In Memoriam: Dr. Israel Libman (1931 – 2017)

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Dr. Israel Libman, neurologist and former JGH Chief of the Department of Neurology, on Sunday February 19, 2017.
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Invitation from VP-Dean Eidelman – Special Faculty Council Meeting, Tuesday, February 28

You are invited to attend a special meeting of the Faculty Council on Tuesday, February 28 at 4:30 p.m.
As you may be aware, in October 2016, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette, convened a meeting of Board members and Foundation presidents of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the Montreal West Island CIUSSS and the West-Central Montreal CIUSSS to hear two visions for the future of McGill’s affiliated health organizations in the west of Montreal.
At the meeting, the Minister announced that Dr. Arvind Joshi, former head of St. Mary’s Hospital Centre, would lead a consultation process across the three health organizations and with McGill. The goal is to gather input on all possible options that would help to optimize the organization of health care services in western Montreal.
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A year of celebration

As you know, 2017 is a year of anniversaries: Montreal’s 375th, Canada’s 150th – and Expo 67’s 50th.
This is an occasion not only for our institution to celebrate the communities in which we live, but to highlight McGill’s contributions to those communities. We are developing a history of McGill’s connections and contributions to Montreal and Canada and will invite your suggestions.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – February 2017

We are pleased to announce that the February issue is now available online. It provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members. It also presents information on department updates, upcoming events and announcements.
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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. Applications are due by February 24, 2017, for funds to be awarded in September 2017.
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Recognizing rare diseases

February 28th was Rare Diseases Day, an opportunity to recognize a class of disease that is often overlooked. In the past five years, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) has made the study and treatment of rare diseases a major priority, hiring new specialists and support staff and coordinating activity under a new research group.
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Portraying Maude Abbott

The February 21 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) contains the intriguing story of the rediscovery of a lost portrait of Dr. Maude Abbott (1869-1940), the pioneering McGill pathologist and congenital heart disease specialist. The CMAJ article was co-authored by Dr. Annmarie Adams, Chair of the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill who recently contributed a book chapter on the Maude Abbott Medical Museum, and Dr. Mary Hunter of McGill’s Department of Art History and Communication Studies.
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Woodstoves are good for the soul, bad for the heart

By comparing pollution data from three cities in British Columbia (Prince George, Kamloops and Courtenay/Comox) with hospital admissions, researchers from McGill and Health Canada found that rising concentrations of fine particulate air pollution caused by wood burning were associated with increased hospitalization for myocardial infarction. During the cold season, when pollution from woodstoves is at its highest, the risk of heart attacks among subjects of 65 years and older increased by 19%.
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Mouse Model Could Shed New Light on Immune System Response to Zika Virus

A new mouse model with a working immune system could be used in laboratory research to improve understanding of Zika virus infection and aid development of new treatments, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens.
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Faculty of Medicine student named “Personality of the Year”

Anudari Zorigtbaatar, a Med-P student at McGill University, was recently named as “Personality of the Year” in the education category, by LeDroit/Radio-Canada in recognition of her community involvement. Born in Mongolia and raised in Gatineau, she had previously been selected as “Personality of the Week” in May 2016. Congratulations Anudari!
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McGill medical student and the American Osler Society Award

The Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill, working in cooperation with the American Osler Society, recently helped initiate a pilot program entitled the William Osler Academy Awards. Maria Barrette, a second year medical student at McGill University, recently became the first recipient, for her paper titled Contrarian Contraception: Radical Feminism and The Birth Control Handbook in late 1960s Montréal. Congratulations Maria!
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Meet Xin Mei Liu, Executive President of the McGill Medical Students’ Society

The second-year McGill medical student talks about her long held passion for helping vulnerable populations and reflects on her year so far at the helm of the MSS.
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