Dr. Donald Boudreau appointed Interim Director of the Institute of Health Sciences Education

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Donald Boudreau as Interim Director of the Institute of Health Sciences Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University. Dr. Boudreau has been a Faculty Member at the IHSE and its predecessor, the Centre for Medical Education, for more than 15 years. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Boudreau to this new role and in wishing him every success.
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Departure of Dr. Jim Gourdon, Director, Comparative Medicine and Animal Resources Centre

We are writing to share the news that our colleague Dr. Jim Gourdon, Director of the Comparative Medicine and Animal Resources Centre, is stepping down from his position to make way for new leadership, effective November 6, 2020. McGill’s Dr. Julie Chevrette has graciously accepted to assume the position of Chief Veterinarian on an interim basis in place of Dr. Gourdon, who has led CMARC with great commitment for 14 years. Please join us in wishing Dr. Gourdon the best of success in this next leg of his career.
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Seeking Volunteer Presenters: Virtual Discovery Day in Health Sciences

Join us on December 2, 2020 as a workshop presenter and/or career panelist at our 16th Annual Discovery Day in Health Sciences event – for the first time VIRTUALLY. This is a partnership of the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, The Neuro and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF).
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Academic freedom and inclusiveness

Message from the Principal

As Principal of our University, my most important role is to protect and uphold the principles that are central to McGill University’s Mission: academic freedom, integrity, responsibility, equity, and inclusiveness. The value of each of these individual principles is evident. At times, however, they may appear to clash with one another. This has been apparent in recent events within Canadian institutions of higher education, which reveal a tension between academic freedom on one hand, and equity and inclusiveness on the other.
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Pausing for reflection

Message from the Principal

Although this past weekend’s Thanksgiving celebrations had to be scaled down, it was nevertheless a welcome occasion for reflection and gratitude. High on my own list of thanks is the compassion and caring that you have shown each other and the hard work that you have done to help us get through the recent months.
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AHA Moments… have one with us!

You are warmly invited to take part in our inaugural Admins Helping Admins (AHA) Moments event on Thursday, November 5, from 12 to 1 p.m. This biweekly drop-in series is designed to support members of the administration and support staff in the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). 
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – October 2020

We are pleased to announce that the October 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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Ensuring excellence in occupational therapy education in a Pandemic

October is Occupational Therapy Month in Canada. We take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding work of members of the profession whose work is critical to the prompt recovery of patients with COVID-19. Despite the additional burden brought on by the pandemic, occupational therapists continue to train many occupational therapy students in hospitals affiliated with the McGill University Health Centre. Every day, teachers draw on their knowledge, skills and, most importantly, their love of the profession to train those who will come to help.
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Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force funds national study looking at seroprevalence of COVID-19 antibodies among high-risk populations

The Government of Canada is investing $1.9 million through Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force to fund a Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health study looking at COVID-19 seroprevalence across Canada, with a particular focus on certain populations that are at higher risk of infection. 
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“I research what I do”: medical educator, Dr. Ning-Zi Sun

“I never wanted to do medicine,” admits general internist Dr. Ning-Zi Sun, Associate Member of McGill University’s Institute of Health Sciences Education and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. “My parents wanted me to do it, so I did it. I was so miserable until I learned to like medicine, but even then I felt that something was missing in my life.” Then she discovered the world of health sciences education and realized she’d finally found her true calling.
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Transforming a coronavirus protein into a nanoparticle could be the key to an effective COVID-19 vaccine

 Researchers from McGill University are part of an international team led by the University of Buffalo, which has discovered a technique that could help increase the effectiveness of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The group’s study, titled “SARS-CoV-2 RBD Neutralizing Antibody Induction is Enhanced by Particulate Vaccination,” was published online in the journal Advanced Materials on October 28.
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What do breast cancer cells feel inside the tumour?

Using a new technique, a team of McGill University researchers has found tiny and previously undetectable ‘hot spots’ of extremely high stiffness inside aggressive and invasive breast cancer tumours. Their findings suggest, for the first time, that only very tiny regions of a tumor need to stiffen for metastasis to take place. Though still in its infancy, the researchers believe that their technique may prove useful in detecting and mapping the progression of aggressive cancers.
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COVID-19 vaccines: McGill researchers track the global race

McGill University professor Nicole Basta and her team have created an interactive online COVID-19 vaccine tracker, that provides real-time updates on progress in developing a safe and effective vaccine.
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Dr. David Dawson honoured by Canadian Society of Internal Medicine

Dr. David Dawson, an Associate Professor of Medicine at McGill University and a General Internal Medicine (GIM) specialist at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), has been selected as recipient of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine’s (CSIM) 2020 Osler Award. The award is presented annually to physicians who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the field of general internal medicine in clinical practice, research, medical education, specialty development or health promotion. Congratulations Dr. Dawson!
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Dr. Gustavo Turecki honoured by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Dr. Gustavo Turecki, Scientific Director of the Douglas Research Centre and founding Director of the McGill Group for Suicide Studies, is one of seven recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Achievement Prizes in Mental Health as awarded by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. “The Outstanding Achievement Prizes acknowledge and celebrate the power and importance of neuroscience and psychiatric research in transforming the lives of people living with mental illness,” said the BBRF press release, issued on October 21.
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Medical education during a pandemic – The learner’s and teacher’s perspective

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic greatly altered normalcy with respect to daily life across the globe, and medical education was not spared, though the leadership and dedicated teachers across the School of Medicine at McGill moved swiftly to find alternative means of providing valuable learning opportunities for students. McGill medical student Jad Abi-Rafeh and McGill resident Dr. Tyler Safran, decided to, first, look at the impact on medical education from the student’s perspective, publishing a commentary on the topic in CMEJ, and subsequently collaborate on to develop a series of virtual lectures intended for students. The two recently took some time to speak with us and answer some questions about the various initiatives they have been leading over the past months, and the impact these have had.
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