Upcoming teaching workshops for faculty members

Faculty members continue to step up, create, engage and inspire despite these difficult times. The dedication to teaching and learning that we see daily demonstrates clearly that our faculty members are Proud to Teach. Thank you for all that you do. The University is offering a range of workshops to support remote teaching and active participation is encouraged.
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R2R and Workday go live Aug. 4 – Everyone has a role

McGill recently announced that, on August 4, 2020, a new R2R (Recruitment to Retirement) Program and Workday HR and Academic Personnel Management System will go live. Many of you have received a separate email about upcoming training; others will receive training information soon. Your R2R training is very important.
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What can we learn? A message from VP-Dean Eidelman

The tragic killing in Minneapolis last week of George Floyd and the subsequent events across North America sound the alarm, yet again, to remind us that we have so much more to do to eliminate structural racism, inequity and discrimination. As health professionals and scientists, we have additional insight into how devastating these issues are to the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and entire populations. We have a critical role to play.
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Reflecting on 2019-2020—and looking forward

Message from the Principal

As this academic year draws to a close, I think about how we, as a university community, have continued to evolve and adapt in recent months. These months have been unpredictable and challenging for each of us in different ways. I thank you for your commitment and courage, and for helping to carve out a way forward this spring.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – June 17, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost

The COVID-19 lockdown has changed so much about McGill life. Spring Convocation, for one, usually draws thousands of smiling faces to our campuses. In-person events may be cancelled, but the pride we all feel in the Class of 2020 is stronger than ever. While we know there’s no replacement for crossing the stage, McGill University will celebrate our graduates’ achievements in a very special way. Tomorrow and Friday, we will mark this once-in-a lifetime occasion with a series of virtual Convocation ceremonies — and everyone is invited to join the celebrations online. I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to our 2020 graduates, and to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this unprecedented celebration happen.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – June 11, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost

Our campuses usually become much quieter during summer but, of course, there is nothing “usual” about the year we are having. Indeed, even though the vast majority of us will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future, our campuses are becoming increasingly livelier, relatively speaking. Here are this week’s updates on progress and developments relating to McGill’s continued operations during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter May 2020

We are pleased to announce that the May 2020 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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At the heart of precision medicine

To truly personalize medicine, you need to model the disease of individual patients realistically in 3D. That is exactly what molecular pharmacologist Terry Hébert and heart failure specialist Nadia Giannetti, MDCM’91, will be doing in a new, cutting-edge “heart-in-a-dish” project aimed at personalizing and dramatically improving the prevention, understanding and treatment of cardiomyopathy over the next decade.
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Treating the pandemic’s psychological scars

McGill psychiatry professor Alain Brunet has received international attention for his innovative approach to treating post-traumatic stress disorder. He is now leading a multi-country effort to see if his methods can help people who have experienced trauma related to the global outbreak of COVID-19.
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Nine McGill COVID-19 projects to receive CIHR funding

Nine McGill University-led projects are among the 139 selected for funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)’s COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity, announced on June 25, 2020. The McGill-led projects will receive over $3.5M in total funding. The fund will support a wide range of COVID-related research, from prevention to treatment and from tracking to public health policy.
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Hydroxychloroquine shortages: when the enthusiasm for a potential cure affects patients

Amid initial public and scientific optimism for hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19, health care professionals raised concerns about shortages of this inexpensive drug, which is widely used in the treatment of several rheumatic diseases such as arthritis. A new national survey of rheumatologists led by researchers at the McGill University Health Centre shows that most of them reported difficulties accessing or renewing the drug.
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COVID-19 pandemic: Looking back to better tackle future challenges

Unprecedented challenges—like the current COVID-19 pandemic—sometimes require unprecedented actions, and it is only with hindsight that one can evaluate them. Two studies led by RI-MUHC researchers provide insights for evaluating strategies employed to prevent and manage COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.
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Skin Cancer: Why men are genetically more prone

As COVID-19 restrictions are loosening up and summer is finally here, Canadians are eager to spend more time outdoors, get their barbeques out and make the most of the sunshine. A new study from McGill University’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC) is a reminder why caution is required while doing so, especially for men.
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McGill postdocs and grad students awarded prestigious scholarships

On June 19, the federal government announced the 2020-2021 recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships. These awards are Canada’s most prestigious awards for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Nineteen McGill graduate students, including eight from the Faculty of Medicine, earned Vanier Scholarships, worth $50,000 each year for three years of study and research. The eight McGill Banting Fellows, including five from the Faculty of Medicine, each receive $70,000 a year for up to two years of research. Congratulations to all!
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A creative addition to the Ingram School of Nursing’s Centennial year Convocation

The Ingram School of Nursing has named its 2020 Convocation Award winners and announced the recipients of the new art-based Centennial Scholarships.
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McGill medical students offer a salve to worry and fear

What was this new virus that seemed to target the elderly? How do we protect ourselves and our loved ones? This was the tenor of the questions from fearful and anxious callers to the Montreal Centre for Health and Care (Refuah V’chesed) COVID-19 hotline. It was late March, early April, and Montrealers realized the novel coronavirus was not contained in far-away places like in Wuhan, China and northern Italy. The team at the clinic on Avenue du Parc established a COVID-19 helpline to respond to the crisis within the community and had recruited 19 McGill medical students to help.
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