Getting your proposal ready for the McGill Clinical Innovation Competition

To support CLIC applicants and help elevate the quality of their proposals, we have partnered with Bereskin & Parr, District 3 and LOK North America to offer a series of five preparatory workshops that will focus on the fundamentals of preparing a business plan and explain intellectual property and regulatory affairs aspects.
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Dr. Sabrina Fallavollita appointed Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sabrina Fallavollita to the position of Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University.
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ON THE AGENDA – Faculty Council Meeting, Tuesday, February 23

This is to remind you that the next Faculty Council meeting takes place Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. The Faculty Council meeting is open to all members of the Faculty, including students and residents, and will be recorded. The agenda and supporting documents are now available on the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences website.
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Highlights from the Feb. 11, 2021 Board of Governors meeting

McGill’s Board held its third meeting of the 2020-2021 governance year on February 11, 2021. Read about the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter – February 2021

We are pleased to announce that the February 2021 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – February 2021

We are pleased to announce that the February 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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Raring to go

The Neuro’s Clinical Research Unit is leading the push to find treatments for the rare diseases that research has left behind.
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Helping unmask the faces behind the PPE

Across Canada and around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to induce stress and fear for patients, family members and healthcare workers alike. One measure introduced to hospital protocols has been the requirement of mask-wearing and personal protective equipment (PPE) for all within healthcare centres. The hospital experience – already stressful and uncomfortable for most – became more alienating for patients due to the new physical barriers between them and their healthcare providers.
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Learner handover: perspectives from the front-line

With the expansion of Competency Based Medical Education (CBME), there is increasing reliance on longitudinal assessments to document learner progress over time.
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Discovery: Neanderthal-derived protein may reduce the severity of COVID-19

Researchers at the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital have discovered that increased levels of the protein OAS1 are associated with reduced mortality and less severe disease requiring ventilation among patients with COVID-19. Using drugs that boost OAS1 levels could be explored to try to improve these outcomes. The findings are published today in Nature Medicine.
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Zooming in on nanomedicine’s ‘crown’

Dr. Sara Sheibani, an affiliated academic member at Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Dr. Kaustuv Basu, staff scientist at the Facility for Electron Microscopy Research, McGill University, are part of an international team of researchers that has developed a new method to better understand how nanomedicines — emerging diagnostics and therapies that are very small yet very intricate — interact with patients’ biomolecules.
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Viruses can ‘hijack’ cellular process to block immune response

Research led by McGill University and Queen’s University Belfast has found that viruses can ‘hijack’ an existing molecular process in the cell in order to block the body’s antiviral immune response to a viral infection. The results of the study have been published in the journal Molecular Cell.
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McCall MacBain Scholarships announce 50 finalists

Fifty students from across the country, including five McGill students, have been named finalists for the inaugural McCall MacBain Scholarships, Canada’s first comprehensive leadership-based scholarship for master’s and professional studies. The scholarship enables students to pursue a fully funded master’s or professional degree at McGill University while connecting with mentors and participating in an intensive leadership development program.
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Suzanne Morin named to CIHR Institute Advisory Board

Dr. Suzanne Morin has been named a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of the Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Advisory Board. In this capacity Dr. Morin will participate in discussions, research priority setting and strategic planning to promote Musculoskeletal health for Canadians.
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MSc student Khandideh Williams chats about her educational path and Black History Month

Khandideh Williams, an MSc student in the Department of Family Medicine, was born and raised in Montreal by two immigrant parents from the Caribbean. With a background in basic sciences and bench research, Khandideh wanted her next endeavour to further equip her to hone her passion for health and healthcare equity and her interest in the social factors related to healthcare delivery and its outcomes. Khandideh joined McGill’s Department of Family Medicine in Fall 2020 to pursue her MSc, with the goal of engaging in research that may inform policies to improve healthcare provision within vulnerable populations.
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