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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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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Leadership of the Proteomics Platform

There is a change in leadership of the Proteomics facility at the RI-MUHC. After five years, Dr. Tommy Nilsson will be stepping down as director of the facility. The RI is much indebted to Dr. Nilsson for setting up and organizing this technology platform, and for successfully transitioning it to the Glen. Dr. Peter McPherson has agreed to take over the position on an interim basis, effective immediately. Dr. McPherson is a James McGill Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery and of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Montreal Neurological Institute (the Neuro) of McGill University, where he is also Associate Director of the Neurodegenerative Disease Research Group. As well, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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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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DEAN’S UPDATE – UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM ACCREDITATION – July 2015

July 20 – In June, I wrote to you about our Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) program, recently surveyed by the U.S. Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) and the Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). At that time, I confirmed to you that our UGME program is accredited, but with probation. This update is the first in a series in which I will summarize the work being conducted to correct the deficiencies identified by the LCME and CACMS.
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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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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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Congratulations to four members of the MNI!

The most recent edition of the MNI’s Neuro News highlights four members of the Neuro community who have received new titles and awards. They are Catherine-Anne Miller, Alan Evans, Edith Hamel, and Aaron Demedeiros-Howe. Congratulations to all 4 awardees!
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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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