Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Trainee Get-Together


The first HBHL November Trainee Get-Togetherof the school year will be taking place on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at 6PM in the Thomson House Restaurant! This event will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. David Stellwagen, an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill. His keynote presentation will focus on the role of TNF in synaptic plasticity underlying behaviour. This event will also feature 10-minute flash talks from two HBHL Fellows: Arna Ghosh and Ross Markello. The presentations will be followed by a networking session with complementary food and drinks! If you are interested in attending, please register for free using our online form.

Technology Day

Dr. Ragoussis is organizing a Technology Day for the Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with the HGSS. The purpose of this is to educate and inform all members of the Department about technologies and methodologies relevant for ongoing research at the Department available at different sites, as well as ones that would be desirable to bring in. It will also serve to bring together students and scientists from the different sites and promote communication and exchange of ideas as well as experiences across sites.

Please help us design this endeavor by completing this survey. Thank you on behalf of Dr. Ragoussis and the HGSS

French Credit Courses – McGill School of Continuing Studies

French for Professional Communication Part-Time Program:  This program is especially designed for people who need French for their work and who hope to use French as an important tool or catalyst for their careers. All Graduate students that are new to the program, and wish to register for the Winter 2019 semester must take an Entrance Placement Test prior to registering for a particular course. Please click the following link to reserve your spot at the next Entrance Placement Test on November 15th: (Other dates will be available soon on our page but we encourage you to register ASAP since we have limited spots available: November 21st; December 4th & 11th; late registration: January 3rd) .  Returning students can now register directly on Minerva, or contact our department if you encounter any registration restrictions.

Quebec Tuition Fee Rate  may apply when registering for any French credit courses.  See list of exclusions at

Please visit our website for more details about our Certificate Program

3rd Annual Graduate Student Recruitment Day – Goodman Cancer Research Centre

McGill’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC) is hosting its third annual graduate recruitment event on January 24 and 25, 2019. This event provides prospective students with an opportunity to meet current students and faculty members and receive a one-year studentship to study at the GCRC.  Application deadline: November 12, 2018

More information can be found on our website.

2018 Dr. Bernice Grafstein Lecture in Neuroscience

McGill’s Integrated Program in Neuroscience is honoured to host the President and Bing Presidential Professor of Stanford University, Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, as the keynote speaker for this year’s Dr. Bernice Grafstein Lecture in Neuroscience. This celebrated lecture aims to honour and recognize the accomplishments of Dr. Grafstein in the field of neuroscience, including being the former President of Society for Neuroscience. The event will take place on Monday November 19 2018, in the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre at the Montreal Neurological Institute, at 3:00 PM. The event itinerary will commence with a keynote address by Dr. Tessier-Lavigne, and will be followed by a cocktail reception in the foyer.  REGISTER HERE

Science Policy and Exchange Student Group, Montreal

Survey on Graduate Student & Postdoc Funding – The Science and Policy Exchange (SPE) student group in Montreal has developed a national survey on studentships/fellowships.  Results of this survey will be used to generate a report that informs and provides recommendations/improvements for graduate student/PDF funding in the next federal budget. This is a great opportunity for students to get involved and share their experience about the current funding situation in Canada. The link to the survey is here . The survey is open from October 9 – November 12, 2018


myProgress – New Degree Milestones Tracking Tool

A NEW web based tool designed to help graduate students navigate their progress through their Master’s or PhD degrees.

Benefits of myProgress

  • See course and program requirements for your McGill degree
  • Monitor your progress towards your degree
  • Receive reminders of upcoming or missed academic milestones in thesis programs

Who can access myProgress?

  • Students who have been admitted to a graduate program in Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018.
  • Supervisors of students admitted to McGill as of Fall 2017.

How to access myProgress

Students and supervisors can access myProgress by going to and login using their McGill Username and Password.

Be sure to watch the “myProgress Quick Tour”  video for instructions on how to use myProgress.

Check back often as we update your records towards your degree progression!


Career Development and Professional Skills for Research Trainees

Presented by the Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training of the RI-MUHC (McGill trainees who are not part of the RI-MUHC are welcome to attend most events and activities).

Sessions include Peer Career Groups: for trainees who want to explore possible careers for health scientists and researchers, Preparing Winning Scholarships and Fellowships, and Developing Your Soft Skills For Today and Tomorrow in an Interconnected Society.

For more information and to register for sessions, click here


Would You Fund It?

SKILLSETS is offering fellowship consultation sessions  to graduate students applying for external funding.

Students will have the opportunity to have their two-page project summary reviewed by a former Tri-council or Quebec committee reviewer in one or more 30-minute one-on-one consultations. The reviewer will scan the document and provide feedback on the structure, relevance, and language accuracy with suggestions on how to strengthen the draft.

The Fall 2018 series will run on September 17, 20, 26, and on November 26 in the Redpath Library Building.

Register for your session(s) of choice here.


HGEN 698 – Advanced Readings in Genetics

This course aims to familiarize students with the evolving field of epigenetics and
chromatin biology and the role of epigenetics in development and disease.

For more information: HGEN 698 epigenetics_and_chromatin



This fall, Graphos is offering 1-credit, pass/fail courses designed to help students develop clear and coherent manuscripts and oral presentations. Several courses are available and Doctoral students and many Master’s students can take the courses without extra fees, thanks to the University’s tuition sponsorship program.  To see the list of courses see here for more detail.


Quebec Forum on Genetic Discrimination – Updated

(Please note that while the forum is in French, you can comment in the language of your choice English or French)

An innovative research initiative by McGill’s researchers is looking for members of the Quebec public to voice their opinion on one of the great issues linked to the use of genetic data.

The use of genetic information can lead to differential treatment of individuals because of their genetic profile, giving rise to a phenomenon known as genetic discrimination. The Genetic Discrimination Observatory (GDO) is currently holding an online public forum on genetic discrimination to enable residents of Quebec to share their opinion or questions on this subject. The data collected will be used to assess your concerns, needs and opinions.

Join the discussion today at:


MATH 697: Reading Course in Statistics

This new course covers much of the material in MATH 323-324; i.e. foundational statistical inference concepts. It is designed for graduate students who are interested in improving their statistics knowledge but who have not taken 323-324 or equivalent.

After taking this course, students should have the prerequisite material needed for graduate level regression or generalized linear models (i.e. MATH-523 Generalized Linear Models, etc).

Please email Alexander DeGuise ( for permission to register.



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