Dr. Howard Bergman re-appointed Chair, Department of Family Medicine

We are pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dr. Howard Bergman as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Bergman has led the department through a period of expansion since 2012, including in its residency program, which is now the largest within the Faculty.
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Cassandra Fusco appointed Associate Director, AEC #9, Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery & Obstetrics & Gynecology

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Cassandra Fusco to the position of Associate Director, Administrative Excellence Centre (AEC) No. 9, supporting the departments of Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective March 27, 2017.
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A year of celebration

As you know, 2017 is a year of anniversaries: Montreal’s 375th, Canada’s 150th – and Expo 67’s 50th.
This is an occasion not only for our institution to celebrate the communities in which we live, but to highlight McGill’s contributions to those communities. We are developing a history of McGill’s connections and contributions to Montreal and Canada and will invite your suggestions.
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Highlights from the February 2, 2017, Board of Governors meeting

Message from the Principal

On February 2, 2017, McGill’s Board of Governors held its third meeting of the 2016-17 governance year. I would like to share with you the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.
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Call for applications! Jonathan Campbell Meakins & Family Memorial Fellowship

We are pleased to announce a Faculty-wide call for applications for the Jonathan Campbell Meakins & Family Memorial Fellowship. Applications are due by May 31, 2017, for funds to be awarded in September 2017.
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Call for volunteers! Annual congress of the Association francophone du savoir (Acfas)

More than 150 volunteers needed!
The annual congress of the Association francophone du savoir (Acfas) is the largest multidisciplinary research event in the Francophonie and McGill is proud to be hosting it this year. From May 8-12, some 6,000 participants from Quebec, Canada and abroad will descend on lower campus to take part in more than 200 colloquia and hundreds of oral and poster presentations. In order to guarantee its success, we will need your help. In return, get a free pass to the congress!
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“Simnovators” gather in Montreal to launch special British Medical Journal supplement on improving health care

On March 29, McGill University’s Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning launched a special Simnovate supplement of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. The event, held at the Omni Hotel in Montreal, featured an academic symposium as a sequel to last May’s highly successful Simnovate International Summit, which drew 150 “simnovators” from around the world.
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Health Science Leaders Join Forces to Accelerate Development of Treatments for Neurological Diseases

Working together to accelerate research into neurological diseases, three leading players in Canada’s health sciences sector are joining forces in a unique multi-million dollar partnership to create a novel drug development platform that will help advance new therapeutics for some of the most debilitating conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. The initiative, under the banner of ‘NeuroCDRD’, is jointly led by The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), Canada’s national drug development engine, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University (MNI), and Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada
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Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer

Based on recent information on the mechanisms of chemotherapy, a team of researchers of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) developed a new clinical approach to increase the efficiency of treatment in glioblastomas that increased the median survival to 22 months – bringing much needed hope to those affected by this aggressive disease. The findings of this promising phase II clinical trial have been published in the International Journal of Radiology Oncology.
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Dr. Computer

In an article published in Nature on Feb. 15, 2017, researchers, including principal investigators from the Montreal Neurological Institute’s McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC), used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the development of autism in babies.
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March winner of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award

Said Izreig, a PhD student in Physiology at McGill University, is the award winner of the Fonds Santé, one of the three Fonds awards of the Fonds de recherche du Québec.

Congratulations Said!
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Faculty of Medicine students thrive in three-minute thesis competition

Students representing McGill’s Faculty of Medicine took home the top three prizes recently at McGill’s second annual 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) / Ma thèse en 180 secondes finals competition. Competitors had exactly three minutes and one slide to present their work to a general audience.
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McGill students develop Wikipedia page on transgender voice therapy

The first course at McGill to participate in a Wikipedia-supported WikiEdu initiative, Dr. Nicole Li-Jessen from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, identified seven articles that she thought needed work and tasked the speech language pathology students in her graduate-level voice disorder course with addressing them. Four of those students – Omar Orbegozo Zavala, Kira Perlman, Jeanie Morry and Allyson Trainor – decided to tackle the entry on transgender voice therapy.
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