Stay informed: University and Faculty COVID-19 news

As the situation continues to evolve, McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will continue to provide updates to keep our community informed.
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200 Years, 200 Stories: Share your memories!

As part of McGill’s Bicentennial celebrations, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has launched an ongoing project called 200 Years, 200 Stories, to capture the tales, big and small, that make up the history and future of our Faculty. As we head into summer, we invite you to reflect on your time here and send us your story: a fave hangout, an awesome McGill staffer, best late-night snack joint, or simply a photo that represents a Faculty moment for you. We will compile and share highlights during Homecoming 2021.”
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Planning for a return to campus

Our world has changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we have persevered to continue to offer world-class education and conduct leading research.
Despite continuing concerns, in Quebec, and at McGill, we have begun planning for a “new normal,” with the hope we will come back better, not only as an institution and a Faculty, but as a society.
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COVID-19 situation in India and South Asia: a plea for help

As you know, the COVID-19 situation in India and surrounding countries is desperate. Our McGill community has strong ties with the region and is devastated by what is going on. Our own Dr. Nitika Pai has written a passionate plea for help, sharing her family’s battle with COVID.
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Highlights from the April 22, 2021 Board of Governors meeting

McGill’s Board held its fourth meeting of the 2020-2021 governance year on April 22, 2021. The full minutes of the meeting’s open session will be available following approval at the Board’s next meeting, on May 20, 2021. In the meantime, we would like to share with you the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – May 2021

We are pleased to announce that the May issue is now available online. It provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members. It also presents information on department updates, upcoming events and announcements.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter – April 2021

We are pleased to announce that the April 2021 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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Remembering the “Father of Blood Banking”

In June 2021, McGill University in Montreal, Canada, is launching a new fellowship for Black graduate students in honour of one of the university’s most accomplished alumni: Charles R. Drew, MDCM’33, (1904–1950) an American surgeon and scientist who earned the title “Father of Blood Banking” for his trailblazing work on the long-term preservation of blood plasma.
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The Grace Dart Foundation supports the creation of a new McGill dementia educational guide with a donation of $250,000

With engaging illustrations and a friendly writing style, this approachable guide covers a wide array of topics to assist both the person living with dementia and their care partners.  It includes information on the science and progression of dementia as well as practical advice on safety and self-care.
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McGill Cares now available in audio podcasts

Since first launching McGill Cares, a weekly webcast series that addresses issues related to dementia caregiving, in May 2020, the team has produced over 40 webcasts and reached over 15,000 people around the world. Now, the entire series is being converted into a podcast and is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and PocketCasts, among others.
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Sharing discoveries and building connections

On May 6 and 7, 2021, more than 100 students, staff, faculty members and external guests attended the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre’s Research Day Symposium. The event provides an annual opportunity for cancer research trainees to present their work to their peers and the wider scientific community.
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New MS research at The Neuro examines a promising avenue to slow disease progression

Researchers at the Clinical Research Unit of The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) are among the first in Montreal to investigate a promising new avenue in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Research.
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Why social support matters: New study reveals a structural and functional signature in the brains of individuals lacking regular social support

Canada CIFAR AI Chair Danilo Bzdok, researcher at the Neuro and Mila – Quebec AI Institute, and colleagues uncovered brain substrates underlying insufficient regular social support with peers that have potential implications for loneliness, substance misuse, and resilience to stress. These findings from 40,000 participants, recruited across the United Kingdom, are extending the researchers’ previous study revealing that a neural “signature” may reflect how we respond to feelings of social isolation.
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Caroline Storr named Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year

Caroline Storr, MBA, OT, erg, Associate Professor (Professional) and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education – Occupational Therapy, is the 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year Award. The award, given by the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists recognizes the exceptional contribution of members residing in Quebec who have devoted themselves to the profession throughout their career.
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Anne Bouthillier: Creating a virtual platform to help isolated seniors

McGill medical student earns a Quebec Lieutenant Governor Youth medal, one of four McGill students to receive the honour this year.The prestigious award recognizes the involvement, determination and constant striving of Quebecers who have or have had a positive influence in their community. Congratulations Anne!
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6 Questions With Amr Omer

We find out what makes Amr Omer – a fifth year PhD candidate in biochemistry in Dr. Imed Gallouzi’s lab – tick. The Kingston, Ontario, native talks about why he chose to train at the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre; his work on scary-sounding “zombie cells;” and his die-hard loyalty to the Toronto Raptors.
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