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.

Dr. Vincent Mooser & Dr. Brent Richards: New biobank breaks down barriers to yield results in record time

Neuro Event: December 7, 11 AM – The Wilder Penfield Lecture “From the genetic dissection of auditory cellular and molecular mechanisms to hearing restoration”.

Speaker: Dr Christine Petit

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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 – 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.
  • 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.

-A limited number of promising early-career researchers are given the opportunity to conduct research in Japanese universities and in designated research institutions and laboratories.

– BeMo has an immediate need for a top caliber PhD (preferred if PhD in life sciences) as an academic consultant.

-The Cole Foundation is offering fellowships to Clinical Fellows (holders of a medical degree), Post-Doctoral and Doctoral students to promote research in pre-leukemia, leukemia, lymphoma and other leukemia related diseases in children and young adults as well as the development of clinical care for patients affected by these diseases.

Awards – Call for Nominations:

  • 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.



Funding Opportunities:

  • Quebec-China international differential fee exemptions: Available to Masters and PhD students from China to pursue their studies and research at McGill. Recipients are awarded a country exemption from the Quebec government, which reduces their tuition fees to the Quebec rate. Deadline: January 15, 2021.
  • McGill-Glasgow Collaboration Award 2020-21: Is now open in an effort to increase opportunities for research collaboration under the current circumstances. Deadline: January 15, 2021.
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December 2020


  • December 17, 2020 – Andrea Bajic’s, Ph.D. Seminar entitled “Elucidating the role of oncohistones and oncohistone mimics in cancer”. To be held via Zoom. Supervisor: Dr. Nada Jabado

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.

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