4th Edition of McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) Launched!

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2021 McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Clinical Innovation Competition. Inspired by Dr. Raymond Hakim, the vision behind the McGill Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC) is to inspire members of our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences community to conceive and develop promising ideas that will have a direct and positive impact on Canadian and/or global health care.
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Dr. Beth-Ann Cummings appointed Assistant Dean, Health Professions Education

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Beth-Ann Cummings to the role of Assistant Dean, Health Professions Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Cummings takes over from Jessica Emed, the Faculty’s first Assistant Dean, Health Professions Education, appointed in 2018.
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Say “Thank You!” this Teacher Appreciation Week, Feb. 1-7

Teacher Appreciation Week has taken place in Quebec during the first week of February since 1994. This appreciation is all the more salient during the COVID-19 pandemic, as faculty members work tirelessly with students and peers to provide world-class education in the face of new challenges. And so, we invite all students, faculty members and staff to consider saying, “Thank you!” to the teachers who have made a positive impact during these difficult times.
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Dr. Jason Harley appointed Director of Research at the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Harley, PhD, as Director of Research at the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SCSIL), effective November 1, 2020.
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Highlights from the Dec. 10, 2020 Board of Governors meeting

McGill’s Board of Governors held its second meeting of the 2020-2021 governance year on December 10, 2020. In keeping with public health guidelines, the meeting was held virtually. It is once again our pleasure to provide you with an update on the recent activities of McGill’s Board of Governors.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter – January 2021

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

We are pleased to announce that the January 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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National coalition of independent scientists and communicators launch campaign to fight vaccine and COVID-19 misinformation

 A coalition of scientists, communicators and health experts have come together in a nationwide initiative to empower Canadians to work together against misinformation about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines. #ScienceUpFirst is a digital awareness and engagement campaign that will flood and disrupt social media, in an effort to debunk misinformation, and amplify best-in-class science-based content.
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Increased COVID-19 testing needed in Latin America and Caribbean

Governments need to continue strengthening public health efforts against COVID-19. A critical component of these efforts involves implementing population-based testing strategies, particularly important for regions like Latin America and the Caribbean, which account for over a quarter of all cases around the world. A recent World Bank report is part of a series developed specifically to provide knowledge and guidance for governments for an effective COVID-19 response in the region.
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Gifting knowledge to pediatric surgeons in low and middle-income countries

Taylor & Francis are proud to announce the collaboration of Dr Sherif Emil, of The Montreal Children’s Hospital and McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Dr Marc Levitt, of the National Children’s Hospital and George Washington University, Washington D.C., United States, who have teamed up to gift copies of their pediatric surgery textbooks to surgeons in low and middle-income countries.
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LSD may offer viable treatment for certain mental disorders

 Researchers from McGill University have discovered, for the first time, one of the possible mechanisms that contributes to the ability of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) to increase social interaction. The findings, which could help unlock potential therapeutic applications in treating certain psychiatric diseases, including anxiety and alcohol use disorders, are published in the journal PNAS.
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New study of hydroxychloroquine usage may help personalize lupus treatment

Lupus has been called the “disease with a thousand faces,” given how greatly its symptoms can vary from person to person. A chronic autoimmune disease affecting more than one in 1,000 Canadians, lupus is commonly treated on a worldwide basis using the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Sustained use of this drug can greatly reduce disease flares.
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McGill study aims to measure effectiveness of HPV vaccine

The ongoing TRAP-HPV (Transmission Reduction and Prevention with HPV vaccination) study aims to determine the efficacy of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil 9 in reducing transmission of HPV infection in sexual partners of vaccinated individuals.
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Zombie cells and flu fighters

Arthritis is Canada’s most prevalent chronic health condition, and there’s no known cure. Every January, the Canadian Arthritis Society selects the previous year’s Top 10 Research Advances that promise to improve health outcomes for people living with arthritis – and the 2020 list includes breakthroughs by projects by two researchers in McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Hosni Cherif and Dr. Inés Colmegna.
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Pnina Brodt receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Ottawa

Pnina Brodt, PhD, was recently honoured with the Alumni Award of Distinction for Lifetime Achievement from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, where she completed her M.Sc. The award was presented at a virtual ceremony for the 2020 awards on December 10.
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