Dr. Mélanie Mondou appointed Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Mélanie Mondou to the position of Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Mondou, who is Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, McGill University and Geriatrician, Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), brings a wealth of relevant experience to her new role. Since 2016, she has been Clerkship Component Director for UGME, overseeing years 3 and 4 of the MDCM Program. Dr. Mondou has also designed and facilitated several interprofessional courses as part of the Office of Interprofessional Education, and is the UGME lead for interprofessional education.
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MIMM Bites – February 2018

MIMM Bites newsletter provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members.
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Giving back to her country: the McGill prof who made a substantial contribution to physiotherapy in her native land

Back in the late 1950s a bright young student named Dorothy Thomas Edding, on her graduation from high school decided she wanted to study physiotherapy. As there was no program in her native Jamaica, she had no choice but to study abroad. Inspired by her father’s best friend who had attended McGill University, she chose to study there, and left the sunny island for snowy Montreal. Three decades later, she helped found the country’s first and only university-based School of Physical Therapy at the University of the West Indies, in Kingston, allowing aspiring physiotherapists to study and work closer to home.
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How we can design the music of our emotions

Humans have been attempting to teach computers to read their emotions since the 1990s, when MIT professor Rosalind W. Picard founded the field of affective computing. Almost 30 years later, affective computing technologies are starting to appear in the commercial mainstream. These include the Microsoft Emotion API, which analyzes facial expressions to detect a range of feelings, and Affectiva’s Emotion Speech API, which identifies emotion in pre-recorded audio segments. These technologies may have particular significance for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who often struggle with social interaction and communication. The potential is obvious: If smartphone apps could provide unobtrusive emotional cues in real time, they could be used by individuals with ASD to facilitate social interactions.
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The onset of Alzheimer’s disease: the importance of family history

A Canadian study published in JAMA Neurology shows that the closer a person gets to the age at which their parent exhibited the first signs of Alzheimer’s, the more likely they are to have amyloid plaques, the cause of the cognitive decline associated with the disease, in their brain.
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National study to shed light on aging

Imagine getting a phone call asking if you’d like to take part in a study … for the next 20 years. It’s a pitch that makes telemarketing look like child’s play. So no wonder Christina Wolfson, BSc’76, MSc’78, PhD’85, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine, says that the recruitment of research participants was probably the most stressful step in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). After all, it meant rounding up 50,000 people across Canada from 45 to 85 years old. Now well underway — and its initial data already the focus of follow-up research projects – CLSA is the largest study of its kind ever undertaken in Canada. It aims to find ways to help people “live long and live well,” and gain insight into why some fare better than others in the aging process.
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Dr. Évelyne Vinet receives the CRA’s Young Investigator Award

Dr. Évelyne Vinet, a rheumatologist and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s (CRA) Young Investigator Award.  Dr. Vinet, who obtained her PhD from the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill, focuses her research on reproductive issues in women with rheumatic diseases. Congratulations Dr. Vinet!
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McGill resident among 2018 Royal College Fellowship recipients

Dr. Alexander Winkler-Schwartz a fourth-year neurosurgical resident and a PhD candidate in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University is one of three 2018 recipients of the Robert Maudsley Fellowship for Studies in Medical Education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The fellowship helps specialists acquire knowledge and skills to develop educational programs, evaluation methods and research applicable to medical education. Congratulations Dr. Winkler-Schwartz!
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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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