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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New Strategic Research Plan launched online!

We are pleased to announce that our new Strategic Research Plan (SRP), developed jointly by the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, is now available online.

The SRP, an outcome of a complex process and extensive consultation, is designed to give new impetus to the excellence for which McGill’s health science research is internationally known.
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Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics Senior Student Seminar – August 27

The seminar will take place at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, Room 1345.
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The Council on Palliative Care public lecture – September 9

The Council on Palliative Care presents a free public lecture in memory of R. David Bourke at the 20th International Congress on Palliative Care. The lecture will take place at the Palais des Congrès at 7:00 p.m.
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Quebec Nursing Intervention Research Network conference – September 15

You are invited to attend the next QNIRN conference: «Tools for the preparation of an FRQ-S Research Scholar Application» presented by Dr Mélanie Lavoie-Tremblay. This conference will take place at the Ingram School of Nursing.
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Oncology for Practicing Physicians online course

The Continuing Health Professional Education Office of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, together with McGill oncologists, has designed and developed a comprehensive, online, accredited course entitled Oncology for Practicing Physicians.
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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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Prostate Cancer Canada supports innovation with awarding of Movember Discovery Grants

s part of their ongoing strategic commitment to prostate cancer research, Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) announced the recipients of the 2014 Movember Discovery Grants, awarded by PCC, funded by Movember. Included among the 26 recipients are Drs. Imed Gallouzi and Jose Teodoro from McGill University.
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Rosalind Goodman loses battle with cancer

McGill University is mourning the passing of Rosalind Goodman, a devoted alumna, generous philanthropist, and tireless volunteer, who committed herself to energizing cancer research activities at McGill and to educating others about the disease. It is an illness she fought and survived in 2007, but one that ultimately took her life on Monday, Aug. 11.
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Important advance in brain mapping and memory

“When a tiger starts to move towards you, you need to know whether it is something you are actually seeing or whether it’s just something that you remember or have imagined,” says Prof. Julio Martinez-Trujillo of McGill’s Department of Physiology. The researcher and his team have discovered that there is a clear frontier in the brain between the area that encodes information about what is immediately before the eyes and the area that encodes the abstract representations that are the product of our short-term memory or imagination.
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AFMC Study Confirms the Significant Economic Impact of Canada’s Faculties of Medicine

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) released a ground breaking report on the economic impact of Canada’s Faculties of Medicine and their health science partners. This new report marks the end of an in-depth study showing how the investment in academic medicine stimulates our economy, creates jobs and generates tax revenues that benefit all Canadians.
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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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