Dr. David Rosenblatt to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Source: Med e-News

Dr. David Rosenblatt, Holder, Dodd Q. Chu and Family Chair in Medical Genetics and Professor, Departments of Human Genetics, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Biology at McGill University, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) Founders’ Award for Career Achievement.

The award is meant to recognize a CCMG member who has had an outstanding career in medical genetics in Canada or abroad. This award is named in honour of the visionary men and women (known as the “Committee of Seven”) who, along with 17 founding members, established the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists on January 13, 1976. Previously known as the Founders’ Award, it was officially renamed in 2017. In announcing his selection for the award, the CCMG noted Dr. Rosenblatt’s outstanding career across all domains of service, research, teaching, administration, and scholarly activity and highlighted that within the CCMG his presence has been steadfast and ongoing, from its earliest days until now and he remains an enthusiastic advocate for the profession of medical genetics, not only within Quebec but across the Canadian scientific community. [Read More]


Congratulations to Dr. Brent Richards on his promotion to become a Full Professor!

By McGill Reporter Staff

During the closed session of its meeting on Thursday, April 26, McGill’s Board of Governors approved the promotion of eight Associate Professors to the rank of Full Professor, as well as the appointment of a new Full Professor with Tenure.

The appointments were made on the recommendation of the Statutory Selection Committee.

The following Associate Professors were promoted to Full Professor in recognition of their teaching and research excellence:

  • Susan Bartlett (Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine).
  • Brent Richards (Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine)
  • Peter Lakatos (Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine) (Clinical)
  • Richard Leask (Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering)
  • Laila Parsons (Departments of History & Classical Studies and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Arts)
  • Maya Saleh (Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine)
  • Michael Wagner (Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts)
  • Faith Wallis (Departments of History & Classical Studies and Social Studies of Medicine, Faculty of Arts)

The eight promotions are effective May 1, 2018.

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June 2018

  • June 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm – Mona Wu’s Ph.D. Seminar entitled “In vitro modeling of DICER1-linked tumours”. Supervisors: Drs. William Foulkes and Mark Fabian. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room 2/36.
  • June 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm – Jean Monlong’s Ph.D. Oral Defence entitled “Population-based approaches to characterize copy number variation from whole-genome sequencing in healthy individuals and disease cohorts” . Supervisor: Dr. Guillaume Bourque. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room 2/36.
  • June 28, 2018 at 3:00pm Renata Bahous’ Ph.D. Oral Defence entitled “Impact of folate and homocysteine metabolism disturbances on brain biochemistry and cognitive function”. Supervisor: Dr. Rima Rozen. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room 2/36.
  • July 05, 2018 at 4:00 pm  John Morris’ Ph.D. Seminar entitled “Genetic determinants of osteoporosis”. Supervisors: Dr. Brent Richards. To be held in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building, Room 2/36.

Save the Date!

3rd International Conference on Stem cells, Development and Cancer, Montreal, Canada, October 18-19th, 2018

Cancer progression, embryo development and tissue regeneration have in common a strong dependency on stem and progenitor cells. Which characteristics are shared, and which are unique to embryonic, cancer and adult stem cells remain open questions.  Are cancer stem cells derived from adult stem cells or differentiated cancer cells that have acquired stem cell properties? What determines the potency of embryonic and adult stem cells? These questions and many others await a better understanding of stem and progenitor cell properties within different biological contexts.

To address these challenges, the third conference “Stem Cells, Development and Cancer” will be held in Montreal, October 18-19th, 2018 and is aimed at bringing together world experts in the fields of embryonic, adult and cancer stem cells. The synergy created by the reunion of leaders at the crossroads of these research themes will highlight novel approaches to address the important challenges associated with stem cell biology and therapeutics.

Please find attached the meeting flyer highlighting our world-class speakers.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to Montreal in October!


Congratulations to the Human Genetics Research Day 2018 winners!

Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at the Human Genetics Research Day, Thursday, May 17th. It was great to hear and see the variety of ongoing research throughout the Department.

Congratulations to our:

Oral Presentation Winners (12min Talks): Katie Teng, Patricia Goerner-Potvin & John Morris

Three-Minute Presentation Winners: Karine Choquet & Saumeh Saeedi

Poster Presentation Winners: Caitlin Fierheller, Graham Lean, Rached Alkallas, Nicholas Anthony, Wejdan Alenezi & Karine Choquet

Left to right: Wejdan Alenezi, Caitlin Fierheller, Katie Teng, Graham Lean, John Morris, Dr. Nancy Cox, Karine Choquet, Nicholas Anthony, Saumeh Saeedi & Patricia Goerner-Potvin Missing: Rached Alkallas

Lastly, a special thanks to the oral and poster presentation judges for volunteering their time!


June 13-14: Bioinformatics of Genomic Medicine workshop in Montreal

McGill University Genome Quebec Innovation Centre along with the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop series, are organizing a workshop on Bioinformatics of Genomic Medicine here in Montreal on June 13-14. Topics include the identification of disease variants and patient classification.

Early registration is until April 26 and there are opportunities to get an award to cover the registration fee. See link or flyer attached: https://bioinformatics.ca/workshops/2018-bioinformatics-of-genomic-medicine/


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