CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2017 Dean of Medicine Awards of Excellence – Deadline extended: June 16

The nomination process for the 2017 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.
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Dr. John White appointed Chair, Department of Physiology

It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. John White as Chair, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective June 1. Dr. White succeeds Dr. John Orlowski, who we take this opportunity to thank for the superb leadership he has provided to the Department for the last 12 years.
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Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinction Lecture – May 29

The lecture will take place at the Arts Building in the Moyse Hall at 4:30 p.m. The special guest speaker is Dr. Atul Gawande, Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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Invitation from VP-Dean Eidelman – Faculty Council Meeting, Wednesday, June 7

The next Faculty Council meeting takes place Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler, Room 504 (Martin Amphitheatre), at 4:30 p.m. Please note that this meeting is open to all faculty members, including students and residents.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – May 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for May 2017 is now available online!
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Scientific Platforms Meeting: Networks, Funding & Sustainability

The Canadian Network of Scientific Platforms (CNSP) had their inaugural meeting in Montreal on May 9, 2017. More than one hundred researchers from across Canada (seven provinces) and abroad (United States, Germany) gathered to discuss how to network, fund and sustain high level scientific platforms that house state-of-the-art infrastructure, highly refined unique scientific expertise and are integral to the success of thousands of research programs across Canada. The network was founded in August of 2016 and has 16 member institutions and 95 member scientific platforms from 8 provinces.
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New Canadian guideline recommends against screening for hepatitis C in adults who are not at increased risk

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends against screening for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) in adults at low risk in a guideline published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Given the lack of direct evidence that mass screening is beneficial and that patients identified by screening will either never develop symptoms of hepatitis C, or will remain well for decades after infection, we have recommended against screening for HCV in adults who are not at elevated risk,” said Dr. Roland Grad, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University and a member of the task force and chair of the guideline work group.
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I want to hold your hand: from the McGill Model to Strengths-Based Nursing and the evolution of patient-centred care

Patient-centred care has become something of a buzz term in medicine in the past decade. But what many in the field might not know is that a patient-centred care model was pioneered by McGill nurses back in the 1950s. The McGill Model of Nursing promoted the idea that nurses, patients and families are equal partners in providing support, information, and advocacy. Patients and families are treated with respect, and listened to as individuals with personalities, preferences and histories of their own. It is difficult to grasp now just how revolutionary these ideas were at the time.
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Brain area involved in addiction activated earlier than previously thought in recreational cocaine users

Even among non-dependent cocaine users, cues associated with consumption of the drug lead to dopamine release in an area of the brain thought to promote compulsive use, according to researchers at McGill University. The findings, published in Scientific Reports, suggest that people who consider themselves recreational users could be further along the road to addiction than they might have realized.
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Dr. Kevin Petrecca’s brilliant hopes for brain cancer

In a field with few silver bullets, Dr. Kevin Petrecca has gotten pretty good at finding silver linings. The neurosurgeon and researcher at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University specializes in glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer with a dismal survival rate.
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Opening a Window of Understanding on Language

Growing up as a bilingual child, Dr. Elin Thordardottir, Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, knows firsthand the challenges of learning multiple languages…and the advantages as well. Born in Iceland and having lived in France from the age of 8 to 14, she experienced some of the things she now studies for a living.
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Dr. Gabriella Gobbi receives the 2017 Dr. Samarthji Lal Award for Mental Health Research

Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Staff Psychiatrist and Researcher at the McGill University Health Center, was recently presented with the 2017 Dr. Samarthji Lal Award for Mental Health Research by the Graham Boeckh Foundation. Congratulations Dr. Gobbi!
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McGill graduate student wins outstanding poster award at 2017 ARVO conference

Dr. Jade Lasiste, a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Miguel Burnier at the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Pathology was recently awarded the Member-in-Training (MIT) Outstanding Poster in the Lens subspecialty category at the annual conference of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) held in Baltimore from May 7 to 11, for her work “Metformin inhibits epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in lens epithelial cells.” Congratulations Dr. Lasiste!
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McGill students help develop World Health Organization tools

Under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Hunt,
Faculty of Medicine students Renaud Boulanger and Anushree Davé played key roles in the development of a training manual and accompanying e-learning resource for the World Health Organization
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