In Memoriam: Melissa Knock (1966-2019)

Melissa Knock, accomplished McGill alumna (Dip.Mgt.’98, B.Mus.’95), dedicated volunteer with the McGill Society of Montreal and former staff member who spent 24 years working in increasingly responsible administrative roles at the Faculty of Medicine (10 years), University Advancement (3 years), and the Faculty of Law (11 years), died on July 17, 2019, at age 52, after a short battle with ocular melanoma.
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May 21 Faculty Council meeting wrap-up

At the last Faculty Council meeting of the academic year, held May 21, several innovative initiatives were shared, from a new McGill Clinical Genomics Program to an MDCM admissions pathway for candidates from rural populations. Also discussed were recent developments in the Faculty’s Project Renaissance strategic planning exercise. Faculty Council presentations and minutes are available here for your review.
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Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff – Deadline: August 16

Now is the time to start thinking about submitting nominations to the Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff for 2018-2019. The Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff is a university-wide award program that recognizes the outstanding contributions of administrative and support staff to the McGill community.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter – July 2019

We are pleased to announce that the July 2019 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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The Osler Library Newsletter – Summer 2019

We are pleased to provide you with the Summer 2019 edition of the Osler Library Newsletter.
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The amazing baby brain says ‘pas de problème’ with bilingualism

A recent article co-authored by Linda Polka from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and published in The Conversation challenges the longheld notion that exposing babies to solely one language is the preferred model, and highlights the fact that more and more babies are growing up in families that speak multiple languages
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Montréal sans HépC: a fight to eliminate HCV in Montreal

To highlight World Hepatitis Day, the McGill University Health Centre is proud to share some exciting news: the launch of Montréal sans HépC, an initiative to make Montreal the first city in North America to eliminate hepatitis C, a virus that affects an estimated 34,000 Montrealers. Three renowned doctors spearheaded the project including one of our very own: Dr. Marina Klein, research director of the Chronic Viral Illness Service at the MUHC and senior scientist at the Research Institute of the MUHC.
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Study finds Nunavik Inuit are genetically unique

A new study has found that an Inuit population in Canada’s Arctic are genetically distinct from any known group, and certain genetic variants are correlated with brain aneurysm. Canada’s Inuit have higher prevalence of cardiovascular disorders, as well as increased incidence of brain aneurysms, than the general population. To learn about the possible genetic origin of these disorders, researchers at the Neuro analyzed the genetic characteristics of 170 Inuit volunteers from Nunavik, a region of northern Quebec.
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Can gut infection trigger Parkinson’s disease?

A new study published in Nature demonstrates that a gut infection can lead to a pathology resembling Parkinson’s disease in a mouse model lacking a gene linked to the human disease. This discovery extends recent work by the same group suggesting that PD has a major immune component, providing new avenues for therapeutic strategies. The collaborative study was the work of a joint team of scientists led by Michel Desjardins and Louis-Eric Trudeau from University of Montreal, Heidi McBride at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and Samantha Gruenheid at McGill University.
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Dr. Gustavo Turecki to receive UBC’s Margolese Prize

Dr. Gustavo Turecki, Chair of McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry, is among the three leading Canadian scientists in heart, brain and cancer research who have been recognized by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine for their scientific accomplishments, and for their potential to make further contributions in their fields. He will be awarded the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize for advancing the understanding of how early life adversity changes the brain to influence suicide and depression.
Congratulations Dr. Turecki!
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Dr. Chantal Autexier receives the David Thomson Award

Dr. Chantal Autexier, Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is the 2019 recipient of The David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching. The award, which was presented to Dr. Autexier during McGill University’s Spring Health Sciences Convocation ceremony recognizes an outstanding faculty member who has been supervising graduate students for longer than 10 years. Congratulations Dr. Autexier!
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