Catherine Millar appointed Director, Office of Accreditation and Education Quality Improvement

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Millar to the position of Director, Office of Accreditation and Education Quality Improvement, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. This newly created office will provide high level expertise and administrative support for education-related quality assurance and quality improvement activities across the Faculty, to include accreditation, program evaluation, assessment of teaching and learning, and cyclical review.
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Dr. Jonathan Kimmelman appointed Director, Biomedical Ethics Unit

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD, to the role of Director, Biomedical Ethics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Kimmelman has been ably serving in this role as Interim Director since 2015.
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In memoriam: Dr. Hervé Le Moual (1959-2018)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing of Dr. Hervé Le Moual on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Hervé spent 17 years at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University. He will be remembered as a scholar in the truest sense of the word: he was a passionate scientist, a wonderful colleague, a dedicated teacher and an excellent mentor and coach of his trainees. He will be greatly missed by the McGill and whole Montreal scientific community.
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Highlights from the February 15, 2018, Board of Governors meeting

On February 15, 2018, McGill’s Board of Governors held its third meeting of the 2017-2018 governance year. I would like to share with you the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.

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Department of Medicine Newsletter “Vital Signs” – March 2018

We are pleased to provide you with the March 2018 edition of Vital Signs, the McGill University Department of Medicine newsletter, published four times a year.
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Parents should be able to accompany children during health-related air transport

Last December three McGill professors based at the Montreal Children’s Hospital co-authored a letter asking the Ministry of Health to change a decades-old policy that caused children requiring airlifting via the Challenger jet from remote communities to do so without the accompaniment of a parent or guardian. In February the Ministry announced that the policy would be changed. Last week Dr. Samir Shaheen-Hussain, one of the letter’s authors, was invited to attend hearings of the Viens Commission where he provided testimony on the topic during a 90 minute session.
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McGill representative participates in Chinese consultative committee

Dr. Zu-hua Gao, Chair of the Department of Pathology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, was recently invited by the Chinese People’s Political Consultative National Committee to attend their 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, an important component of China’s political system, discussing important political, social and economic issues, and serving as an advisory body to the government.
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Practice makes perfect

Last month, over 50 healthcare professionals from the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) were involved in a pediatric emergency medicine simulation involving a “10/10”, the most severe state of trauma seen in the Emergency Department (ED). Of the 50 professionals, about 20 participated in the simulation while 30 others watched via live video stream from the Research Institute Auditorium. The exercise was developed and organized by a team under the direction of Dr. Ilana Bank, Pediatric Emergency Medicine specialist and Director of the MCH Simulation Program.
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Cracking Eggshell Nanostructure

How is it that fertilized chicken eggs manage to resist fracture from the outside, while at the same time, are weak enough to break from the inside during chick hatching? It’s all in the eggshell’s nanostructure, according to a new study led by McGill University scientists. The findings, reported in Science Advances, could have important implications for food safety in the agro-industry.
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Smoking in patients with heart attack reduced with varenicline

Patients who smoke after an acute coronary syndrome, including a heart attack (myocardial infarction) or unstable angina (reduced blood flow to the heart) are at increased risk of another attack and death if they do not quit.  Researchers looked at the efficacy of varenicline in patients with acute coronary syndrome to determine whether it would increase smoking abstinence.
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Dr. Carlos Morales honoured by Argentina

On December 7, 2017 Dr. Carlos Morales, Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine was honoured with the “Mención de Honor Senador Domingo Faustino Sarmiento,” the highest recognition of the Honorable Senate of Argentina awarded to a person involved in sports, cultural, professional and/or academic activities for his entrepreneurial work aimed at improving the quality of life of his fellows, institutions and communities. Congratulations Dr. Morales!
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Physical and Occupational Therapy students develop toolkit to manage PTSD

Spotting PTSD is an evidence-informed toolkit for the prevention and management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in first and emergency responders. The creation of the toolkit first began as a student-initiated master’s project and became a passion and clinical foundation for several team members.
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