ON THE AGENDA – Town Hall – December 1

The next Town Hall meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
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Manfredi makes first budget presentation to Senate

November 20 – The good news, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Christopher Manfredi told Senate Wednesday, is that the provincial government hasn’t dropped any surprises into its final message on university spending for the current fiscal year.
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REGISTER NOW! Teaching What’s Important: Educating Students for Today and Tomorrow – December 11

Teaching and Learning Services is hosting a day-long symposium for McGill instructors, focusing on strategies for engaging students inside and outside the classroom. The goal of this event is to bring together instructors from across the university to celebrate what we are already doing to provide undergraduates with a top-notch education and work together to develop new strategies for turning aspirations for student learning into reality.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – November 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for November 2015 is now available online!
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Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal part of team tapped for analytical expertise in Failure to Rescue

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality recently awarded a $4 million grant to a team led by Dr. Amir Ghaferi at the University of Michigan to address gaps in understanding and gaps in rapid translation impeding ideal integrated rescue systems within hospitals. To support the rapid prototyping and testing for the proposed learning laboratory, the scientific team for this project includes collaborator Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director, Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.
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Workplace Ergonomic Evaluation on McGill Campus: Follow-up

A spring 2015 story highlighted an initiative led by Professor Sara Saunders and Professor Hiba Zafran of McGill’s School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT), to lead a group of master’s students, as they performed workplace evaluations across the McGill campus. Having completed the first iteration of the initiative, we look now at the impact the group had on one of the sites they visited and have a conversation with participating students to get their perspective on the experience.
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In conversation with Dr. Phil Gold, pioneering cancer researcher

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the pioneering research by Drs. Phil Gold and Samuel Freedman, who, together, discovered and defined the Carcinoembryonic Antigen, the most frequently used blood test used as a biomarker in the diagnosis and management of patients with cancer. Dr. Gold spoke to the Reporter about the past, present and future of cancer research.
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How can I tell if she’s lying?

When she says she loves my new haircut is she telling the truth or being sarcastic? The answer isn’t always obvious.​Especially for men. Or for those who suffer from diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, or neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism spectrum disorders. For people with these problems, any form of non-literal speech such as sarcasm, teasing or ‘white lies’ can be very confusing. A new video inventory of examples of these forms of indirect speech developed at McGill should help in the diagnosis and clinical testing of those with disorders of this kind.
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Clinical Trial for Type 1 Diabetes Begins at JGH, MUHC

Investigators at Montreal’s Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital and McGill University Health Centre have announced the start of a landmark clinical study aimed at restoring normal insulin secretion in people with longstanding type 1 diabetes. The treatment combines INGAP Peptide (ExsulinTM), which stimulates growth of the insulin secreting islets, and ustekinumab (SteleraTM), a drug approved for the treatment of psoriasis. This is the first study that combines a specific islet regeneration agent and a treatment to control autoimmune attack of the newly formed islets. INGAP Peptide is the result of pioneering research by Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, Professor of Surgery and Medicine, McGill University and President and CEO of the Integrated Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal, and his collaborator Dr. Aaron I. Vinik, Director of Research and Murray Waitzer Endowed Chair for Diabetes Research at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). Dr. Vinik and his colleagues identified the specific INGAP Peptide after Dr. Rosenberg demonstrated islet regeneration can be induced and isolated the islet regeneration activity. The study is jointly led by Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. George Tsoukas, Senior Endocrinologist and Associate Professor of Medicine, McGill University Health Centre.
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Improving health, one step at a time

It may be surprising, but Canadians who live in densely-populated areas where stores, banks, schools and other services are close by do not walk as much as they should. This cross-sectional analysis of a large sample of Canadians was unique in combining objective measures of physical activity with digital map based measures of walkable neighbourhoods.
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The Rx&D Health Research Foundation celebrates 2015 Research Awards Winners

In a gala hosted by Rx&D’s Health Research Foundation (HRF) in partnership with Prix Galien Canada and Research Canada and in front of Canada’s health research leaders, some of the greatest achievements in the life sciences ecosystem were recognized and lauded on November 17, 2015. Included among the honorees was McGill University’s Dr. John Bergeron, who was presented with the Research Canada Leadership Award. Congratulations Dr. Bergeron!
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McGill researchers receive journal’s Best Paper Award

The editors of Circulation recently selected a McGill research team led by Dr. Louise Pilote, as the winner of this year’s Best Paper Award in the category of Clinical Science for the paper, “Warfarin Use and the Risk for Stroke and Bleeding in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation Undergoing Dialysis” Circulation.2014;129:1196-1203. The award was presented at the close of the journal’s symposium, “Groundbreaking Studies in the Practice of Cardiovascular Medicine,” held at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, on Sunday, November 8, 2015, in Orlando. Congratulations Dr. Pilote!
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Med students revolutionize the search for samosas

A stranger to McGill University would be surprised to witness a disproportionately high number of students walking around with samosas in their hands. Samosas have become a staple fundraiser food for student clubs and a key part of the average McGill student’s daily diet. Feeling particularly devoted to the samosa but frustrated by not being able to locate them on campus, Tyler Safran, now a second-year student in the Faculty of Medicine, created the Samosa Search Facebook group in January 2015. What started as an inside joke has since accumulated a campus-wide following.
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