Francis Desjardins appointed Senior Human Resources Advisor

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr. Francis Desjardins to the position of Senior Human Resources Advisor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective January 11, 2016.
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Dr. Douglass Dalton appointed Director of Accreditation, Undergraduate Medical Education

It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Douglass Dalton to the new position of Director of Accreditation, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. This position is the McGill equivalent to Interim Review Coordinator, mandated by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.
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Catherine Millar appointed Associate Director of Accreditation

It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Catherine Millar to the position of Associate Director of Accreditation, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Ms. Millar joins the Accreditation Office, where she will lead a dedicated team that includes Natalie Phillips-Elgar, the Faculty’s Accreditation Officer, and Katlyn Martin, Accreditation Administrator. Reporting to the newly created position of Vice-Dean, Education, Ms. Millar’s primary responsibility will be to implement a quality assurance approach to accreditation across the Faculty.
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Appointment of Prof. Anne McKinney as Associate Vice-Principal, Research and International Relations

Research and International Relations is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. R. Anne McKinney as Associate Vice-Principal, Research and International Relations (AVP-RIR), with a term beginning January 1, 2016 and ending December 31, 2018. As AVP-RIR, Prof. McKinney’s principal mandate will be to support the overall mission of advancing research excellence at McGill while increasing research performance and research intensity at the University, with a particular emphasis on— though not limited to—biomedical and health sciences.
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How well do you know McGill?

Our year-end Trivia Quiz in The McGill Reporter this year is all about the University, focusing mainly on its rich and remarkable history. Twenty-five questions to test your knowledge about the place where we study, teach, work and, once in a while, play. Take the trivia challenge and see just how well you know your stuff.
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A new Royal Vic

Take a look at McGill’s proposal to transform the Royal Victoria Hospital site into an expanded downtown campus.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – January 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for January 2016 is now available online!
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$5 Million in Funding for Research into Malaria and Tuberculosis Drug Discovery

University of Toronto and McGill University scientists are leading an international partnership to discover new and improved drug treatments for tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases — thanks to a contribution from Merck Canada Inc., as well as an additional $5 million supplement to a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The new funding brings the total investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to nearly US $12 million since 2012.
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René St-Arnaud named Director of Shriners Canada Research Centre and Francis Glorieux Chair

Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of René St-Arnaud, Ph.D. as Director of Research and the inaugural Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research. Dr. St-Arnaud is leading a new growth phase in the history of Canada Shriners Hospital’s Research Centre as he, along with seven investigators and their teams recently moved into a well-planned, spacious and inspiring facility on the 5th floor of the new hospital.
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Ex-Chancellor Arnold Steinberg: generous, curious, devoted

H. Arnold Steinberg, businessman, philanthropist, tireless volunteer and Chancellor Emeritus, died suddenly on Friday, Dec. 11, at the age of 82. With his passing, McGill, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Montreal community lost one of their greatest servants, and a man who was happiest when he was giving back.
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Decisions! Decisions! Brain Study Shows There’s More Than Meets the Eye When Making Choices

If you’re pondering whether to buy a Galaxy smartphone or an iPhone this holiday season, a part of the brain called the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (PFC) might ultimately determine your choice. Results of a new study by Avinash Vaidya and Dr. Lesley Fellows, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), suggest that this region of the brain plays a critical role in making choices.
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Cleaning wounds: saline water trumps soap and water

Many scientific advances have been made in the delivery of care and infection prevention for open fractures, but the standard practice of wound cleaning with soap and water before surgery has remained unchanged. Now, an international team of researchers led by McMaster University in collaboration with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre has found that soap and water is actually less effective than just using saline water.
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Using acupuncture to treat voice disorders

Vocal disorders caused by overuse affect one in ten adults at some point over their lifetime and typically require a surgical treatment to be resolved, which presents risk of post-operative scarring. Voice disorders are patent occupational risks for individuals whose work depends on their voice, such as teachers, coaches, salespersons, politicians, and singers. Based on data found in the Canada Health Act Report (2012-2013) combined with data regarding insurance coverage on speech language therapy, voice disorders cost Canadians in excess of $1.75 billion each year.
Now, a recent study published in the journal Laryngoscope and led by researchers from the University of Hong Kong, McGill University, and the University of Pittsburgh, explored for the first time the possibility of using acupuncture rather than surgery to treat voice disorders.
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Québec Science honours McGill discoveries

Dr. Christine McCusker, allergist at the Montreal Children’s, researcher at the RI-MUHC and associate professor at McGill’s Department of Pediatrics along with her team of researchers are one of ten projects chosen for the year’s top discoveries.
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Professor Thomas M.S. Chang receives Chinese-Canadian Legend award

On October 31, more than 400 people attended the 2015 Chinese Canadian Legend Award Gala, organized by the Asian Business Network Association (ABNA) at the Sheraton Parkway hotel in Toronto, where six recipients of the 2015 Chinese Canadian Legend Award, including pioneering McGill Professor Thomas M.S. Chang, were presented with their awards. Congratulations Professor Chang!
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Med students revolutionize the search for samosas

A stranger to McGill University would be surprised to witness a disproportionately high number of students walking around with samosas in their hands. Samosas have become a staple fundraiser food for student clubs and a key part of the average McGill student’s daily diet. Feeling particularly devoted to the samosa but frustrated by not being able to locate them on campus, Tyler Safran, now a second-year student in the Faculty of Medicine, created the Samosa Search Facebook group in January 2015. What started as an inside joke has since accumulated a campus-wide following.
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