SAVE THE DATE – Next Faculty Council Meeting is Tuesday, September 22

The next Faculty Council meeting takes place Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held via Zoom.
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Dr. Stephen Robbins appointed Director of the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital

On August 20, Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of CIUSSS West- Central Montreal, announced the appointment of Dr. Stephen Robbins as Director of the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital in January 2021. Dr. Robbins also becomes a Professor in McGill University’s Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, as well as an Associate Member in McGill’s Department of Medicine. He will also hold the Glaxo Smith Kline Chair in Pharmacology at McGill.
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Important message: Workday is now live – Your required actions

R2R Workday, McGill’s new Academic Personnel and HR Management System, went live on Tuesday, August 4. At this juncture, all McGill Academics and Administrative and Support Staff, most importantly those who supervise people, will have completed their training. For those of you who supervise people, it is critical that you are able to perform the actions required of you to avoid disruption to your direct reports.
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Announcement on Fall 2020 Convocation ceremonies

Message from the Principal

Convocation is a significant milestone, and an important celebration for both our graduating students and our community. Unfortunately, in light of current government and public health directives governing large gatherings, as well as travel restrictions into and out of Canada, we have decided against proceeding with in-person Fall Convocation ceremonies this year.
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Successful Workday Launch

Message from Diana Dutton

The Workday launch on August 4th was successful, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the project team and a full network of partners university-wide. All major milestones were met, and all systems are functioning as expected, including a number of complex integrations between Workday and other systems within the McGill information ecosystem.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – August 2020

We are pleased to announce that the August 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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At-Home Homecoming – September 22-26

Join the McGill community online, we’re delivering a scintillating à-la-carte menu of At-Home Homecoming webcasts, masterclasses, reunions, and more, to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home!
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A new generation of McGill physicians begins training in Gatineau

The excitement was palpable in Gatineau the week of August 17, as McGill University and its partners – the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de l’Outaouais and the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) – welcomed two new cohorts of students: 24 future physicians entering the McGill Undergraduate Medical Education Program and 16 more entering the McGill Medicine Preparatory Program, the latter offered in partnership with UQO.
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History in the making — One program, two campuses, two languages

The largest cohort of medical students in McGill’s history started their four years of training on August 17. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences welcomed 202 students at its annual orientation and information session: 178 will study in Montreal and 24 in Gatineau, where the language of education is French.
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COVID-19 Q&A: Jason M. Harley on dealing with pandemic fatigue

After following all the COVID-19 guidelines issued by government officials and medical experts over the past five months, do you find you are letting your guard down a little? Are you washing your hands less thoroughly, and relaxing social distancing around family and friends? McGill’s Jason M. Harley, says you may be experiencing “pandemic fatigue” – and you are not alone. In this Q&A, Harley looks at the way pandemic fatigue manifests itself and the strategies we can employ to renew our energy, physically and emotionally.
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Housing-first strategy proves cost effective especially for the most-vulnerable homeless group

Canadians spend big money dealing with the consequences of homelessness, but the money spent could be far more effective. According to a new McGill-led analysis, housing homeless people with severe mental illness is even more cost-effective than housing homeless people with moderate needs. A Housing-First strategy aimed at helping these individuals regain and keep permanent housing generates savings equal to about two-thirds of its cost.
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The IRCM adapts its level 3 containment laboratory to test antivirals against COVID-19 August 11 2020 | COVID-19

As part of the global mobilization against COVID-19, the Montreal Clinical Research Institute has adapted its facilities to meet the needs of the scientific community in terms of molecular testing. The Institute’s level 3 containment laboratory (CL3) has recently been upgraded and certified to allow researchers to study agents presenting a therapeutic potential against dangerous pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2.
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Research suggests greater access to specific HIV and tuberculosis medications is needed worldwide

Researchers at McGill University played an important role in a recent study led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, that found that implementing a combination of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV and newer tuberculosis medications decreased the risk of death for adults with multidrug-resistant TB. The findings, which were published today in The Lancet, suggest that every effort should be made to quickly bring these life-saving medications to those in need.
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McGill medical student receives Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award

Congratulations to Sheetal Pundir, a rising third-year medical student at McGill University, who is the 2020 recipient of the MD Financial Management McGill University Faculty of Medicine Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award!
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July winner of the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest award

Marine Lingrand, a PhD student in Biochemistry at McGill University, is the award winner of the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest award of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

Congratulations Marine!
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