Dr. Marc Pell re-appointed Associate Dean and Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

We are pleased to announce the renewal of Dr. Marc Pell’s mandate as Associate Dean and Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorder (SCSD), McGill University, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Pell has led the School with distinction since 2010, during which time he supervised the School’s move to new facilities, led the successful recruitment of contract and tenure stream academics, oversaw a successful accreditation process, expanded community outreach activities and shepherded the development of a new strategic plan. Dr. Pell’s renewal took effect September 1, 2016.
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In Memoriam: John B. Richardson (1936 – 2016)

We regret to announce the passing of Dr. John Richardson, whose distinguished career spanned almost 50 years in the McGill Faculty of Medicine, as a neuropathologist, research scientist, teacher, administrator, and mentor to his colleagues.
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In Memoriam: Allan Leonard Sherwin (1932-2016)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Allan Sherwin, Professor Emeritus of Neurology at McGill University and Attending Neurologist Emeritus at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.
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Highlights from the October 6, 2016, Board of Governors meeting

Message from the Principal

Here are the important discussions, decisions and developments from the first meeting of 2016-17, held last Thursday, October 6.
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Rossy Cancer Network launches new cancer clinical trials website for McGill-affiliated hospitals

To inform physicians and patients about active cancer trials underway across the McGill-affiliated hospitals, the Rossy Cancer Network (RCN) has created a new web page which centralizes information about new, exciting, experimental treatments. Through this central repository, the RCN seeks to foster joint partnerships among hospitals and give patients the opportunity to access the most advanced therapies.
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The Fall edition of the ASPIRE Newsletter is now available online

This issue presents a wide range of advances in surgery-related research collaborations. Posters and abstracts of these works were presented at local, national and international scientific conferences serving to promote the excellent work performed by our scientific community. It also acknowledges the new responsibilities taken on by Dr. Walter Gotlieb and provides reflections on summer observerships.
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Heads UP on the Concussion Issue

This contest is open to clinical and research fellows, residents, medical students, post-docs and graduate students. The abstract submission deadline is November 16, 2016.
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2016 Health Care in Canada survey provides insights into what Canadians think of their health care system

Results of the 12th edition of the Health Care in Canada (HCIC) survey were announced on September 22nd in Ottawa as part of the HCIC members meeting of national, multi-institutional healthcare stakeholders.
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McGill’s Raj Aggarwal delivers plenary lecture at 2016 Simulation Summit

Dr. Raj Aggarwal, Director of the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine was in St. John’s, Newfoundland on October 14, 2016 to deliver a plenary lecture at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ 2016 edition of their Simulation Summit. During the Summit, McGill was awarded the John G. Wade Visiting Professorship in Safety and Simulation-Based Medical Education, which will allow the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning to host Dr. Tim Draycott in March 2017 as well as taking on the reins of the Chair for next year’s Summit which will be held in Montreal in November 2017.
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“Together, we can stop HIV and AIDS,” says incoming Osler lecturer

A Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of AIDS at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Dr. Julio Montaner is a globally renowned researcher best known for his pioneering work on combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). On October 26, he will be in Montreal to deliver the 39th annual Osler Lectureship at McGill University, a talk titled “From Treatment to Prevention: Rethinking our Approach to Contagious Diseases.” We caught up with Dr. Montaner ahead of his talk.
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McGill International TB Centre Contributes to first Primer on Tuberculosis in Nature Reviews Disease Primers

At the start of the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Liverpool, UK, an international group of top TB experts from several leading institutions published a primer on tuberculosis (TB) in the journal Nature Reviews Disease Primers (http://www.nature.com/nrdp). The 23-page primer, part of a series featuring the latest state-of-the-art advances in various health fields, can be freely downloaded at http://www.nature.com/articles/nrdp201676 for a 1-month period only.
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A key to unlocking the mystery of triple negative breast cancer

A study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) suggests screening breast cancer patients for the prolactin receptor could improve the prognosis for patients and may help them avoid unnecessary and invasive treatments. Using a database of 580 women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), the researchers found that survival was prolonged in patients who expressed the prolactin receptor and that prolactin hormone was able to reduce the aggressive behavior of cancerous cells. It does so by decreasing their ability to divide and form new tumors. The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
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Identification of a novel therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating condition that results in cognitive impairment, loss of executive functions and dementia. Dr. Hemant Paudel, associate professor in the Department of Neurology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine has been studying Alzheimer’s disease in his laboratory for decades. Now, as part of a new study led by Dr. Paudel, who is also Senior Investigator, Bloomfield Centre for Research in Aging, Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, and published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, he and his team have unraveled an important clue to dealing with the cause of beta secretase activation, which has shown to be over activated in the brains of those suffering from AD.
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McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy Faculty Members awarded Prix d’excellence from Provincial Orders

In an extraordinary demonstration of leadership and recognition of excellence at the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT), two faculty members in the same year have been awarded highest honours from their respective professional licensing boards (“Orders”) for physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Congratulations to Dr. Liliane Asseraf-Pasin and Prof. Barbara Shankland!
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Winners of the Maude Abbott, Haile T. Debas and Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Prizes announced!

We are pleased to announce the 2016 winners of these three major Faculty of Medicine prizes: Dr. Jill Baumgartner, Dr. Kent Saylor and Dr. Sara Ahmed. Congratulations to all our winners!
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McGill’s Alexandre Elhalwi elected President of the Comité des étudiants en médecine de l’Association Médicale du Québec


Second-year McGill medical student, Alexandre Elhalwi has been elected as the President of the Comité des étudiants en médecine de l’Association Médicale du Québec, a new committee borne of a recent Quebec Medical Association (QMA) restructuring. Congratulations Alexandre!
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