ON THE AGENDA Invitation from VP-Dean Eidelman – Next Faculty Council Meeting, June 1

As communicated in January, we recently established a Faculty Council (FC) to discuss governance, strategic direction and other important Faculty matters.
The next FC meeting takes place Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the Charles F. Martin Amphitheatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building. This meeting is open to all faculty and staff members, students and residents.
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A symposium in honour of Professor Philip E. Branton – May 27

This symposium, sponsored by the Departments of Biochemistry and Oncology and the Goodman Cancer Research Centre will be held at the McGill University Faculty Club.
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McGill Complementary Health Symposium – June 3

This is a one-day academic symposium on educational and research aspects of complementary health and integrative medicine. Speakers will include local, national and North American experts in the field.
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Highlights from the May 16, 2016, Board of Governors meeting

Message from the Principal

McGill’s Board of Governors convened on Monday, May 16, 2016, for its final meeting of 2015-2016.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – May 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for May 2016 is now available online!
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MyGrief.ca – Understanding grief and loss

Grief support is an unmet need for too many Canadians. To help address this need, the Canadian Virtual Hospice in cooperation with national and international grief experts, family members who have “been there” and pan-Canadian partners have developed MyGrief.ca. This free online resource helps people understand and work through their loss from the comfort of their home and at their own pace.
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The Wounded Brain Healed: On Sale Now

”The Wounded Brain Healed – The Golden Age of the Montreal Neurological Institute, 1934-1984″ by William Feindel and Richard Leblanc is now available for purchase from McGill-Queen’s University Press.
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A profile of McGill University’s Dr. Robert Platt

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr. Robert Platt, Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health (EBOH) at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, and the inaugural Albert Boehringer (1st) Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology, has long been fascinated with numbers.
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Opinion: After rapid, imposed changes, it’s time for a public discussion of health care in Quebec

Primary care is at a crossroads in Quebec. Over the past 15 years, there has been a major paradigm shift, with primary care and family medicine delivered through the GMFs (groupes de médicine de famille) being recognized as the foundation of our health-care system. Accessibility, continuity and coordination of care, however, are still clearly a point of great dissatisfaction for the public and frustration for clinicians. No wonder the public, clinicians and administrators are generally in agreement with most of the government’s objectives in this area. Yet, there remains serious uneasiness.
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Mechanism that reduces effect of cocaine on brain discovered Mechanism that reduces effect of cocaine on brain discovered

A type of brain cell known as microglia plays a key role in reducing the effects of cocaine in the brain, according to a major study by a team from the RI-MUHC. The discovery establishes for the first time that microglia can diminish the adverse changes to neural circuitry brought on by the chronic use of cocaine and has significant implications for developing an effective treatment for addiction.
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Cell Labelling via Photobleaching: a precious ally for scientific research

Major work led by Santiago Costantino (researcher, Hôpital de Maisonneuve-Rosemont and associate professor, Université de Montréal), Dr. Claudia Kleinman, investigator at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital and Assistant Professor at McGill University, and a multidisciplinary team of collaborators, gives birth to a unique method that enables instant, specific labeling of individual cells, Cell Labelling via Photobleaching (CLaP). This method will become a precious ally in a wide range of scientific research, with particular applications for genomics. The results of this work are published in the latest issue of Nature Communications.
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Prix d’excellence 2016 – Collège des médecins du Québec pays tribute to Dr. Jean-Pierre Farmer, Chair of Pediatric Surgery at McGill University

During their recent annual meeting, the Collège des médecins du Québec honoured Dr. Jean-Pierre Farmer with the Prix d’excellence 2016 for his outstanding contributions to neurosurgery. Congratulations Dr. Farmer!
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2016 Awards of Excellence in Nursing

The 2016 Neuroscience Nursing Awards of Excellence Ceremony took place on May 10 as part of the National Nursing Week. It was a wonderful showcase of dedication, spirit, determination, strength, compassion and innovation, and an opportunity to pause and celebrate nurses and others who have gone above and beyond.

Congratulations to all awardees!
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McGill medical students hold annual SHOUT event to recognize community involvement

Student engagement and community involvement are key aspects of the medical school experience at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. McGill medical students are actively planning and leading initiatives, programs, and projects in both McGill and broader Montreal communities. In order to celebrate these student initiatives and inspire other students to be engaged in similar endeavours, the Strategic Planning and Community Involvement Committee (SPCI) of the McGill Medical Students’ Society (MSS) hosted its annual SHOUT Gala on May 9, 2016 in the Atrium of the Bellini Life Sciences Building.

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