Message from VP-Dean Eidelman – Faculty Council Takeaways and FAQs

As a follow-up to the Faculty Council & Town Hall meeting held on March 31, please find a summary of the speakers’ updates, together with questions and answers from the session. Thank you, again, for having joined the meeting and for all you are doing in this COVID-19 pandemic to continue teaching and learning, to advance essential research and to protect our health care system.
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Stay informed: University and Faculty COVID-19 news

As the situation continues to evolve, McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine will continue to provide updates to keep our community informed.
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Message from VP-Dean Eidelman – Faculty Council Takeaways and FAQs

As a follow-up to the Faculty Council & Town Hall meeting held on March 31, please find at this link a summary of the speakers’ updates, together with questions and answers from the session. Thank you, again, for having joined the meeting and for all you are doing in this COVID-19 pandemic to continue teaching and learning, to advance essential research and to protect our health care system.
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Every gesture counts!

In order to protect our health care system, our families and our communities, each and everyone of us needs to do our part to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 global pandemic, beginning with following both Quebec and University directives, among these:
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Public and Global Health: Nothing to sneeze at

Living through the  1998 ice storm in Montreal was scary and surreal.  So, now, is the 2020 Covid Pandemic.  During the 1998 ice storm, the mass panic resulted in stockpiling of water, candles and methyl hydrate that disappeared from retail shelves.  This time, it’s Purell, and, for some weird reason, toilet paper.
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A message from Principal Suzanne Fortier: Spring Convocation


In an e-mail message sent March 20 2020, McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier announced that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Spring Convocation ceremonies have been called off. Principal Fortier notes that she is working with her colleagues to ensure that students planning to graduate this semester can meet their degree requirements. They are also exploring alternative ways for the community to come together to commemorate these academic achievements at some point in the near future. Read the full message,
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – April 2020

We are pleased to announce that the April 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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Reducing confusion about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

When Premier Legault and Quebec’s director of public health exhorted young people last month to avoid “exchanges of biological liquids,” the newspaper Le Devoir sought clarification from Dr. Don Vinh, a scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and medical microbiologist at the MUHC. In the same week, Dr. Vinh contributed his expertise to a COVID-19 FAQ for La Presse. It wasn’t because he had time on his hands.
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The MGH ICU adopts new strategies in the face of COVID-19

Many would say that the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Montreal General Hospital has seen it all. Broken bones caused by bad car accidents or steep falls off buildings, serious knife injuries and even gun wounds. In the face of COVID-19, this fast-acting team has shown just how proactive they are by adopting new strategies to help restore our city back to health as quickly as possible.
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Occupational gifts in the time of a pandemic

Hiba Zafran, PhD, Occupational Therapist-Psychotherapist and Assistant Professor at McGill University Faculty of Medicine’s School of Physical & Occupational Therapy offers the following perspective on how we might begin to adapt to this new reality.
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Emergency fund supports MI4 research on COVID-19

Under ordinary circumstances, scientists don’t like to be rushed when they put together proposals for research projects. And granting agencies don’t want to be rushed when they assess those proposals for funding. But these aren’t ordinary times. The McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity recently announced the first 16 recipients of funding from its MI4 Emergency COVID-19 Research Funding program.
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Early-childhood environments can worsen or improve attention deficit symptoms

Led by Dr Patricia P Silveira, a new study and bioinformatically derived diagnostic tool focused on brain serotonin function show that increased exposure to early childhood adversity associates with an increase in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ ADD) in children as young as age 4 and 5. On the positive side, supportive environments also seemed to afford more protection in regard to the severity of ADHD and attention problems.
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Gairdner Foundation recognizes Dr. Guy Rouleau with prestigious award

Since 1957, The Gairdner Foundation has been recognizing the achievements of the world’s top researchers for their contributions to health science. As announced this morning, Dr. Guy Rouleau joins an elite group of scientists by receiving the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. The Neuro’s director has been a driving force in neurological disease research and Open Science leadership. Congratulations Dr. Rouleau!
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Saying ‘thank you’ by keeping our frontline hospital workers well fed

Unable to continue their clinical rotations in hospitals because of COVID-19, a group of third-year McGill medical students are doing their part to support the heroes working on the frontlines of the pandemic by providing them with fresh meals. The MerciMeals MTL initiative is raising money to buy food from local restaurants to feed hospital workers who are often too busy to eat properly.
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