Dr. Paola Fata appointed Assistant Dean, Resident Affairs

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paola Fata to the position of Assistant Dean, Resident Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Fata succeeds Dr. Richard Montoro, who has held the position since 2011.
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Message from Dean Eidelman regarding the Attack and Killings at the Quebec City Islamic Centre

The Faculty of Medicine joins with Principal Fortier and McGill University in condemning the attack last night at a Quebec City mosque, in which six individuals were killed and many more wounded. We stand for tolerance, respect and the rejection of all forms of discrimination and violence within our walls and within our society.
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Highlights from the February 2, 2017, Board of Governors meeting

Message from the Principal

On February 2, 2017, McGill’s Board of Governors held its third meeting of the 2016-17 governance year. I would like to share with you the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.
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A year of celebration

As you know, 2017 is a year of anniversaries: Montreal’s 375th, Canada’s 150th – and Expo 67’s 50th.
This is an occasion not only for our institution to celebrate the communities in which we live, but to highlight McGill’s contributions to those communities. We are developing a history of McGill’s connections and contributions to Montreal and Canada and will invite your suggestions.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – February 2017

We are pleased to announce that the February issue is now available online. It provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members. It also presents information on department updates, upcoming events and announcements.
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The 2015-2016 RI-MUHC Annual Report is now available online!

It is our pleasure to present the online version of the 2015-2016 Annual Report of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC).
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – Class of Medicine 1974 Faculty Scholar for Teaching Excellence & Innovation in Medical Education

We are pleased to announce a Faculty-wide call for applications for the Class of Medicine 1974 Faculty Scholar for Teaching Excellence & Innovation in Medical Education. Applications are due by February 24, 2017, for funds to be awarded in July 2017.
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Profile: Meet Dr. Annette Majnemer, Vice-Dean of Education

When Dr. Annette Majnemer first took on the newly-created role of Vice-Dean of Education for the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in January 2016, she admits the sheer scale of the undertaking was a little daunting. “There are more than 2,000 active faculty members and approximately 8,000 students across the Faculty’s various schools and departments, so just the pragmatic aspects of this are very challenging, with multiple needs and goals to consider,” she says. Dr. Majnemer set out to meet the students, staff and faculty from the various departments, schools, centres, and community-based and hospital settings, in order to try to get a sense of their educational needs. “As I met with people I really began to appreciate the strengths of this educational grouping, but I also came to recognize some of the challenges moving forward.”
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Researchers Brief Parliamentarians on Neurological Conditions that Cause Significant Economic Burden

Earlier this week, Mr. John Oliver, MP (Oakville), Chair of the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus and Ms. Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing), NDP Representative, welcomed two outstanding Canadian neuroscientists to Parliament Hill to brief Parliamentarians on their groundbreaking research.
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Targeting the biological clock could slow the progression of cancer

Does the biological clock in cancer cells influence tumour growth? Yes, according to a study conducted by Nicolas Cermakian, a professor in McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry. Published in the journal BMC Biology, these results show for the first time that directly targeting the biological clock in a cancerous tumour has an impact on its development.
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Peroxisomes: the hybrid organelle

In a paper published in Nature on Feb. 1, 2017, a team of researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University: Ayumu Sugiura, Sevan Mattie, Julien Prudent, and Heidi M. McBride, examined the origins of organelles called peroxisomes. They found that this very important organelle has two origins, which is unique in the field of cellular biology.
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Celebrating outstanding teachers of medicine

For the second year, 11 outstanding Faculty of Medicine educators were presented with Transition to Clinical Practice (TCP) Awards for Excellence in Teaching during an event held in Holmes Hall on January 19. Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean, Faculty of Medicine opened the proceedings and presented each laureate with their award, joined by Dr. Beth-Ann Cummings, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Mary Koziol, President of the medical student Class of 2018 and Dr. Laurie Plotnick, TCP Component Director, who read a sampling of the student comments for each laureate before asking them to accept their award. Congratulations to all!
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Brent Richards elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation

Dr. Brent Richards, an Associate Professor, William Dawson Scholar and FRQS Chercheur Boursier Clinician Scientist, at the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University and the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital, and a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, UK, has been elected as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Congratulations Dr. Richards!
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Students spin for cancer funding

An initiative of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Great Spin is a Quebec-wide fundraiser where people gather at a gym, hop on spinning bikes and spin for one, two or three hours in exchange for donations which go towards cancer research. François Gagnon, a fourth-year medical student at McGill has taken the lead on one team that will be spinning at Klub Athletik in Griffintown on February 11.
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