Professor William Foulkes awarded 2020 Wilder-Penfield Prize for research in the genetics of breast and ovarian cancer, helped in part by Quebec’s ‘founder effect’.

Earlier today, the Quebec government announced the winners of its annual Prix du Quebec competition, a series of 15 awards in science and culture. Among them was Professor William Foulkes. Get the full story.

Gustavo Turecki awarded BBRF Outstanding Achievement Prize

Gustavo Turecki, Director of the McGill Group for Suicide Studies,has been named one of seven recipients of a 2020 Outstanding Achievement Prize in Mental Health, as awaded by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the world’s largest private funder of mental health research grants. Get the full story.

Child Health and Human Development (CHHD) 6th Annual Research Day awardees list

HGSS Presents: Dr. Douglas Ruderfer, “Insights from structural variation for personalised medicine”.

HGSS will be hosting a talk by Dr Douglas Ruderfer,  Assistant Professor in the Division of Genetic Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020, at 1 PM EST. The talk will be 45 minutes long and there will be a 15 min Q&A period at the end.

Registration is required and the Zoom link will only be sent to those who have registered. Please register using the following form: .

If you want to know more about Dr Ruderfer’s work, check out his website: 

Killam Seminar Series: Molecular Biology of the Fragile X Syndrome, Speaker: Joel Richter, Ph.D.

Supported by the generosity of the Killam Trusts, The Neuro’s Killam Seminar series hosts outstanding guest speakers whose research is of interest to the scientific community at The Neuro and McGill University.

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Funding, Jobs and Other Announcements:

Jobs and Other Opportunities:

  • Post-doc opportunity at Harvard’s Division of Genetics and Genomics: Postdoctoral Position at Boston Children’s Hospital.
  • MITACS –  Accelerate Industrial Postdoc: 1, 2 or 3 years at $55,000/year with $25,000 from the partner and $30,000 from Mitacs
    – Postdocs must be named
    – Open to research collaborations with companies and eligible non-profits in Canada
    – Deadline for Mitacs submission of complete applications with all signatures: November 25, 2020.
    – If applying, make sure to send Noha Gerges ( all application documents by November 4th at the latest.
  • MITACS – Elevate2 years fixed at $60,000/year with $30,000 from the partner and $30,000 from Mitacs
    – Postdocs must be named
    – Open to research collaborations with companies and eligible non-profits in Canada
    – Deadline for Mitacs submission of complete applications with all signatures: February 10, 2021.
    – If applying, make sure to send Noha Gerges ( all application documents by January 20th at the latest.
  • Postdoctoral Position in Genomics of Skin Cancer: The Shain lab is seeking to fill an open position for a postdoctoral scholar.
  • Teaching Assistantship in HGEN 693 – Using Bioinformatics Resources (Winter 2021)The Department of Human Genetics is currently soliciting applications for a Teaching Assistantship.
    – Should this be of interest, please visit WorkDay: McGill’s new Human Resources solution, to review the posting, and which includes relevant qualifications and duties.
    – Deadline to submit an application on WorkDay is: November 20, 2020.
  • Building 21 BLUE Fellowship Program—Winter 2021
    – Do you have an idea for a project or process that doesn’t fit within conventional research domains? A radical, wild idea that crosses discipline boundaries? Or do you simply have a passionate need to explore, create and learn in unconventional ways?
    – Deadline to submit an application: Monday, December 7th, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.
  • Canadian COVID Genomic Network (CanCOGeN) will lead a nation-wide Host Genome Sequencing Initiative within this framework to sequence genomes of 10,000 Canadians to help understand the genomic architecture of the host response to SARSCov-2. 
    – The Genetic Epidemiology Committee of the CGen HostSeq project ( is now looking to build a team of talented data scientists to work together to identify genetic variation that contributes to SARS-Cov-2 infection, susceptibility, and COVID-19 disease severity.
  • Graduate Internship Program 2020/21.

-Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is expanding the Graduate Internship Program (normally known as the Doctoral Internship Program) to allow for in-course internship opportunities for both doctoral and Master’s students in an effort to increase opportunities for professional development under the current circumstances.

-The research impact evaluation project is part of a broader organizational initiative aimed at evaluating the impact of Heart & Stroke’s research investments.

-With guidance from the project lead and the Director, Planning, Evaluation & Impact, the research assistant will assist with mapping the “path to impact” for 2-3 areas of progress in heart and brain health and gather evidence on H&S’s role in the path.

-A fully funded “contingent particulier” position is available in the McGill Medical Genetics residency program.

Awards – Call for Nominations:

  • Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Student Awards: Each year the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools recognizes an outstanding master’s thesis that has been produced by a student at one of its member institutions. Deadline: December 2, 2020
  • Graduate Mobility Awards 2020-2021: The 2020-21 Graduate Mobility Award applications are now open under special conditions in an effort to increase opportunities for research collaboration for students under the current circumstances. Deadline: July 15, 2021
  • Call for nominations — GPS Awards: The Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is calling for nominations for awards for administrative and support staff as well as for faculty members. Deadline: January 15, 2021
  • Student and Faculty Awards for Teaching Innovation: As part of an ongoing Proud to Teach campaign in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the office of the Vice-Dean Education has launched two new teaching awards: one for faculty members and one for students.



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November 2020


  • November 26, 2020 – Najla Alogayil’s, M.Sc. Seminar entitled “Role of androgen and estrogen receptors in sex-biased DNA methylation in mouse liver”. To be held via Zoom. Supervisor: Dr. Anna Naoumova
  • November 27, 2020 Nicolas De Jay’s Ph.D. Oral Defence entitled “Elucidating the epigenetic and transcriptional impact of mutant H3 in cancer”. To be held via Zoom. Supervisors: Dr. Nada Jabado and Claudia Kleinman. Watch it live, on GPS YouTube channel at 2 pm EST.

1-Credit Course on Science Communication

For graduate students and postdocs interested in developing science communication skills, Graphos continues to offer CCOM 614: Communicating Science to the Public. More infromation here.

Sanger Institute Four-Year PhD Studentships

Fully funded 4-year PhD studentships available at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. More information here.

CAGS Virtual Symposia – 24-27 November 2020

Building on the success of its summer webinar series, the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) is pleased to announce its newest online event – the 2020 CAGS Virtual Symposia, to be held from 24-27 November.

More information here.

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