The Faculty of Medicine’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy welcomes three newly hired tenure-track faculty members

The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) recently announced that Marie Brossard-Racine and Tania Janaudis-Ferreria would join the Faculty in August 2015, while Stefanie Blain-Moraes will join in January 2016 upon completion of her maternity leave. Welcome to our new SPOT Faculty members!
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In Memoriam: Dr. Carroll Laurin (1928-2015)

It is with great sadness that we inform the community of the passing of Dr. Carroll Laurin, who passed away peacefully on July 24, 2015 at the Montreal General Hospital. Dr. Laurin was Director of the orthopedic programs in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University and at the University of Montreal. Part of his legacy will ensure that research is a living part of the training of future orthopedic surgeons in both Universities.
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SAVE THE DATE: Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA): 50th Anniversary Scientific Symposium – November 24

This symposium, honouring Dr. Phil Gold and Dr. Samuel Freedman, is hosted by The Rosalind & Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, The Montreal General Hospital Foundation, The Research Institute of the MUHC and McGill Faculty of Medicine.
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Message from Mr. Michael Di Grappa

My workplace survey and summer working groups

Two months ago I asked for your thoughts on the McGill employee experience, and your response was incredible. Nearly 1,300 people completed the My Workplace survey, and more than 400 took the time to share text comments as well, averaging about a half-page each. You had a lot to tell us, and I want to thank you for all of it – both positive and negative.
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September issue of MedEd @ the Centre

This issue features highlights from the Centre for Medical Education members.
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Call for Proposals: Edith Strauss Research Grant – Deadline: September 15

Are you a clinician, researcher or graduate/professional student interested in MOVING RESEARCH EVIDENCE INTO CLINICAL PRACTICE?
You are invited to apply for an Edith Strauss knowledge translation grant of up to $12,000.
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Summer 2015 Newsletter of the RI-MUHC

We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2015 Newsletter of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is now available online!
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McGill community honours those who donate their bodies to science for teaching purposes

A story by Susan Schwartz, which appeared in the Montreal Gazette earlier this week, profiles the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology’s annual commemorative ceremony.
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Health Minister invites medical students and residents to spend a few hours in his shoes

Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Gaétan Barrette, spoke to a packed house of medical students and residents August 25 for more than four hours on the future of health care and the physician’s role in the province. The event, which took place in the Charles F. Martin Amphitheatre of the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, was live-streamed to satellite locations in Gatineau, Val d’Or and Chateauguay.
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The NIH grants over $2.5 million for Canadian research on the artificial pancreas

A Canadian research team working on the development of an external artificial pancreas is receiving a grant of $2,509,367 USD from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The objective of the project, which will be led by Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret (adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine) at McGill University) at the IRCM (Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal), is to compare the effectiveness of the single-hormone (insulin alone) artificial pancreas, the dual-hormone (insulin and glucagon) artificial pancreas, and conventional insulin pump therapy for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
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Cystic Fibrosis: Researchers unveil the secrets of key bacteria for a better understanding of the disease

A team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) led by Dr. Dao Nguyen, respirologist and researcher in the Translational Research in Dao-NguyenRespiratory Diseases Program, made a recent breakthrough in cystic fibrosis (CF). Cystic fibrosis, which affects the respiratory and digestive systems, is the most common fatal genetic disease that affects almost 4,000 people in Canada and 1,300 in Québec.
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Incoming Faculty of Medicine student among latest Schulich Scholarship recipients

Ontario high school student Aditya Mohan has been named as one of McGill’s most recent recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships. A graduate of Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa, Mohan will be entering McGill’s microbiology and immunology program this fall.
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McGill’s Dr. Claire Trottier participates in Biology Scholars Program

Dr. Claire Trottier, who recently began a full time position as an Education Specialist in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, was selected as the only Canadian participant in the 2015 Biology Scholars Residency Program, organized by the American Society for Microbiology. This 18 month program includes an intensive summer institute held in Washington, D.C. this past July. The program is meant to empower biologists to be leaders in science education, build capacity in biology education research and catalyze sustained undergraduate education reform. Congratulations Dr. Trottier!
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Facing Death

“For many, talking frankly about death seems as dangerous as staring directly into the sun. We change the topic. We talk around it. We focus on the future, on hopes that we don’t believe in ourselves,” says Mary Koziol, Class of 2018, in a CMAJ blog post reflecting on her personal experience with death and dying following the first year palliative care visit as part of the UGME curriculum.
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