Human Genetics Professor Appointed Interim VP, Research & International Relations


February 19th, 2010

Interim Vice-Principal Research and International Relations

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Rima Rozen as Interim Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations), effective March 1st, 2010. In this position, she will report directly to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor and will serve as a member of the University’s senior team until a successor to Professor Thérien is appointed. I am most grateful to Professor Rozen for her willingness to serve in this capacity.

A distinguished professor in the Human Genetics, Pediatrics and Biology departments and a James McGill Professor, Rozen served previously as Scientific Director of the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and Deputy Scientific Director of the MUHC Research Institute. She established the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Molecular Genetics Diagnostics Service, a pre-eminent DNA analysis centre. Professor Rozen is recognized for her research in the genetics-nutrition field and continues to direct her laboratory at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

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Feb 26-Mar 4





Friday, Feb 26 MCH Academic Activities:

Date: Friday the 26th of February, 2010.
Place: MCH, room C-417

9:00 – 10:00 Departmental Rounds:
Dr. Isabelle De Bie and the BCG medical team
“Emergency treatment protocol for Hyperammonemia”
10:00 – 10:30 Journal Club: Nicole Perrier
Kobayashi H, Hiura H, John RM, Sato A, Otsu E, Kobayashi N, Suzuki R, Suzuki F, Hayashi C, Utsunomiya T, Yaegashi N, Arima T
“DNA methylation errors at imprinted loci after assisted conception originate in the parental sperm”
European Journal of Human Genetics (2009) 17, 1582–1591; published online 27 May 2009
10:30 – 11:00 Ad hoc Clinical Presentations: Ahmed Alfares
A special case of a rare disorder with Renal tubular dysgenesis, science and ethics
11:00 – 12:00 Resident Teaching: Daniela D’Agostino (with Dr Goodyer)
Case based: Alport syndrome/ Congenital nephrotic syndrome/ Cystinosis/ARPKD


Monday, March 1, 2010 – 12:00 Noon

MUHC-Montreal Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Research Seminar:

Dr. Doris Herzlinger
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York, New York

Segmenting the Urinary Tract: Which Way Is Out?

Room C-417
Montreal Children’s Hospital

Enquiries: Dr. Gloria S. Tannenbaum,


March 2, 4:00pm: Killam Lecture MNI


Kári Stefánsson, Ph.D., CEO: deCODE Genetics – Reykjavik, Iceland

“Genetics of Common Diseases”

Kári Stefánsson founded DeCode Genetics in 1996 in the midst of concerns about privacy related to a large centralized healthcare database and the commercial use of health information and genetics. As of 2003, nearly 100,000 of 285,000 Icelandic citizens have consented and given blood to DeCode Genetics for analysis. The process has linked the country’s genetics profiles with medical records and genealogy information. This has led to the discovery of the neuregulin-1 gene and its association with schizophrenia.


March 2 -Final registration deadline! 

5th Annual Canadian Genetic Epidemiology & Statistical Genetics Meeting (Wednesday, April 14, 2010 to Friday, April 16, 2010).
Register ONLINE here.


Wed, March 3, 2010

 3:30pm – Stewart Biology Building Room W4/12

Ph.D. Oral Defence

Student: Amanda Fortier

Title: “Effects on the embryo and placenta of perturbing epigenetic events during oogenesis and preimplantation development”

Supervisor: Dr. Jacquetta Trasler



March 3, 6:00pm HGSS International Cuisine Tour

Mango Bay

1202 Bishop (between Ste. Catherine and Rene-Levesque)


Mar 4 – 12:00-1:00pm – JGH, BLOOMFIELD LECTURE HALL

Dr. Hal Dietz:


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