Nicole-Ann Shery appointed to the position of Wellness Consultant (Academic Associate) for FoM schools

Nicole-Ann Shery has been appointed to the position of Wellness Consultant (Academic Associate) for the Ingram School of Nursing, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, and the School of Communication & Disorders, in The WELL Office, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective October 16, 2017.
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REMINDER – Faculty Council Meeting, Tuesday, December 5

The next Faculty Council meeting takes place Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building (Meakins Amphitheatre), 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler at 4:30 p.m.
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August – December 2017

Med Events provides information on a range of events taking place across the Faculty of Medicine community that may be of interest to academic and support staff, as well as to students and residents.
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Support Line

A message from the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning):
Following Principal Fortier’s message on 31 October, reasserting the University’s commitment to ensuring that all members of our community feel safe and welcome, a Support Line has been set up for members of our community who seek support following experiences of exclusion or discrimination on our campuses.
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“Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives” Launches New Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition

Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) is an $84M seven-year cross-sectoral initiative supported at McGill University by the Canadian Government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), with an additional $18M from the government of Quebec.
HBHL management, in conjunction with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, is proud to announce the launch of a new Postdoctoral Fellowships competition. This program aims to attract, train and retain top post-doctoral researchers from across disciplines and around the world to participate in interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research training opportunities related to brain and mental health research, knowledge translation/mobilization and innovation.
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The fall edition of the ASPIRE Newsletter is now available online

This edition of the ASPIRE Newsletter expanded its mandate to draw particular attention to the Infection Prevention and Control Department’s new on-line accredited training initiative. With ever-growing and difficult to treat dangerous antibiotic resistant and infectious pathogens emerging, it is critical that everyone in all direct patient-contact healthcare roles and institutions be adequately informed and skilled to play a proactive role in combatting contagion.
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Can self-testing end the HIV/AIDS epidemic?

In a recent opinion piece for Infectious Disease Hub, Dr. Nitika Pant Pai, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Medical Scientist at the RI-MUHC and Founder/President of the RI-MUHC start-up Sympact-X, gives a succinct review of the HIV self-testing strategy that has developed over the last five years. The question that now comes to mind is whether HIV self-testing will end the HIV epidemic.
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McGill delivers voice training workshops for transgender students

The product of a collaboration between the McGill University Faculty of Medicine’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill Student Health Services and McGill’s Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office, voice and communication training workshops developed for the transgender student population will be held on November 30 and December 7.
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Bridging research programs: The Centre of Excellence in Translational Immunology

One of four Federation of Clinical Immunology (FOCiS) centres of excellence in Canada and nearly 75 worldwide, the Centre of Excellence in Translational Immunology (CETI) in Montreal is gaining new momentum. Its director, Dr. Ciriaco Piccirillo, a professor of microbiology and immunology at McGill University and senior scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), finds that members now benefit from the concentration of state-of-the-art technology and expertise at the Glen site, CETI’s base. With its first Annual Research Day set for December 1, the RI-MUHC sat down with Dr. Piccirillo to learn more about CETI.
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McGill study finds people infected with HIV more likely to develop fatty liver

A recent study led by researchers at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine published in the October issue of the Journal of Hepatology reports on the results of the first large-scale study which shows that people living with HIV are indeed at high risk of developing fatty liver, even in the absence of hepatitis-C co-infection, which has been typically associated with liver disease.
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Celebrating Faculty of Medicine award winners

On November 27, 2017, the McGill University Faculty of Medicine celebrated the 2017 winners of the Maude Abbott, Haile T. Debas and Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Prizes, Dr. Srividya Iyer, Dr. Robert Carlin and Dr. Nicole Li-Jessen respectively. During an evening event held in Holmes Hall each laureate had the opportunity to provide a brief overview of their research and personal journey after having been presented with their respective award by Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Congratulations to all three laureates!
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McGill Physical & Occupational Therapy student awarded 2017 Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Shaun Cleaver, a postdoctoral student in the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) was awarded the 2017 Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at the recent McGill Global Health Programs Award Night. The award’s purpose is to support the most promising scholars in global health and assist them in establishing a research base early in their careers. Congratulations Shaun!
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McGill Nursing students providing care for homeless and at-risk Montrealers

According to a 2015 census, there are just over 3,000 homeless people living in Montreal. This number does not account for those who are dealing with hidden homelessness, such as temporarily living with friends or family or other short-term accommodation. Since September, therapeutic relationships are being forged every week, between McGill Nursing students and Accueil Bonneau residents, who are being provided with direct health care services, including having their blood pressure taken, blood sugar tested, and having head-to-toe physical assessments.
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