Message from Normand Rinfret – RI-MUHC Leadership Change

It is with mixed emotions that I announce today Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos’ decision to leave Montreal this autumn in order to tackle a new challenge in Los Angeles, USA. On October 1, 2016, Dr. Papadopoulos will resign from his position at the RI-MUHC and assume the mandate of Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California.
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Message from Dean Eidelman: Going forward

We are making solid progress with the implementation of our Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) accreditation initiatives. The faculty members, staff and students involved have helped us to successfully address many of the issues raised. Other improvements that take more time are also advancing very well. We are deeply appreciative of everyone’s efforts, which benefit us all. I am pleased to share some of the most recent steps we have taken.
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Dr. Bruce Mazer named Interim Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer

Following Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos’ resignation, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bruce Mazer as Interim Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), effective October 1, 2016. Dr. Mazer has served as Deputy Executive Director/Deputy CSO of the RI-MUHC and Head of Child Health Research at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC (MCH-MUHC) since April 2015. He will serve in this function until the appointment of a new Executive Director/CSO is finalized.
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Best wishes for Summer 2016!

Message from the Principal

Another spring Convocation season is behind us. It was wonderful to see so many smiles, and even some long-awaited sunshine, on our campuses. What a great way to end the year.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – July 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for July 2016 is now available online!
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APPLY NOW! Montreal Light Microscopy Course (MLMC) – August 15-19

This August 2016 MLMC is designed to provide one week of advanced instruction in optical microscopy. Students, fellows, PIs, technical staff, core facility managers and research scientists are welcome to attend.
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Training the clinician-scientists of tomorrow

It’s intense and it takes up to eight years to complete. But for medical students who can’t decide between delivering front-line care to patients today, or doing the research that will revolutionize the care of tomorrow, McGill’s MD-PhD program may be just the ticket.
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McGill University and UQO sign collaborative agreement to develop health care training programs in Outaouais

McGill University and l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) today announced the signing of an agreement to develop training programs in the region, specifically related to health care. The agreement complements the Government of Quebec’s announcement today to move forward with the investment needed to create a satellite campus for McGill’s Faculty of Medicine in Outaouais.
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New mechanism for spread of breast cancer identified

In a new study published recently in the Journal of Cell Biology, researchers from McGill University’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre in the Faculty of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology identified a new mechanism for the metastatic spread of breast cancer involving the enzyme SHIP2. The discovery is of particular importance given that SHIP2 is a drug target for which new molecular inhibitors are already in development.
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Researchers find new role for cannabinoids in vision

A multidisciplinary team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute has improved our understanding of how cannabinoids, the active agent in marijuana, affect vision in vertebrates.
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Three Faculty of Medicine representatives among new Royal Society of Canada Fellows

The Royal Society of Canada announced the induction of 89 new fellows this week, with three of the ten McGillians representing the Faculty of Medicine. The new cohort of Fellows, which includes Dr. Guy Rouleau, Dr. Charles Bourque and Dr. William Foulkes, will be formally inducted into the RSC on November 18, in Kingston. They join the more than 160 McGill-affiliated Fellows inducted to the Society since 1966.

Congratulations Drs. Rouleau, Bourque & Foulkes!
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Congratulations Anna Dion on winning the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Scholarship!

Anna Dion, PhD candidate in the Department of Family Medicine, was awarded the prestigious Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship. Her research examines how vulnerability and marginalization intersect with the provision and receipt of perinatal care in Canada. Congratulations Anna!
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McGill students hold camp that allows high school students to explore health sciences

Approximately 37 students from area high schools were welcomed to the downtown campus of McGill University for the 2016 edition of the “Explore! Careers in Health” camp, held this year from June 27-29. The annual event, which began in 2009 as a one-day event, is organized by students and residents representing McGill University’s Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, and is aimed at motivated and academically strong students with a goal to encourage students to pursue post-secondary education and to inspire and cultivate their interest in health professions.
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