Happy Holidays from Dean David Eidelman

Dear Colleagues,

As 2017 draws to a close, I take this opportunity to congratulate you for all that has been achieved this year, and to thank you for your commitment and contributions to our shared mission.

Wishing you and those close to you a wonderful holiday season and a joyous New Year.

David Eidelman, MDCM
Vice-Principal (Health Affairs)
Dean of Medicine
 

DON’T FORGET: Call for Proposals – New McGill “CLIC” Competition and Hakim Family Prize for Clinical Innovation

The McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) and Hakim Family Innovation Prize recognize McGill Faculty members, including learners and graduates, who conceive and develop novel ideas that aim to improve health outcomes, access for patients, or health care effectiveness or efficiency, locally or globally. Proposals are screened, and finalists are selected and invited to “pitch” their idea during the CLIC event.
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August – December 2017

Med Events provides information on a range of events taking place across the Faculty of Medicine community that may be of interest to academic and support staff, as well as to students and residents.
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Support Line

A message from the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning):
Following Principal Fortier’s message on 31 October, reasserting the University’s commitment to ensuring that all members of our community feel safe and welcome, a Support Line has been set up for members of our community who seek support following experiences of exclusion or discrimination on our campuses.
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The 2016-2017 RI-MUHC Annual Report is now available online!

It is our pleasure to present the online version of the 2016-2017 Annual Report of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC).
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“Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives” Launches New Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) is an $84M seven-year cross-sectoral initiative supported at McGill University by the Canadian Government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), with an additional $18M from the government of Quebec.
HBHL management, in conjunction with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, is proud to announce the launch of a new Postdoctoral Fellowships competition. This program aims to attract, train and retain top post-doctoral researchers from across disciplines and around the world to participate in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research training opportunities related to brain and mental health research, knowledge translation/mobilization and innovation.
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Guy Rouleau reappointed MNI director

McGill’s Board of Governors has approved the reappointment of Dr. Guy Rouleau as Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI). His second five-year term begins January 1, 2018.
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Teaching the teachers

In an era of growing complexity in health care practice, simulation allows health professionals to develop clinical, procedural and surgical skills in a safe, technologically-enhanced environment.  Over the past 11 years, the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SCSIL) at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine has hosted over 150,000 learner visits designed to enhance professional training and ultimately lead to better patient outcomes and satisfaction. To ensure that current and future health care professionals are well trained, have the appropriate knowledge, and are able to work as successful members of a team, the Centre relies on dedicated faculty to develop and deliver these highly successful educational activities. This fall, the Sim FacDev Collaborative—the McGill Faculty Development Office, in collaboration with SCSIL—offered two practical simulation-based workshops to support McGill faculty members with the development and integration of simulation-based educational activities into their curriculum.
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Being a musician can help you decipher language in loud environments

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that musical training helps people hear speech syllables in loud environments, and has shown how this happens. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers Yi Du and Robert Zatorre monitored brain function as musicians and non-musicians listened to speech fragments and varying background noise levels.
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Does Chagas disease present a health risk to Canadians?

Believe it or not, a tropical blood parasite native to Latin America could be harmful to Canadians. Infectious diseases like malaria or Zika may have dominated recent headlines but Chagas – the “Kissing Bug” disease – is in the spotlight following the publication of a new case study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Tropical and laboratory medicine experts from Winnipeg and Montreal warn natives of specific Central and South American nations and their offspring are at risk of contracting Chagas disease – even after they have moved to Canada.
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McGill fellow wins OPDQ Award

Dr. Anne-Sophie Brazeau was recently selected as the recipient of the Prix Engagement 2017 – Lussier Dale Parizeau by l’Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec (OPDQ) for her scientific rigour, perseverance and projects commitment. Dr. Brazeau is a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta, Associate Professor in the Divisions of Internal Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology, and Endocrinology and Metabolism at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. Congratulations Dr. Brazeau!
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Addressing Depression and Making an Impression: Montreal Artificial Intelligence Start-Up Ranked in Top 10 of International $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition

An artificial intelligence (AI) start-up founded by students and alumni from McGill University has been announced as one of the Top 10 teams out of 59 teams representing 14 countries that are advancing in the international $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition. The company, aifred health, is using AI technology to develop a clinical decision aid for physicians to improve the effectiveness of depression treatment.
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Faculty of Medicine student-led project selected as finalist for Forces AVENIR Award

The “Journeys Through Health” Art Exhibition was recently selected as a finalist in the Arts, Lettres et Culture category of the 2017 Forces AVENIR award. The exhibition was spearheaded by a subcommittee within the Medical Student Society (MSS) Humanities and Arts in Medicine (McHAM) – a student group that strives to integrate arts, humanities and medicine. It is the first time in Montreal that a student group collaborated with a health care institution to organize an art exhibition dedicated to the community.
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