03-Aug-12

The Complex Trait Analysis of Next Generation Sequence Data is holding a course at the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) for Molecular Medicine in Berlin from March 23-27, 2015. The concentration of this course is performing complex trait association analysis using sequence data in particular the analysis of rare variants.

Application Deadline Jan. 15, 2015

Detailed information

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Fragile X Study Offers Hope For New Autism Treatment

People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh and McGill University.

The scientists, who have identified a chemical pathway that goes awry in the brains of Fragile X patients, say a cancer drug candidate could reverse their behavioural symptoms. The researchers have found that a naturally occurring anti-fungal called cercosporamide can block the pathway and improve sociability in mice with the condition.

Read more

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Rare Diseases: Models and Mechanisms Network for Clinicians and Clinical Scientists

Canadian Rare Disease Models and Mechanisms Network (RDMM) have created a network to link clinicians and clinical scientists who have discovered a new rare disease gene with a basic scientist who is able to carry out functional analysis on an orthologous gene in a model system. Their goal is make these connections at the time of the disease gene discovery.

Also, the Network will catalyze establishment of these connections, and provide a $25,000 catalyst grant to the model organism lab as seed funds for immediate collaborative experiments in validating the disease gene mutation(s).

Further details

Official website

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Excellence and Travel Award Applications

Graduate Training Committee is now soliciting both Excellence and Travel Awards from graduate students in the Department of Human Genetics. Please see instructions for the application process on the links below:

Excellence Award Nomination Form , deadline January 15, 2015

Graduate Travel Award Form , deadline January 30, 2015

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McGill Ph.D. student in Human Genetics wins the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles Award

Congratulations to Juan Pablo Lopez, Ph.D. student in Human Genetics, winner of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award in the Fonds Santé category. The major impact of his publication: miR-1202 is a primate-specific & brain-enriched microRNA involved in major depression and antidepressant treatment published in Nature medicine is “the identification a new molecular target for antidepressant treatment. It provides important steps in the development of early diagnostic tools, preventive strategies, and effective pharmacological treatment for mood disorders.” To learn more about him and other Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award winners visit the Fonds de recherche du Québec website.

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03-Aug-12

Thompson House
3650 McTavish, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1Y2

September 4, 2012:
2:00 pm – Orientation Session for New Students
3:00 pm – Welcome Back/General Info Session for New AND Returning Students
4:30 pm – Cocktail/Wine & Cheese Party for all students, faculty and staff

These information sessions are very important and we expect all students to make every effort to attend. We also hope that you will be able to stay for the cocktail immediately thereafter. Faculty members are always welcome and encouraged to attend the information sessions, and please plan to come and say good bye to Thomas.

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Important: Don’t forget to defer your tuition and fees by the end of August on Minerva! Please see the following link regarding:
Tuition & Fees Payment Deferral
Deadlines and penalties

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A fantastic advanced genetics course: http://www.eurogene.org/?p=corsi&cc=next&m=3&s=2
Very highly recommended by Dr. Koenekoop.

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You are invited to a free-skate this Saturday, August 4th, at 5:00 PM to benefit the Cedars Cancer Institute Fuller Landau “Rain or Shine” Dragon Boat Race and Festival Fundraiser.
Our purpose is to raise funds and awareness for Cedars CanSupport which provides free psychological and emotional support, practical information, and financial assistance to cancer patients and their families at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). We are having a fundraiser this Saturday, August 4th, at 5:00 PM at the Aréna Roberto Luongo in St. Leonard. It will consist of a friendly shoot-out followed by a “Free-Skate” where donations would be accepted and most appreciated. Everyone is welcome to come with their skates and beat the heat during an hour of restful skating. Reminder: please bring a helmet if you wish to skate for liability issues.

The arena is located at the following address:
Aréna Roberto Luongo
7755 rue Colbert
Saint-Léonard
QC H1R2B6

All are welcome so invite your friends and family!

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Course: Advances in Human Genetics
Theme: Cancer Genomics

The course will have three subthemes:

1- Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics (Yasser Riazalhosseini)

2- High-throughput approaches in Cancer Genomics (Jacek Majewski)

3- Clinical applications of Genetics in hereditary cancers (Patricia Tonin)

The course will cover topics related to cancer genomics including cancer-associated genetic defects and epigenetic patterns, recent methodological advancement for the study of cancer genome, and examples of clinical application. Each session starts with an introductory presentation given by an instructor on the topic of session followed by student presentations. Two students present critical reviews of related papers selected by the instructor, however all students are expected to participate in discussions.

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

http://publications.mcgill.ca/humangenetics/files/2012/07/HGEN-Courses-201213.pdf

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:

http://www.mcgill.ca/mcb/academic/graduate

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


27-July-12

Academic Integrity Day!

Have your graduate students been asking questions about authorship? Do they know how to use data appropriately to develop an accurate analysis? Understanding the terms of academic integrity at McGill is essential to mastering scholarship. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Teaching and Learning Services is pleased to announce Academic Integrity Day.

The annual SKILLSETS flagship event will address questions regarding academic integrity which have been raised by graduate students. We are inviting you to a) inform supervisors of this student opportunity, and b) encourage your graduate students to participate in this important and interactive event where these issues will be explored through debate and discussion.

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 9:00-12:00PM

Please register online. Check-in and on-site registration begins at 8:30AM

Location: Omni Hotel (1050 Sherbrooke Street West)

Refreshments will be served.

Leaders:

  • Prof. Andre Costopoulos, Dean of Students
  • Prof. Abraham Fuks, Research Integrity Officer
  • Prof. Rosalie Jukier, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law
  • Prof. Josephine Nalbantoglu, Director, Integrated Program in Neuroscience, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Prof. Lisa Travis, Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Prof. John White, Graduate Program Director, Department of Physiology

What students who attended Academic Integrity Day had to say about the event:

- “The most useful aspects were the case studies and realizing that the issues are not always so black and white.”

- “I enjoyed hearing professors from different disciplines discuss questions they had encountered in their own work, and learning how the citation process varies so wildly from field to field.”

- “Having discussions with other graduate students, post-docs and faculty about academic integrity-related issues… like authorship were very helpful.”

 


19-Jul-12

1DegreeBio lists antibodies and custom services, supported by reviews by scientists, to help us choose the best products and
services for our work. It¹s free and easy to use, and features handy info like antibody dilutions, and which company is best for ordering primers.

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

http://publications.mcgill.ca/humangenetics/files/2012/07/HGEN-Courses-201213.pdf

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:

http://www.mcgill.ca/mcb/academic/graduate

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

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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

 


13-July-12

 

2012-13 Tuition Information!

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


03Jul12
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

1Jun12

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

HUMAN GENETICS GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH DAY

8:30am-6:00pm

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


17May12

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

Deadline: August 1, 2012

 

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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!

 

Best,

 

Manon Lemelin

Student Life Ambassador Program Coordinator

First-Year Office

ambassador.firstyear@mcgill.ca

Tel: (514) 398-6913

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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.

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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.)

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30jan12

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.

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Deadline: April 6, 2012

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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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.