Dr. Armand Aalamian Appointed Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education and Professional Affairs

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Armand Aalamian as Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education and Professional Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Aalamian succeeds Dr. Sarkis Meterissian, who has held the position since June 2007 with great distinction.
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McGill Medicine Presents: The Amazing Chase across Asia October 27 – November 7, 2014

If you would like to experience one of the most original travel experiences ever, while raising funds for McGill’s new undergraduate MDCM program, join The AMAZING CHASE across ASIA!
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Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics seminar – July 28

The seminar will take place at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, Room 1345.
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Department of Biochemistry seminar – July 30

This seminar will take place at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, Room 1034.
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Join the Second Annual McGill 2014 CME Cruise Conference

7-night Alaska CME Cruise.
This accredited program developed by McGill University, offers high quality educational courses tailored to your needs.
REGISTER NOW!

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Happy birthday, Brenda Milner!

On Thursday, July 17th, some 200 people gathered in the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre at the Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital to celebrate the 96th birthday of the star researcher, Professor Brenda Milner.
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2013-2014 Douglas Mental Health University Institute Annual Report

The 2013-2014 Annual Report of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute is now online. Read about the highlights from the Institute that took place over the past year.
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McGill’s Faculty of Medicine signs agreement with King Saud University

McGill’s Faculty of Medicine signed an agreement with King Saud University (KSU) on June 4, 2014. McGill was graced with a visit from KSU officials, which included the KSU Rector, His Excellency Prof. Badran Alomar, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Muammar, Vice-Rector for Health Specializations, Prof. Fahad AlZamil, Dean of the College of Medicine and Supervisor of University Hospitals, Prof. Ayman Abdo, Vice-Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research, Dr. Mazen Hassanain, Director of the Demonstrators and Lecturers Support Unit and lead of the international collaboration office at KSU and Dr. Omar BaHammam, Dean of the College of Architecture.
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Jewish General Hospital celebrates 80 years of service

In recognition of the strength, commitment and ideals that the founders of the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) embraced and pioneered in 1934, an oak tree will now grace the Côte-des-Neiges entrance, marking the hospital’s 80th anniversary. The oak, which was planted today, is a symbol of strength, hope and optimism, representing the JGH’s deep roots in Montreal, as well as reaffirming its commitment to the health and well-being of patients for decades to come.
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New hope for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease A genetic variant conveys significant protection

Judes Poirier, PhD, C.Q., from the Douglas Mental Health Institute and McGill University in Montréal (Canada) and his team have discovered that a relatively frequent genetic variant stop-ad-centreactually conveys significant protection against the common form of Alzheimer’s disease and can delay the onset of the disease by as much as 4 years. This discovery opens new avenues for treatment against this devastating disease.
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McGill and MUHC researcher unveils novel treatment for a form of childhood blindness

An international research project, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, reports that a new oral medication is showing significant progress in restoring vision to patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Until now, this inherited retinal disease that causes visual impairment ranging from reduced vision to complete blindness, has remained untreatable. The study is published in the scientific journal The Lancet..
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Canadian Charity Strengthens its Board with Renowned Medical Geneticist

The Canadian Gene Cure Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of a new board member, Dr. David Rosenblatt, MD, Dodd Q. Chu and Family Chair in Medical Genetics.
Dr. Rosenblatt is a Canadian medical geneticist, pediatrician and professor in the Departments of Human Genetics, Medicine, Pediatrics and Biology at McGill University where he was the Chairman of the Department of Human Genetics from 2001-2013.

Congratulations Dr. Rosenblatt!
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Dr. Gustavo Turecki is the 2014 Recipient of the Dr. Samarthji Lal Award

The Graham Boeckh Foundation is thrilled to announce that the fourth annual Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research has been awarded to Gustavo Turecki, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair, Research and Academic Affairs, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University.

Congratulations Dr. Turecki !
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Congratulations to all appointed to the Order of Canada!

Eleven outstanding individuals associated with McGill, including Dr. Richard Cruess, Prof. Susan French and Prof. Philip Branton, were among 86 new appointments made Tuesday to the Order of Canada by Governor-General and former McGill Principal David Johnston.

Dr. Cruess was promoted to Companion, while Professors French and Branton were appointed Officers.
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Reflections on 2013-2014…and looking ahead

This time last year, I was preparing to move back to Montreal, back to McGill. Everywhere I went that summer, people had the same reaction: “Wow, McGill!” After 10 months in the job, I too would say: Wow, McGill!
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