Message from VP-Dean Eidelman: Undergraduate medical education program off probation – June 2017

On Monday, June 12, the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) confirmed to McGill that the MDCM program is no longer on probation, effective immediately.
This positive outcome reflects the extraordinary work of many individuals, on campus and in our teaching network. On behalf of McGill and our Faculty of Medicine, congratulations.
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In Memoriam: Dr. Zafer Ali-Khan (1937- 2017)

Following a Masters in Parasitology from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, a PhD from Tulane in New Orleans, and post-doc from UCLA, Zafer Ali-Khan became an outstanding expert in the field of parasitology. Following his arrival at McGill, he was often consulted by several Montreal Hospitals for his opinion on the biopsies and specimens taken from patients presenting with unusual lesions.
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Suzana Kafadar de Rodriguez, appointed Associate Director, AEC #2, Biomedical Engineering, Anatomy & Cell Biology and Microbiology & Immunology

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Suzana Kafadar de Rodriguez to the position of Associate Director, Administrative Excellence Centre (AEC) 2, supporting the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Anatomy & Cell Biology, and Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective May 18, 2017. Ms. Kafadar de Rodriguez has been serving in this role on an interim basis since July 2016.
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Highlights from the May 25, 2017, Board of Governors meeting

McGill’s Board of Governors convened on Thursday, May 25, 2017, for its final meeting of 2016-17.
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Rachel Harding on demolishing barriers to medical breakthrough

Rachel Harding is a postdoctoral fellow at the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) and an Oxford University alumna. Her area of focus is Huntington’s disease, a condition that leads to brain cell death, disability and dementia. Rather than keep her data private, Harding is releasing it online in real time.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – June 2017

We are pleased to announce that the June 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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Opinion: Board chair offers a plan for moving forward at the MUHC

In an interview with the Montreal Gazette on June 16, Premier Philippe Couillard acknowledged the critical role of the McGill University Health Centre while ending speculation about potential mergers and trusteeship. As a result, we can now focus on what needs to be done to ensure the MUHC remains at the forefront of patient care, teaching and research.
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Teaching Home Care in the Simulated Apartment

As the average age of the population rises, care is moving out of the hospitals and into homes. To help prepare clinicians and caregivers, the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning created a simulated apartment.
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Thomas Roddick, antisepsis and the birth of modern surgery at McGill

Dr. Thomas Roddick (1846-1923) is probably best known around McGill as the name behind the Roddick Gates, which his wife donated after his death. Perhaps less well known is that the former Dean of Medicine was the surgeon who brought antiseptic practices to Canada.
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Erasure of negative memories one step closer to reality

A collaborative study by research groups from Columbia University Medical Center and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University (The Neuro) has improved our understanding of memory retention. Their findings could one day lead to therapies that alleviate anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by selectively erasing pathological memories.
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Biofilms—the eradication has begun

Have you ever heard of biofilms? They are slimy, glue-like membranes that are produced by microbes, like bacteria and fungi, in order to colonize surfaces. They represent one of the biggest threats to patients in hospital settings. But there is good news – a research team led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has developed a novel enzyme technology that prevents the formation of biofilms and can also break them down.
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Gaining a better understanding of the structural makeup of cilia

With cilia, until recently researchers have only been able to view the microtubule doublet from afar and, as a result, have believed that they are composed mostly of tubulins. Now, using the state-of-the-art Titan Krios microscope, researchers at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine were able, for the first time, to study the microtubule doublet in great detail. Their findings showed that this structure is much more complex than previously believed and were published recently in Nature Communications.
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June winner of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award

Eric Ma, a PhD student in Physiology at McGill University, is the award winner of the Fonds Santé, one of the three Fonds awards of the Fonds de recherche du Québec.

Congratulations Eric!
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Faculty of Medicine representative is the recipient of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

André Yves Gagnon, Student Affairs Administrator in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine is the 2017 recipient of McGill’s Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Congratulations André Yves!
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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif helps schoolchildren find balanced life style

It’s difficult to find a better role model than the Mont-St-Hilaire native who has combined playing football at the highest level with medical school. This year he signed a five year extension with the Kansas City Chiefs and will spend most of July doing an anesthesia rotation at a Montreal hospital.
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