ON THE AGENDA – Faculty Council Meeting – September 26

The next Faculty Council meeting takes place Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Martin Amphitheatre (Room 504) at 4:30 p.m. This meeting is open to all Faculty members, including students and residents.
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McIntyre post-fire update – August 10

Following the fire at the McIntyre Medical Building on Friday, July 13, teams of McGill and external experts have been working around the clock to return the building to normal operations as soon as possible. We are taking occupants’ research, work, studies, and safety extremely seriously. Please take note of the most recent updates.
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Update – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decree – Saudi residents, fellows and graduate students

We are writing to provide a brief update on the situation following last week’s announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to cease funding for students from Saudi Arabia studying in Canada and to oblige them to leave the country. We have met with the Faculty’s residents and fellows from Saudi Arabia and are collaborating with McGill’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with respect to our graduate students from Saudi Arabia.
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MIMM Bites – September 2018

MIMM Bites newsletter provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members.
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Daring to explore with physician astronaut David Saint-Jacques

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Dr. David Saint-Jacques completed his family medicine residency at McGill University, where his training focused on first-line, isolated medical practice. He was recently at the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning to refresh his knowledge on Advanced Trauma Life Support with Dr. Tarek Razek ahead of his upcoming first mission to space set to launch December 20, 2018.
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McGill Faculty of Medicine Inter-Professional Terry Fox Run 2018 Team

This is your formal invitation to join the McGill Faculty of Medicine Inter-Professional Terry Fox Run Team, on Sunday September 16th! In 1980, Terry Fox embarked on his Marathon of Hope to raise crucial funds for cancer research. The Terry Fox Foundation now organizes annual runs all across Canada, having raised over $750 million for cancer research projects to date.
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It Takes a Village: the Ins and Outs of Providing Health Care and Social Support to Refugees

Since 2015, Canada has seen an influx of refugees and refugee claimants. Beyond simply needing a checkup, many arrive in ambulatory care clinics and emergency rooms with a variety of health and social needs including infectious diseases, post-traumatic stress disorder, cultural barriers, language and literacy challenges and joblessness. A special panel discussion organized by the McGill Faculty of Medicine’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office aims to improve the competency of health professionals so they can confidently treat the sometimes-unique health care needs of refugees and refer those struggling to adjust to life in Canada to appropriate community services.
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Preterm birth: The “Nodal” gene under the microscope

Preterm birth is a major global public health problem. Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely and many will suffer from neurodegenerative disorders, including cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, impaired vision, and behavioural problems. Now, a team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre has shed light on new possibilities for the prevention of preterm birth.
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New genetics findings unravel key components of fracture risk in osteoporosis

The largest study ever to investigate the genetics of osteoporosis and fracture risk determined that only two examined factors – bone mineral density and muscle strength – play a potentially causal role in the risk of suffering osteoporotic fracture, a major health problem affecting more than 9 million people worldwide very year. Other clinical risk factors like vitamin D levels and calcium intake, historically considered to be crucial mediators of fracture, were not found to directly predispose people in the general population to fracture.
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The link between obesity, the brain, and genetics

The study, led by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was an examination of magnetic resonance imaging and cognitive test data from 1,200 individuals, supplied as part of the Human Connectome Project. Researchers found that people with higher a body mass index showed reduced cognitive flexibility, ability to delay gratification, visuospatial ability and verbal memory.
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Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics hands out its 2018 student awards

On Friday, August 10, McGill Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics presented the 2018 Charles E. Frosst Medical Prize and the 2018 Mark Nickerson Prize to medical students Jeffrey Wong and Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer respectively.
Congratulations Jeff and Benjamin!
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Announcing the 2018 Winners of the Louis and Artur Lucian Award

The Award is designed to honour outstanding research in the field of circulatory diseases by a scientific investigator or group of investigators whose contribution to knowledge in this field is deemed worthy of special recognition. This year the Award is shared between two outstanding investigators, Dr. Dan Roden, MDCM’74, from Vanderbilt University and Dr. Nabil Seidah from the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal.

Congratulations Dr. Roden and Dr. Seidah!
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Physician-scientists make major contributions to health care innovation

Meet Lashanda Skerritt, Class of 2023, one member of the MDCM & PhD Program’s talented cohort of trainees.
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