(English) Marie-Hélène Thibault named to the position of Staffing Advisor (Recruiter)

(English) It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Marie-Hélène Thibault to the position of Staffing Advisor (Recruiter), joining our recruitment team in the Faculty of Medicine. The appointment is effective immediately.
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(English) In memoriam: Dr. F. Clarke Fraser (1920-2014)

(English) It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of a McGill legend, Dr. F. Clarke Fraser, at the age of 94. Born in Norwich, Connecticut, and raised in Nova Scotia, Dr. Frank Clarke Fraser was a visionary in human genetics, teratology and genetic counseling, who made history in the 1950s as the country’s premier medical geneticist. He was an iconic figure in Canadian medicine, as well as a biomedical pioneer, a fine teacher, and an outstanding scientist.
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(English) Appointment of Professor Daniel Weinstock as Director, Institute for Health and Social Policy

(English) We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Daniel Weinstock to the position of Director of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, an interdisciplinary institute housed within the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. Prof. Weinstock, whose appointment takes effect August 1, replaces Professor David Wright who has served in this role on an interim basis since January 2013.
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September – October 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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(English) Student vote

(English) The General Assembly of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) recently passed a motion to support the Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign against Israel. That decision has been defeated in a subsequent online ratification process.

The University as an institution has not commented publicly until now out of respect for the student governance process. Students respect our governance processes; we do not interfere with theirs, or their right to put such motions within the context of their affairs.

Now that the online vote is complete, I wish to explain why the University’s administration continues to steadfastly oppose the BDS movement, of which this motion is a part.
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(English) Microbiology and Immunology Department Newsletter – February 2014

(English) We are pleased to announce that the Microbiology and Immunology Department Newsletter for February 2014 is now available online!
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(English) François Béland: « Aging and Health Care Spending: Evidence-Based? »

(English) Attend a seminar March 1st held by the Institute for Health and Social Policy as part of their 2011-2012 Speaker Series, « Healthier Societies. »
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McGill welcomes incoming residents

The McGill University Faculty of Medicine officially welcomed the new cohort of residents during an orientation session and lunch held on campus in late July. “The goal of the orientation is to welcome the residents to McGill and to facilitate their integration into a community,” says Dr. Armand Aalamian, Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill. “Hopefully this is going to be their community while they are residents but also when they move on into practice. This is their professional family. They are becoming part of this McGill community.”
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Why Nature Is Good For Your Mental Health

The question of whether outdoor activities can have a beneficial impact on mental health has been a point of fascination within the health profession for many years. In fact, the belief that contact with nature promotes mental health was a primary motivation in building the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in the relative countryside of Montreal, writes Dr. Robert Whitley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, in his latest Huffington Post blog entry.
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New mechanism detected in Alzheimer’s disease

McGill University researchers have discovered a cellular mechanism that may contribute to the breakdown of communication between neurons in Alzheimer’s disease. Their study, published in Nature Communications, homes in on the role of RNA molecules involved in synaptic transmission –- the process through which neurons communicate with each other. In the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients, the RNAs that encode synaptic proteins are degraded more rapidly than in healthy brain cells, the researchers found.
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(English) Rapid eye movement sleep: keystone of memory formation

(English) For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase where dreams appear – is directly involved in memory formation. Now, a study published in Science by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University) and the University of Bern provides evidence that REM sleep does, indeed, play this role – at least in mice.
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Annmarie Adams awarded the President’s Medal for Media in Architecture from the RAIC

Annmarie Adams, the Stevenson Chair in the History and Philosophy of Science, including Medicine, has been named as one of two recipients of the 2017 President’s Medal for Media in Architecture given by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The award recognizes storytelling about buildings and cities that promotes understanding of architecture and the role of architects in the daily lives of Canadians. Congratulations Prof. Adams!
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(English) McGill medical student receives Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award

(English) Third-year McGill medical student Annick Gauthier has been awarded the Susan and Ron Flam Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award in honour of Dr. David McCready. Congratulations Annick!
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