Appointment of Dr. Gerald M. Fried to second term as Chair of McGill’s Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at the MUHC

We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Dr. Gerald M. Fried to a second term as Chair of the Department of Surgery, McGill Faculty of Medicine, and Surgeon-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).
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INVITATION: Inaugural St. Mary’s and McGill University Lecture on Enhancing Patient-Centered Care – April 22

Dr. David Eidelman and Dr. Susan Law are pleased to invite you to the Inaugural St. Mary’s Hospital and McGill University Lecture on Enhancing Patient-Centered Care which will take place at the McGill Faculty Club.
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EBOH 50th Anniversary Conference and Alumni Reunion – April 30 and May 1

We invite you to join us for a two-day Scientific Conference to celebrate the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health’s anniversary at the McGill University Faculty Club.
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More cuts coming, but it could have been worse

Thanks to a prudent approach, McGill is well-positioned to face a challenging year, Masi tells Senate.
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Exhibition: The No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill) in the First World War – Feb. 26-June 15

This exhibition celebrates the contribution of McGIll University to healing the broken bodies that were the casualties of the First World War and is on view in McLennan Library Building, main floor lobby.
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World Voice Day 2015

When Dr. Nicole Li joined McGill’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) in 2014, not only did she bring her unique research to the University, she also brought along a passion for raising awareness about the importance of caring for one’s voice. It was under Dr. Li’s leadership that a multidisciplinary group of students and faculty members put together a series of events that marked the first McGill, and by extension the first Quebec, celebration of World Voice Day.
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Two Medicine classes among benefactors honoured at Osler Library celebration

“This library is the soul of our medical school,” said Chris Lyons, Head of the Osler Library, at “A Celebration of Builders & Benefactors,” held at the Library on Saturday, April 18. It would seem that many of our alumni agree. Two Medicine Classes, 1961 and 1982, were recognized at the event, which opened with remarks from Former Dean Dr. Richard Cruess, and culminated in the unveiling of five 17th-century anatomical paintings acquired in honour of William Feindel, MDCM’45, DSc’84.
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How the blood-brain barrier is maintained

The brain is a privileged organ in the body. So vital to life, the brain is protected from alterations elsewhere in the body by a highly regulated gateway known as the blood-brain barrier, which allows only selected molecules to pass through.
In certain diseases, however, such multiple sclerosis, the barrier can be improperly breached. These “leaks” can allow immune cells and inflammatory molecules to pass through, causing inflammation that leads to neuronal damage. In a new study, researchers have made insights into how the blood-brain barrier, or BBB, is maintained, identifying a protein key to the process. Delivering this protein to mice with the rodent equivalent of MS improved their symptoms. The research, led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Jorge Ivan Alvarez and Cornelia Podjaski of McGill University and Alexandre Prat of the University of Montreal, will appear in the journal Brain.
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Montréal discovery could impact the study of chronic pain conditions

Researchers at the IRCM led by Artur Kania, PhD, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine), the Department of Biology, and the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University, uncovered the critical role in pain processing of a gene associated with a rare disease. Their breakthrough, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, paves the way for a better understanding of chronic pain conditions.
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Dr. Carlos Morales is the 2015 recipient of the Leo Yaffe Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Carlos Morales, Professor in McGill’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is the 2015 recipient of the Leo Yaffe Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Leo Yaffe award recognizes outstanding and superior teaching contributions in the education and training of undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science. Congratulations Dr. Morales!
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Margaret Lock elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

McGill’s Margaret Lock and Vicky Kaspi have been voted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the most prestigious honorary societies in the United States. As announced on April 22, the pair are part of a 2015 cohort that includes some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts. Congratulations Professor Lock!
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The importance of caring for your voice

Students from McGill’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) organized a series of free voice screenings and workshops on April 1 and 2 that were held in McGill’s Education and Music buildings respectively as part of the lead up to World Voice Day. Cassandra Groot, Larissa Der, Susan Janzen and John Yotakis, four SCSD students, formed the World Voice Day organizing committee, working under the tutelage of SCSD Professor Nicole Li and with the generous support of Dr. Isabelle Cossette from McGill’s Schulich School of Music who made her lab and office space available for the screenings.
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