Prof. Mark Lathrop re-appointed Scientific Director, McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre

It is with pleasure that we announce the re-appointment of Mark Lathrop, PhD, to the position of Scientific Director, McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, a position he has held since 2011, during which time he has helped strengthen our position as a hub for genomic research in Quebec and a leader nationally and internationally.
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Deborah Friedman appointed Assistant Dean, Student Affairs (Schools)

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Friedman to the newly created position of Assistant Dean, Student Affairs (Schools), Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.
Reporting to the Vice-Dean, Education, Ms. Friedman will be responsible for support services to students, including the oversight and organization of the intra-curricular wellness program for the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, Ingram School of Nursing and School of Communication Sciences & Disorders.
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FOCiS Centre of Excellence in Translational Immunology (CETI) Inaugural Symposium – December 16

The FOCiS Centre of Excellence in Translational Immunology (CETI) is a newly-established research coalition based at the Research Institute of the MUHC and home to researchers and clinicians from the greater McGill and MUHC communities, as well as other leading medical institutions. This inaugural symposium will take place at the Research Institute of the MUHC at the Glen site.
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REGISTER NOW! 2017 Graduate Student Recruitment Open House – Jan 12-14

Join the team. Fight cancer at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC). We are currently recruiting the best minds to join the cancer biology program at the GCRC. Prospective students are invited to apply to attend the GCRC Graduate Recruitment Event, to be held in Montreal in January 2017.
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McGill Family Care hub

The Sub-committee on Family Care has gathered information over the last year to create a resource for all members of the McGill community with family and caregiving responsibilities. We recognize that working, teaching or studying while balancing family life is a very difficult thing to do.
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News from McGill University’s Department of Medicine

The following is an excerpt of the editorial written by, Dr. James Martin, Chair, Department of Medicine from the latest edition of Vital Signs, the Newsletter of the Department of Medicine, available now.
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Department of Medicine Newsletter “Vital Signs” – December 2016

We are pleased to provide you with the December 2016 edition of Vital Signs, the McGill University Department of Medicine newsletter, published four times a year.
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Ice Cream Rounds for McGill residents

Ice Cream Rounds is a very exciting and popular new initiative of The WELL Office in the Faculty of Medicine. Ice Cream Rounds is a part of The WELL Office’s broader efforts to provide comprehensive, proactive support structures designed to improve resident wellness. Launched in January 2016, Ice Cream Rounds is a confidential, resident-only forum that enables residents to discuss – over delicious gourmet ice cream provided by Le Glacier Bilboquet – the highs and lows of residency, to connect over shared experiences, and to support each other. It is designed to foster camaraderie, communication, and a culture of peer support amongst residents.
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Six Canada Research Chairs for the Faculty of Medicine

On Friday, Dec. 2, the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced over $173 million in funding for 203 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRC) at universities across Canada. Sixteen CRCs went to McGill faculty, with six representing the Faculty of Medicine.
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Study to explore e-cigarettes as smoking cessation tool

Despite their best efforts, only 10 to 20 per cent of smokers successfully quit long-term. A new clinical trial seeks to determine whether electronic cigarettes can improve those odds.
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New marker identified for pancreatic cancer

While it was known that Regenerating (Reg) proteins – a group of proteins that are involved in the proliferation and differentiation of diverse cell types and are important in protecting cells from death caused by damage or inflammation – were involved in the pancreatic islet regeneration in diabetes patients, until now, there had been no systematic study on the role they play in pancreatic cancer. Now, a recent study led by researchers at McGill University, for the first time, explored this idea, and the results were published recently in the journal Oncotarget.
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Christine McCusker wins Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Award

Dr. Christine McCusker, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McGill University and Director, Division of Allergy & Immunology, Montreal Children’s Hospital was recently honoured as the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’s (CSACI) F. Estelle R. Simons Award for Research. Congratulations Dr. McCusker!
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Celebrating Faculty of Medicine award winners

On November 24, 2016, the McGill University Faculty of Medicine celebrated the 2016 winners of the Maude Abbott, Haile T. Debas and Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Prizes during an evening event held in Holmes Hall. Congratulations to the three laureates!
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McGill medical students design and sell calendars

Eloise Passarella, a first-year medical student at McGill was trying to come up with an idea that would combine her two passions of medicine and dance. The result is a calendar featuring medical students representing various styles of dance in medical-related environments. All profits from sales of the calendar will be donated to the National Centre for Dance Therapy of les Grands Ballets Canadiens
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