Dr. Alba Guarné appointed Associate Dean, Biomedical Sciences

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Alba Guarné to the position of Associate Dean, Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.
In this new role, Dr. Guarné reports directly to the Vice-Principal (Health Affairs)/Dean of Medicine, and is the overall academic leader for units that comprise the future School of Biomedical Sciences.
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Extended closure of the Steinberg Simulation Centre until June 5, 2020

In keeping with McGill University’s directives to cancel all in-person events, please note that the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning will be closed until June 5, 2020 inclusively and that all workshops and activities scheduled up to that date will be cancelled.
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NEW LINK FOR Special COVID-19 Faculty Council meeting – TODAY March 31, 4:00 p.m.

In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will hold a Special COVID-19 Faculty Council meeting on Tuesday, March 31 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be held via Zoom.
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Every gesture counts!

In order to protect our health care system, our families and our communities, each and everyone of us needs to do our part to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 global pandemic, beginning with following both Quebec and University directives, among these:
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Public and Global Health: Nothing to sneeze at

Living through the  1998 ice storm in Montreal was scary and surreal.  So, now, is the 2020 Covid Pandemic.  During the 1998 ice storm, the mass panic resulted in stockpiling of water, candles and methyl hydrate that disappeared from retail shelves.  This time, it’s Purell, and, for some weird reason, toilet paper.
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A message from Principal Suzanne Fortier: Spring Convocation


In an e-mail message sent March 20 2020, McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier announced that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Spring Convocation ceremonies have been called off. Principal Fortier notes that she is working with her colleagues to ensure that students planning to graduate this semester can meet their degree requirements. They are also exploring alternative ways for the community to come together to commemorate these academic achievements at some point in the near future. Read the full message,
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Teaching Remotely and Redesigning Assessments in a Demanding Time

Suffering from information overload at this demanding time? Join Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) staff—and experience Zoom—for a 30-minute webinar where they will guide you on teaching remotely and changing your assessments in ways that are appropriate for your course, and manageable for you and your students.
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MGH rethinks flow of Emergency Department to also care for COVID-19 patients

You are now looking at some of the courageous men and women working in the Emergency Department of the Montreal General Hospital. “In addition to caring for patients who come in with trauma, we will be caring for patients who are COVID-19 positive or suspected positive,” says Carole Filteau, nurse manager of the MGH ED. “We had to rethink the flow of the department to ensure the safety of all patients and staff.” Help the Emergency Department do its job of saving lives by staying home and practicing social distancing.
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McGill researchers help create COVID-19 Resources Canada

McGill University announced it has joined the network of senior researchers, students, and web developers, in the launch of the national COVID-19 Resources Canada portal, a central hub designed to help those involved in COVID-19 R&D in Canada to locate expertise and equipment in a timely manner. The initiative sprang from the combined efforts of McGill University Professor Guillaume Bourque (Faculty of Medicine) and University of Toronto Professor Tara Moriarty (Faculty of Dentistry).
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Happy 100th Birthday, Dr. McGregor!

On March 24, 2020, former Dean of Medicine Maurice McGregor turned 100 years old. The intimate celebration his family had been planning unfortunately has had to be postponed due to the extraordinary circumstances brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Somehow, for a person who was born as the world was recovering from the devastation of both World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic, and who personally fought against oppression and disease, this seems in keeping with his extraordinary life.
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Montreal researchers enter the race against COVID-19 with an innovative clinical trial

Determined to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre are launching today an innovative clinical trial for which people can enroll online and participate entirely from home. The trial will assess whether the drug hydroxychloroquine – a Health Canada approved drug that is used to treat malaria and some autoimmune conditions like Lupus – can prevent people from contracting COVID-19 after exposure to the SARS-CoV2 virus and whether it can decrease complications and deaths related to the disease.
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FRQ to create a province-wide COVID-19 Biobank

On March 27, the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) and Genome Québec announced the launch of the Québec COVID-19 Biobank, a Province-wide initiative to enable the collection, storage and sharing of samples and data related to the COVID-19 crisis. The task force that has been mobilized to take on this role is led by McGill’s Dr. Vincent Mooser, with additional medical and scientific expertise from McGill and several other Quebec institutions. The Biobank will begin operations on April 1.
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The placebo effect and psychedelic drugs: tripping on nothing?

There has been a lot of recent interest in the use of psychedelic drugs to treat depression. A new study from McGill suggests that, in the right context, some people may experience psychedelic-like effects from placebos alone. “The study reinforces the power of context in psychedelic settings. With the recent re-emergence of psychedelic therapy for disorders such as depression and anxiety, clinicians may be able to leverage these contextual factors to obtain similar therapeutic experiences from lower doses, which would further improve the safety of the drugs,” said Jay Olson, a Ph.D. candidate in McGill’s Department of Psychiatry and the lead author on the research paper that was recently published in Psychopharmacology.
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Gairdner Foundation recognizes Dr. Guy Rouleau with prestigious award

Since 1957, The Gairdner Foundation has been recognizing the achievements of the world’s top researchers for their contributions to health science. As announced this morning, Dr. Guy Rouleau joins an elite group of scientists by receiving the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. The Neuro’s director has been a driving force in neurological disease research and Open Science leadership. Congratulations Dr. Rouleau!
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Maida Sewitch honoured by Canadian Association of Gastroenterology

Maida Sewitch, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University and scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, was awarded the designation of Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Fellow this month. “I am humbled and honoured to join the CAG Fellows, and to be among esteemed colleagues at the CAG who value excellence in health care, research and service. This award will facilitate new opportunities for me to inspire the next generation of scientists and clinician-scientists,” she said.
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Student-led startup fosters connections with health industry and innovators

“Your plans might be a straight line, but reality never is,” said Jaime Padros, co-founder and president of Bioauxilium Research Inc., a biotech company focused on the design, development, and manufacturing of cutting-edge research assay kits. Padros was speaking to a room full of students and fellow industry leaders and entrepreneurs at the third annual Health Startup Day, held at McGill University on February 26, 2020.
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