Message from the Dean – Accreditation

As we head into the fall season, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a productive 2014-2015 academic year. It’s already very busy with several major initiatives underway, including the continued rollout of the new MDCM curriculum, the implementation of our new Strategic Research Plan, international partnerships being explored, a historic hospital move on its way, among many, many others. As part of our regular business, we also have a number of accreditation exercises in progress. As you know, accreditation is a very important external peer review process for all North American faculties of medicine.
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Neuroscience for Mental Health seminars – September 29 and October 6 & 20

The seminars will be held on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. in the Bowerman Room at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.
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Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics seminars for the month of September

All the seminars are held on Mondays in the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, Room 1345.
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Departments of Biochemistry and Chemistry seminar – September 29

The seminar will take place at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building in the Martin Amphitheatre.
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What’s Cooking in the Lab?

~ Every Friday from September 19 to October 10 ~

Join us during happy hour to mingle and taste some delicious and healthy recipes from the Goodman Cancer Research Centre cookbook “The Smart Palate”

GCRC atrium, 5th floor, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Cookbook will be sold during these events.
 

APPLY NOW! The 2014-2015 Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program

The 2014-2015 Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program is specially designed for people with little or no prior field experience who wish to undertake a career in the humanitarian sector. The training program offers evidence-based training on the globally-recognized core humanitarian competencies that are essential for anyone involved in disaster response and/or humanitarian assistance.
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APPLY NOW! Student Programs at the Institute for Health and Social Policy

Training and mentoring future researchers in policy-making and fieldwork is one of the key mandates of the Institute for Health and Social Policy. The Institute is now accepting applications for the Winter 2015 Internship Program and the McBurney Latin America Program. Funding is available for both graduate and undergraduate students.
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DNA signature found in ice storm babies

Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University have detected a distinctive ‘signature’ in the DNA of children born in the aftermath of the massive Quebec ice storm. Five months after the event, researchers recruited women who had been pregnant during the disaster and assessed their degrees of hardship and distress in a study called Project Ice Storm.
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Are the promises of ‘brain game’ gains too good to be true?

As the world ages, and as nearly 750,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or some form of cognitive impairment, one of the Douglas Institute’s experts on Alzheimer’s disease, Judes Poirier, helps understand the value and the limits of the many so-called “brain games” that have flooded the market.
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McGill MDCM Class of 2017 Students receive their White Coats

On September 19, 2014, second-year medical students from McGill University participated in the “Donning the Healer’s Habit” ceremony, a McGill tradition since 2001, whereby students receive their white coat – a symbol of the professional responsibilities they will assume in their clinical life.
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Hospital patients could be allowed to wear their own attire

Appearing September 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine, Dr. Emily G. McDonald and Dr. Todd C. Lee from McGill University and the McGill University Hospital Centre and Dr. Vera Dounaevskaia from the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto authored a research letter based on their study on whether hospital patients should be allowed to wear their own clothing below the waist.
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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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Faculty of Medicine members among the 2014 Canadian Academy of Health Sciences New Fellows

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) recently recognized four McGill leaders in the health sciences as elected CAHS Fellows, one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community.

Congratulations Dr. Howard Mark Chertkow, Dr. William David Foulkes, Dr. Louise Pilote and Dr. Michael Shevell!
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Philippe Gros Awarded Royal Society’s McLaughlin Medal

McGill University Professor Philippe Gros has been awarded the McLaughlin Medal from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for important research of sustained excellence in medical science. Established in 1978 by the RSC with a bequest from the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation, the McLaughlin Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious awards recognizing contributions in the health sciences.

Congratulations Dr. Gros!
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Welcome to the 2014-2015 academic year

Message from Principal Suzanne Fortier

It is exciting to see our campuses buzzing with so much joy and activity. I hope that you all had a chance to take some summer vacation and have refueled your energy and enthusiasm. Welcome back, and thank you to all the new members of our community – students, faculty and staff – for choosing McGill.
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