Dr. Regina Husa Appointed Director of Accreditation of Postgraduate Medical Education

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Regina Husa as Director of Accreditation, Postgraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective September 1, 2014.
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Save the Date! Faculty Town Hall Meeting – November 12

Next Town Hall is Wednesday, November 12 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
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REGISTER NOW! McGill Mini-Med lecture series – October 21 to November 25

The Faculty of Medicine of McGill University is offering a 6-week lecture series for the public, presented by Professors in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health.
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REGISTER NOW! The Explorations 2014 Conference – October 23

Join us for Explorations 2014, an annual one-day conference hosted by the McGill University Faculty of Medicine, where you will be invited to discover and learn about useful strategies health care professionals can use in their practice when facing ethically challenging clinical situations.
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‘Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health’ panel discussion on the brain and mental health – October 23

Please join us for a thought-provoking evening as three of the McGill Academic Health Network’s leading mental health researchers, Drs. Alan Evans, Celia Greenwood and Michael Meaney, are joined by Dr. Rémi Quirion, Quebec’s Chief Scientific Officer, for a panel discussion on the brain and mental health.
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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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Global Health Programs’ student awards

The deadlines for the Global Health Programs’ student awards are quickly approaching. Please submit your applications now!
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World Polio Day – October 24

Until recently, polio was universally dreaded. Epidemics struck leaving thousands of people – usually children – paralyzed or seriously disabled. Only with the development of the Salk vaccine in 1955 was this disease finally tamed. Yet the legacy of polio still lingers. A debilitating disorder known as post-polio syndrome (PPS) affects many of the estimated 50,000 Canadians who had polio between 1927 and 1962. Thousands of Quebecers who contracted polio are at risk of developing PPS, or may already suffer from it unknowingly.
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Discovery of a new therapeutic target to prevent the invasion of cancer cells

A team of researchers at the IRCM, led by Jean-François Côté (Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University), discovered a potential new therapeutic target to prevent the invasion of cancer cells, which could have a significant impact on breast cancer treatment. Their breakthrough was published online this week by the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.
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New funding to boost mental health research

What if we could reduce rates of a wide range of devastating mental illnesses through early detection? Thanks to a significant gift of $2.9M from the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation to The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University (The Neuro), hope is on the horizon through the expansion of a major collaboration to understand why some children are vulnerable to conditions like autism, attention deficit disorder and social anxiety, and what can be done to prevent these disorders before they take hold.
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Discovery of a new mechanism that can lead to blindness

An important scientific breakthrough by a team of IRCM researchers led byMichel Cayouette, PhD, (Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine) and in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University) is being published today by The Journal of Neuroscience. The Montréal scientists discovered that a protein found in the retina plays an essential role in the function and survival of light-sensing cells that are required for vision. These findings could have a significant impact on our understanding of retinal degenerative diseases that cause blindness.
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Two awards for Dr. Francis Glorieux

Dr. Francis Glorieux has been named the recipient of the 2014 ASBMR William F. Neuman Award, which recognizes an ASBMR member for outstanding and major scientific contributions in the area of bone and mineral research and for contributions to associates and trainees in teaching, research and administration, as well as the OIF Humanitarian Award, given to individuals who have devoted their own lives to improving the lives of people living with osteogenesis imperfecta.

Congratulations Dr. Glorieux!
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Student-researcher Renaud Boulanger receives the 2014 ACFAS-Fondation Desjardins- Maîtrise Prize

The 2014 ACFAS-Fondation Desjardins- Maîtrise Prize has been awarded to Renaud Boulanger, a student-researcher completing his Master’s degree in bioethics with McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. The prize highlights the excellence in the laureate’s academic career and encourages them to pursue a career in research.

Congratulations Renaud!
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Dr. Vasavan Nair’s Work Honoured

The Douglas Institute is proud to announce that the Canadian Psychiatric Association has acknowledged the exceptional contribution made to mental health by Dr. Vasavan Nair, MD, FRCPC, FRCP (U.K.), FRC Psych (U.K.), DPM, Medical Chief of the Program for Dementia with Psychiatric Co-morbidity. Applauded for his contribution to research in the field of memory and aging, Dr. Nair is one of several psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, and individuals who were recognized at the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s annual congress.
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Invitation to attend an Open Forum on McGill’s financial situation – October 27

Message from Professor Anthony C. Masi, Provost

In September, the Quebec government imposed funding cuts on Quebec universities for this fiscal year (2014-2015 or FY2015).
On 27 October 2014, Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) Michael Di Grappa and I will hold two Open Forums on our financial situation. The objective of these meetings will be to answer questions and collect feedback and suggestions from you about actions we can take in light of continued reductions in McGill’s operating grant from Quebec.
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