In memoriam: Dr. Mostafa Elhilali (1937-2017)

It is with sadness that we share the news that Dr. Mostafa Elhilali died suddenly in Florida on Saturday, April 29th. True to his legendary passion for the field of urology, he was attending the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons Meeting at the time of his death. A family man, philanthropist, colleague and friend, Dr. Mostafa Elhilali inspired countless people to reach for the top of their fields. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends around the world; he will be sorely missed.
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REGISTER NOW! Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinction Lecture – May 29

The lecture will take place at the Arts Building in the Moyse Hall. The special guest speaker is Dr. Atul Gawande, Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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March, April & May 2017

Med Events provides information on a range of events taking place across the Faculty of Medicine community that may be of interest to academic and support staff, as well as to students and residents.
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Call for proposals! Rossy Cancer Network Research Grants

The Rossy Cancer Network (RCN) wants to support your research initiatives in improving cancer care quality with grants of up to $100,000.
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Reflections and looking ahead

Message from Principal Fortier & Provost Manfredi

The last days of the winter term and first signs of spring provide an opportune moment to think about renewal. It is in this spirit of renewal that we share some reflections on the academic year that is winding down, and significant plans for the year ahead.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – May 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for May 2017 is now available online!
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Call for applications! Jonathan Campbell Meakins & Family Memorial Fellowship

We are pleased to announce a Faculty-wide call for applications for the Jonathan Campbell Meakins & Family Memorial Fellowship. Applications are due by May 31, 2017, for funds to be awarded in September 2017.
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New Canadian guideline recommends against screening for hepatitis C in adults who are not at increased risk

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends against screening for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) in adults at low risk in a guideline published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Given the lack of direct evidence that mass screening is beneficial and that patients identified by screening will either never develop symptoms of hepatitis C, or will remain well for decades after infection, we have recommended against screening for HCV in adults who are not at elevated risk,” said Dr. Roland Grad, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University and a member of the task force and chair of the guideline work group.
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I want to hold your hand: from the McGill Model to Strengths-Based Nursing and the evolution of patient-centred care

Patient-centred care has become something of a buzz term in medicine in the past decade. But what many in the field might not know is that a patient-centred care model was pioneered by McGill nurses back in the 1950s. The McGill Model of Nursing promoted the idea that nurses, patients and families are equal partners in providing support, information, and advocacy. Patients and families are treated with respect, and listened to as individuals with personalities, preferences and histories of their own. It is difficult to grasp now just how revolutionary these ideas were at the time.
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Turning skin cells into brain cells

The quest for better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has a powerful new tool at its disposal — the ability to artificially generate brain cells that have been shown to play an important role in the disease function. Using human skin cells, an international team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University has created a method to generate microglia, a type of brain cell involved in preserving the function of neural networks and responding to injury and disease.
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CF drugs are costly but hope can be found in the pipeline

Clapping on a child’s chest to release the disease’s telltale thick mucus is a long standing treatment for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). It does help, but discoveries in biomedical research are now leading to the development of new therapeutics which can target the molecular defect.
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Brigitte Kieffer appointed to French National Order of Merit

Dr. Brigitte Kieffer, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University and Scientific Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, was appointed an officer of the French National Order of Merit during a ceremony held in Montreal on May 19. Congratulations Dr. Kieffer!
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Martin Schmeing receives 2017 CSMB New Investigator Award

Dr. Martin Schmeing, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) New Investigator Award. This annual award was established by the Society to recognize meritorious research in biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology or genetics in Canada. Congratulations Dr. Schmeing!
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Queen Elizabeth Scholars explore gardens

On April 27 a community engagement event, called Exploring Urban Gardens, was held for members of the first two cohorts of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program (QES), which began in 2015-2016 and is led by Heather Whipps at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP).
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