In Memoriam: Dr. Anthony Dobell (1927-2015)

It is with great sadness that we inform the McGill community of the passing of Dr. Anthony Dobell on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at the age of 88. Dr. Dobell was beloved by his patients, their families, his colleagues and the wider community, as a caring gentleman with extraordinary skill. He has left a wonderful legacy at McGill and its pediatric and adult teaching hospitals where he worked his entire career. A memorial service will be arranged later in the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Montreal Children’s Hospital — Cardiovascular Surgery Department.
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Dr. Mara Ludwig appointed Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Mara Ludwig to the position of Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective June 1, 2015.
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Dr. Namta Gupta re-appointed Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

It is with great pleasure that we announce the re-appointment of Dr. Namta Gupta as Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, effective June 1, 2015.

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SAVE THE DATE: Fundraising Gala for Brain Tumour Research – October 21

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital presents A BRILLIANT NIGHT, a gala fundraiser to support life-saving brain tumour research.

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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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New Rossy Cancer Network quality improvement fund

The Rossy Cancer Network (RCN) is launching the brand new Quality Improvement Initiatives Fund (QI2) in August. The fund will focus on projects that will make an immediate impact on the delivery of care for patients in the network.
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Dr. Gerald Batist re-appointed Chair of Oncology at JGH

The Jewish General Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Gerald Batist has been re-appointed Chair of the Department of Oncology for a third term. The Search and Selection Committee noted that the Department has “flourished under Dr. Batist’s tenure,” securing a national and international reputation for clinical care and for fundamental and translational research, concluding that “he is the best person to lead the Department of Oncology going forward.”
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CFI invests $1.2 million to boost McGill research excellence

More than $1.2 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) was announced today for infrastructure to support 12 innovative research projects at McGill. Professor Nicole Li, from the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Communications Sciences and Disorders, is one of the McGill researchers who will benefit from this funding. Prof. Li’s team is developing computational models to treat voice afflictions.
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McGill gets $91.5 mln in CIHR funding

Researchers from McGill University and its hospital-affiliated research institutes have been awarded $91.5 million in grants in the latest round of funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).”
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Practice doesn’t always make perfect (depending on your brain)

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain’s capacity to learn suggests there’s more to it than the adage that “practise makes perfect.” A music-training study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and colleagues in Germany found evidence to distinguish the parts of the brain that account for individual talent from the parts that are activated through training. ”
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MUHC conducts first islet cell transplant in Quebec

The MUHC has conducted the first islet cell transplant in Quebec. The breakthrough was made at the Glen site of the MUHC after the complex process of isolating islet cells from a donor pancreas was achieved at the MUHC Human Islet Transplant Laboratory. The procedure, which does not require surgery and reduces hospital stays ten-fold, is a significant advancement in the treatment of type 1 diabetes, and marks the first step in what researchers hope will be the development of a regional network for this novel therapy.
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ASHG Honors Charles R. Scriver with Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named Charles R. Scriver, MD, Alva Professor Emeritus of Human Genetics, and Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry (Associate), Biology (Honorary), and Human Genetics at McGill University; as the 2015 recipient of the annual Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award. Congratulations Dr. Scriver!
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Two members of the Department of Pediatrics receive prestigious national awards from the Paediatric Chairs of Canada

Since 2007, the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) has been giving annual awards recognizing paediatric leadership in Education, Research and Practice. Two members of the McGill Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics have recently been announced as 2015 recipients. Dr. Ronald Gottesman has received the 2015 PCC Award for Leadership as a Clinician Educator, while Dr. Constantin Polychronakos has received the 2015 PCC Award for Leadership as a Clinician Investigator. Congratulations Dr. Gottesmand and Dr. Polychronakos!
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McGill medical student blogs from the North

Hello! I’m Bill Huang, a current McGill medical student who just completed my first year of medical school. This blog will be about my experience in Kitigan Zibi, an Algonquin reserve, during the month of July.
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