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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McGill Medicine Presents: The Amazing Chase across Asia October 27 – November 7, 2014

If you would like to experience one of the most original travel experiences ever, while raising funds for McGill’s new undergraduate MDCM program, join The AMAZING CHASE across ASIA!
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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 seminar – July 28

The seminar will take place at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, Room 1345.
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Department of Biochemistry seminar – July 30

This seminar will take place at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, Room 1034.
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Join the Second Annual McGill 2014 CME Cruise Conference

7-night Alaska CME Cruise.
This accredited program developed by McGill University, offers high quality educational courses tailored to your needs.
REGISTER NOW!

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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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Jewish General Hospital celebrates 80 years of service

In recognition of the strength, commitment and ideals that the founders of the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) embraced and pioneered in 1934, an oak tree will now grace the Côte-des-Neiges entrance, marking the hospital’s 80th anniversary. The oak, which was planted today, is a symbol of strength, hope and optimism, representing the JGH’s deep roots in Montreal, as well as reaffirming its commitment to the health and well-being of patients for decades to come.
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New hope for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease A genetic variant conveys significant protection

Judes Poirier, PhD, C.Q., from the Douglas Mental Health Institute and McGill University in Montréal (Canada) and his team have discovered that a relatively frequent genetic variant stop-ad-centreactually conveys significant protection against the common form of Alzheimer’s disease and can delay the onset of the disease by as much as 4 years. This discovery opens new avenues for treatment against this devastating disease.
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McGill and MUHC researcher unveils novel treatment for a form of childhood blindness

An international research project, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, reports that a new oral DrRobertKoenekoopMontreal_0medication is showing significant progress in restoring vision to patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Until now, this inherited retinal disease that causes visual impairment ranging from reduced vision to complete blindness, has remained untreatable. The study is published in the scientific journal The Lancet..
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Scientists find important piece in the brain tumour puzzle

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University and McGill University Health Centre have shown that a member of the protein family known as SUMO (small ubiquitin-like modifier) is a key to why tumour cells multiply uncontrollably, especially in the case of glioblastoma. The SUMO family proteins modify other proteins and the SUMOylation of proteins are critical for many cellular processes. Identifying SUMO’s role in the cancer cell growth will lead to a new strategy for glioblastoma treatment.
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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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