Dr. Albert Berghuis appointed Chair of the Department of Biochemistry

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Albert Berghuis to the position of Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective May 1, 2016.
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ON THE AGENDA Invitation from VP-Dean Eidelman – Next Faculty Council Meeting, June 1

As communicated in January, we recently established a Faculty Council (FC) to discuss governance, strategic direction and other important Faculty matters.
The next FC meeting takes place Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the Charles F. Martin Amphitheatre, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building. This meeting is open to all faculty and staff members, students and residents.
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Highlights from the May 16, 2016, Board of Governors meeting

Message from the Principal

McGill’s Board of Governors convened on Monday, May 16, 2016, for its final meeting of 2015-2016.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – May 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for May 2016 is now available online!
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MyGrief.ca – Understanding grief and loss

Grief support is an unmet need for too many Canadians. To help address this need, the Canadian Virtual Hospice in cooperation with national and international grief experts, family members who have “been there” and pan-Canadian partners have developed MyGrief.ca. This free online resource helps people understand and work through their loss from the comfort of their home and at their own pace.
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Collaborating to provide outstanding medical education in the Outaouais

“Together as a university community.” This was the theme of a McGill-CISSS Outaouais (CISSSO) retreat in Gatineau, Quebec, held May 10 to advance the partnership in the region and build on the successes of McGill’s affiliated teaching site in the Outaouais. McGill’s Assistant Dean in the Outaouais, Dr. Gilles Brousseau, together with Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of Medicine Dr. David Eidelman, welcomed more than 60 clinician-teachers and health care administrators from Gatineau and Montreal for a day of exchange and workshops. Also present were Dr. Daniel Tardif, Deputy CEO of the CISSSO, and Laurence Barraud, Director of Education, University Relations and Research at the CISSSO.
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McGill University installs inaugural Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology

Dr. Robert Platt, Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine was officially announced as the inaugural Albert Boehringer (1st) Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology, during an event held earlier today at McGill. Bridging the disciplines of pharmacology and epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology examines the use and effect of drugs to assess their overall benefits, as well as possible adverse effects, for defined populations.
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Mechanism that reduces effect of cocaine on brain discovered

A type of brain cell known as microglia plays a key role in reducing the effects of cocaine in the brain, according to a major study by a team from the RI-MUHC. The discovery establishes for the first time that microglia can diminish the adverse changes to neural circuitry brought on by the chronic use of cocaine and has significant implications for developing an effective treatment for addiction.
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Cell Labelling via Photobleaching: a precious ally for scientific research

Major work led by Santiago Costantino (researcher, Hôpital de Maisonneuve-Rosemont and associate professor, Université de Montréal), Dr. Claudia Kleinman, investigator at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital and Assistant Professor at McGill University, and a multidisciplinary team of collaborators, gives birth to a unique method that enables instant, specific labeling of individual cells, Cell Labelling via Photobleaching (CLaP). This method will become a precious ally in a wide range of scientific research, with particular applications for genomics. The results of this work are published in the latest issue of Nature Communications.
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Dr. Louise Pilote honoured by YWCA as Woman of Distinction

Dr. Louise Pilote, Professor of Medicine and James McGill Chair, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, and Director of the Division of Internal Medicine at McGill University Hospital Centre has been named as one of the Women’s Y Foundation’s 2016 Women of Distinction in the health category. Congratulations Dr. Pilote!
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Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics presents student awards for 2016

During a recent ceremony, Dr. Gerhard Multhaup, Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics presented students Melissa Couto, Vanessa Polito and Florence Lamarche with three departmental awards. Congratulations to the three winners!
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McGill medical students hold annual SHOUT event to recognize community involvement

Student engagement and community involvement are key aspects of the medical school experience at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. McGill medical students are actively planning and leading initiatives, programs, and projects in both McGill and broader Montreal communities. In order to celebrate these student initiatives and inspire other students to be engaged in similar endeavours, the Strategic Planning and Community Involvement Committee (SPCI) of the McGill Medical Students’ Society (MSS) hosted its annual SHOUT Gala on May 9, 2016 in the Atrium of the Bellini Life Sciences Building.

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