Stay informed: University and Faculty COVID-19 news

As the situation continues to evolve, McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will continue to provide updates to keep our community informed.
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Getting your proposal ready for the McGill Clinical Innovation Competition

To support CLIC applicants and help elevate the quality of their proposals, we have partnered with Bereskin & Parr, District 3 and LOK North America to offer a series of five preparatory workshops that will focus on the fundamentals of preparing a business plan and explain intellectual property and regulatory affairs aspects.
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4th Edition of McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) Launched!

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2021 McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Clinical Innovation Competition. Inspired by Dr. Raymond Hakim, the vision behind the McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) is to inspire members of our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences community to conceive and develop promising ideas that will have a direct and positive impact on Canadian and/or global health care.
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Dr. Beth-Ann Cummings appointed Assistant Dean, Health Professions Education

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Beth-Ann Cummings to the role of Assistant Dean, Health Professions Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Cummings takes over from Jessica Emed, the Faculty’s first Assistant Dean, Health Professions Education, appointed in 2018.
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Highlights from the Feb. 11, 2021 Board of Governors meeting

McGill’s Board held its third meeting of the 2020-2021 governance year on February 11, 2021. Read about the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter – February 2021

We are pleased to announce that the February 2021 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – February 2021

We are pleased to announce that the February 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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Announcing the first ever Canadian Women Physicians Day!

March 11 marked the first annual Canadian Women Physicians Day. The date was chosen to honour the date of licensure of Dr Jennie Trout, the first woman licensed to practise medicine in Canada, on March 11, 1875. Currently, more than 40% of Canada’s physicians are women, yet female physicians continue to face gender-based issues like income disparity and discrimination..
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Opening doors

As part of the celebrations for the first Canadian Women Physicians Day on March 11, Dr. Sara Ahronheim, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and ER doctor at the Jewish General Hospital, offers this tribute to her trailblazing grandmother, Sylvia Edith Ahronheim (left), and mother, Naomi Stein (right), two female physicians who opened doors for those who came after them.
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A World without Cervical Cancer: Preventive Medicine publishes special issue to further global efforts to eliminate deadly disease

A special issue of Preventative Medicine led by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Eduardo Franco, Director, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Chair, Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology at McGill University, highlights global efforts to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030.
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Discovery: Neanderthal-derived protein may reduce the severity of COVID-19

Researchers at the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital have discovered that increased levels of the protein OAS1 are associated with reduced mortality and less severe disease requiring ventilation among patients with COVID-19. Using drugs that boost OAS1 levels could be explored to try to improve these outcomes. The findings are published today in Nature Medicine.
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Zooming in on nanomedicine’s ‘crown’

Dr. Sara Sheibani, an affiliated academic member at Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Dr. Kaustuv Basu, staff scientist at the Facility for Electron Microscopy Research, McGill University, are part of an international team of researchers that has developed a new method to better understand how nanomedicines — emerging diagnostics and therapies that are very small yet very intricate — interact with patients’ biomolecules.
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Viruses can ‘hijack’ cellular process to block immune response

Research led by McGill University and Queen’s University Belfast has found that viruses can ‘hijack’ an existing molecular process in the cell in order to block the body’s antiviral immune response to a viral infection. The results of the study have been published in the journal Molecular Cell.
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McCall MacBain Scholarships announce 50 finalists

Fifty students from across the country, including five McGill students, have been named finalists for the inaugural McCall MacBain Scholarships, Canada’s first comprehensive leadership-based scholarship for master’s and professional studies. The scholarship enables students to pursue a fully funded master’s or professional degree at McGill University while connecting with mentors and participating in an intensive leadership development program.
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Suzanne Morin named to CIHR Institute Advisory Board

Dr. Suzanne Morin has been named a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of the Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Advisory Board. In this capacity Dr. Morin will participate in discussions, research priority setting and strategic planning to promote Musculoskeletal health for Canadians.
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MSc student Khandideh Williams chats about her educational path and Black History Month

Khandideh Williams, an MSc student in the Department of Family Medicine, was born and raised in Montreal by two immigrant parents from the Caribbean. With a background in basic sciences and bench research, Khandideh wanted her next endeavour to further equip her to hone her passion for health and healthcare equity and her interest in the social factors related to healthcare delivery and its outcomes. Khandideh joined McGill’s Department of Family Medicine in Fall 2020 to pursue her MSc, with the goal of engaging in research that may inform policies to improve healthcare provision within vulnerable populations.
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