Lane Hospital/Site Rep.: Genetic Counselling




2012-13 Tuition Information!

Updated Course Outline for HGEN 660B: Genetics, Ethics and Law

Acclaimed Jeremy Saban President (1):
Election Nick Light Vice President Internal (2):
Emma Brasell
Murielle Akpa
Acclaimed Juan Lopez Vice President Academic (1):
Acclaimed Nikki Meadows Vice President External/Post-Graduate Student Society Representatives (2):
Acclaimed Shaza Mokhtar
Acclaimed Shian Yea Wong Vice President Communications (1):
VACANT Post-doctoral Fellow Representative (1):
Acclaimed Jian Zhang HGSS Conference Chair for HGSS conference 2013 (1):
VACANT HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: Medical Residents
VACANT HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: Montreal Children’s Hospital
 Acclaimed Samuel Smillie HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: Montreal General Hospital
Acclaimed Nick Light HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: McGill University-Génome Québec Innovation Center
Acclaimed Cristiana Cruceanu HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: Douglas Hospital
Acclaimed Peter Moussa HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: Bellini/Goodman/Life Sciences Ctr
VACANT HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: Royal Victora Hospital
Acclaimed Shaza Mokhtar HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: Jewish General Hospital
VACANT HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: Shriner’s Hospital & Research Institute
VACANT HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: Montreal Neurological Institute
 Acclaimed Michelle Lane HGSS Hospital/Site Representative: MSc in Genetic Counselling


June 6, 2012, 3:30pm – Stewart Biology Building Room W4/12

Ph.D. Seminar

Vince Forgetta

“Extending Genome Analysis Software into Biology”

Dewar Lab



June 13, 2012, 3:30pm – Stewart Biology Building Room W4/12

Ph.D. Seminar

Nafisa Jadavji

“Impact of genetic and nutritional disturbances in one-carbon metabolism on brain function and  structure in mice.”

Rozen Lab




June 19, 2012, 3:30pm – Stewart Biology Building Room W4/12

Ph.D. Oral Defence

Ashley Birch

“Transcriptome, genomic and genetic analyses of chromosome 3p genes implicated as tumour suppressors in ovarian cancer”

Tonin Lab




June 20, 2012, 9:00am – Stewart Biology Building Room W4/12

Ph.D. Oral Defence

Karine Jacaob

“Identification of genetic/molecular events specific to gliomas and involved in gliomagenesis”

Jabado Lab




June 21



In collaboration with

The McGill Distinguished Lectureship in Human Genetics (4:00pm)

Dr Adrian Hill, MRCP (Royaume-Uni). DM (Oxford). D.Phil. (Oxford)

Director, The Jenner Institute and Professor of Human Genetics

Oxford University

“Host genetics of tropical infectious diseases and some applications to vaccine design”

Charles Martin Amphitheatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building

3655 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, Quebec


June 27, 2012, 3:30pm – Stewart Biology Building Room W4/12

Ph.D. Oral Defence

Paulina Wojnarowicz

“Chromosome 17 and epithelial ovarian cancer: Evidence of genomic loss, altered gene expression, and tumour suppressor gene candidates”

Tonin Lab




Date TBA

Ph.D. Seminar

Xiaoyang Liu

Jabado Lab




Date TBC

Ph.D. Seminar

Zia Choudhry

Joober Lab


MSc/PhD Scholarships are available from the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Foundation

Deadline: August 1, 2012



The First-Year Office at McGill is host to a program for new Canadian graduates students admitted to all departments at McGill, and we are writing to ask for your help!


Our program is called the Student Life Ambassador Program and is modeled on our very successful First-Year Student Life Ambassador Program as well as the International Buddy Program.  As you may expect, these programs have played important roles in helping many newly-admitted students with the transition process. We definitely foresee the benefits of this program for new Canadian graduate students.


How can you help?


Our first step is to recruit volunteers who will be Ambassadors to new students; we hope you will be interested in applying! Ideally, volunteer characteristics include the following:


Ÿ  Has a good knowledge of McGill and Montreal.

Ÿ  Will attend McGill in the 2012 Fall Semester.

Ÿ  Has access to email during June, July and August.


If you are interested, please fill out the information form available at the following link:


Student Life Ambassador Application Form


More about the Student Life Ambassador Program


Through the Student Life Ambassador Program, newly-admitted Masters and PhD students will be assigned to senior student volunteers with whom they will correspond with, via e-mail, over the summer. The senior students answer any questions that the new students have and play an important role in welcoming the new students to McGill.  The First-Year Office will contact Ambassadors by e-mail and provide all relevant materials.  Historically, our Student Life Ambassador Program has succeeded because so many of the participants end up enjoying this unique opportunity to either help or be helped. Many people remain in contact and become friends.


When to sign up?


As soon as possible! We can offer this program if we have a sufficient number of volunteers from each faculty. So please get involved and help us welcome new graduate students to McGill.


We would appreciate hearing from you by May 31st, 2012. In the meantime, if you need any further information, please feel free to contact me at any time.


Thank you for your help and I look forward to hearing from you!




Manon Lemelin

Student Life Ambassador Program Coordinator

First-Year Office


Tel: (514) 398-6913



In support of the AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science, several corporations are sponsoring a limited number of two-year subscriptions to

Science magazine (which includes membership in AAAS) for graduate students, medical students, PhD candidates, and postdocs working in the life sciences.

Students who are interested can send their full names and email addresses to gradadmin.med@mcgill.ca by 18-May-12 (subscriptions are limited to 50).


This opportunity includes full membership in AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) for two years, which

includes a two-year subscription to the digital version of the weekly journal Science at no charge.


Students will be contacted and invited to participate in the AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science. Those who are ultimately selected will

join the nearly 130,000 AAAS members and Science subscribers in the world’s largest multidisciplinary science organization.


In the next few months, McGill will be announcing significant new initiatives in support of thesis and scholarly writing for all thesis graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. These offerings will be available through
The McGill Writing Centre (MWC) and will be phased in during the 2012-13 academic year. The MWC will offer a suite of modules, workshops, and other activities designed to enhance scholarly writing, for both native and non-native English speakers, including instruction in writing strategies and techniques, self-editing processes, and the development of peer-review groups and dissertation “boot camps.” These offerings will form part of McGill’s larger network of professional and transitional training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (most notably SKILLSETS) and thus be provided without charge to participants. We will be communicating with you on an ongoing basis to bring you the latest news on this exciting development.


The MWC will continue to offer credit courses in academic writing and oral communication in 2012-13. These courses will not be part of the new scholarly and thesis writing initiative and, as “Extra Courses,” will be subject to appropriate fees.


(Courses taken outside of the graduate program are considered ‘extra courses’ and are listed here for 2011-2012. You will be able to access the upcoming list of extra courses for 2012-2012 by consulting the 2012-2013 edition of Programs, Courses and University Regulations for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that will be available in July 2012 at www.mcgill.ca/study.)




Welcome back to this year’s Human Genetics Student Society career cafes. The Career Cafe is meant as an opportunity for you to informally meet professionals and speak with them about their careers and experiences. It is our pleasure to host this event, and we would like you to nominate the professionals who will lead the discussions. If you think someone in industry or academia can be good speakers, please reply to Jian Zhang jian.zhang6@mail.mcgill.ca with their names, positions and contact information. We would like to send our invitations soon. Thank you very much and have a great academic year.


Deadline: April 6, 2012


The Life Sciences Library is conducting a research study about how you use your mobile device like an iPhone, iPad, or other internet-enabled phone or tablet computer. We are asking you to fill out a 14 question survey that will take 10 minutes of your time.

Click here to start the survey: https://surveys.mcgill.ca/limesurvey/index.php?sid=98379&lang=en

It is your choice whether you wish to participate in this survey. Any question you prefer not to answer can be skipped and you can terminate the survey at any time.  At the end of the study, you will have the option to provide your contact information for a follow-up interview. If you choose to provide this information, we will separate your contact information from your responses before reading and analyzing this data

The plan for this study has been reviewed for its adherence to ethical guidelines by McGill University. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights or welfare as a participant in this research study, please contact the McGill Ethics Officer at 514-398-6831 or lynda.mcneil@mcgill.ca.


  • The AMBGC is scheduled to be held on Thursday February 16th, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Mid-town. Dr. Galit Alter, from the Ragon Institute of Harvard, MIT and MGH, will deliver the keynote address. Participants have the chance to give oral and poster presentations to their fellow students and faculty in 10 different categories, and to win cash prizes. Registration is FREE. 

  • SKILLSETS fall schedule: Please see the preliminary fall schedule of offerings for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Dates and times are subject to change so please see, the online calendar which is updated on a regular basis. InfoBulletins will go out bi-weekly starting next week.




Bahareh Hekmatnejad (Shriners)


Vice-President Internal (2 slots)

Jian Zhang (Genome Centre)

Christine Watt (MCH)


Vice-President External (2 slots)

Shaza Mokhtar (JGH)

Nikki Meadows (MCH)


Vice-President Academic

Juan Lopez (Douglas)


VP Communications

Tomasz Tomko (Meakins-Christie)


HGSS Conference Chair

2011 Noha Gerges (MCH)

2012 Nikki Meadows (MCH)