Reminder: Call for Proposals – « 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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Nicole-Ann Shery appointed to the position of Wellness Consultant (Academic Associate) for FoM schools

Nicole-Ann Shery has been appointed to the position of Wellness Consultant (Academic Associate) for the Ingram School of Nursing, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, and the School of Communication & Disorders, in The WELL Office, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective October 16, 2017.
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August – December 2017

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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Dec. 10: Principal’s Holiday Skating Party

Principal Suzanne Fortier invites members of the McGill community and their families to the Annual Holiday Skating Party on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the McConnell Winter Arena.
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Support Line

A message from the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning):
Following Principal Fortier’s message on 31 October, reasserting the University’s commitment to ensuring that all members of our community feel safe and welcome, a Support Line has been set up for members of our community who seek support following experiences of exclusion or discrimination on our campuses.
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The fall edition of the ASPIRE Newsletter is now available online

This edition of the ASPIRE Newsletter expanded its mandate to draw particular attention to the Infection Prevention and Control Department’s new on-line accredited training initiative. With ever-growing and difficult to treat dangerous antibiotic resistant and infectious pathogens emerging, it is critical that everyone in all direct patient-contact healthcare roles and institutions be adequately informed and skilled to play a proactive role in combatting contagion.
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“Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives” Launches New Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) is an $84M seven-year cross-sectoral initiative supported at McGill University by the Canadian Government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), with an additional $18M from the government of Quebec.
HBHL management, in conjunction with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, is proud to announce the launch of a new Postdoctoral Fellowships competition. This program aims to attract, train and retain top post-doctoral researchers from across disciplines and around the world to participate in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research training opportunities related to brain and mental health research, knowledge translation/mobilization and innovation.
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Cannabis in Canada: What do we know? What can we expect?

With cannabis to be legalized across Canada on July 1, 2018, a host of issues have arisen regarding social, economic and public health concerns that legalization may impact. On Nov. 30, McGill’s Department of Psychiatry held an academic conference to address some of these issues, specifically mental health, especially in young people, as well as the potential use of cannabis as a medicine for neuropsychiatric disorders. In all, some 200 people attended the event, held at the Faculty Club.
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New Open Science partnership will pave way for better treatments, faster

A new partnership between the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) will use a unique open science framework to help scientists discover new targets for drug development for neurological diseases. The partnership, called NeuroSGC, will initially focus on Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), two of the most common neurodegenerative diseases.
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Bridging research programs: The Centre of Excellence in Translational Immunology

One of four Federation of Clinical Immunology (FOCiS) centres of excellence in Canada and nearly 75 worldwide, the Centre of Excellence in Translational Immunology (CETI) in Montreal is gaining new momentum. Its director, Dr. Ciriaco Piccirillo, a professor of microbiology and immunology at McGill University and senior scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), finds that members now benefit from the concentration of state-of-the-art technology and expertise at the Glen site, CETI’s base. With its first Annual Research Day set for December 1, the RI-MUHC sat down with Dr. Piccirillo to learn more about CETI.
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McGill study finds people infected with HIV more likely to develop fatty liver

A recent study led by researchers at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine published in the October issue of the Journal of Hepatology reports on the results of the first large-scale study which shows that people living with HIV are indeed at high risk of developing fatty liver, even in the absence of hepatitis-C co-infection, which has been typically associated with liver disease.
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Addressing Depression and Making an Impression: Montreal Artificial Intelligence Start-Up Ranked in Top 10 of International $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition

An artificial intelligence (AI) start-up founded by students and alumni from McGill University has been announced as one of the Top 10 teams out of 59 teams representing 14 countries that are advancing in the international $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition. The company, aifred health, is using AI technology to develop a clinical decision aid for physicians to improve the effectiveness of depression treatment.
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McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy Professor receives highest honour from The American Occupational Therapy Foundation

Dr. Bernadette Nedelec, Associate Professor and former Director of McGill’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy’s (SPOT) Occupational Therapy Program, has been elected to the prestigious American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) Academy of Research in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Nedelec will now join an elite group of scientists and scholars who have been recognized by what the AOTF considers their highest honour, reserved for those researchers who demonstrate truly ‘outstanding and exemplary contributions through research to the advancement of knowledge.’
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Faculty of Medicine student-led project selected as finalist for Forces AVENIR Award

The “Journeys Through Health” Art Exhibition was recently selected as a finalist in the Arts, Lettres et Culture category of the 2017 Forces AVENIR award. The exhibition was spearheaded by a subcommittee within the Medical Student Society (MSS) Humanities and Arts in Medicine (McHAM) – a student group that strives to integrate arts, humanities and medicine. It is the first time in Montreal that a student group collaborated with a health care institution to organize an art exhibition dedicated to the community.
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