Dr. Guylène Thériault appointed Assistant Dean, Distributed Medical Education

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Guylène Thériault to the position of Assistant Dean, Distributed Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Thériault replaces Dr. Helene Rousseau, who served as Assistant Dean, Rural Education, since 2011. We take this opportunity to thank Dr. Rousseau for her commitment and enthusiasm over the last five years.
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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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REMINDER! Invitation from VP-Dean Eidelman – Faculty Council Meeting, Tuesday Oct. 18

The next Faculty Council meeting takes place Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Meakins Amphitheatre (Room 521), McIntyre Medical Sciences Building. This meeting is open to all faculty and staff members, students and residents. Please confirm your intention to attend by emailing rsvpevents.medicine@mcgill.ca.
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Dr. Bruce Mazer named Interim Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer

Following Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos’ resignation, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bruce Mazer as Interim Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), effective October 1, 2016. Dr. Mazer has served as Deputy Executive Director/Deputy CSO of the RI-MUHC and Head of Child Health Research at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC (MCH-MUHC) since April 2015. He will serve in this function until the appointment of a new Executive Director/CSO is finalized.
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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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Return to work made easier for cancer survivors


Returning to work after any illness can be a challenge. For cancer survivors, the return to work (RTW) can be especially difficult due to the effects of cancer and its treatment. Employers may lack understanding of cancer’s impact on work abilities, and how to provide accommodations at the workplace. Healthcare providers also have voiced a need for guidance on assessing readiness to return to work. Cancer and Work (www.cancerandwork.ca) is a new, interactive website providing resources from across the country to survivors with practical, up-to-date information on returning to work, including support offered by provinces and territories.
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Celebrating ten years of McGill’s medical simulation centre


On September 14, 2006, McGill’s Medical Simulation Centre – the first of its kind in Canada – opened its doors. Using fake patients in very real situations, the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (renamed as such in October 2015) has helped thousands of health sciences learners over the past decade test their mettle in a setting where they can ‘do no harm.’
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JDRF and McGill University work to optimize performance of artificial pancreas systems

JDRF and McGill University are pleased to announce research occurring to improve a platform designed to aid in glucose control for those living with type 1 diabetes. The artificial pancreas platform is a system of devices that closely mimics the glucose regulating function of a healthy pancreas. Dr. Ahmad Haidar was awarded $466,450 (USD) to study the effect of co-administering insulin with pramlintide (a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar) and its effect on improving the glycemic performance relative to the insulin-alone artificial pancreas.
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Pair of proteins found to drive neuroinflammation


McGill researchers have identified two proteins that work together to drive neuroinflammation in acute conditions such as microbial or autoimmune encephalitis, and in chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis. In a study published in Nature Immunology, a team led by Prof. Philippe Gros show that genetic inactivation of this protein pair blocks neuroinflammation and prevents the appearance of disease in animal models of multiple sclerosis (MS). The findings could pave the way for development of novel therapeutic approaches in inflammatory diseases such as MS.
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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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Dr. Guy Rouleau receives national award for significant contributions to world of science


Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, has been chosen to receive another major award recognizing his outstanding scientific career. The national organization representing Canadian francophone doctors, Médecins francophones du Canada, is bestowing on him its 2016 Prix de l’oeuvre scientifique.
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McGill University’s Laurie Gottlieb receives honorary degree from Université Laval

This past June, Dr. Laurie Gottlieb, Professor and Flora Madeline Shaw Chair of Nursing at the Ingram School of Nursing in McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Nurse Scholar-in-Resident at the Jewish General Hospital, was conferred an honorary doctorate from Université Laval in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the nursing profession. Congratulations Dr. Gottlieb!
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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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