Dr. Gilles Brousseau appointed Vice-Dean and Director – Outaouais Campus

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gilles Brousseau to the role of Vice-Dean and Director of the Outaouais Campus, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Brousseau has been a champion of medical education in Outaouais for more than 30 years. Building on this work, as Vice-Dean and Director of the Outaouais Campus, Dr. Brousseau will continue to oversee the evolution of the new campus, ensuring that the quality of its medical education meets the criteria for academic accreditation and the requirements of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Brousseau on this new position and wishing him continued success with the Outaouais Campus.
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Gairdner National Program Lecture – October 21

The Gairdner lecture series invites an award-winning scientist working in the field of biomedical research to speak with students in hopes of motivating the next generation of scientists. This year students will have the opportunity to meet with 2019 Gairdner Award recipient Dr. John F.X. Diffley. By describing the exact sequence of events involved in DNA replication, Dr. Diffley and his colleague Dr. Stillman have provided key insights into how our genome is duplicated which has implications for understanding genome instability and tumour heterogeneity in cancer.
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Highlights from the May 23, 2019, Board of Governors meeting

On May 23, 2019, McGill’s Board of Governors held its fifth meeting of the 2018-2019 governance year. The full minutes of the meeting’s open session will be available following approval at the Board’s next meeting, on October 3, 2019. In the meantime, we would like to share with you the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter – August 2019

We are pleased to announce that the August 2019 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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Call for applications! Kuok Fellowship for graduate studies related to cancer care quality

The Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology in collaboration with the Rossy Cancer Network is pleased to announce its call for applications for the Kuok Fellowship. Applications are due by September 20, 2019.
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September 2019

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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Upcoming patient safety workshop celebrates five years

An innovative upcoming workshop that will be held on November 21 and on December 5, which puts patient safety first, celebrates its fifth anniversary this month thanks to dedicated partnerships between the Faculty of Medicine and its clinical partners. “It’s really motivating to hear people getting engaged and wanting to take this back to their unit,” said Mr. Mark Daly, Chair of the working group and Director of Faculty Development for Interprofessional Education.
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Four Burning Questions about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Health Care with Dr. John Hughes

Dr. Hughes will be among the keynote speakers for the launch of the Faculty of Medicine’s 2019 Continuing Professional Development season, along with Dr. David Fleiszer, Dr. Nancy Posel and Dr. Kamran Kafi.  The speakers will deliver a talk entitled “From EMR to AI: Computational Technology and the Changing Face of Medicine” on September 26, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, room 210. Dr. Hughes took some time to answer some questions for us ahead of the course.
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A close look at the progression of cells from normal to tumour

How exactly does a normal cell become a tumour? This is what a team of researchers from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, the Rockefeller University and Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, have investigated in a recent study, using high throughput sequencing methods, which are genomic technologies used to process very large amount of data. They identified a new mechanistic relationship between epigenetic modifications of histones (a molecular component present in every nucleosome of every cell) and DNA. Their findings, published in Nature in September 2019, could help identify targets in the development of precision drugs designed to treat head and neck cancers, as well as genetic diseases such as Sotos and Tatton Brown-Rahamn Syndromes.
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A Canadian First: Research Project will study blows to the head in University Football

McGill University is participating in a new research project titled Tête première (head first), led by the team of neuropsychologist Dr. Louis De Beaumont, a researcher at the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal research centre and a professor in the Department of Surgery at Université de Montréal. The project will assess the brain’s capacities to sustain blows to the head during a full university football season. To conduct the study, the team has enlisted 38 football players from the McGill University football team, the Carabins of Université de Montréal and the Concordia University Stingers to participate in the study from the outset of the new football season.
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Institute of Health Sciences Education Member recognized by students for wellness leadership

Institute of Health Sciences Education member Dr. Mylène Dandavino was awarded the 2019 Wellness Award for Clinical Teachers by the Medical Student Wellness Committee this summer for her leadership in role-modelling wellness.
The student-voted award is given by the graduating class to a “clinical teacher that best models a commendable work-life balance through expert professionalism, clinical competence and exemplary self-care.”
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July winner of the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest award

Dorival Martins Jr., a Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University, is the award winner of the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest award of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). Congratulations Dorival!
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Undergrads launch new case competition on rare diseases

Students from diverse disciplines are working together to launch the inaugural Rare Disease Interdepartmental Science Case Competition (RISC Competition) with a Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 19, to share details of the competition with interested students. The competition is for undergraduate students in their second or third year from across the Life Sciences programs including Physiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Anatomy and Cell Biology.
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