Stay informed: University and Faculty COVID-19 news

As the situation continues to evolve, McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine will continue to provide updates to keep our community informed.
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Dr. Robert Platt appointed Interim Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Platt as Interim Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, School of Population and Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Please join us in thanking Dr. Platt for taking on this position and in wishing him every success in this role.
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Dr. Charles Larson appointed Interim Director, Global Health Programs

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Charles Larson to the position of Interim Director, Global Health Programs (GHP), School of Population and Global Health (SPGH), Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. In his role as Interim Director, Dr. Larson will be accountable for the oversight of all activities under the umbrella of McGill Global Health Programs as well as overseeing the strategic vision in the creation of a new division under the SPGH. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Larson as he embarks on this new leadership role.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – August 6, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau

It was encouraging to see the high level of engagement at last week’s faculty and staff Town Hall, where we discussed the planning for safely resuming on-campus activity this fall. With more than half of our student community expected to be in the Montreal area, interpersonal interaction will play an important part in re-establishing a vibrant campus experience.
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McGill to take “significant steps” to increase the resumption of all types of activities on campus

On Monday, Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning), updated the McGill community on how the University will “take significant steps” in coming weeks to “to increase the resumption of all types of activities across our campuses.”
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – July 27, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost

As Provost Manfredi and Vice-Principal Beauchamp wrote to you last week, our society is now living in a period of learning to co-exist with COVID-19. The success of our ongoing, multi-phase research ramp-up is proof positive that, together, well-considered institutional directives and conscientious individual efforts can result in safely re-opening our physical spaces. We will now take significant steps in the weeks to come to increase the resumption of all types of activities across our campuses.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – June 2020

We are pleased to announce that the June 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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Stories of Strengths: Rae Chittick, a vision for advancing nursing education

Rae Chittick was Director of the School for Graduate Nurses from 1953 to 1963. Throughout her career, Chittick made important contributions to the development of nursing school curricula and firmly believed that education was the key to improving professional nursing standards. She also advocated for the inclusion of liberal arts courses in nursing curricula to enhance nurses’ critical thinking and allow them to play a larger role in societal and healthcare issues outside the hospital setting.
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6 Questions With Lysanne Desharnais

6 Questions With is a new GCRC initiative focusing on the students behind the lab coats. We spoke to Master’s student Lysanne Desharnais from the Quail and Walsh lab. She is the Goodman Cancer Student Society’s newly elected co-president and we’d love for you to e-meet her.
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Fostering allyship against anti-Black and systemic racism

Over 140 McGill students, faculty and staff participated in a July 13 event about allyship against anti-Black and systemic racism with the goal of introducing participants to the idea of effective allyship and moving toward concrete action.

The “effective allyship against anti-Black and systemic racism” event was part of an ongoing series of events and actions taken by the Social Accountability and Community Engagement (SACE) office in response to the killing of George Floyd and ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.
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The World Brain Death Project: New publication offers significant and unprecedented consensus on the question of when brain death occurs

When does death occur? A new publication co-led by Dr. Sam Shemie, Critical Care Specialist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and member of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, offers unprecedented consensus on this question of when brain death occurs and how. The article, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, clearly provides the minimum clinical standards for brain death in adult and children with clear guidance for various clinical situations.
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Molecular alterations in neuronal trophic regulation in Alzheimer’s pathology begin decades before detectable cognitive impairments

For decades researchers have known that Alzheimer’s disease causes the atrophy of a system of neurons and synapses highly involved in memory, learning and attention, which is highly dependent on a molecule known as nerve growth factor. The disease causes dysregulation of NGF’s metabolism, leading to the loss of the synapses and neurons that depend on it, akin to plants being deprived of light. A new study led by researchers at McGill University and published recently in Molecular Psychiatry, provides evidence that this dysregulation caused by the Alzheimer’s pathology begins decades before cognitive impairments become detectable.
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Inappropriate prescriptions sending hospitalized seniors back to the ER

Two in three hospitalized seniors are prescribed drugs that should be avoided by older adults, increasing the risk of injury and adverse drug reactions. Improving hospital prescribing practices can reduce the frequency of inappropriate medications and resulting harm, according to a new study led by McGill University researchers.
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July winner of the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest award

Marine Lingrand, a PhD student in Biochemistry at McGill University, is the award winner of the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest award of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

Congratulations Marine!
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Faculty Honour List recipients announced

Congratulations to Faculty members named to the 2020-2021 Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence! Coordinated through the Faculty Development Office, the goal of the Faculty Honour List is to recognize outstanding contributions to education in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in the areas of teaching, educational leadership and innovation, faculty development, and research and scholarly activity.
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Building a career in clinical and regulatory affairs

The first cohort of trainees from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre will complete a novel training program in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs next month. Called the CRA Experience, the program is designed to help them develop the skills and expertise to transition into a variety of clinical and regulatory career paths in the life science sector.
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