RSVP – INVITATION from VP-Dean Eidelman – New Faculty Council launched, 1st meeting Feb. 16

As part of our objective to build on the Faculty’s governance structure, we have established a Faculty Council (FC), with guidance from McGill’s Secretariat, based on FCs in the University’s other faculties.
The purpose of the FC is to provide a collegial setting for discussion of governance, strategic direction and general management, as well as for advising and decision-making, where appropriate, on matters relating to our tripartite mission.
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Dr. Thomas Schricker appointed Chair, Department of Anesthesia, McGill and Chief, Anesthesia, MUHC

We are pleased to confirm the appointment of Dr. Thomas Schricker as Chair, Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and Chief, Department of Anesthesia, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Dr. Schricker succeeds Dr. Steven B. Backman, who served with distinction for over a decade and to whom we express our sincere gratitude and best wishes for continued success.
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REGISTER NOW! Goodman Cancer Research Centre Public Forum – March 23

This is the third lecture of the series ‘Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope’ presented by The Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre: Good Genes Behaving Badly
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REGISTER NOW! 1st National Knowledge Translation Conference in Rehabilitation – May 4 & 5

The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy is proudly hosting its1st National Knowledge Translation Conference in Rehabilitation in Montreal, Quebec.
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REGISTER NOW! McGill Primary Care Policy Symposium – May 6

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, and in partnership with the Institute for Health and Social Policy, St. Mary’s Research Centre, RUIS McGill and the McGill Faculty of Medicine, the Department of Family Medicine will be hosting a primary care policy symposium, a full-day event to discuss key ideas and strategies that should underpin the future of primary care in Quebec by engaging participants in a discussion on a vision and a roadmap for this future.
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McGill a top Montreal employer

Great benefits, the Staff Fitness Program, Summer Fridays and more helped make McGill A Top Employer for the 8th straight year.
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Boost Your Health series 2016 – February 24

Get inspired with a new line-up of lunchtime sessions focusing on healthy living through prevention, eating right, exercise and stress reduction brought to you by the team of the McGill Health & Wellbeing Program for Faculty and Staff.
The 2016 series kicks off on Feb. 24.
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25 Canada Research Chairs for McGill

Twenty-five outstanding McGill researchers are being awarded Canada Research Chairs(CRC), as announced February 9 by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, at the University of British Columbia. CRCs are granted to outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. The CRC program was created to enable Canadian universities to attract and retain established and emerging world-class researchers. McGill research projects that will benefit from the new funds include those investigating the genetics of pain and childhood disability, as well as the ecology of the arctic and engineered quantum systems.
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Teaching inter-professional management of chronic pain

Not being properly trained to help patients manage chronic pain issues presents a challenge in health care delivery in Canada. In fact, a 2008 study showed that veterinarians received five times more training in pain management than did medical doctors and three times more than nurses. With a strong background in the field at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, an innovative online graduate certificate program in chronic pain management was developed by the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) in an effort to better equip health care professionals when it comes to pain management. Launched nearly three years ago, the 15-credit program designed for current health care professionals was made possible through a collaborative initiative between SPOT and the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain.
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Common gene variant influences food choices

If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity. A McGill-led research team has recently discovered that for girls who are carriers of a particular gene variant (DRD4 VNTR with 7 repeats), the crucial element that influences a child’s fat intake is not the gene variant itself. Instead, it is the interplay between the gene and girls’ early socio-economic environment that may determine whether they have increased fat intake OR healthier than average eating compared to their peers from the same class background. The DRD4 repeat 7 is found in approximately 20 per cent of the population and is known to be associated with obesity, especially in women.
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A new approach to attacking cancer cells

Beyond dealing with fighting the disease itself, cancer patients undergoing treatment via chemotherapy are burdened with dealing with a bevy of, often serious, side effects. Now, in a new study published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers at McGill University have uncovered a potential mechanism to make cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapy.
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Two Faculty of Medicine members receive AFMC Award

Dr. Karine Igartua, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Dr. Richard Montoro, Assistant Dean, Resident Professional Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine were announced as the 2016 recipients of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s (AFMC) May Cohen Equity, Diversity and Gender Award, recognizing their achievement in improving the gender equity environment in academic medicine in Canada. Congratulations Dr. Igartua and Dr. Montoro!
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Québec Science honours McGill discoveries

Dr. Christine McCusker, allergist at the Montreal Children’s, researcher at the RI-MUHC and associate professor at McGill’s Department of Pediatrics along with her team of researchers are one of ten projects chosen for the year’s top discoveries.
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The Quiet Room

“I notice him several times as I hurry past, wondering to myself what his story could be. He’s quite an old man, at least in his 80s. From a distance, I see two bulging black eyes, his face a mess of dripping blood. He’s observing the hustle of the ER with the expression of an accidental spectator at a cricket match: curious, but evidently a bit lost. I read the chart as I stride towards him: tripped and fell forward onto his face. Lives alone in a retirement home. On blood thinners,” says Mary Koziol, Class of 2018, in her most recent CMAJ blog post reflecting on getting to know patients and the safe haven for patients and healthcare workers alike can get away from the stress and grief of the ER.
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