McGill Clinical Innovation Competition and Hakim Family Prize Finals – May 22

The McGill Faculty of Medicine Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) and the Hakim Family Prize for Clinical Innovation in Health Care were launched to inspire the conception and development of outstanding ideas that have the potential to improve Canadian or global health care. On May 22, finalists will pitch their initiatives to a panel of judges comprised of leaders in clinical care, academia, industry, engineering and business, including distinguished McGill Alumni.
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New leadership at the MUHC

“The McGill Faculty of Medicine extends a very warm welcome to McGill alumnus Dr. Pierre Gfeller, newly appointed President and Executive Director of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC),” says Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, regarding yesterday’s announcement. “We look forward to continue working closely with the MUHC, a key and highly valued McGill teaching and research partner and world-class institution, in support of our shared mission to serve our communities and society.”
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Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinction Lecture – May 28

The lecture will take place at the McGill Faculty Club at 4:30 p.m. The special guest speaker is Dr. John E. Wennberg, Founder and Emeritus Director, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
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January – April 2018

Med Events provides information on a range of events taking place across the Faculty of Medicine community that may be of interest to academic and support staff, as well as to students and residents.
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Support Line

A message from the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning):
Following Principal Fortier’s message on 31 October, reasserting the University’s commitment to ensuring that all members of our community feel safe and welcome, a Support Line has been set up for members of our community who seek support following experiences of exclusion or discrimination on our campuses.
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Call for proposals! Rossy Cancer Network Research Grants

The Rossy Cancer Network (RCN) wants to support your research initiatives in improving cancer care quality with grants of up to $100,000.
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – Class of Medicine 1970 Educational Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

We are pleased to announce a Faculty-wide call for applications for the Class of Medicine 1970 Educational Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, as outlined here. Applications are due by May 4, 2018, for funds to be awarded in September 2018.
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Could this be the year for a Canadian Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences?

Founded in 2013, the Breakthrough Prize “honours transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life.” It’s also the most financially attractive award in science, valued at US$3 million. In his latest article in The Conversation, Dr. John Bergeron notes that several talented Canadian researchers are deserving of this lucrative prize, yet in the six years of its life so far, no Canadian has received it in the life sciences. As the April 30 deadline for this year’s Breakthrough Prize nominations approaches, we have to ask why, writes Dr. Bergeron.
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Major funding awarded to RI-MUHC scientists for innovative genomics geared to Quebec patients

Pioneering work to advance genomics and precision health treatments at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has been rewarded by Génome Québec. Dr. Nada Jabado and Dr. Ruth Sapir-Hichhadze, the RI-MUHC scientists who received the reward, were among the winners of a nation-wide competition emphasizing precision treatments in genomics.
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Suicide and homicide rates show large racial disparities across U.S. states

Gun violence has a long history in the U.S. Less understood is how homicide or suicide varies amongst black and white men across US states and how household gun ownership influences them. To explore this question, researchers from McGill University in Canada used data from death certificates to identify firearm homicides and suicides that took place in each US state between 2008 and 2016 and calculated how these differed among black and white men.
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Exercise to change the brain

For someone with Parkinson’s disease, the simple desire to grasp a glass of water can become an insurmountable task, made impossible by the tremors in their hand or arm. Finding strategies to improve these movement impairments is one of the major goals of rehabilitating people with Parkinson’s disease. At McGill University, Dr. Marc Roig, an assistant professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, is studying the effects of using high-intensity exercise to stimulate the brain’s ability to learn and change with repeated experiences.
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Dr. Madhukar Pai honoured as influential alumnus by UC Berkeley

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health, the School compiled a list of their 75 most influential alumni. Included among the impressive list of luminaries was Dr. Madhukar Pai, Director of McGill Global Health Programs. On April 21, Dr. Pai traveled to Berkeley to formally accept this honour as part of the official celebrations. Congratulations Dr. Pai!
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“Explore! Careers in Health” selected for McGill award

Explore! Careers in Health, a program developed and implemented by McGill Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry students was recently selected for this year’s McGill Award for Equity and Community Building as a co-recipient in the Team category. The award recognizes the work of students, faculty and staff committed to advancing equity, inclusion and community engagement at McGill. Congratulations to the entire Explore! Careers in Health team!
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McGill medical students develop space to refine their clinical skills

The revamped MDCM curriculum introduced a few years ago at McGill University includes a change in structure that offers medical students clinical exposure earlier in their studies. While welcomed and appreciated, the earlier timeline created an increased desire among students for more resources that could be used for autonomous learning. CSTAR, which stands for Clinical Skills Training and Assessment Room, is a space located within the medical student lounge at the Lady Meredith Annex building that is dedicated to providing students with increased opportunities to acquire and perfect the time-honored skill of patient assessment.
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