REGISTER NOW! Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinction Lecture – May 27

This lecture will take place in the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building. Speaker: Dr. Nubia Muñoz, Former Unit chief at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon.
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RSVP! Faculty Town Hall Meeting – June 2

The Town Hall meeting will take place in the Charles Martin Amphitheatre at the McIntyre Building at 4:30 p.m.
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SIGN UP THIS WEEK: Invitation from the Principal and the Dean – McGill joins “Walk for Montreal” – June 20

McGill joins “Walk for Montreal” to inaugurate new MUHC Glen site.
Join Prof. Suzanne Fortier, Dr. David Eidelman, Mayor Denis Coderre and thousands more to mark historic event.

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McGill’s next budget: Cost-cutting measures maintained

While McGill’s cost-cutting measures will remain in place, staff salary commitments will be honoured and work will soon begin to modernize McGill’s buildings and IT infrastructure, Provost Anthony C. Masi told Senate in his annual budget presentation.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – May 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for May 2015 is now available online!
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Royal College offers wellness guides to residents at a special discount

In the spirit of promoting resident wellness, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is offering two helpful resources on time management and physician health at a discounted price for the month of May. Each guide is 25 per cent off until May 31, 2015, and you can buy both as a “Physician Wellness Bundle” and get 30 per cent off. Specialty residents who are Royal College Resident Affiliates save even more because they get 50 per cent off before the sale is applied.
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REGISTER NOW! JGH Mini-Med School – May 5 to June 2

Mental Health Matters! Come and discover how our minds shape our lives.
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Quebec registry for users of medical cannabis

The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) have launched a registry for users of medical cannabis in Quebec that will allow physicians to better manage its use and monitor patient safety. This innovative project represents the world’s first research database on the use of cannabis for medical purposes and places the province at the forefront of research in the field of medical cannabis. The registry was launched in response to a call by the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) for guidelines on the use of medical cannabis in accordance with new government regulations. As of April 1, 2014, cannabis can only be prescribed “within a research framework,” as it is not a medically recognized treatment.
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May – Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

May is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. Canada has one of the world’s highest rates of MS – about 1,100 new cases each year. Some 50,000 Canadians have MS. More than one in five patients are in Quebec.
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Towards a better understanding of depression

A new study published by the team of Naguib Mechawar, Ph.D., a researcher at the Douglas Institute (CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal) and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, suggests that the integration of new neurons in the adult brain is a phenomenon more generally compromised in the brains of depressed patients. This new work confirms that neurogenesis in the human olfactory bulb is a marginal phenomenon in adults. These findings shed light on the special features of the human brain.
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Impact of video gaming on the brain

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B by the teams of Dr. Gregory West (Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal) and Dr. Véronique Bohbot (Douglas Institute researcher and associate Professor at McGill University and the Douglas Research Institute of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal) shows that while video game players (VGPs) exhibit more efficient visual attention abilities, they are also much more likely to use navigation strategies that rely on the brain’s reward system (the caudate nucleus) and not the brain’s spatial memory system (the hippocampus). Past research has shown that people who use caudate nucleus-dependent navigation strategies have decreased grey matter and lower functional brain activity in the hippocampus.
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McGill grad receives CIHR-IHSPR Rising Star Award

Leah Smith, who recently received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill University, was announced as one of two recipients for the CIHR-IHSPR’s 2015 Rising Star Award. Congratulations Dr. Smith!
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Winners of the Maude Abbott, Haile T. Debas and Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Prizes announced!

We are pleased to announce the 2015 winners of these three major Faculty of Medicine prizes: Dr. Amira El-Messidi, Dr. Madhukar Pai and Dr. Philipppe Archanbault. Congratulations to all our winners!
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Medical Student Symposium lived up to expectations

The 7th “Colloque médical étudiant du Québec” (CMEQ), a two-day symposium organized by medical students for medical students, was held at the Delta Sherbrooke hotel May 8-9., reuniting 150 students from the 4 medical faculties in Quebec, who came together to discuss topics ranging from medicine in war zones, like Afghanistan, to extreme geographic zones, like the Arctic Circle or the high altitudes in Nepal, to regions devastated by natural disasters, like Haiti in 2010.
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