Appointment of Dr. Craig Mandato as Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Craig Mandato to the position of Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective February 1, 2012. Dr. Mandato replaces Dr. Nathalie Lamarche-Vane, who has graciously led the department as Interim Chair since January 1, 2010, a commitment for which we thank her sincerely.
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Now accepting nominations for 2012 Dean of Medicine Awards of Excellence – Deadline: May 4

The nomination process for the 2012 Dean of Medicine Awards of Excellence has officially begun! The goal of this vital program is to applaud the outstanding endeavours of permanent administrative support staff and technicians from across the Faculty of Medicine and our Schools.
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McGill ranked 25th in Times Higher Education World University survey

McGill University made the top 25 universities in the world with the best reputation, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2012.
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13th Canadian Collaborative Mental Healthcare Conference – June 15-16

The 13th Canadian Collaborative Mental Healthcare Conference is taking place in beautiful Vancouver, BC, June 15th & 16th 2012.
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4th Quebec Symposium on neurodegenerative diseases – May 3-4

The 4th Quebec Symposium on neurodegenerative diseases will be held in Quebec city May 3-4, 2012 at Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake.
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St. Mary’s hospital study sheds light on impact of lack of access to family doctors on emergency departments in Quebec

A study conducted by Dr. Jane McCusker, Principal Scientist at St. Mary’s Research Centre, to be published in the April 3 issue of the “Canadian Medical Association Journal”, concludes that people who are not affiliated with a regular care provider or primary physician are more likely to end up in an emergency department in order to see a doctor.
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Provincial budget: McGill welcomes essential funding for restoration of historical academic building

McGill University welcomed the injection of $35 million dollars toward the restoration of Wilson Hall, one of McGill’s many historical academic buildings in urgent need of rehabilitation. The funding was announced as part of the Quebec budget tabled March 20.
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“Two steps” ahead in cystic fibrosis research

A recent study led by Gergely Lukacs, a professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physiology, and published in the January issue of Cell, has shown that restoring normal function to the mutant gene product responsible for cystic fibrosis (CF) requires correcting two distinct structural defects. This finding could point to more effective therapeutic strategies for CF in the future.
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It’s brain time!

Learning becomes more exciting as Montreal neuroscientists join forces to reveal the wonders of the human brain during the 15th annual Brain Awareness Week (March 12 – 16). The week sees neuroscience students give over 350 bilingual presentations across Montreal providing 10,000 elementary and high-school students the chance to learn more about the brain. Youngsters will learn about the five senses while adolescents will be learning about the effects of drugs on the brain.
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McGill alumnus awarded prestigious Henry G. Friesen International Prize

McGill alumnus and Oxford University Rhodes Scholar, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, has been awarded the Henry G. Friesen International Prize, an honor established to identify visionary leaders in health and medical research.
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2012 Canada Research Chairs appointed


Three Faculty of Medicine researchers were appointed Canada Research Chairs in this week’s announcement; nine in total were appointed from McGill. Over $8 million will be shared by the newly appointed and renewed CRCs.
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2012 BRAVO awards – March 15

A gala event to celebrate McGill’s excellence in research and scholarship and a tribute to McGill’s major prize and award winners of 2011. Enjoy a video presentation, a sumptuous cocktail, and entertainment by the Schulich School of Music.
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