Appointment of Ms. Lynne McVey as Executive Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute

The President of the Board, Ms. Claudette Allard, and the other Board members are proud to announce the appointment of the new Executive Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Ms. Lynne McVey. Director of Nursing and Clinical Operations at the Jewish General Hospital, Lynne McVey is also Co-Director of the Segal Cancer Centre.
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Appointment of Dr. Michael Shevell as Chair of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Shevell to the position of Chair of the Pediatrics Department at the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Pediatrician-in-Chief at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Dr. Shevell brings to his new position a deep commitment and passion for the fields of pediatrics and neurology, together with a history in the MUHC-McGill community.
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Appointment of Dr. Denis Querleu as Chair and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology

We are pleased to formally announce the appointment of Dr. Denis Querleu as Chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department of the McGill Faculty of Medicine, Chief of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department and Women’s Health Mission at the MUHC, Chief of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at the Jewish General Hospital and Academic Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Mary’s Hospital Center.
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Canadian doctors get primed in prevention and public health

A national group of public health educators has been working to enhance the understanding of population health principles by clinical health professionals. They have created an innovative e-textbook for medical students, the AFMC Primer on Population Health, which was just released by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC).
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Focus on Teaching

Focus on Teaching is an information bulletin published by Content and Collaboration Solutions and Teaching and Learning Services and is designed to inform you of upcoming events to enhance your teaching at McGill University. Read on for more information on upcoming events, courses, seminars and teaching resources at your disposal.
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Faculty Council and Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
with special guests
Prof. Anthony Masi and
Incoming VP-Dean David Eidelman

McGill Life Sciences Complex, Bellini Atrium, 3649 Promenade Sir-William-Osler
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Open Forum for Researchers with FRQ’s Rémi Quirion

On December 6, 2011, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, On December 6, from 1o:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Dr. Rose Goldstein, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations), invites McGill researchers, faculty, and staff to a discussion with Rémi Quirion, the first Quebec chief scientist and chairman of the boards of directors of the Fonds de recherche du Québec at the Arts Building, Room 120, 853 rue Sherbrooke Ouest.
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How do we split our attention?

Imagine you’re a hockey goalie, and two opposing players are breaking in alone on you, passing the puck back and forth. You’re aware of the linesman skating in on your left, but pay him no mind. Your focus is on the puck and the two approaching players. As the action unfolds, how is your brain processing this intense moment of “multi-tasking”?Are you splitting your focus of attention into multiple “spotlights?” Are you using one “spotlight” and switching between objects very quickly? Or are you “zooming out” the spotlight and taking it all in at once?”
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Tireless research reveals secrets of the “sleep hormone”

A team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University has made a major breakthrough by unraveling the inner workings of melatonin, also known as the “sleep hormone.” The research, conducted in collaboration with scientists in Italy, reveals the key role played by the melatonin receptor in the brain that promotes deep, restorative sleep.”
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A message from the Chief Scientist of Québec

After three very stimulating months as chief scientist, I am still very impressed by the excellence and variety of the projects undertaken by our researchers and students. Along with our partners, we must ensure that this work not only continues but intensifies in all of the activity sectors covered by the three Fonds. Since assuming my duties as chief scientist, I served as the chairman of the board of directors of each Fonds for the first time. Our meetings led to productive discussions, and the members of the three boards are committed to ensuring the development and excellence of research in the province.
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Two Major Projects Selected By The Pfizer-Frqs Innovation Fund Bring Together Leading Researchers From Québec

Two research projects will be funded as part of the third competition of the Pfizer-FRQS Innovation Fund. The initiatives aim to establish a new therapeutic strategy for HIV and develop a molecular test to predict skin cancer outcomes. These innovative projects mobilize multidisciplinary teams of eminent researchers in Québec’s leading institutions, including Dr. Denis Sasseville, dermatologist and researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.
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Student Research Day

In early November each year, students of the Summer Research Bursary Program are given the opportunity to showcase their work at Student Research Day. Among peers, faculty members, guests and judges, students present their summer research findings via interactive poster presentations. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Robert-James Doonan, Andrew Dawson, Joshua Vorstenbosch, Corey Miller, Patrick Smallhorn and Michael Wang!
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