Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at the Human Genetics Research Day, Thursday, May 17th. It was great to hear and see the variety of ongoing research throughout the Department.

Congratulations to our:

Oral Presentation Winners (12min Talks): Katie Teng, Patricia Goerner-Potvin & John Morris

Three-Minute Presentation Winners: Karine Choquet & Saumeh Saeedi

Poster Presentation Winners: Caitlin Fierheller, Graham Lean, Rached Alkallas, Nicholas Anthony, Wejdan Alenezi & Karine Choquet

Left to right: Wejdan Alenezi, Caitlin Fierheller, Katie Teng, Graham Lean, John Morris, Dr. Nancy Cox, Karine Choquet, Nicholas Anthony, Saumeh Saeedi & Patricia Goerner-Potvin Missing: Rached Alkallas

Lastly, a special thanks to the oral and poster presentation judges for volunteering their time!


May 24: Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives career panel

Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives, in collaboration with the Integrated Program in Neuroscience, is hosting a career panel on May 24, entitled “The Road Less Travelled: Unique careers for neuroscientists”

Discover diverse career paths available to you after your neuroscience-related graduate studies or postdoctoral experience! Join us for a panel discussion featuring 6 inspiring speakers, followed by networking with food provided.

Date and time: Thursday, May 24 from 5:30-8:00pm

Location: Leacock Building, room 232

Register here.

Website with details and registration form: mcgill.ca/hbhl/career-panel


June 15-17: Closing the genomics research gap: Symposium in Montreal

The McGill Genome Centre, with the support of the Gairdner Foundation, is organising a series of events from June 15-17, 2018 that will address the needs for equity in face of the genomic revolution in health care.

Entitled “Closing the genomics research gap: Inequalities in Genomics Research and Health (And What To Do About Them)”, the three-day series will include scientific sessions, training and public lectures from world leaders in genomics, medicine and related disciplines, and from policy makers. The scientific sessions, to be held on June 16th and 17th, will examine the issues and outline concrete strategies to ensure that all can benefit from genomic approaches to medicine.

The questions to be addressed include:  How should we design studies that account for diversity while avoiding confounders? How should genomic research be performed to build trust and promote engagement from diverse communities? Can statistical methods help compensate for sampling biases? How do we account for research disparities in clinical care? What incentives should be in place to encourage representative research?

The afternoon of the June 15th will be devoted to training in statistical methods for genetic research in ethnically diverse populations. An evening of public lectures, along with questions and answers, on Genomes, History, and Medicine will be held on June 15. The public lectures will be given by Dr. Lluis Quintana-Murci, Institut Pasteur, Paris, and by Dr. Joanna Mountain, 23andMe, Mountain View, California.

Attendance at all events is free of charge but registration is mandatory. For more information and to register, please visit the event website www.genomicsgap.com or contact gap.genome@mcgill.ca.

Dates: June 15-17, 2018

Venue: Martin Amphitheatre (Room 504), McIntyre Building McGill University, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Website: www.genomicsgap.com

Email: gap.genome@mcgill.ca



May 24: WIN4Science Forum – You’re Invited!

WIN4Science is an initiative started in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics that has been running a seminar series to create awareness of the challenges that women face in the Life Sciences. WIN4Science wants to further support women in Life Sciences by creating skills training workshops and fundraising to financially support female PhD students and postdocs. To direct such activities towards the greatest needs, the WIN4Science Committee would like to hear back from the McGill Life Sciences community.

The Win4Science Forum will take place on May 24th, 2018 from 8:30-2:30 at the Faculty Club. It will be run using the World Café method where selected questions will be discussed at each table and participants move around. Challenges, opportunities and solutions will be discussed at each level, i.e. graduate students, postdocs and professors.

Win4Science website

Win4Science Forum registration


Community Access Program for Epigenome Profiling

The McGill Epigenome Mapping Centre, in collaboration with our partnered centre at UBC / BC Cancer and the CIHR CEEHRC network, is excited to announce the launch of the Community Access Program for Epigenome Profiling.

Within this program, researchers within the Canadian scientific community can submit applications for samples to be profiled by the McGill or UBC mapping centres. The CEEHRC mapping centres will cover the costs of library generation, sequencing and primary data analysis including submission of the resulting sequence and metadata to a public repository from nominated biological specimens that meet requirements.

The deadline for applications to the program is May 31st, 2018.

To find out more information on the scope of the program, sample requirements, and application form, please click on the Community Access Program for Epigenome Profiling link.

The application form is also available here.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please do not hesitate to contact emc.mcgill@gmail.com.


June 13-14: Bioinformatics of Genomic Medicine workshop in Montreal

McGill University Genome Quebec Innovation Centre along with the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop series, are organizing a workshop on Bioinformatics of Genomic Medicine here in Montreal on June 13-14. Topics include the identification of disease variants and patient classification.

Early registration is until April 26 and there are opportunities to get an award to cover the registration fee. See link or flyer attached: https://bioinformatics.ca/workshops/2018-bioinformatics-of-genomic-medicine/






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