Appointment of Dr. Lesley Fellows as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Lesley Fellows has been appointed to the newly created position of Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. This appointment, reporting to the Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs, is effective as of March 1, 2016.
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Dr. Thomas Schricker appointed Chair, Department of Anesthesia, McGill and Chief, Anesthesia, MUHC

We are pleased to confirm the appointment of Dr. Thomas Schricker as Chair, Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and Chief, Department of Anesthesia, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Dr. Schricker succeeds Dr. Steven B. Backman, who served with distinction for over a decade and to whom we express our sincere gratitude and best wishes for continued success.
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RSVP – INVITATION from VP-Dean Eidelman – New Faculty Council launched, 1st meeting Feb. 16

As part of our objective to build on the Faculty’s governance structure, we have established a Faculty Council (FC), with guidance from McGill’s Secretariat, based on FCs in the University’s other faculties.
The purpose of the FC is to provide a collegial setting for discussion of governance, strategic direction and general management, as well as for advising and decision-making, where appropriate, on matters relating to our tripartite mission.
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Student vote

The General Assembly of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) recently passed a motion to support the Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign against Israel. That decision has been defeated in a subsequent online ratification process.

The University as an institution has not commented publicly until now out of respect for the student governance process. Students respect our governance processes; we do not interfere with theirs, or their right to put such motions within the context of their affairs.

Now that the online vote is complete, I wish to explain why the University’s administration continues to steadfastly oppose the BDS movement, of which this motion is a part.
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McGill a top Montreal employer

Great benefits, the Staff Fitness Program, Summer Fridays and more helped make McGill A Top Employer for the 8th straight year.
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Cancer Quality & Innovation Research Grants: Coming soon!

The Rossy Cancer Network’s annual Cancer Quality & Innovation Research Grants will fund projects up to $100,000, and are open to all health professionals who provide care to cancer patients in the network’s partner hospitals: the Jewish General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital Center, and the McGill University Health Centre.
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The challenge of tobacco control in Sub-Saharan Africa – the World Health Organization Framework Convention

The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and the United Nations Development Programme have recently released a report on the state of tobacco control governance in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report examines developments in the region to create institutional mechanisms to implement the provisions of FCTC. The report identifies challenges and opportunities faced by governments to establish focal points and national coordinating mechanisms to coordinate tobacco control policy across different sectors such as finance and agriculture. McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) Assistant Professor, Dr. Raphael Lencucha was one of the lead authors on the report. Dr. Lencucha drew from his experience researching whole-of-government approaches to chronic disease prevention to contribute to the project.
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A man of many firsts

Kenneth Melville, BSc’26, MDCM’26, MSc’31, is remembered as the first black medical student at McGill. He was also the first (and only) black Chair of the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics—and the first person from a developing country to hold a Chair at the University.
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Providing affordable diagnosis to solve India’s TB epidemic

Dr. Madhukar Pai, Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre and Director of McGill Global Health Programs, compared the fight against tuberculosis to that against HIV/AIDS in a recent op-ed appearing on IBN Live.
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What makes the brain tick so fast?

Surprisingly complex interactions between neurotransmitter receptors and other key proteins help explain the brain’s ability to process information with lightning speed, according to a new study. Scientists at McGill University, working with collaborators at the universities of Oxford and Liverpool, combined experimental techniques to examine fast-acting protein macromolecules, known as AMPA receptors, which are a major player in brain signaling. Their findings are reported online in the journal Neuron.
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Diabetes drug found not to cause pancreatic cancer

Canada’s national drug safety network conducted the largest study ever to determine whether incretin-based drugs are associated with pancreatic cancer. Researchers concluded that no such association exists.
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The brain gives up more secrets

A research team, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, has broken new ground in our understanding of the complex functioning of the brain. The research, published in the current issue of the journal Science, demonstrates that brain cells, known as astrocytes, which play fundamental roles in nearly all aspects of brain function, can be adjusted by neurons in response to injury and disease. The discovery, which shows that the brain has a far greater ability to adapt and respond to changes than previously believed, could have significant implications on epilepsy, movement disorders, and psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease.
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Dr. Linda Snell receives 2016 Ian Hart Award

The Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) announced this week that Dr. Linda Snell, a Professor of Medicine at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and Core Faculty at the Centre for Medical Education, is the recipient of the 2016 Ian Hart Award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Education. Established in 1992 in honour of Dr. Ian Hart, founder of CAME, this award recognizes senior faculty who have made an exceptional contribution to medical education throughout their academic career. Congratulations Dr. Snell!
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CRRD Associate Director receives 2016 SSR New Investigator Award

Dr. Sarah Kimmins, Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Reproduction and Development (CRRD) was recently named as the 2016 recipient of the Society for the Study of Reproduction’s (SSR) Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes an active regular member of the Society for outstanding research completed and published within 12 years of receiving their PhD or other equivalent professional degree. Dr. Kimmins has made substantial contributions to the understanding of the epigenetics of reproduction. Congratulations Dr. Kimmins!
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S(t)imulation—a play created by McGill medical students— encourages empathy and an open dialogue about sex, people and the power of ideas

On March 19 and 20, students from the Faculty of Medicine will bring S(t)imulation, a collective theatre piece created and performed by McGill medical students that offers a deeply human perspective on sex, sexuality and the power of ideas to mobilize or divide us, to Theatre Sainte-Catherine (264 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est).
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