Dr. Sylvain Baillet appointed Associate Dean, Research

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sylvain Baillet to the position of Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Baillet takes over from Dr. Shari Baum, who was recently appointed Vice-Dean, Life Sciences. As Associate Dean, Research, Dr. Baillet will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of research administration in the Faculty of Medicine, including developing and applying research policies.
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Welcoming Dr. Laurie Musgrave as the new LFME Course Director

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Laurie Musgrave to the position of Longitudinal Family Medicine Experience (LFME) Course Director for the Department of Family Medicine of McGill University, effective since March 1, 2019.
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Message from VP-Dean Eidelman – McGill Employment Equity Survey

I write to encourage you to complete McGill’s employment equity survey. Data from this census will be essential to providing the University with a detailed portrait of who we are as a workforce, and will inform its policies, procedures and planning as these relate to staff at McGill. Please take less than a minute to “count yourself in” by completing the survey.
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Highlights from the February 14, 2019, Board of Governors meeting

On Feb. 14, 2019, McGill’s Board of Governors held its third meeting of the 2018-2019 governance year. We would like to share with you the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.
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McGill24 raises nearly $2.3 million in 24 hours

McGill24, McGill’s fourth annual day of giving held on Wednesday, March 13, raised nearly $2.3 million from 5,244 donors for causes across the University. In its fourth year, McGill24 has broken records yet again, surpassing funds raised in any previous year and strengthening its position as the largest Canadian university fundraiser of its kind.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – March 2019

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for March 2019 is now available online!
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World TB Day 2019 Highlights

On March 22, the McGill International TB Centre held its 7th Annual TB Research Day, formally launching its designation as a WHO Collaborating Center. More than 60 participants attended the event, which included poster and oral presentations by trainees, student prizes and awards, as well as a global health film festival with movies focused on TB, jointly hosted with the McGill Global Health Programs.
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McGill approves new Institute of Health Sciences Education

McGill University is now home to a new Institute of Health Sciences Education thanks to a motion approved by its Board of Governors in February. The Institute, which replaces the existing Centre for Medical Education, is now an academic hiring and teaching unit that can provide graduate programs in health sciences education.
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Training Trainers in India – Part 3

This is the third in a series of blogs about a collaborative project to develop, implement and evaluate a train-the-trainer project at Amar Seva Sangam in Tamil Nadu, India. You can find the first and second blogs here. The project is a collaboration between ASSA, Handicare International and the McGill  University School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. Since our previous blog, we have rolled out the train-the-trainer program at ASSA and are currently in the process of collecting feedback from the participants.
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Using laser light to study how epilepsy arises in the healthy brain

Scientists at McGill University have developed a new method to study how seizures arise in the healthy brain. Using laser light guided through ultra-thin optic fibers in the brain of rodents, the researchers “turned on” light-sensitive proteins in selective brain cells and were able to eventually cause seizures through repeated laser stimulation. These findings were published March 27, 2019 in the journal Scientific Reports.
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NeuroHub unlocks data for brain research

Imagine a day when researchers around the globe will be able to combine brain-imaging data from thousands of sources and query the new dataset using a few keystrokes and a simple search engine. This is the future envisioned by researchers working at the Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives NeuroHub project, an advanced analytics platform for brain research run by Jean-Baptiste Poline at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and Bettina Kemme at the McGill School of Computer Science.
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Obesity, but not age at puberty, associated with increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis

Previous studies have suggested that people who begin puberty at an earlier age have an elevated risk of suffering from multiple sclerosis. However, new research led by Dr. Adil Harroud of the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, found that the link between early puberty and MS is mainly attributable to obesity. The study is published in the March 20, 2019 online issue of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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Bravo gala honours prize-winning researchers and scholars

On March 21, 90 laureates, many representing the Faculty of Medicine, were celebrated at the Bravo gala, an annual event recognizing McGill researchers and scholars who won major provincial, national and international prizes and awards during the previous year. Congratulations to all those honoured!
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Bartha Knoppers awarded 2019 Friesen Prize

McGill University Professor Bartha Knoppers, a global leader in the study of legal, social and ethical issues related to biomedical research in human genetics and genomics, has been awarded the 2019 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research by the Friends of Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Congratulations Professor Knoppers!
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Student-led events aim to raise awareness of speech-language pathology issues

Students from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) have once again been busy organizing a series of events for spring 2019. Working under the guidance of Dr. Nicole Li-Jessen, Assistant Professor at the SCSD, two groups of students, each comprised of five final year Master’s students in Speech-Language Pathology, have developed events geared towards raising public awareness of often-overlooked issues related to swallowing and voice.
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