In Memoriam: V. Michael Whitehead (1934-2016)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of a McGill leader in the care of children with cancer, Professor V. Michael Whitehead, who died September 18, 2016, at the age of 82.
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McGill University welcomes Martine Alfonso as Interim President and Executive Director of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

In the context of the MUHC’s recent announcement regarding Ms. Alfonso’s appointment and the MUHC’s strategic direction, McGill University is very supportive of any proposal that has as its primary goals to improve patient care and strengthen the academic mission in its affiliated health network. A closer, efficient collaboration among the MUHC, the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and McGill University certainly has the potential to achieve these goals by improving coordination among the institutions involved. Any discussions in this regard of course necessitate a very well-planned, collaborative, consultative and systematic approach, in which McGill looks forward to playing an active role.
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Dr. Anita Gagnon appointed Associate Dean and Director of the Ingram School of Nursing

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Anita Gagnon as Associate Dean and Director of the Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, effective September 1, 2016. Dr. Gagnon has served as acting and then interim Director since September 2015 and January 2016, respectively. We take this opportunity to once again acknowledge and thank Dr. Hélène Ezer, who led the School with distinction for a decade, and to wish her the very best in her future pursuits.
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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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McGill maintains its position as top Canadian university in QS rankings

McGill remains Canada’s top university according to the QS World University Rankings 2016/17. McGill is ranked 30th globally, among the almost 1,000 universities surveyed for the annual report and has been ranked as the top Canadian university for eleven of the thirteen years that the QS/THE rankings have been published, apart from in 2013 and 2014.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – September 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for September 2016 is now available online!
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$6.1 million for MNI-led multiple sclerosis study

A project led by an MNI researcher has been awarded $6.1 million by the International Progressive MS Alliance to study progressive multiple sclerosis. Dr. Douglas Arnold is leading a team of 16 investigators from The Netherlands, Switzerland, U.K., and the U.S. The project is pioneering development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) markers that signal disease progression; crucial to the development of next generation disease measurement tools. More than 2.3 million people worldwide live with MS and more than one million of those living with the disease have progressive MS.
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Medical education goes 21st century

No matter where they are, the next generation of physicians will now be able to learn from the best medical professors in the world for free. Launched this week, medskl.com will make medical education more accessible and more effective.
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McGill and Canada are doing their part to end AIDS, TB, and Malaria

Last week, world leaders gathered in Montreal for the Fifth Replenishment Conference of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Ahead of the conference, McGill Global Health Programs hosted a pre-conference panel titled “Ending TB, AIDS, and Malaria as Epidemics: How can Canada help?”, to celebrate Canada’s commitment and investment in The Global Fund, Stop TB Partnership and other global health initiatives.
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Can health professionals help patients tackle complex social issues such as poverty, food insecurity and violence?

In a recently published review article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), Dr. Anne Andermann, an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, provides health care professionals with a framework to take action on the social determinants of health in clinical practice.
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Brain’s biological clock stimulates thirst before sleep

The brain’s biological clock stimulates thirst in the hours before sleep, according to a study published in the journal Nature by McGill University researchers. The finding — along with the discovery of the molecular process behind it — provides the first insight into how the clock regulates a physiological function.
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Academic Medicine “Last Page” articles

Each issue of the prestigious journal, Academic Medicine, concludes with a highly coveted ‘Last Page’ article. This year, two researchers from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT), Dr. Aliki Thomas and Dr. André Bussières have had not one, but two articles accepted for this honour.
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Two McGill Faculty of Medicine researchers receive Margolese prizes from UBC

McGill’s Michael Meaney and Ernesto Schiffrin, two of Canada’s leading researchers in brain health and heart health have been singled out by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine for their accomplishments, and for their potential to make further contributions in their fields. Congartulations Drs. Meaney and Schiffrin!
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McGill Faculty of Medicine student receives fellowship from NIH and NIDA

Lauren Reynolds, a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Cecilia Flores, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Congratulations Lauren!
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A heartfelt summer internship at Harvard

Thanks to a scholarship from the Graham Foundation of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, second-year McGill medical student Laurianne Rita Garabed had the opportunity to spend her summer working in the lab of famed pediatric cardiac surgeon Dr. Pedro del Nido at Boston Children’s Hospital.
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