CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2019 Principal’s prize for public engagement through media

It is time to submit nominations for the 2019 Principals Prize for Public Engagement Through Media. Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier created the Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media to recognize outstanding achievement among those who share their expertise and research with the public and the media. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2020.
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Dr. Marc Rodger appointed Chair of the Department of Medicine, McGill University & Physician-in-Chief, MUHC

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Marc Rodger as the Chair of the Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and Physician-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Dr. Rodger succeeds Dr. James Martin effective January 1, 2020.
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Highlights from the Dec. 5, 2019, Board of Governors meeting

It is once again our pleasure to provide you with an update on the recent activities of McGill’s Board of Governors. You can learn more about the Board’s mandate and membership on its website. McGill’s Board held its second meeting of the 2019-2020 governance year on December 5, 2019. The full minutes of the meeting’s open session will be available following approval at the Board’s next meeting, on February 13, 2020. In the meantime, we would like to share with you the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.
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Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence 2020-2021

We are pleased to enclose a program description for the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence. The goal of this program is to recognize outstanding contributions to education in the Faculty of Medicine, in the areas of teaching, educational leadership and innovation, faculty development, and scholarly activity. The deadline for submission of the nomination form and supporting documents is January 31, 2020.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – December 2019

We are pleased to announce that the December 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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September – December 2019

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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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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A resident in Rwanda: Observations from 1st Dr. Benjamin awardee

As the first recipient of the Dr. Alice Benjamin Global Maternal and Child Health Award, Dr. Céline Giordano, a McGill Obstetrics & Gynecology resident, spent a month this summer at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK), in Rwanda’s capital.  The award honours the 40-year-plus career of Dr. Alice Benjamin, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who has helped thousands of Montreal women deliver healthy babies and trained generations of physicians.
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McGill study identifies new role of major genetic risk factor in Alzheimer’s disease

For years, physicians have been aware that patients carrying the apolipoprotein ꜫ4 (APOE ꜫ4) gene are at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. New research from McGill University has now found the gene plays an even greater role in dementia. In a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Neurology, Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto’s research team from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute’s Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory found that the risk of developing dementia conferred by APOE ꜫ4 does in fact involve processes associated to tau aggregation.
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RI-MUHC-led study aims to help adolescents with type 1 diabetes transition to adult care

In a recent issue of the journal BMJ Open, a study team led by Dr. Meranda Nakhla, a researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC, has tackled a conspicuous gap in diabetes care. Over the next five years her team will examine group education visits as an alternative and potentially cost-effective approach to providing transition care services to adolescents living with type 1 diabetes.
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MCH Operating Room (OR) team awarded prestigious Excellence in care prize from the FMSQ’s annual Interdisciplinary Educational Day

Congratulations to the Operating Room (OR) team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, who was recently awarded the Excellence in care prize from the Fédération des médecins specialistes during its 12th annual Interdisciplinary Educational Day on November 15th, 2019. The prize honors innovative and interdisciplinary projects that have contributed to improving access, efficiency and quality and safety of care.
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First-prize presentation at Diabetes Canada Conference awarded to RI-MUHC trainee

Nancy Wu, a graduate student at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, won first prize for an oral presentation on diabetes and pregnancy at the 2019 Diabetes Canada Professional Conference. The prize for her abstract titled “Core outcome set for diabetes after pregnancy prevention studies” was awarded by the Canadian Diabetes in Pregnancy Interest Group at the meeting held in Winnipeg this October. As part of her work for an M.Sc. in epidemiology at McGill University, the study proposes to identify the most important outcomes to measure in a program aiming to prevent diabetes development in women who have glucose intolerance during their pregnancy.
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Medical student initiative aims to improve students’ ultrasound abilities

Launched by third-year McGill medical students Kacper Niburski and Laura Ran Yan, Sonoist uses real patients and ultrasound machines to provide medical students an opportunity to refine and enhance their ultrasound skills beyond the exposure they receive through their medical school curriculum.
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