ON THE AGENDA – Faculty Council Meeting, Tuesday, December 5

The next Faculty Council meeting takes place Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building (Meakins Amphitheatre), 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler at 4:30 p.m.
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Nicole-Ann Shery appointed to the position of Wellness Consultant (Academic Associate) for FoM schools

Nicole-Ann Shery has been appointed to the position of Wellness Consultant (Academic Associate) for the Ingram School of Nursing, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, and the School of Communication & Disorders, in The WELL Office, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective October 16, 2017.
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August – December 2017

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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Dec. 10: Principal’s Holiday Skating Party

Principal Suzanne Fortier invites members of the McGill community and their families to the Annual Holiday Skating Party on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the McConnell Winter Arena.
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Support Line

A message from the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning):
Following Principal Fortier’s message on 31 October, reasserting the University’s commitment to ensuring that all members of our community feel safe and welcome, a Support Line has been set up for members of our community who seek support following experiences of exclusion or discrimination on our campuses.
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The fall edition of the ASPIRE Newsletter is now available online

This edition of the ASPIRE Newsletter expanded its mandate to draw particular attention to the Infection Prevention and Control Department’s new on-line accredited training initiative. With ever-growing and difficult to treat dangerous antibiotic resistant and infectious pathogens emerging, it is critical that everyone in all direct patient-contact healthcare roles and institutions be adequately informed and skilled to play a proactive role in combatting contagion.
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“Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives” Launches New Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) is an $84M seven-year cross-sectoral initiative supported at McGill University by the Canadian Government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), with an additional $18M from the government of Quebec.
HBHL management, in conjunction with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, is proud to announce the launch of a new Postdoctoral Fellowships competition. This program aims to attract, train and retain top post-doctoral researchers from across disciplines and around the world to participate in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research training opportunities related to brain and mental health research, knowledge translation/mobilization and innovation.
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Canadian Medical Schools Address the Opioid Crisis

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is pleased to announce it has confirmed its commitment to Health Canada’s November 2016 Joint Statement of Action to address the Opiod Crisis. AFMC has identified best practices of teaching and evaluating in opioid prescribing and/or pain management and developed a robust repository, which is being disseminated across all medical schools, and shared on the AFMC website.
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Unprecedented Canada-wide movement to improve pediatric cancer treatment

In Canada, cancer remains the leading cause of illness-related death in children. In an effort to accelerate research breakthroughs and ensure a faster path to a cure for children living with resistant, recurrent or metastatic cancer, more than 30 pediatric research centres and non-profit organizations are joining forces to support the PRecision Oncology For Young peopLE (PROFYLE) program, an initiative of the Terry Fox Research Institute. This unique partnership represents $16.4 million in funding, over a quarter of which will come from Quebec.
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New research on triple negative breast cancer

Paul Savage, an MD/PhD student in Dr. Morag Park’s lab at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre, recently published the paper “A Targetable EGFR-Dependent Tumor-Initiating Program in Breast Cancer” in the journal Cell Reports. The paper focuses on research surrounding triple negative breast cancer, a highly aggressive form of the disease which tends to relapse within the first three years after diagnosis. The collaborative study aimed to, “see whether diversity of tumors can be targeted by going after specific cells, known as cancer stem cells,” explained Mr. Savage.
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CIHR continues Canada 150 celebration: highlights work of Drs. Vincent Giguère and Étienne Audet-Walsh

This past year, as part of the Canada 150 celebration, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research invited researchers to share their stories on how they are tackling health problems in Canada. This month features the work of Drs. Vincent Giguère, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and member of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC), and Étienne Audet-Walsh, formerly of the GCRC, and their research on prostate cancer.
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Three McGill professors awarded Senate of Canada 150 medals

McGill professors Alan Evans of The Neuro, Andrea C. LeBlanc of the Lady Davis Institute, and Bernard J. Lapointe, Director of Palliative Care McGill, were awarded Senate of Canada 150 medals for their commitment to advancements in Alzheimer’s disease and palliative care research. Senator Judith Seidman, a former research fellow at The Neuro and Associate Professor of the McGill School of Social Work, nominated them. The medals are being awarded to Canadians or permanent residents actively involved in their communities who, through generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work, make their hometowns, communities, regions, provinces or territories a better place to live. Congratulations Dr. Evans, Dr. Leblanc and Dr. Lapointe!
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McGill medical student among latest Rhodes Scholars

McGill medical student Alexander Lachapelle and Clare Lyle, a U3 Joint Honours Math and Computer Science student, are among the latest students awarded Rhodes Scholarships. This brings to 144 the number of McGill Rhodes Scholars since the awards were created in 1902 to provide for studies at the University of Oxford, the most in Canada. The students will finish their McGill studies in May before heading out to Oxford in October for the next phase of their academic adventure.
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McGill Nursing students providing care for homeless and at-risk Montrealers

According to a 2015 census, there are just over 3,000 homeless people living in Montreal. This number does not account for those who are dealing with hidden homelessness, such as temporarily living with friends or family or other short-term accommodation. Since September, therapeutic relationships are being forged every week, between McGill Nursing students and Accueil Bonneau residents, who are being provided with direct health care services, including having their blood pressure taken, blood sugar tested, and having head-to-toe physical assessments.
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