Hugo Lemay appointed Director of Administration, Campus Outaouais

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Hugo Lemay to the newly-created position of Director of Administration, Campus Outaouais, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective November 4, 2019. The new French-language satellite campus is slated to officially open in August 2020. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Lemay to the McGill community and in wishing him every success in his new role.
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Daniel Baril appointed Associate Director, Administrative Excellence Centre (AEC) 11

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Daniel Baril to the position of Associate Director, Administrative Excellence Centre (AEC) 11, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. AEC 11 encompasses the Faculty’s Ingram School of Nursing, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, and School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. In his role as Associate Director, AEC 11, Mr. Baril will report to the undersigned and will, in conjunction with the Associate Deans/Directors of the three schools, plan, lead, organize, and direct their administrative and business affairs. Please join us in congratulating Mr. Baril and in wishing him continued success.
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SAVE THE DATE – Next Faculty Council Meeting is Thursday, December 5

The next Faculty Council meeting takes place Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. The Faculty Council meeting is open to all members of the Faculty, including students and residents, and will be recorded.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter – October/November 2019

We are pleased to announce that the October/November 2019 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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Faculty of Medicine researchers among the world’s most cited: Web of Science

In the world of research, one of the most meaningful measures of success is the number of times a paper has been cited by another researcher. Based on this yardstick, 8 Faculty of Medicine researchers are among the most influential in the world, according to the respected research news website, Web of Science.
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Opioid addiction is target of new JGH guidelines

As opioid addiction takes an increasing toll on society, new guidelines have been approved at the JGH to reduce the maximum amount of opioid medication that certain surgical patients receive when they are discharged from the hospital. The new measures were developed by a multidisciplinary team whose members, like more and more global healthcare experts, recognize that healthcare professionals can play a key role in curbing opioid misuse and abuse, which has reached epidemic proportions.
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Prospective students get snapshot of interprofessionalism

An interprofessional health care panel had leaders sharing options, experiences and inspiration late this October as part of the McGill Open House, introducing over 100 prospective students, families and friends to a range of academic career paths while stressing their important interprofessional linkages.
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High-fat diet proven to fuel prostate cancer progression by imitating a key cancer alteration

What molecular event happens for prostate cancer to progress faster and to be deadlier when patients eat a high-fat diet? This is the question Dr. David P. Labbé, a scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, and his colleagues recently elucidated. In a study published in Nature Communications, they showed that saturated fat intake induces a cellular reprogramming that is associated with prostate cancer progression and lethality. These findings could have a clinical utility in identifying patients at higher risk of a more aggressive, lethal disease.
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Cellular origins of pediatric brain tumors identified

A research team led by Dr. Claudia Kleinman, an investigator at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, together with  Dr. Nada Jabado, of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, and Dr. Michael Taylor, of The Hospital for Sick Children, discovered that several types of highly aggressive and, ultimately, fatal pediatric brain tumors originate during brain development. The genetic event that triggers the disease happens in the very earliest phases of cellular development, most likely prenatal. The findings represent a significant advance in understanding these diseases, and are published in Nature Genetics.
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Better guidelines for patients with Gastrointestinal Bleeding could reduce pressures in the ER

Upper GI bleeding is an acute internal bleeding condition which predominantly affects those over 50 and is most often caused by ulcers. It is a common condition that sends patients knocking on the doors of the ER.  Now, a group of experts from around the world led by Dr. Allan Barkun, Senior Scientist in the Injury Repair Recovery Program at the RI-MUHC and director of Therapeutic Endoscopy at the McGill University Health Centre, has designed multidisciplinary international guidelines for the management of patients with Nonvariceal Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding. These new guidelines were recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Grand Prize in the 2019 National Bank Clinical Innovation Competition goes to the McGill-Bonneau Nursing Clinic

The Grand Prize of the 2019 National Bank Clinical Innovation Competition of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ), which aims to promote the advancement and influence of the nursing profession, is awarded to the McGill-Accueil Bonneau Clinic project, led by McGill’s Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN). The award was presented to project co-leads Françoise Filion and Hugo Marchand from the ISoN by Sylvie Dubois, National Director of Nursing Care and Services at the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, during the 2019 OIIQ conference earlier this week. Congratulations Françoise, Hugo and all those involved in this initiative!
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GCRC postdoc recognized nationally and globally

A postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Morag Park at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC), Elena Kuzmin’s work has been garnering a fair amount of recognition recently. After having received a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research back in May, Elena was selected to be a Fellow of the Global Future Council on Biotechnology, World Economic Forum. Most recently, on November 25, she was honoured with the Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowship, L’Oréal Canada with the support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Congratulations Elena!
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One of the less-talked about challenges facing homeless women

Homeless women in Montreal contend with a variety of daunting hardships. The McGill student group Monthly Dignity, recent winner of a Forces AVENIR award, believes having access to menstrual products shouldn’t be one of them.
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