Dr. Marc Rodger appointed Chair of the Department of Medicine, McGill University & Physician-in-Chief, MUHC

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Marc Rodger as the Chair of the Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and Physician-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Dr. Rodger succeeds Dr. James Martin effective January 1, 2020.
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Dr. Diego Martin appointed Chair, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, McGill & Diagnostic Radiologist-in-Chief, MUHC

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Diego Martin as Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, and Diagnostic Radiologist-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), effective January 1, 2020.
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Highlights from the Oct. 3, 2019, Board of Governors meeting

It is once again our pleasure to provide you with an update on the recent activities of McGill’s Board of Governors. The full minutes of the meeting’s open session will be available following approval at the Board’s next meeting, on December 5, 2019. In the meantime, we would like to share with you the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – December 2019

We are pleased to announce that the December issue is now available online. It provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members. It also presents information on department updates, upcoming events and announcements.
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McGill Global Health Scholars Undergraduate Program – Open Call for Faculty Project Submissions

The Global Health Scholars Program for undergraduates pairs an outstanding McGill undergraduate student with a faculty member to help on an International, Northern Canada, or Montreal-based global health research project during the summer of 2020. Student applicants will be matched to faculty mentors based on the skill set, interests, and needs of the mentor. Deadline: December 13th, 2019, 11:59PM
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September – December 2019

Med Events provides information on a range of events taking place across the Faculty of Medicine community that may be of interest to academic and support staff, as well as to students and residents.
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Focus on Campus Outaouais

Construction of the McGill Faculty of Medicine’s new Campus Outaouais is in full swing. Crews are working hard to be ready to hand over the keys to the facilities next June in advance of the official opening in August 2020. In the meantime, you can watch the evolution of the building’s construction in this time-lapse photomontage taken between May and November of this year. Campus Outaouais is a partnership between McGill University and the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais.
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Forum sparks integrated care advocacy for elders

Next steps are taking shape following the Mobilizing Knowledge for Elder Empowerment Forum held at the Institute of Health Sciences Education this past summer, but there remain major challenges to advancing integrated care for older people. “The intention of this forum was to come away with practical and strategic plans for social services and healthcare delivery while highlighting possible blind spots,” said Dr. Peter Nugus, forum organizer and Faculty Member of the Institute of Health Sciences Education.
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Radiation therapy to treat broken hearts

A unique collaboration between cardiologists and radiation oncologists at the McGill University Health Centre will allow some patients with severe arrhythmias, including ventricular tachycardia, to benefit from a radiotherapy treatment consisting of accurately irradiating the abnormal parts of the heart that cause the arrhythmias.
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Researchers identify a process responsible for therapeutic resistance in aggressive breast cancer

Using tumor biopsies from patients with chemotherapeutic resistant triple negative breast cancer, researchers at the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital have identified changes to the form of the cancer cells that appear to be associated with their capacity to resist usual drug treatment. This discovery is featured on the cover of the December issue of Molecular Cancer Research, where it is highlighted for its importance.
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Four Burning Questions with Angie Phenix

Ms. Angie Phenix, MOT, MIED, is the 2019 Lavigne-Smee Visiting Scholar, an award that provides the opportunity for a high-profile scholar and/or knowledge-holder to visit McGill University’s School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT), to meet with students and faculty members and to foster the development of new research collaborations and perspectives.
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Norbert Schmitz receives psychiatric epidemiology award

Dr. Norbert Schmitz, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and an Associate Member in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University was recently awarded the 2019 Alexander Leighton Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology. The award, a joint creation of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology, was created in 1998 to honour Professor Alex Leighton, a pioneer and leader in the field of psychiatric epidemiology in Canada. Congratulations Dr. Schmitz!
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Recent event a step towards improved community engagement

How can we do better as a community? 14 students, seven community members, and three faculty/alumni members convened to try to answer this question – and others – on November 20, 2019 at the inaugural, and bilingual, community campus exchange organized by the Community Health and Social Medicine Incubator and the McGill University Faculty of Medicine’s Social Accountability and Community Engagement office. Together, participants and facilitators alike confronted difficult and complex issues to identify Montreal-specific health priorities, foster dialogue between the next generation of social entrepreneurs, inter-disciplinary health professionals, and non-profit groups.
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