Dr. Beth-Ann Cummings re-appointed Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education

We are pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dr. Beth-Ann Cummings to the position of Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Cummings originally took on this role in 2016. In her role as Associate Dean, Dr. Cummings continues to lead all operations related to the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education. She is responsible for the successful management and delivery of the MDCM program and the policies supporting it.
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Dr. Shari Baum appointed Vice Dean, Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Shari Baum to the role of Vice Dean, Life Sciences, in the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Baum takes over this role from Dr. Philippe Gros, who held the position since 2013 and recently became Deputy Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation). As Vice Dean, Life Sciences, Dr. Baum will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategic research directions and policies for the Faculty, in particular of the Strategic Research Plan of the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry.
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Call for Nominations – Continuing Professional Development Committees

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure inclusive and transparent Faculty governance, the Associate Dean of the Continuing Professional Development Office, Faculty of Medicine, is currently seeking two new faculty members: one to join the CPD Advisory Committee and one to join the Multidisciplinary Scientific Planning Committee of the Thursday Evening Learning Series/Wednesday E-Learning Series. Please note that the deadline for submissions is December 21, 2018.
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Happy Holidays

Message from the principal: As we draw close to the end of the fall semester, I would like to express my gratitude for all of the hard work you do in support of McGill’s mission.
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Highlights from the October 4, 2018, Board of Governors meeting

Message from the Principal:
It is once again my pleasure to update you about the recent activities of McGill’s Board of Governors, which is the University’s highest governing body. As I have done in years past, I will share with you the highlights from each of the Board’s five regular meetings during this academic year.
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Reserve your place for the annual Rossy Cancer Network Retreat

The 4th annual RCN Retreat is coming up on Friday November 16, 2018. Join us for a day of networking and discussion.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter

We are pleased to announce that the December 2018 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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In conversation with Kalyna Franko, speech-language pathologist

The latest video in the Neuro XXceptional series features Kalyna Franko, a speech-language pathologist at The Neuro, discussing her role, the inspiration she derives from patients and colleagues, and her life-long fascination with language, psychology and the brain.
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Peking and McGill: Learning from Each Other to Improve Primary Health Care

On November 20, 2018, leaders from McGill University traveled to Beijing to attend the first Joint Symposium on Primary Health Care, From Policy to Action: Strengthening Primary Health Care as the Foundation of our Health Systems. The two institutions connected on common goals and challenges, while learning from each other’s differences in approaches and policies, and signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue collaborations in care, education and research.
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RI-MUHC researcher weighs in on unnecessary diagnostic imaging for young children

How can parents reach an informed decision on whether medical imaging is necessary for their young children, particularly tests that require radiation exposure? U.S. News & World Report consulted Dr. Brett Burstein, a researcher in the Child Health and Human Development Program and Centre for Innovative Medicine at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and a pediatric emergency medicine physician at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC.
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A new ‘atlas’ of genetic influences on osteoporosis

A ground-breaking new study led by researchers from the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital has succeeded in compiling an atlas of genetic factors associated with estimated bone mineral density, one of the most clinically relevant factors in diagnosing osteoporosis. The paper, published in Nature Genetics, identifies 518 genome-wide loci, of which 301 are newly discovered, that explain 20% of the genetic variance associated with osteoporosis. Having identified so many genetic factors offers great promise for the development of novel targeted therapeutics to treat the disease and reduce the risk of fracture.
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Putting paralyzed patients back on their feet

A team of Swiss scientists, led by neuroscientist Gregoire Courtine from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and neurosurgeon Jocelyn Bloch of the Lausanne University Hospital, earned international attention last month when they reported the breakthrough results from the STIMO (STimulation Movement Overground) study in the journal Nature. McGill nursing graduate Molywan Vat, BSc’10, MSc’13, was hired by Bloch as clinical trial coordinator in 2016 and has played a pivotal role in helping steer the team toward a successful outcome.
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Suboptimal, inconsistent treatment for anaphylaxis due to unknown cause

A new Canadian study, led by a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), is shedding light on anaphylaxis due to an unknown trigger (AUT)—an unpredictable and potentially fatal allergic reaction, about which surprisingly little is known.
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Jessica Barudin selected as a Rising Star by Health Promotion Canada

Jessica Barudin, Program Manager for the Indigenous Health Professions Program (IHPP) at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, was recently honoured as one of Health Promotion Canada’s 2018 Rising Star Award recipients. The recipients were celebrated during the organization’s annual general meeting on December 13, 2018. Congratulations Jessica!
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Heart & Stroke celebrates two McGill researchers

On November 14, the Heart and Stroke Foundation honoured three researchers – including two McGill faculty members – with an award of excellence in research. These awards, presented annually, highlight the exceptional work of researchers working in the field of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health.
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CHASM’s second round of applications encourages student involvement

It all started with the launch of three projects. That is how the Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM) started last year. Now in its second year, CHASM is broadening its application process to include more projects, more funding, and a greater, more robust curriculum.
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