Call for applications – Class of Medicine 1970 Educational Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

Faculty members in the Faculty of Medicine are encouraged to apply for the Class of Medicine 1970 Educational Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation. Deadline for Applications: Friday, May 31, 2019, for funds to be awarded in September 2019.
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Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinction Lecture – Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Alfred Sommer – May 27

The lecture will take place at the McGill Faculty Club at 4:30 p.m. The special guest speaker is Dr. Alfred Sommer, Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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INVITATION: McGill Clinical Innovation Competition and Awards Ceremony – May 22, 2019

The McGill Faculty of Medicine Clinical Innovation Competition was inspired by McGill alumnus Dr. Raymond Hakim with the goal of supporting members of our Faculty of Medicine community in conceiving and developing ideas with the potential to have a direct impact on Canadian or global health care.

Five finalists will pitch their initiatives as they compete for the prestigious Hakim Family Innovation Prize and the Marika Zelenka Roy Innovation Prize before a panel of esteemed judges. The winners of the MI4 Innovation Prize and the Steinberg Centre Simnovation Prize will also be announced during the ceremony.
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Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff – Deadline: August 16

Now is the time to start thinking about submitting nominations to the Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff for 2018-2019. The Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff is a university-wide award program that recognizes the outstanding contributions of administrative and support staff to the McGill community.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – April 2019

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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Passion for science leads Rhalena Tomas to The Neuro to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Rhalena Thomas works in the Early Drug Discovery Unit led by Drs. Edward Fon and Thomas Durcan at The Neuro. Rhalena’s passion for science started when she was a child, growing up in London, Ontario. “I always wanted to be a scientist – I never wanted to be anything else.” Rhalena was always asking questions, always wanted to know how things worked. When her parents didn’t have the answers, they told her it was the job of scientists to figure them out. “And I wanted answers!”
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Forum sparks integrated care advocacy for elders

Next steps are taking shape following the Mobilizing Knowledge for Elder Empowerment Forum held at the Institute of Health Sciences Education this past summer, but there remain major challenges to advancing integrated care for older people. “The intention of this forum was to come away with practical and strategic plans for social services and healthcare delivery while highlighting possible blind spots,” said Dr. Peter Nugus, forum organizer and Faculty Member of the Institute of Health Sciences Education.
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Guest speaker encourages teaching renaissance

It is time to raise the value of teaching in health sciences education, creating space and time for genuine teaching and reflection, said Dr. Erik Driessen during a recent visit to McGill University. Dr. Driessen is the editor of Perspectives on Medical Education, a Professor in Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University. Dr. Driessen’s public presentation was part of the recently renamed Health Sciences Education Rounds series co-hosted by the Faculty Development Office and the new Institute of Health Sciences Education.
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Gut bacteria associated with chronic widespread pain for first time

Scientists have found a correlation between a disease involving chronic pain and alterations in the gut microbiome. In a paper published today in the journal Pain, a Montreal-based research team has shown, for the first time, that there are alterations in the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tracts of people with fibromyalgia. Approximately 20 different species of bacteria were found in either greater or are lesser quantities in the microbiomes of participants suffering from the disease than in the healthy control group.
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Brain signaling proteins hit the road running

Surprisingly complex movements in an important neurotransmitter receptor may help explain the brain’s unpredictable response to drugs, according to a new study. New research from an international team, published this week in the journal Neuron, has revealed that the resting state of signaling proteins are much more dynamic than previously thought.
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More in-depth tumor analysis presents new therapeutic options for patients with advanced cancer

An international clinical trial, published in Nature Medicine, revealed that combining RNA and DNA profiling gives a far more precise indication of the active biological elements within a tumor, enabling clinicians to more accurately determine which targeted therapies could improve survival among patients with advanced cancer. This marks the first clinical trial in cancer to add gene expression on top of DNA aberration. The Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital was the only Canadian site in this pioneering effort undertaken by the Worldwide Innovative Networking in Personalized Cancer Medicine, of which the Segal Cancer Centre is a founding member. 
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Inaugural award recognizes Indigenous health professional student

The inaugural Elaine Kilabuk Inuit and Indigenous Health Professions Student Award was recently awarded to Ève Mailhot-Daye, a fourth year medical student who intends to pursue a career in family medicine working with Indigenous communities. This new scholarship is intended to help support the training of an Inuk medical student from Nunavut at McGill University; however, the criteria for applicants has been expanded to ensure other Inuk medical or health students can apply, as well as Indigenous students from other Nations. The award itself is named after Dr. Elaine Kilabuk, an Inuk medical graduate from Nunavut, currently completing her residency in Internal Medicine.
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Quebec’s chief scientist headed to hall of fame

When headhunters first contacted Rémi Quirion years ago about the new position of Quebec’s chief scientist, he initially took a pass. Quirion warmed to the challenge and took on the role in 2011 – a position he has held ever since. His mandate includes advising Quebec’s minister of the economy and innovation about research and science in the province. On May 2 in Montreal, at a ceremony hosted by McGill, Quirion will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. The CMHF noted Quirion is “one of the world’s most frequently cited neuroscientists recognized for his pivotal role in advancing our knowledge in neuroscience and mental health.”
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Networking with the next generation

Sixty female high school students from across Montreal met with women leaders in science and medicine at the recent NeuroXXceptional Speed Networking event. The event capped off the #NeuroXXceptional series featuring exceptional women at The Neuro who tell us what inspired them to become scientists and clinicians, and what they love about their work.
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