Live 2017

The Canadian Network of Scientific Platforms (CNSP) had their inaugural meeting in Montreal on May 9, 2017. More than one hundred researchers from across Canada (seven provinces) and abroad (United States, Germany) gathered to discuss how to network, fund and sustain high level scientific platforms that house state-of-the-art infrastructure, highly refined unique scientific expertise and are integral to the success of thousands of research programs across Canada. The network was founded in August of 2016 and has 16 member institutions and 95 member scientific platforms from 8 provinces.
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Live 2017

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends against screening for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) in adults at low risk in a guideline published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Given the lack of direct evidence that mass screening is beneficial and that patients identified by screening will either never develop symptoms of hepatitis C, or will remain well for decades after infection, we have recommended against screening for HCV in adults who are not at elevated risk,” said Dr. Roland Grad, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University and a member of the task force and chair of the guideline work group.
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Live 2017

Patient-centred care has become something of a buzz term in medicine in the past decade. But what many in the field might not know is that a patient-centred care model was pioneered by McGill nurses back in the 1950s. The McGill Model of Nursing promoted the idea that nurses, patients and families are equal partners in providing support, information, and advocacy. Patients and families are treated with respect, and listened to as individuals with personalities, preferences and histories of their own. It is difficult to grasp now just how revolutionary these ideas were at the time.
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The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) is home to Canada’s first multiple sclerosis (MS) clinic, and MS research and treatment has been a major focus at The Neuro for many years. The MS clinic employs a highly specialized staff who have access to the latest research data and methods of treatment. It is a clinic where innovation and progress are paramount.
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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal People has awarded $674,220 CAD to Dr. Lucie Lévesque (Queen’s University) and colleagues to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Kahnawà:ke Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP) Community Mobilization Training (CMT) program in ten Indigenous communities across three Canadian provinces and the Northwest Territories. The three-year project started April 1, 2017. In conjunction with this grant, the R. Howard Webster Foundation/ Fondation R. Howard Webster has awarded funding to Dr. Ann C. Macaulay (Dept. of Family Medicine, McGill University) and KSDPP to support the implementation the KSDPP CMT in four of these Indigenous communities.
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It’s National Nursing Week in Canada starting May 8, culminating in International Nurses Day on May 12, celebrating the birthday of Florence Nightingale. The nursing profession has greatly advanced since Nightingale’s era of the 1800s. According to global health organization Partners in Health, today, nurses deliver 90% of all health care services to the world’s 7 billion people (and counting). While there have been major strides in how illnesses are treated and prevented, now more than ever: nursing is a stressful profession.
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From his dramatic beginnings in captivity in Spain following the capture of his family’s ship en route to Canada from Britain, Dr. Andrew Fernando Holmes would go on to co-found McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and become its first Dean.
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Live 2017

The Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Cardiology teams at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) have joined forces to perform Quebec’s first robot-assisted coronary bypass, immediately followed by angiography (imaging of the blood vessels) to implant two stents (small tubes to keep arteries unblocked) during a single surgical session. This achievement was made possible through collaborative efforts in the Integrated Cardiovascular Science Program at the JGH.
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Live 2017

McGill, the Jewish General Hospital and the global AIDS community lost one of their leading advocates and researchers on Tuesday, when Dr. Mark A. Wainberg drowned while on vacation in Florida. Wainberg’s research and collaborations on AIDS and HIV, including the initial identification of the 3TC anti-viral drug, have saved millions of lives around the world.
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Live 2017

On April 7, 2017, McGill’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) held its annual Name-Tag ceremony, as third-year students gathered in the R. Howard Palmer Amphitheatre at the McIntyre Medical Building. The ceremony is an important milestone in the students’ paths marking the transition from their undergraduate studies to the beginning of their clinical fieldwork, before many go on to graduate studies.
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