Dr. Wilson Miller appointed Clinical Lead of the Rossy Cancer Network

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Wilson H. Miller, Jr. as the new Clinical Lead for the Rossy Cancer Network (RCN) effective September 1, 2014.
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Dr. Regina Husa Appointed Director of Accreditation of Postgraduate Medical Education

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Regina Husa as Director of Accreditation, Postgraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective September 1, 2014.
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Save the Date! Faculty Town Hall Meeting – November 12

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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REGISTER NOW! McGill Mini-Med lecture series – October 21 to November 25

The Faculty of Medicine of McGill University is offering a 6-week lecture series for the public, presented by Professors in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health.
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REGISTER NOW: 2nd International Conference on Clinical Reasoning – October 28-31

This conference is open to all healthcare professionals and researchers who have an interest in clinical reasoning and will take place at the Westin Hotel in Montreal.
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Oncology for Practicing Physicians online course

The Continuing Health Professional Education Office of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, together with McGill oncologists, has designed and developed a comprehensive, online, accredited course entitled Oncology for Practicing Physicians.
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Global Health Programs’ student awards

The deadlines for the Global Health Programs’ student awards are quickly approaching. Please submit your applications now!
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Study sheds light on genetic architecture of kidney cancer

A new study on a large cohort of kidney cancer patients in Europe sheds light on the genetic architecture of the disease — and reveals an apparent link between exposure to aristolochic acid and incidence of kidney cancer, particularly in Romania.

The research, by an international team led by scientists from the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre in Montreal, underscores the importance of investigating possible sources of exposure to aristolochic acid.
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A key to aortic valve disease prevention: Lowering cholesterol early

An international research team led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and Lund University has provided new evidence that aortic valve disease may be preventable. Their findings show that so-called “bad” cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) is a cause of aortic valve disease – a serious heart condition that affects around five million people in North America and is the most common cause for valve replacement.
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World Polio Day – October 24

Until recently, polio was universally dreaded. Epidemics struck leaving thousands of people – usually children – paralyzed or seriously disabled. Only with the development of the Salk vaccine in 1955 was this disease finally tamed. Yet the legacy of polio still lingers. A debilitating disorder known as post-polio syndrome (PPS) affects many of the estimated 50,000 Canadians who had polio between 1927 and 1962. Thousands of Quebecers who contracted polio are at risk of developing PPS, or may already suffer from it unknowingly.
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Discovery of a new therapeutic target to prevent the invasion of cancer cells

A team of researchers at the IRCM, led by Jean-François Côté (Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University), discovered a potential new therapeutic target to prevent the invasion of cancer cells, which could have a significant impact on breast cancer treatment. Their breakthrough was published online this week by the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.
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Two awards for Dr. Francis Glorieux

Dr. Francis Glorieux has been named the recipient of the 2014 ASBMR William F. Neuman Award, which recognizes an ASBMR member for outstanding and major scientific contributions in the area of bone and mineral research and for contributions to associates and trainees in teaching, research and administration, as well as the OIF Humanitarian Award, given to individuals who have devoted their own lives to improving the lives of people living with osteogenesis imperfecta.

Congratulations Dr. Glorieux!
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Student-researcher Renaud Boulanger receives the 2014 ACFAS-Fondation Desjardins- Maîtrise Prize

The 2014 ACFAS-Fondation Desjardins- Maîtrise Prize has been awarded to Renaud Boulanger, a student-researcher completing his Master’s degree in bioethics with McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. The prize highlights the excellence in the laureate’s academic career and encourages them to pursue a career in research.

Congratulations Renaud!
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Dr. Vasavan Nair’s Work Honoured

The Douglas Institute is proud to announce that the Canadian Psychiatric Association has acknowledged the exceptional contribution made to mental health by Dr. Vasavan Nair, MD, FRCPC, FRCP (U.K.), FRC Psych (U.K.), DPM, Medical Chief of the Program for Dementia with Psychiatric Co-morbidity. Applauded for his contribution to research in the field of memory and aging, Dr. Nair is one of several psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, and individuals who were recognized at the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s annual congress.
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Centraide fundraising campaign

As one of the world’s top universities, we empower people to take charge of their lives through education. McGill is also a community of engaged people, committed to making our city a better place. That’s why we are leading a Centraide fundraising campaign on our campuses. This major effort, an important part of the greater Montreal Centraide Campaign, is one of the most significant ways in which McGill makes a difference in the city we call home.
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