SAVE THE DATE – Next Faculty Council Meeting is Wednesday, February 28

The next Faculty Council meeting takes place Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building (Palmer Amphitheatre), 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler at 4:30 p.m.
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REMINDER – Deadline is Feb. 28 – McGill « CLIC » Competition and Hakim Family Prize for Clinical Innovation

The McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) and Hakim Family Innovation Prize recognize McGill Faculty members, including learners and graduates, who conceive and develop novel ideas that aim to improve health outcomes, access for patients, or health care effectiveness or efficiency, locally or globally. Proposals are screened, and finalists are selected and invited to “pitch” their idea during the CLIC event.
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Nominations for « Members-at-large » for new Prize Nomination Subcommittee (UGME)

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure inclusive and transparent Faculty governance, we are currently seeking members from the Faculty of Medicine for the new Prize Nomination Subcommittee in Undergraduate Medical Education.
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January – February 2018

Med Events provides information on a range of events taking place across the Faculty of Medicine community that may be of interest to academic and support staff, as well as to students and residents.
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Registration for Focus Groups

This is a reminder that registration opened at 9 a.m. today for the five focus group meetings we’ve organized to help you connect with the Principal’s Task Force on Respect and Inclusion in Campus Life. Spaces, available on a first-come, first-served basis, are limited to 20 per group (with 15 spaces reserved in each for students) to ensure the groups can engage in frank, meaningful communication behind closed doors.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – January 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for January 2018 is now available online!
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The Osler Library Newsletter

We are pleased to provide you with the Winter 2017 edition of the Osler Library Newsletter.
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Canadian Genomics Cloud launched to provide widespread access to genomics infrastructure for Canada

A national consortium of industry and academic collaborators announced this week the launch of the Canadian Genomics Cloud (genomicscloud.ca), an integrated software platform to manage, analyze, and share genome sequence and clinical data. This public cloud computing platform, the first of its kind in Canada, promises to give every scientist in the country unfettered access to award-winning technology empowering precision medicine and other applications in genome research.
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Doctors of Tomorrow: How AI and Other Technologies Will Change the Practice of Medicine

Parents of McGill medical students attended a cocktail and panel discussion on the theme Doctors of Tomorrow: How AI and Other Technologies Will Change the Practice of Medicine. The event took place on January 31 and was hosted by Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean, Faculty of Medicine, in collaboration with the McGill Faculty of Medicine University Advancement team and the McGill Medicine Parents Committee. It was a unique opportunity for parents to learn more about the world their students will be graduating into, and to meet and mingle with other parents.
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We’re not addicted to smartphones, we’re addicted to social interaction

In a forthcoming study published in Frontiers in Psychology, Samuel Veissière and Moriah Stendel, researchers in McGill’s Department of Psychiatry, reviewed current literature on dysfunctional use of smart technology through an evolutionary lens, and found that the most addictive smartphone functions all shared a common theme: they tap into the human desire to connect with other people.
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Not being aware of memory problems predicts onset of Alzheimer’s disease

Doctors who work with individuals at risk of developing dementia have long suspected that patients who do not realize they experience memory problems are at greater risk of seeing their condition worsen in a short time frame, a suspicion that now has been confirmed by a team of McGill University clinician scientists.
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Najafabadi, Trenholm named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows

Hamed Najafabadi, an assistant professor in McGill’s Department of Human Genetics, and Stuart Trenholm, assistant professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute, have been selected as 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows – a coveted distinction awarded to highly promising early-career scientists from the United States and Canada.
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Champion of the 2017 AmorChem KNOCK OUT event: Team Braverman!

Dr. Nancy Braverman, a scientist at the RI-MUHC, and Catherine Argyriou, a student in her laboratory, emerged the victors in this year’s final KNOCK OUT round of presentations, a highlight of the 11th Quebec City Healthcare Industry Forum. Having worked closely with Dr. Costas Karatzas, Director of the Business Development and Contracts Office of the RI-MUHC, the team delivered a presentation with punch and was awarded first prize from venture capital seed fund AmorChem for the project “Retinal gene augmentation for peroxisome biogenesis (REGAIN).” Congratulations team Braverman!
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Raising awareness of rare diseases

Defined as a condition that affects less than 1 in 2000 people, a legion of nearly 7000 identified rare diseases combine to affect tens of millions of people across the globe. While the prevalence of each of these individual diseases may be rare – hence the moniker – together they are quite common, with 1 in 12 Canadians suffering from a rare disease. “We all likely know someone who suffers from a rare disease,” says Jessie Kulaga-Yoskovitz, a second-year McGill medical student and the President and Founder of the McGill MSS Rare Disease Interest Group (rareDIG), one of the first student groups focused on this topic in Canada. On February 28, people around the world will take part in activities in more than 80 countries that aim to raise awareness of rare diseases. Inspired by TED talks, McGill rareDIG has put together an event open to the public that will feature idea-focused and passionate talks presented in a way that makes them accessible to the average person. 
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